New Meetup: Winter Camping Rocky Mountain National Park

From: Sherry
Sent on: Saturday, February 6, 2010 11:59 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup Group!

What: Winter Camping Rocky Mountain National Park

When: Saturday, March 20,[masked]:30 AM

Broomfield Park-N-Ride
8600 W 120th Ave
Broomfield , CO 80020

We will meet at the Broomfield park and ride at 9:30am for carpool options. The park and ride is located on the south side of Highway 36 at Wadsworth and 120th. This is a pay lot. For in district residents, the lot is free the 1st 24 hours and is $1 each 24 hours after that. For out of district residents, the lot is $2 per 24 hour period for with no free parking. See Look for my silver Santa Fe Hyundai.

We will continue north on Hwy 36 through Boulder and Lyons and on to Estes Park. We will continue on Hwy 36 three miles west of Estes Park to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center at Rocky Mountain National Park. You will need to purchase a pass for entry ($20 per car) into Rocky Mountain National Park. We will stop in Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to check for conditions with the rangers. We will continue 2 1/2 miles south from the Visitor Center to Morraine Park campground. The fee is $14 per campsite and 2 tents and 2 cars are allowed per campsite.

We can discuss eating lunch in Estes Park when we meet in the Broomfield Park and Ride. Everyone will plan for their own dinner and breakfast. Even though 21 March is the beginning of spring in Denver, it is still winter in the high country so plan on temperatures at night dipping into the teens. There are pit toilets (no running water). Please make sure to bring plenty of cash for the car pool drivers, the park and ride, sharing the cost of a daily Parks pass and for the campsite.

Required gear for this campout:
Winter tent is best, but you will probably be ok in an 3 season tent (if it doesn't snow or is not windy)
0 degree sleeping bag recommended
2 Winter sleeping pads-one closed cell foam pad & another 4 season pad (a 3 season sleeping pad will not provide enough insulation).
snowshoes and/or hiking boots depending on the snow level
1-2 bundles of firewood per person for a shared campfire
Warm jacket for sitting around the campfire
Another jacket for snowshoeing.
Warm pants and tops (no cotton) and thermal underwear---make sure you bring warm clothes specifically to sleep in--Sleeping clothes must be 100% dry. Do not sleep with clothes that are wet from snowshoeing or from sitting by the fire.
Several pairs of gloves--need to change out when any pair get wet
2 watertight Nalgene bottles to use as hot water heaters in your sleeping bag
Plenty of water since there is no running water.
High fat, calorie laden dinner & snacks---Keeps your body fires stoked during the night.
Balaclava for keeping your face covered at night
Fleece/wool sleeping hats
Extra Wool socks and/or down booties for sleeping
Stoves that will work in colder temperatures (cannister stoves do not work well in freezing temps)
Camping chairs
Other normal camping gear not listed.

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