Events

Alabama Hills Days 2017
Saturday and Sunday,  April 8 & 9
Lone Pine, California

DESCRIPTION OF EVENTS

Inspirational thought for the day:
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people.
I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”

—Sylvia Plath

SATURDAY, April 8th
9:00am: Alabama Hills Day Opening Ceremony
The welcome flag ceremony by Troop82 will be opening the 2017 Alabama Hills Day. Opening comments from the Bureau of Land Management, The US Forest Service, and AHSG Board President Kathy Jefferson Bancroft will also take place during this time. In addition, a short introduction of The Hills and our partnership with the BLM will be a part of the event. Each group will make a short introduction during the course of the day showcasing what they do. The many parts that make up the stewardship of the region, that is, government agencies, NGO’s, dedicated volunteers, and visitors from near and far are all welcome to join.

9:30am-12:00pm: Audubon Bird Tour with Mike Prather:
Along with The Friends of the Inyo, Mike Prather will lead a tour of The Hills and surrounding area to showcase the many birding sites. Contact Mike Prather for more details at 760-876-5807 or by email at mprather@lonepinetv.com.

9:30am-3pm: Climbing in The Hills:
Climbing in The Hills will take place with International renown guide Kurt Wedberg, owner of SMI Guides in Bishop, CA, and local guide Amy Ness will introduce climbing basics. Everyone will be given the opportunity to experience safe and supervised climbing. Alongside, ropes will be in place for other climbs with belay and instruction.

9:30am-1:00pm: Bugs and Blooms Tour (Insects and Flowers, the Marriage of the Ages):
The tour will be led by Richard Potashian and Nancy Hadlock. Limit 20 people. We will car pool to several locations to discover what is in bloom and who is visiting. We will discuss plant and insect uses and benefits. The morning will end with some plant/bug art to take home. For this trip bring your curiosity, binoculars, hand lenses, hat, sunscreen, water, and dress for the weather.

9:30am-11:00pm: Junior Exploration Hike:
This will be a fun exploration of the mazes, tunnels, caves and corridors of a seldom visited section of the Alabama Hills. The hike will be a little over an hour long, which means there will be plenty of time for some of the other events of the day. Though this will be an outing geared toward the younger folks, adults are more than welcome to join. (Note: Kids under 8 must be accompanied by a parent.) During the hike we’ll also talk about the history of the area and touch on the geology, flora, fauna and whatever else comes up. Dress for weather, but make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. The rock is rough and there will be crawling, scrambling, climbing and squeezing, so consider long sleeves and perhaps some gloves. A small pack with water and sunscreen is recommended, too.

10:00am-12:00pm: KIBS Live Radio Interviews:
Live interviews with guests and exhibitors.

10:00am – 12:00pm: Movie and Film History Tour
This year the focus will be on more recent projects that Chris Langley has worked on as Inyo Film Commissioner including: Django Unchained; Iron Man 1; Jurassic Planet; Department of Defense Iraq/ Afghanistan Hum Vee Training Module; several commercials; a Virtual Reality Music Video and several commercials, plus a few surprises as well.

10:00am – 5:00pm: Events at Lone Pine Museum of Western Film History
The Museum of Western Film History will show a short documentary on the Alabama Hills and then conduct a one hour private tour of the Museum exhibits.

12:00pm-1:00pm: Awards Ceremony:
The Awards Ceremony will take place at The Interagency Visitor’s Center. Awards will be given for work and commitment to the Alabama Hills.

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Geology and Natural History Tour
This ancient landscape contains the stories of the ages. Learn some of their geological tales on a short walk through the curious corridors, crags, and natural arches nestled below the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. 2 hours (including drive time). Wear layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, appropriate footwear, and bring at least 1 liter of water and optional trekking poles snacks, camera, binoculars.

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Private Museum Tour
The Museum of Western Film History will show a short documentary on the Alabama Hills and then conduct a one hour private tour of the Museum exhibits.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Junior Exploration Hike:
This will be a fun exploration of the mazes, tunnels, caves and corridors of a seldom visited section of the Alabama Hills. The hike will be a little over an hour long, which means there will be plenty of time for some of the other events of the day. Though this will be an outing geared toward the younger folks, adults are more than welcome to join. (Note: Kids under 8 must be accompanied by a parent.) During the hike we’ll also talk about the history of the area and touch on the geology, flora, fauna and whatever else comes up. Dress for weather, but make sure to wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. The rock is rough and there will be crawling, scrambling, climbing and squeezing, so consider long sleeves and perhaps some gloves. A small pack with water and sunscreen is recommended, too.

SUNDAY, April 9th
8:00am – 11:00am: Restoration and Trail Work Projects
We will be performing vegetation restoration and trail improvements along the new Alabama Hills trail system with Dave Kirk from the Bureau of Land Management, the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and Friends of Inyo. Meet at the corner of Whitney Portal and Movie Roads. Dress for outdoor work - comfortable sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen, water.  BLM will provide tools, trash bags, and drinks. All ages welcome.

12:00 noon – 2:00pm: Hike the new ‘Alabama Hills Trails’ System
After the work detail, we will pick up the trail in that area and walk back to the Alabama Hills kiosk at the start of the trail on Whitney Portal Road, then shuttle people back to their cars.


Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and the BLM Present:

 Interpretive Hikes March 2017

Alabama Hills Natural History
March 12 & 18

Sunday, March 12, These Alabama Hills are Alive:
Explore the mysteries hidden within the eroded granite rock while walking through the passageways and along the
ridge lines that make up the maze of this amazing setting. Discover who lives here, why and how you can best see the
secretive creatures and flora within one or more of the many habitats hidden within the rocks.

Saturday, March 18 The Alabama Hills Under Our Feet:  
This ancient landscape contains the stories of the ages. Learn some of their geological and cultural tales on a series of
short walks through the corridors and mounds nestled below the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.  

Additional details in flyer below...

Film History in the Alabama Hills

Saturday, March 04, 2017, 10am
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 10am

Alabama Hills Stewardship Group Public Meeting
March 9th, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group is hosting a public meeting on March 9th, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Community Building at 975 Teya Rd. in Lone Pine.

Topics to be covered include:

•    A presentation given by BLM Steward Dave Kirk who will highlight the various
    activities & stewardship projects taking place in this amazing landscape.

•    An update will be given about the legislative efforts underway to designate
    the Hills as National Scenic Area

•    Learn about the developing Alabama Hills Docent Program

•    Get involved – become a volunteer!

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, equestrians, 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.

 

Alabama Hills Volunteer Day
Saturday, February 25, 10am-1pm

Join the Bureau of Land Management and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group for a day of volunteer work in the Alabama Hills.
Saturday, February 25, 10am-1pm
We will be performing vegetation restoration.
Meet at the corner of Whitney Portal and Movie Roads.
Dress for outdoor work - comfortable shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen, water.
BLM will provide tools, trash bags, and drinks.

Alabama Hills Natural History Interpretive Hike:
The Alabama Hills Under Our Feet
Sunday January 15 & Saturday January 21

Sunday, January 15 & Saturday, January 21: The Alabama Hills Under Our Feet: This ancient landscape contains the stories of the ages. Learn some of their geological and cultural tales on a series of short walks through the corridors and mounds nestled below the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Duration for both hikes:  2 hours (including drive time) Time:   10:00 Where: · Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, CA. Corner of Routes 395 and 136. · We will car pool to the AlabamaHills. Driving time is approx. 10 minutes. What To Bring: · Layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, appropriate footwear, and at least 1 liter of water. · Optional: trekking poles snacks, camera, binoculars.

Sunday, January 15 & Saturday, January 21: The Alabama Hills Under Our Feet:

This ancient landscape contains the stories of the ages. Learn some of their geological and cultural tales on a series of short walks through the corridors and mounds nestled below the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

Duration for both hikes:  2 hours (including drive time)

Time:   10:00

Where:

· Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, CA. Corner of Routes 395 and 136.

· We will car pool to the AlabamaHills. Driving time is approx. 10 minutes.

What To Bring:

· Layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, appropriate footwear, and at least 1 liter of water.

· Optional: trekking poles snacks, camera, binoculars.

Alabama Hills Volunteer Day
January 14

   Join the BLM and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group for a morning of volunteer work

We will be performing trail maintenance and vegetation restoration

WHEN:   Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:00 AM—Noon

WHERE:  The Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA

HOW TO VOLUNTEER:

· Meet at the corner of Whitney Portal and Movie Roads. Dress for outdoor work - comfortable sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen, water.  

· Tools, gloves, and refreshments provided.

ANY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OR NOTES:

· All ages welcome.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

· BLM: Dave Kirkdmkirk@blm.gov     

Film History in the Alabama Hills
Saturday, December 31
Saturday, January 7
Sunday, January 29

 

There have been over 400 movies and countless commercials filmed in the Alabama Hills. Hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions as you explore the camera locations. This walk covers an area of Movie Flat that includes locations from memorable films such as Gunga Din, Tremors., How the West was Won, and Django Unchained. This is a relatively easy walk on existing roads and trails covering less than 1 mile. Be sure to wear supportive footwear. · Time: 10:00 · Where:   Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, CA. Corner of Routes 395 and 136. From there we will drive to the Alabama Hills. Driving time is approx. 10 minutes. Please car pool as parking is limited. · Duration:  1.5—2 hours including driving time · What To Bring: Layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, camera, and water. · For More Information: Alabama Hills Steward, Dave Kirk dmkirk@blm.gov Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center760 876-6222  

There have been over 400 movies and countless commercials filmed in the Alabama Hills. Hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions as you explore the camera locations. This walk covers an area of Movie Flat that includes locations from memorable films such as Gunga Din, Tremors., How the West was Won, and Django Unchained.

This is a relatively easy walk on existing roads and trails covering less than 1 mile. Be sure to wear supportive footwear.

· Time: 10:00

· Where:   Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, CA. Corner of Routes 395 and 136. From there we will drive to the Alabama Hills. Driving time is approx. 10 minutes. Please car pool as parking is limited.

· Duration:  1.5—2 hours including driving time

· What To Bring: Layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, camera, and water.

· For More Information:

Alabama Hills Steward, Dave Kirk dmkirk@blm.gov

Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center760 876-6222

 

Alabama Hills Days 2016

The annual Alabama Hills Days is happening on April 9 & 10 2016. This year's center of activity is the Eastern Sierra InterAgency Visitors Center.

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and the Bureau of Land Management invite everyone to celebrate the jaw dropping beauty of this incredible geologic area west of Lone Pine, California

You'll find the times and events in this beautiful poster below.

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Sunday, January 3rd and 17th
Learn about the geologic processes that shaped the hills. The hike includes Mobius, 
Heart, and Eye of the Alabama Arches. You’ll also discover that there’s more to the
Alabama Hills than just Movie Flat! The hike includes scenic vistas of the Sierra, Inyo
Mountains, and Owens Lake, plus a visit to a riparian zone in the heart of the hills. 
Duration: 2.5—3  hours
Good fitness level is required. The hike is a loop about 3.5 miles in distance with  
some moderately strenuous sections. The entire hike is on trail and/or multi-use routes. 

For All Interpretive Hikes: 
Time: 10:00
Where:  

  • Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, CA. Corner of Routes 395 and 136.  
  • We will car pool to the Alabama  Hills. Driving time is approx. 10 minutes. 

What To Bring:  

  • Layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, appropriate footwear, and at least 1 liter of water. Optional: trekking poles snacks, camera, binoculars. 

For More Information call; 

  • Alabama Hills Steward, Dave Kirk  dmkirk@blm.gov 
  • Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center 760 876-6222

Alabama Hills Day 2015

Tours, talks, demonstrations, helicopter flights, education, fun, and even walk the dog.

 

Click on the links below to get much more information about the exciting 2015 Alabama Hills Day event:

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

Alabama Hills Day 2015 Schedule of Events

Alabama Hills Day 2015 Exhibitors and Sponsors

Interpretive Tours

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Film History in the Alabama Hills


Saturday March 7 and 14

There have been over 400 movies and countless commercials filmed in the Alabama Hills.   
Hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions as you explore the camera
locations. This walk covers an area of Movie Flat that includes locations from memorable
films such as Gunga Din, How the West Was Won, Tremors, and Django Unchained.
This is a relatively easy walk covering less than 1 mile. The walk is mostly on level ground
Duration: 1 – 1.5  hours

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Explore the Arches - Sunday, March 8 and 15

Learn about the geologic processes that shaped the hills. The hike includes Mobius, Heart,
and Eye of the Alabama Arches. You’ll also discover that there’s more to the Alabama Hills
than just Movie Flat! The hike includes scenic vistas of the Sierra, Inyo Mountains, and Owens
Lake, plus a visit to a riparian zone in the heart of the hills.
Duration: 3—3.5  hours
Good fitness level is required. The hike is a loop about 3.5 miles in distance with  some
moderately strenuous sections. The entire hike is on trail and/or multi-use routes

For All Interpretive Hikes:

Time: 10:00 am
Where:  

  • Meet at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, CA. Corner of Routes 395 and 136.  
  • We will car pool to the Alabama  Hills. Driving time is approx. 10 minutes.

What To Bring:  

  • Layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, appropriate footwear, and at least 1 liter of water.  
  • Optional: trekking poles snacks, camera, binoculars.

For More Information call;

  • Alabama Hills Steward, Dave Kirk  dmkirk@blm.gov
  • Eastern Sierra Inter-agency Visitor Center 760 876-6222

Alabama Hills Day

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Event Schedule - Draft

 

Lone Pine Film History Museum - Theater Presentations

  •  9:00 am        Movie History Discussion                             Chris Langley
  • 10:00 am       Mining History
  • 11:00 am       Panavision Camera History
  • 12:00 noon    Birding in the Owens Valley
  •   1:00 pm        Paiute Shoshone Cultural Resources         Kathy Bancroft
  •   2:00 pm        Climbing in the Eastern Sierra                     Miles Moser / Amy Ness

Alabama Hills Tours

  • All Day                 Sky Time Helicopter Tours                        Leave from L.P. Airport
  • All Day                 Geocaching Event                                       Bishop Geocache Club
  • 7 am - 9 am         Horseback Ride                                           Jennifer Roeser
  • 8 am - 9 am         5K Adventure Run/Walk
  • 8 am - 9 am         "Dog Walk" the Alabama's
  • 8 am - 2 pm         Rock Climbing Event                                   Kurt Wedberg / SMI
  • 8 am – 10 am       Ansel Adams Photo Tour                          Catherine Kravitz
  • 8 am – 12 noon   Landscape Painting Workshop                TBD
  • 9 am – 11am        Mountain Bike Tour                                   TBD
  • 9 am – 11:30am   Stewardship Project/Restoration Work  BLM / FOI
  • 9 am – 12 noon   ‘Grand Motor Tour’                                     TBD
  • 9:30 am/12 noon  Gold Mining Workshop                            LP Gem & Mineral
  • 10 am – 12 noon  Map Reading/Orienteering Workshop   Jon Turner
  • 11 am  - 1 pm        Geology Arches Tour                                BLM – Dave Kirk
  • 11 am – 1 pm        Interpretive Movie Tour                           Chris Langley
  • 1 pm – 2:30 pm     VIP Film Museum Tour                             Bob Sigman
  • 1 pm – 3 pm          ‘Jr. Explorers Club’ – Kids Event               TBD
  • 1 pm – 3 pm          Natural History Tour                                 Mike Prather / FOI
  • 1 pm – 3 pm          Native Plant Tour                                       CNPS - Steve M. / J.A. Hopkins

Note: All tours depart from the Lone Pine Convention Center

Concert In the Rocks

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