Sierran Masthead

Local Member Photographs 15 National Sierra Club Outings Across the Country

A member of the Heartlands Group has been photographing Sierra Club national outings all across the country since June.

By the time he's done with this volunteer project in October, Tom Ransburg will have photographed 15 outings in 11 states from Washington to New Hampshire and North Carolina to Oregon.

An Indianapolis commercial/advertising photographer, Tom is driving from site to site to record members on film during 13 service outings and 2 pleasure outings. The photographs will be used in the Sierra Club's outings catalog and for other publicity purposes. Tom coordinated the project through Molly Neal, Manager of Outings Publicity at the Club's San Francisco headquarters.

Tom hits each outing on his itinerary for about 2 or 3 days. He photographs participants early and late in the day when light is favorable. The rest of the time Tom puts down the camera, picks up tools, and works with the groups as they repair trails, put up or take down fence, and revegetate areas. Tom also hikes, eats, and camps with the outing participants.

"I've been fascinated by every trip," Tom said. "I've met a lot of nice people. It's been a very good experience."

By the end of August, Tom had driven 14,000 miles and shot 82 rolls of film (with 36 exposures each).

Among the places he's traveled to are the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico (where he photographed both an archaeological trip and a service trip), Mount Hood in Oregon, Brooks Lake in Wyoming, and Stehekin Valley in Washington state. Tom found this last place especially fascinating. "It's a very nice spot I didn't know existed."

After stopping back in Indianapolis in August, Tom headed east in September to photograph outings in Franconia, New Hampshire, at Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania, and at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"I've searched for ways to help the Club," Tom said. "I've been able to help in this fashion better than in any other way I've found so far."

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Summer 1999