The U.C. Hiking Club/CHAOS Alumni Site

The U.C. Hiking Club is an outdoor group founded at U.C. Berkeley in 1948, with roots going all the way back to Joseph LeConte’s ‘University Excursion Party’ in 1870. The club has has been known since 1992 as the Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society (CHAOS). The University of California required the name change when new student group naming conventions were adopted.

Three UC Hiking Club Reunions held August 2010

The August 2010 reunion in Missouri brought this note from Tom Aley:

"Caving, canoe trips, eating, birding, botanizing, hiking, eating, drinking, music, slide shows, eating, good conversations, sleeping in bunk houses, bat watching, velo-mo-babies and eating. How much more hiking trip-ish can it get? You know where we are now, come back!!"

Here are some photos taken at the Missouri reunion from Minard "Pete" Hall. And more from Bob Orser, Keith Howard, and Dave Eggleston.

Bob Orser also took photos of the Berkeley reunion at Skate's restaurant.

Steve Cafferata sent two photos from the Oregon reunion.

Who was in the U. C. Hiking Club, 1948 – 1970?

Helen McGinnis and Kay Hershey Loughman have created an Excel spreadsheet with names and contact information for more than 175 alumni who were active in the Hiking Club between its 1948 founding and 1970. Some information is also available in the List of Alumni, below.

We are still searching for contact information for at least 1250 others who were members during that time. The spreadsheet will be updated whenever we can add something new.

Former Hiking Club members who would like to have the spreadsheet can contact either Helen or Kay, providing us with the name they used when they were members.

List of Alumni New addition October 2016: David Hill

News and contact information for past UC Hiking Club and CHAOS members

Reunion Photos & Reports

Assorted History

The U.C. Hiking Club was organized (again, or for the first time, is not clear) in October 1948, when Richard Bower and Kathleen Campbell, both university students, called a meeting of all people who were interested in the fine sport of hiking. 111 enthusiastic people came to the meeting to learn that the first hike of the semester was to be a nine-mile jaunt from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach.

If you have other historical materials from the Hiking Club and would like to see them here, please email


1949 member card. More cards . . .

UCHC Fall 1949 Schedule
1949 Fall schedule
Printed by Ron Smith

UCHC 1950 Spring–Summer schedule
1950 Spring–Summer
Printed by Ron Smith

UCHC 1951 Spring-Summer schedule
1951 Spring-Summer
Printed by Ron Smith

UCHC Handbook 1953
1953 UCHC Handbook
Edited by Richard Searle
& Harry Krueper

UCHC Song Sheet

Newsletter—The Bear Track

Read past issues of The Bear Track, 1949-1995. We have 85+ issues; please help fill in the gaps!

Membership Lists

Selected Bear Tracks also contain membership list additions and corrections.

1951 Fall

1952 Fall

1956 Fall

1957 Spring

1957 Fall

1958 Spring

1958 Fall

1959 Spring

1959 Fall

1960 Fall

1961 Spring

1961 Fall

1962 Spring

1964 Fall

Schedules of Activities

1949 Fall schedule

1950 Spring-Summer Schedule

1951 Spring-Summer Schedule

1953 Spring schedule

1956 Fall schedule

1957 Spring schedule

1958 Spring schedule


Groups started by former UC Hiking Club/CHAOS members