Dianne loves to climb mountains! She has climbed Cho Oyu, Yufuin, Fuji, “The Snake”, Kilimanjaro, Everest to the summit, and Everest to Base Camp/Kalapattar. She loves to hike California’s mountains and deserts, and is always ready for a new adventure and challenge. She loves camping and is especially fond of the Angeles National Forest, and all of California’s National Parks.
Linda has been a hiker leader since 2009. She would rather be in the outdoors than anywhere else. She is interested in everything related to the outdoors, from the Amargosa vole to the Zygocactus. She is also the Desert Field Organizer for the California Wilderness Coalition, an Oakland-based California non-profit organization that works to build support for the protection of California’s wildest remaining places. Linda is an avid hiker, tent camper, and amateur nature photographer.
Lisé started hiking with Community Hiking Club nearly three years ago, and quickly became a great hike leader. Lisé has a passion for knowing the names of the flowers, trees and grasses that are seen on CHC’s hikes, and loves to teach them to others. She enjoys leading hikes at a pace that everyone can enjoy. She believes a hike should be a combination of great cardio, while taking the time to enjoy the scenery and wants to be sure everyone has a great experience. She is also an avid photographer whose favorite subjects are wildflowers and wild animals.
Paul recently rekindled his love of hiking and nature as a lot of people did In the early lock down years of the Covid-19. Paul grew up hiking and camping in the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, as well as the deserts and mountains of Saudi Arabia many moons ago. He does appreciate scenic trails with minimal crowds and is always on the lookout for new and intriguing places to hike locally or relatively close to Santa Clarita. Not only does Paul lead hikes he is also on the CHC Board of Directors, when he is not doing that you might also find him volunteering his other free time at the Slide Mountain Fire Lookout near Lake Pyramid. Paul’s can easily be spotted in the wild, just look for the guy with the big hat.
Chris Stratford is a Facilities Operations Specialist with the Department of the Navy out of Point Mugu. He has been camping, hiking, and backpacking for many years. He is currently our hike scheduler, backpacking coordinator, and one of our hike leaders. He is happiest outdoors and enjoys sharing his love of nature with others while trying to preserve it for generations to come.
Nancy Harrison: Born and raised in Southern California, I fell in love with just about any activity that got me outdoors. I’m most familiar with the hiking trails along the Malibu Coast, Santa Monica mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, and selected areas in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I became a member of the Community Hiking Club in 2018, and have since integrated hiking as part of my lifestyle. I enjoy moderate to more challenging hikes and always savor connecting with other hikers of all experience levels.
As a Geographer, Mary is fascinated with everything in nature, as well as intrigued by all things cultural. Geography encompasses the Natural Science and the Social Science spectrum of education.
Her love of the physical side of Geography was nurtured through studying geology, mineralogy, petrology, geologic maps, plate tectonics, geomorphology, vegetation, and both taking and leading hundreds of field trips. Weather, climate patterns, biogeography, energy, and history continue to capture her interests.
Mary’s love of the social human side of Geography was nurtured through her love of people in general, cities and architecture, transportation, history, listening to others, studying belief and spiritual systems, mental health, and discovering why people are so unique and fascinating across the world.
After high school, she worked in the medical profession, then married and stayed home raising 3 children. Returning to college in 1983 mostly part-time, she never looked back. Her early college education focused on business, psychology, early childhood education, and architecture, before finally deciding upon Geography. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Geography in 1993 and Master of Arts in Geography in 1999 (including a minor in Geology) both from the California State University at Northridge, California.
Mary has been teaching since 2002 at College of the Canyons. She has made professional Scholarly Presentations and conducted field trips for hundreds, at the college and other venues such as museums, geologic societies, and local geology and hiking clubs.