White Mountain Research Station to hold open house August 3

The main building at the Barcroft Station is a single 40- by 100-foot quonset-style structure built in 1952 and named for the first WMRS director, Nello Pace. (Photo by Paul Kennedy)

UC faculty, staff, students, and friends are invited to a day of hiking and educational activities in the White Mountains on Sunday, August 3. This event is co-sponsored by the University of California White Mountain Research Station (WMRS), Inyo National Forest, and Friends of WMRS.

The Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center will sponsor free interpretive programs, a first-ever Bristlecone Art Show, and refreshments--all taking place at the visitor center at Schulman Grove. For more information, call the White Mountain Ranger Station at (760) 873-2500.

The White Mountain Research Station Open House will take place at the Pace Laboratory (WMRS Barcroft Station). This once-a-year opportunity to drive up to the Pace Lab, normally restricted by a locked gate, includes short lectures by visiting researchers, poster displays, light refreshments, and sales of souvenirs. The gate will open at 6:30 a.m. for hikers who want to ascend the 14,242-foot White Mountain Peak. The Barcroft Station will open to the public for tours, etc., at 9 a.m.

Carpooling is highly recommended as parking is limited. Friends of WMRS (wearing orange vests), as well as research station faculty and staff, will be on hand to answer questions and sell souvenirs.

Researchers' talks at the Barcroft facility will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The Pace Laboratory is the 11th-highest research station in the world and the fourth-highest in North America. Another lab in the station, the high alpine summit laboratory, is the fourth-highest research facility in the world and the highest in North America.

For more information, call White Mountain Research Station at (760) 873-4344 or visit www.wmrs.edu for maps and directions.

Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes, and your ability to adapt to high altitudes. The elevation at the Barcroft facility is 12,500 feet and at the Summit Lab is 14,242 feet.