Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet

HIKE TO SAVE THE PLANET (from you know who)

Christopher Bomba

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dear friends,

With the election of Donald Trump, the environment -- both here in the USA and around the globe – is in jeopardy. In his first 100 days, Trump has promised to approve Keystone XL, open swaths of public lands to fracking and drilling, withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and zero out climate change funding. His nomination for the head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, is a climate change denier who will neuter the agency. His choice to head the Interior Department, Ryan Zinke, has consistently voted with those who would exploit or dispose of public lands rather than safeguard them. If you are as upset about this as I am, please join me on February 12 (Abraham Lincoln’s birthday!) for a hike to raise funds for the Sierra Club, which, 2.5 million members strong, stands ready to fight Donald Trump on Capitol Hill and in the courts. Only through such grassroots organizations can we preserve the advances in environmental protection made over the past decades.

For the cover photo of this fundraising webpage, I chose the famous shot of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir together atop Yosemite's Glacier Point. I did so to remind us of the partnership between government and groups like the Sierra Club that has done so much for this country and the world – from creating the National Park system to passing such legislation as the Clean Air Act. Unlike Teddy Roosevelt, Donald Trump is NOT a partner. We have to be extra vigilant until we can elect one!

Find hike details (and some photos of its location) below. Please make a donation and join us. Consider getting friends or relatives to sponsor you. If you can’t come, but believe in the cause, please give what you can. (Alas, this is a political contribution and not tax deductible.) Please share this website with any interested party.!

“The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.”
Native American Proverb

WHEN: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 8:30 AM – 1 PM.
Breakfast of coffee and pastries at 8:30. Hike to commence around 9:00.

WHERE: Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa, Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area

DIRECTIONS: From Los Angeles, take the 101 (Ventura Fwy) north towards Thousand Oaks. Exit at Lynn Road. Turn left and follow Lynn Road 5.5 miles to Via Goleta. Turn left into Rancho Sierra Vista and drive to the main parking lot at the end of the road.

ROUTE: For all ages, this is an easy 4-mile semi-loop with a 900’ gain/loss through grassy plain and down to the waterfall in Upper Big Sycamore Canyon. (Fingers crossed it’ll be running.) There’s an option to do only two miles that’s mostly level. Lying beneath Boney Mountain, Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa is sacred ground to Chumash Native Americans. The onsite Chumash Cultural Center will be open.

RSVP: Include an "I'll be there" note with your donation, or let me know at bombachris@gmail.com More detail forthcoming via email.



raised of $1,500 goal

Recent Donations

1. Mary Anderson
I'm thrilled to support my friend and colleague Chris Bomba's fundraiser on behalf of the Sierra Club. Chris has organized many hikes in the past that I've enjoyed in the past. This is my small way of saying "Thank you, amigo."
2. Jenny Hannah
Earth protection in action! ?? Thank you Chris and the Sierra Club!
3. Ted Dodd
Go Chris!!!!!!!!!!
4. John Raycraft
Great idea for a good cause. Evan and I plan to join you there.
5. Kevin Droney
Need to counteract the GOP House auctioning off our public lands to the highest bidder. The fight continues.
6. Chris Cote
Great idea, Chris!