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Alabama Hills Day

“Alabama Hills Day” Shaping Up To Be Best Ever!

submitted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group:

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Co-sponsored by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Inc.
& the Bureau of Land Management – Bishop Field Office

In partnership with the Lone Pine Film History Museum

Come celebrate the 4th annual “Alabama Hills Day” on Saturday, April 11th from 9am to 3pm in Lone Pine, CA. The purpose of the event is to celebrate this scenic landscape and educate the public about the wide variety of groups/activities that access & interact with the Alabama’s.

Co-sponsored again this year by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and the Bureau of Land Management the event showcases the rich history and unique landscape of this area just outside of Lone Pine.

“This day-long event is intended to promote the unique landscape and the multitude of activities that allow everyone to enjoy this incredible natural resource” said Kevin Mazzu – event leader and board member of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group (AHSG). “This year will be our most exciting event ever, with 17 unique activities taking place in the Alabama Hills. You can rock climb with Mt. Everest summiteer Kurt Wedberg, pan for gold with the Lone Pine Gem and Mineral Society, get a private VIP tour of the Lone Pine Film History Museum with executive director Bob Sigman, go on a grand auto excursion around the entire area with Doug Thompson, try your hand and GPS on geocaching or meet legendary mountain climber Peter Croft. Kids (and their parents) can participate in one of our new – Healthy Communities – youth oriented ‘Kids Explorer’ hikes complete with an on-the-go lunch from McDonald’s!”

Co-sponsor Steve Nelson, BLM – Bishop Field Office Manager added: “We are proud of our partnership with the AHSG and the community of Lone Pine. Working together we have collaborated on managing the land, developed interpretive and educational materials and improved the responsible use of this resource, by the over 100,000 visitors we receive each year. We are also excited to release, at this event, a new interpretive map and brochure for the Alabama Hills!”

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Inc. would like to invite the public to participate in this special event. Adults and children are welcome and attendance is free! Bring your family and friends and come out to show your support for the Alabama Hills and enjoy a unique learning experience!

Nearly 70 different exhibitors and sponsors will be lending their support for the scenic Alabama Hills at “The Building” – Convention Center at 325 South Main Street, Lone Pine, California. The Lone Pine Film History Museum will also host a variety of exhibits, films and lectures for the general public to enjoy and be educated about this fantastic natural landscape. Various field trips and a stewardship event will also take place in the Alabama Hills themselves: Take a helicopter flight; ride your mountain bike; search for a geocache ‘treasure’; take your dog for a canine hike; rock climb; join a horseback riding, birding, movie or native plant & insect tour; learn to map read and pan for gold; get a VIP tour of the film museum; motor tour the ‘Hills’; join in to help with a trail restoration project or just take a hike!

KIBS/KBOV radio will be on-hand from 10 am until noon to do a live remote broadcast, MC’ed by Gary Young who will interview people that are passionate about the Alabama Hills. Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care will also be on hand with some of their special “critters” making an appearance!
The AHSG, Inc. is committed to the stewardship of the Alabama Hills and partnering with the BLM to protect the jaw-dropping beauty of this semi-primitive landscape with continued access for such diverse groups as hikers, motorists, photographers, rock climbers, campers and fisherman as well as allowing important economic activities like commercial filming, cattle grazing and hunting to continue. Balancing all these needs is what makes the Alabama Hills so special to so many people and necessitates its protection. Legislation has recently been introduced in Congress that will designate the Alabama Hills a National Scenic Area!

Please join the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, our partner the BLM, and all our stakeholders in supporting the future of this fantastic landscape by participating in our 4th Annual “Alabama Hills Day” on Saturday, April 11th, 2015!

Event Schedule

Lone Pine Film History Museum – Theatre Presentations

  1. 9:00 am Movie History Discussion Chris Langley

  2. 10:00 am Alabama Hills – Classic TV & Commercials Bob Sigman

  3. 11:00 am Alabama Hills Stewardship Group Kevin Mazzu

  4. 12noon Paiute Shoshone Culture Kathy Bancroft/Ray Hunter

  5. 1:00 pm Owens Lake Bird Festival Mike Prather/Audubon Club

  6. 2:00 pm Climbing in the Eastern Sierra Peter Croft

Alabama Hills Tours

  1. All Day Sky Time Helicopter Tours Leave from LP Airport

  2. All Day Rock Climbing Event Kurt Wedberg / SMI

  3. 8am – 10am Birding Walk Mike Prather / FOI

  4. 8am – 10am Horseback Ride Jennifer Roeser

  5. 9am – 10:30 ‘Dog Walk’ the Alabama’s Lynn Almeida

  6. 9 am – Noon “Walk and Work” Stewardship Event BLM / FOI

9:30am/11:30 ‘Kids Explorer’ Hike Healthy Communities

  1. 9:30am – Noon Native Plant & Insect Walk Richard P & Nancy H / ESIA

  2. 9:30am – Noon Gold Panning Workshop LP Gem & Mineral

  3. 10am – Noon ‘Fat Bike’ Tour Gigi Van Der Riet

  4. 10am – 1pm ‘Grand Motor’ Tour Doug Thompson

  5. 11am – 2pm Geocaching Event Bishop Geocache Club

  6. 11am – 1pm Interpretive Movie Tour Chris Langley

12:30pm/3pm ‘Kids Explorer’ Hike Healthy Communities

  1. 1pm – 2pm VIP Film Museum Tour Bob Sigman

  2. 1pm – 3pm Map/Orienteering Workshop Jon Turner

  3. 1pm – 3pm ‘Fat Bike’ Tour Gigi Van Der Riet

Note: All tours depart from the Lone Pine Convention Center

3pm Post Event Party at Mount Whitney Hostel & Hotel

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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My Lone Pine

My Lone Pine Website Launched

California travelers to the scenic Lone Pine will now have a powerful new resource to explore, MyLonePine.com.

MyLonePine.com is a brand new website devoted to helpful tourist information for one of California’s best kept secrets: Lone Pine, California.

The site is a unique partnership between KIBS FM and KBOV AM with KHTS AM-1220, a radio station in Santa Clarita, California, located about three hours away from Lone Pine.

The radio outlets are combining resources to create a powerful website for tourists interested in traveling to the beautiful Lone Pine.

Just south of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra, the Interagency Visitor Center offers the best possible view of the breathtaking Mt. Whitney, known as the tallest mountain of the “lower 48” states.

For the more adventurous travelers, MyLonePine.com also offers valuable information about climbing the mountain, including the USDA checklist, information on required permits and directions.

Many people may not know about Lone Pine’s incredible history in the Hollywood film industry, which has been expertly preserved at the local Lone Pine Film History Museum.

Travelers can view the museum’s extensive collection of real movie costumes, cars, props, posters and other memorabilia used during filming in and around Lone Pine, from the early days of “Round Up” to the modern blockbusters of today such as “Iron Man.”

A download of the Movie Road Self-Guided Tour booklet is also available on the website, which gives travelers the chance to get a first-hand look at real shooting locations of many motion pictures filmed in the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine.

In addition to telling travelers everything they need to know about experiencing Lone Pine’s film history and Mt. Whitney, MyLonePine.com also offers a calendar of fun, family-friendly events so travelers can incorporate them into their plans.

Dining information, a business directory and information on a variety of family-friendly activities– like hiking, biking, camping, fishing, golfing and bird watching –is another convenient, easy to use feature of the website.

MyLonePine.com is an exciting new tool for California travelers to learn everything they need to know about planning their next trip to Lone Pine.

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Lone Pine Trout Derby

Lone Pine Early Opener Trout Derby

The $800 Blind Bogey Lone Pine Early opener trout derby is set for Saturday, March 7th.  Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish, largest catch and tagged fish.  The grand prize is the $800 blind bogey!  Sign ups will take place from 6:30 am to 12 noon at Diaz Lake.  Contact the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce for more information, 760-876-4444, or visit their web site, www.lonepinechamber.org.  The Lone Pine early opener trout derby is brought to you by the Lone Pine Business community and Inyo County.

The entry fee is $10 for adults, $5 for children.  Coffee and Donuts will be available at sign up time, and lunch will also be available.

Photo by Gary Young Photography, The historic Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery.

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