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Summer 2023 Alpines Lab with Stew Winchester

To go on a trip-

1. FIRST REGISTER for the class.

2. Email Stew stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net to request a spot on your first choice trip.

  • Indicate which trip is your first choice and your second choice.
  • Trip sign-up requests must include your cell number. 
  • If you need to cancel, you must email stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net as soon as you know that you cannot attend a trip that you have signed up for.

3. ATTEND an orientation meeting - Those new to Stew’s field trip classes MUST attend an orientation meeting. Course orientation dates:

June 15, Thursday 6-9, Merritt Horticulture Unit room H108  (The Temporary Portables we’re using until 2025)

June 22, Thursday 6-9, Merritt Horticulture Unit room H108  (The Temporary Portables we’re using until 2025)

Orientation will include information on location specifics, maps, logistics, vehicle reqs/prep, food and kitchen items needed, daily hikes and preparation, equipment, plant lists and books/apps, as well as the following objectives:

  1. Look over maps in detail, review logistics for each outing.
  2. Discuss alternatives, backpack or car camp, for each trip.
  3. Identify alternate destinations in case of fire or smoke-outs.
  4. ID the individual camp gear for backpack or car camp; see setup.
  5. Look over info sources/literature per trip.
  6. Sample proposed foods and snacks for trail.
  7. Identify communal gear;  limiting unnecessary overlap.
  8. Discuss vehicle types per trip type; carpooling.
  9. View slideshow of locations; flowers and vistas!! 
  10. Safety and medical status. Physical conditioning.


Please use email for general inquiries: stewwinchester@sbcglobal.net. Stew’s cell phone is (510) 685-7024.

Summer 2023 Trip Schedule

Trip Dates/Time Destination
1 July 6th - July 10th

Siskiyou-Klamath-Shasta Region

Carcamp or hybrid backpack

2 July 13th-17th

Marble Mtn’s, Marble Gap - Backpack   

(Advisory: high clearance/AWD or 4WD recommended)

3 July 20th - July 24th

Warner Mtns. Great Basin Range


4 July 27th - Aug 1

Ruby Mtn’s, Nevada


Please note:

  • ALL DESTINATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! Posted destination may change depending on weather, atmospheric conditions (smoke/fire), road conditions, or phenology.
  • Car camp style trips: Group will meet at the destination, or nearby, by arrangement, then camp and head out daily for day hikes.
  • Costs: Trip fee $25 (includes shared equipment such as water filters and stove fuel). Additional expenses include carpooling (riders cover all fuel costs for drivers) and may include campground fees and wilderness permit fees where applicable. Participants carpool for all trips.
  • Students who emailed their trip requests will be signed up for their first choice trip until the trip limit is reached. Students who request to sign up for a trip that is full will be notified that they need to select an alternate trip.
  • Each participant should be in good shape and be able to hike/backpack/take care of personal needs/keep up with the group AND have enough energy remaining to learn about plants while exploring the outdoor environment.
  • Each participant provides their own food and personal camping equipment. Stew may have gently used gear available for purchase and hand out Mountain Hardwear store passes at the Orientation Meeting.
  • REI offers classes in basic backpacking skills. This is a botany class.

Please revisit this page for more information and schedule updates.

"As students in the life sciences we must all make an effort to absorb nature's bounty this year. Get yourselves and your cameras ready!"