Camping and Whitewater Rafting (Class IV) on the Kern River

  • August 19, 2011 · 5:30 PM
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2 day camping trip with rafting on Sunday during the weekend of August 19th - 21st on the Lower Kern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The plan is to drive up Friday and camp, then hike and lounge by the river on Saturday. Afterwards we'll go back to the campsite for the night to relax and share stories about the day and whatever else. The campsite has a wall for climbing if people are interested.  (Note - If you can't go Friday, then you can drive up anytime Saturday) 

 

Campsite: "If you come to Kernville to just get away from it all, our campground is a great place to relax. With amenities such as sand and grass volleyball, shuffle board, horseshoe pits and convenient river access to fully relax and enjoy. We also encourage you to  join us in helping to preserve the ecology of the Kern River. "

 

Rafting : We will start rafting on Sunday morning at 8am. "Our Lower Kern, Class IV river trips are nice, long and continuous river trips. Our Lower Kern run is about twelve miles of river with a series of eight Class IV rapids, which will have your adrenaline pumping all day long. We stop for a freshly prepared deli-style lunch and, if time permits, a stop at the "jump rock" where you can plunge into the river from new heights." Rafting will finish up between 3 and 4pm, which gives everyone plenty of time to get home early Sunday night. This is so much more fun then the class III rafting other groups usually do. Class III runs generally involve a lot of paddling and not much whitewater.  

 

Cost:  This is a full day of class IV rafting on the most popular river in SoCal, but we are getting a nice discount. The reason I have scheduled the rafting on a Sunday is to get the price as low as I can and was also able to negotiate a deal for both camping and rafting. The total price is $194.50/person. You'll need to call the company and pay them directly. Just ask for  Mercedes Kennon @[masked] and use reference#[masked] and my name or the group. Your spot is not guaranteed until you have made your payment to the rafting company. 

Food: 
Eat dinner on your way up Fri night.  Bring food for breakfast on Sat & Sun. There will be restaurants and markets available for food for lunch & dinner on Sat.

Things to bring:  
Shoes you can get wet, one gallon of drinking water per person per day,  water bottle, snacks, comfortable shoes to hike in, food for breakfast on Sat & Sun, a sweatshirt for night time, flashlight, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, camera,  one camp chair per person, and camping gear (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent). 
- Sleeping bag: 0-30 degrees rating, rent, or buy for around $30 at   Costco,   Big 5,   Sport Chalet,   Target 
- Sleeping Pad: rent, or buy for around $10 for a foam pad at an army surplus store 
- Tent: borrow, make friends with someone with extra space, rent, or purchase for under $40.   This Stansport Olympus is my favorite
Flashlight: $1 at the  99 Cent Store 
Rent: rent these items at   REIAdventure 16Sport Chalet

 

 

 

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  • Tan

    I had a great time and met some really wonderful people. Thank you Jason for setting up such an awesome trip! It was my first time and an experience I will never forget. Thanks everyone for good times.

    August 24, 2011

  • sandra

    Great event. Thank you Jason for organizing such as amazing trip. Met some very cool people and had a blast both camping and rafting.

    August 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I share the confidence of this group!! What a supportive and wonderful environment!! Jason, you are an awesome organizer!!

    August 22, 2011

  • Angelina

    I Had a WONDERFUL time & met some really awesome people! Thanks everyone for making my first camping & rafting experience an adventure I'll never forget!

    August 22, 2011

  • Sarah

    I had a blast! Really fun group of people, and Angelina's burgers and Olga's breakfasts were amazing!

    August 22, 2011

  • Jason

    This was an awesome weekend mainly because of the great group of people that showed up. It's been a long time since I had this much fun camping. The rafting was just icing on the cake.

    August 21, 2011

  • Olga

    My son and I had a great time! It was wonderful meeting everyone! :-D Can't wait to do this again sometime. Two thumbs up to Jason for organizing this meetup and making this happen :-D Thank you!

    August 21, 2011

  • Angelina

    Does anyone have a portable radio? Not sure if mine is working...will buy batteries to check.

    August 18, 2011

  • Jason

    Hope everyone is excited...Here is a link to a checklist... Obviously not everything is needed but it will help you remember to bring certain items. http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/pdf/2005/CarCampChecklist.pdf

    August 18, 2011

  • Olga

    I cant wait!!!!! :-D Really looking forward to the weekend!

    1 · August 18, 2011

  • Angelina

    Thinkin of taking my mountain bike up there. Hopefully, I'll have someone to ride with. We do have a long fun day on Sat to hike, raft, volleyball etc....Hope to find someone to do an early bike ride with on Sat before it gets to hot! If not...hike is good too! :)

    August 17, 2011

  • Jason

    As of now we have sites 13 and 15...Please see link to campground map. Currently we have 12 paid for if the rest make their payment we will add another campground if it is still available. http://www.mtnriver.com/documents/CampgroundMap.pdf

    August 16, 2011

  • Staci

    @ Angelina - sounds good! Let me know if you need anything; planning on going to Costco before I head out.

    1 · August 15, 2011

  • Staci

    Hmmm... I'm probably overlooking it, but could you let me know which camp site # we are reserved under? Meeting everyone for the 1st time so I wouldn't even know if the people I approach will be the right group... lol

    August 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Angelina: Thanks, I've got a bottle of chilled red blend and some dessert. I'll be there in the afternoon if all follows plans. Thanks, looking forward to meeting you!

    August 15, 2011

  • Angelina

    @ Eric: dinner is when you get there! :) Plan is to have grill cooking some juicy hamburgers by 6ish or 7ish and we will keep it going until everyone rolls in. See ya soon!

    August 15, 2011

  • Angelina

    @ Staci: Awesome! Sarah and I hope to be there by 1 if all goes well & i'm also bringing chilled white wine & red! Look forward to meeting all of you guys!

    August 15, 2011

  • Staci

    I'm going up a little early, maybe 3 or so. Would like to contribute to dinner on Friday; beer ok?

    August 15, 2011

  • Jason

    She is confirmed...thanks for the update.

    August 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jason, I tried to open it to as many people in Vegas as possible. Nicole is new from Vegas. Please treat her as me. I am trying to contact her. Thanks! Call me at[masked] and we will attempt to resolve. Thanks!!

    August 15, 2011

  • Jason

    Anyone make a payment under the name Nicole? I'm not sure who that is since I don't have that name as an RSVP

    August 15, 2011

  • Sarah

    I have no idea, but dessert and wine sounds yummy!

    August 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sarah: What time is dinner on Friday... I'd love to bring the dessert and the wine.... How's that...... I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!!

    August 13, 2011

  • Sarah

    I'd also like to go up early (taking that Friday off work) and would be happy to help out with the cooking. And I'd especially love to carpool. I could either drive or ride and contribute gas money. (I've got a 4 door sedan with decent trunk space, could definitely fit one plus myself, or 2 if they are really light packers.)

    August 10, 2011

  • Jason

    So we have one person going up early Friday and she volunteered to cook burgers and have them ready when people arrive with chilled beers. Please let me know if you want dinner Friday night, so we have an accurate head count

    August 10, 2011

  • Jason

    Hello everyone...I checked with the people at Mountain & River Adventures and have confirmation of payment for everyone except for Kristine, Misty and Ellen. Please let me know if this is a mistake so I can follow up the rafting company. Can't wait to get out in the water....it's going to be a lot of fun.

    July 28, 2011

  • Jason

    If you are are signed up please go ahead and make your payment by calling Mercedes Kennon @[masked] and reference the group name

    June 30, 2011

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