San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
Non-profit organization Restore Hetch Hetchy (http://www.hetchhetchy.org/) today announced that the fourth annual "Muir's March" treks will be led by the highly-experienced international mountain guiding service California Alpine Guides (CAG). Muir’s March raises awareness and funds for the campaign to bring the Hetch Hetchy Valley back to life, and includes six stunning backpacking trips (plus a trip just for families) in Yosemite National Park, from July 29 – August 4, 2012.
California Alpine Guides is a mountain guiding and trekking service with a professional and certified team of mountain guides who have vast experience leading treks throughout California and the world. For Muir’s March (http://www.muirsmarch.org), the guides will take backpackers and hikers into scenic areas of Yosemite rarely experienced by tourists, literally and figuratively following in Muir’s footsteps.
“California Alpine Guides’ experienced, friendly trek leaders will not only ensure that our hikers have fun and are safe, but that they will have access to some of the most beautiful and rarely seen parts of Yosemite,” said Mike Marshall, executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy. “This march is all about raising awareness of the devastation of – and the hope for – Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley. Led by CAG, our Muir’s Marchers will have a glimpse into what the restoration of this incomparable national treasure could look like.”
John Muir called Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley "one of nature's rarest and most precious mountain temples." Despite his urgent pleas, in 1913 the federal government approved San Francisco's request to clear-cut and flood the valley for use as a reservoir. The decision horrified wilderness-lovers and helped spur the creation of the National Park Service and the international environmental conservation movement.
The California Alpine Guides organization (http://www.californiaalpineguides.com/) has been in operation for eight years, and was founded by certified mountain guide and California-native Dave Miller who, with his tight-knit team of mountain guides, run highly personalized climbs, treks and courses around the world. The guides run a number of treks through Yosemite National Park each year, and are well versed on the various treks which make up Muir’s March.
“Our guides all have formal training and we are thrilled to bring our expertise to Muir’s March,” said Dave Miller, Owner and Director of California Alpine Guides. “Our team is dedicated to the profession of mountain guiding, and naturally, we have a deep respect for the environment and the wilderness, so we share in the mission to restore Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley to its original state.”
Muir’s March participants can choose from six scenic treks, varying in length from one to seven days, where they will enjoy stunning vistas, camaraderie, campfires and stories. Space is limited, so participants are encouraged to sign up early at http://www.muirsmarch.org. The treks will converge August 4th atop the O'Shaughnessy Dam for a rally and celebration. Hikers each raise $90 or more* to participate and the funds will be used to support a campaign to educate San Francisco voters and lawmakers and win their approval for the restoration project. Hikers and backpackers of all skill levels and ages are welcome. Several of the trips are organized specifically for families.
Muir’s March is part of Restore Hetch Hetchy’s ongoing mission to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural splendor, while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.
Prospective participants can register or get more information by visiting http://www.muirsmarch.org or by calling 415-956-0401.
*Fundraising requirements vary according to hike length, from $90 to $2100. Hikes are 1, 4 and 7 days in length.
ABOUT RESTORE HETCH HETCHY: The mission of Restore Hetch Hetchy is to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.
IMAGES: High-resolution digital photographs of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, both before and after its flooding, and broadcast-quality video footage of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are available upon request. A map of the Muir’s March routes is online at http://bit.ly/marchroutes.
INTERVIEWS: We will gladly arrange interviews with Restore Hetch Hetchy Executive Director Mike Marshall and others who have participated in Muir's March.
Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340, melanie(at)mwebbcom(dot)com
Angela Jacobson, mWEBB Communications, (714) 454-8776, angela(at)mwebbcom(dot)com