– Press release

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.

Courtesy Kevin Mazzu

Courtesy Kevin Mazzu

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).

Photo courtesy Jim Purdum

Photo courtesy Jim Purdum

“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!”

Courtesy Kevin Mazzu

Courtesy Kevin Mazzu

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!

Note: Attached is the current list of activities/events and contact information to help answer questions about specific tours and events and to pre-register.


Event Schedule

Lone Pine Film History Museum – Theatre Presentations
• 9:00 am Movie History Discussion Chris Langley
• 10:00 am Alabama Hills – Classic TV & Commercials Bob Sigman
• 11:00 am Alabama Hills Stewardship Group Kevin Mazzu
• 12noon Paiute Shoshone Culture Kathy Bancroft/Ray Hunter
• 1:00 pm Owens Lake Bird Festival Mike Prather/Audubon Club
• 2:00 pm Climbing in the Eastern Sierra Peter Croft
Alabama Hills Tours

• All Day Sky Time Helicopter Tours Leave from LP Airport
• All Day Rock Climbing Event Kurt Wedberg / SMI
• 8am – 10am Birding Walk Mike Prather / FOI
• 8am – 10am Horseback Ride Jennifer Roeser
• 9am – 10:30 ‘Dog Walk’ the Alabama’s Lynn Almeida
• 9 am – Noon “Walk and Work” Stewardship Event BLM / FOI
• 9:30am/11:30 ‘Kids Explorer’ Hike Healthy Communities
• 9:30am – Noon Native Plant & Insect Walk Richard P & Nancy H / ESIA
• 9:30am – Noon Gold Panning Workshop LP Gem & Mineral
• 10am – Noon ‘Fat Bike’ Tour Gigi Van Der Riet
• 10am – 1pm ‘Grand Motor’ Tour Doug Thompson
• 11am – 2pm Geocaching Event Bishop Geocache Club
• 11am – 1pm Interpretive Movie Tour Chris Langley
• 12:30pm/3pm ‘Kids Explorer’ Hike Healthy Communities
• 1pm – 2pm VIP Film Museum Tour Bob Sigman
• 1pm – 3pm Map/Orienteering Workshop Jon Turner
• 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
For more information/details and to pre-register for all ‘Alabama Hills’ tours/events: Please contact the following tour guides/leaders:

• SkyTime Helicopter Tours
Contact: Ed Roski – SkyTime Helicopter Tours
Phone: (415) 342-4444
E-Mail: [email protected]

• Rock Climbing Event
Contact: Kurt Wedberg / Sierra Mountaineering International
Phone: (760) 872-4929
E-Mail: [email protected]

• Birding Walk
Contact: Mike Prather – Eastern Sierra Audubon Society
Phone: (760) 876-5807 cell: (760)715-0692
E-Mail: [email protected]

• Horseback Riding
Contact: Jennifer Roeser – McGee Creek Pack Station
Phone: (760) 878-2207 cell: 310-717-9113
E-Mail: [email protected]

• “Dog Walk” the Alabama Hills
Contact: Lynne Almeida – Eastern Sierra Agility Group
Phone: (760) 872-3839

• “Walk and Work” Stewardship Project / Restoration Work
Contact: Dave Kirk – BLM
Phone: (760) 876-6209
E-Mail: [email protected]
Contact: Andrew Schurr – Friends of the Inyo
Phone: (760) 873-6500
E-Mail: [email protected]

• ‘Kids Explorer’ Hikes
o Contact: Jennifer Lutze – Healthy Communities of So. Inyo County
Phone: (760) 876-1011
E-Mail: [email protected]

• Native Plant and Insect Walk
Contact: Richard Potashin and Nancy Hadlock – ESIA/NPS/CNPS
Phone: cell (760) 258-6574; home (760) 263-5022
E-Mail: [email protected]
• Gold Panning Workshop
Contact: Francis Pednau – Lone Pine Gem and Mineral Society
Phone: (760) 876-4319
E-Mail: [email protected]

• ‘Fat Bike’ Tours
Contact: Gigi Van Der Riet – Sierra Adventure Center
Call or Text: (760) 299-5996
E-Mail: [email protected]

• ‘Grand Motor’ Tour
o Contact: Doug Thompson – Whitney Portal Store
Phone: (760) 920-2178
E-Mail: [email protected]

• Geocaching Event
o Contact: Susan Cullen – Bishop Geocache Club
Phone: (760) 873-4676
E-Mail: [email protected]

• Interpretive Movie Tour
o Contact: Chris Langley / President – AHSG, Inc.
Phone: (760) 937-1189
E-Mail: [email protected]

• VIP Film Museum Tour
o Contact: Bob Sigman / Director – Lone Pine Film History Museum
Phone: (760) 876-9909
E-Mail: [email protected]

• Map Reading / Orienteering Workshop
o Contact: Jon Turner – Elevation
Phone: (760) 876-4560
E-Mail: [email protected]
All tours meet and leave from the Lone Pine Convention Center:
325 South Main Street (across from the Dow Villa Motel)
*Except ‘Helicopter Tours’ which leave from / return to
the Lone Pine Airport….


“Alabama Hills Day”

Co-Sponsor: Bureau of Land Management

2015 Exhibitors/Sponsors

9am – 3pm in “The Building” / Lone Pine Convention Center


  • Advocates for Access to Public Lands (AAPL) – “Adventure Trails”
  • Alpine Signs / US 395 Store
  • Bishop Chamber of Commerce
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • California Association of 4WD Clubs
    • ‘Gear Grinders & Eastern Sierra 4WD Club
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • California Native Plant Society – Bristlecone Chapter
  • California Trout
  • Coso Heritage Society / So. Inyo Museum
  • De La Cour Ranch
  • Eastern California Museum
  • Eastern Sierra Agility Group
  • Eastern Sierra Regional Broadband Consortium
  • Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitors Center
  • Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA)
  • Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care
  • ‘Eastern Sierra Youth Outdoors’ Program / Bishop Rotary Club
  • Elevation “Sierra Adventure Essentials”
  • Friends of the Inyo
  • Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo County
  • Inyo County Search and Rescue
  • Inyo County Sheriff’s Department
  • Inyo National Forest
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce
  • Lone Pine Economic Development Corporation
  • Lone Pine Gem and Mineral Society
  • Lone Pine Museum of Film History
  • Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe
  • Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation
  • Owens Valley Committee
  • Owens Valley Growers Cooperative
  • Ridgecrest Daily Independent
  • Sierra Business Council            
  • Sierra Club – Toiyabe Chapter / Range of Light Group
  • Sierra Mountain Center
  • Sierra Nevada Conservancy
  • The Wilderness Society


 Access Fund

  • Aerohead Cycle
  • Alex Printing
  • American Alpine Association
  • Audubon of the Eastern Sierra
  • Boy Scouts of Lone Pine – Color Guard and Flag Ceremony
  • Chase Photography
  • Clevenger Photography
  • Conservation Lands Foundation
  • Dave Kirk
  • Dave McCoy
  • De La Cour Ranch
  • Eastside Sports
  • Geocache Club of Bishp
  • Inyo Council for the Arts
  • KIBS/KBOV Radio – Live Remote
  • Laurie Hatch Photography
  • Lloyd Baggs Photography
  • Matt Kingsley – 5th District / Inyo County Board of Supervisors
  • McGee Creek Pack Station
  • Michael Dorame – Artist
  • McDonald’s of Lone Pine
  • McGee Creek Pack Station
  • Mount Whitney Hostel and Hotel
  • Muench Photography
  • Reagan’s Sporting Goods
  • Sage to Summit
  • Sierra Adventure Center
  • Sierra Mountain Center
  • Sierra Mountaineering International
  • Sierra Design Studio
  • Sierra Trout Magnet
  • Skytime Helicopter Tours
  • Spellbinder Books


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