Desert Survivors is an affiliation of desert lovers committed to experiencing, sharing and protecting desert wilderness wherever we find it. We recognize the places we love to explore will not remain wild unless we give others the opportunity to experience them as we do and unless we remain vigilant and active in our efforts to monitor and preserve them.

Photographing Bristlecone pines at the Patriach Grove in the White Mountains, August 2014.  Desert Survivor's
beat the summer desert heat by camping in the high country (here at 11,000 ft. elevation.)  The white Dolomite soil is
alkaline, high in calcium and magnesium, and low in phosphorus. Those factors tend to exclude other plant species,
allowing bristlecones to thrive in this harsh environment. Because of cold temperatures, dry soil, high winds, and short
growing seasons, the trees grow very slowly and can live for thousands of years.  A Bristlecone growing near this site is
reported to be 4,750 years old.   Our trips will take you to all sorts of beautiful and intruiging places in the North American
deserts.  Become a member and join us on our wilderness adventures. Photo: N. Blake                           

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                                                            PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK

Photo composite, clockwise from top left:  A day hike in Bear Gulch; Desert Survivors' new president Michelle Bashin; 
A high country rock spire; Park service lecturer demonstrates the wing span of a California condor; Packed up and ready
for the service project; Happy to be here; Our pot luck feast on Saturday evening; Desert Survivors volunteers gather to
clear brush from a wild hog exclusion fence.  Photos by: Lynne Buckner, A.H. Cominos, N. Blake

The new Desert Survivors Board of Directors, elected at our Annual General Meeting on October 12, 2014.  Left-right: Gerry
Goss-Managing Director, Norma Wallace-Secretary, Kevin Pope-at large, Elena Gogoleva-at large, Deirdre Cerkanowicz-at
large, Nick Blake-Communications Director, Marisa Seaman-at large, Judy Kendall-at large, Martina Konietzny-Volunteer Director, Michelle Bashin-President, Bob Lyon-Activities Director, Ron Cohen-at large.  Photo: Lynne Buckner.

                    THE FALL 2014 TRIPS SCHEDULE IS HERE!
This fall Desert Survivors is sponsoring a wide variety of trips and events.  There will be backpacks over
Mono Pass in the Eastern Sierras, along the Lonesome Miner Trail in the Inyos and into the Turtle Mountains. 
Just added: a November backpack into the Trilobite Widerness.  Our car camps include excursions to the Eureka
Dunes in Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon and Randsburg areas of Kern County, Saline Hot Springs and Anza-
Borrego. We will also take part in the Mojave Fest––celebrating 25 years of the Mojave National Preserve.
Of course there is our annual holiday party in December. 
For more information on these and other events please
go to the