Watch Steve's cool photo/video slideshow of last month's trip
NOTE: NEW CLASS IV FOR MONDAY ADDED
Let's have some fun this Memorial Day weekend! On this trip we'll split into two groups to go whitewater rafting. The Class III group will do a beginner-friendly run down rapids up to class III for one hour. The Class IV group will do an intermediate run down rapids up to class IV for 3.5 - 4.5 hours (wetsuit required). First-timers will be fine doing the class IV run and are welcome to join this group if interested. We'll also have hiking (to a cavewith stalactites!), Giant Trees, campfire marshmallow roasting & Smores, and group games like catchphrase and twister. We'll be able to see and hear the river from our camping area. We had so much fun before that I can't wait to get back up there! This trip is all about having a good time and meeting fun people, so think of everyone on this trip as a new friend.
Kids must be at least 10 years old and 50 lbs. Sorry, no dogs for this event. The drive will take 3.5 hours from LA + traffic.
Note: The hot springs are currently under water. So, this trip will feature a new camping area next to the river and next to porta-potties, as well as a visit to the Giant Trees and a cave hike.
Class III (1 hour)
- $59.99 + Paypal fee
Class IV (3.5 - 4.5 hours)
- $139.99 + Paypal fee [MONDAY]
Wetsuit Rental - For Class IV Only
- $19 + Paypal fee
Please provide me with 1) your preferred email address, and 2) your meetup name if it is different from your Paypal name. :-)
Already have a Paypal account? Send me an email if you'd like to skip the fee.
Trip fee includes rafting, firewood, campfire permit + water buckets & safety shovel, marshmallows & Smores + roasting sticks, detailed trip itinerary handout + customized map, camp table, deluxe hand washing & restroom station, trash & recycle stations, dry erase board, shade tent, extra camp chairs and benches, and wrist band.
I can do refunds until Friday May 20th at 10pm. Afterwards, you'll need to find a replacement.
For this trip we'll be camping in a "dispersed" area, not in a "developed" fee-based campground. This means we'll be camping wherever we feel like pitching our tents. Yes there will be a porta-pottie nearby. I'll also have a deluxe hand-washing station set up at our camp. Quiet time will be from 12:00am to 8:30am.
Rafting will be on Sunday (NEW CLASS IV ADDED FOR MONDAY). No sandals or bare feet will be permitted. You'll need a second pair of shoes to get wet ($15 water shoes are great). Life jackets & helmets are provided. Wet suits are required for the class IV half day run and can be rented for $19. Wet suits are not required for the class III run. Leave everything you don't want to get wet in your car. If you have a good time please tip the guides.
Eat dinner on your way up Fri night. Bring food for breakfast and lunch on Sat & breakfast on Sun. We'll be eating out for an early dinner on Saturday. There are restaurants and markets in Riverkern & Kernville.
----WHAT TO BRING----
Shoes you can get wet, one gallon of water per person per day, water bottle, snacks, food for breakfast & lunch on Sat & breakfast on Sun, warm clothes for nightime (Weather Report), flashlight, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat, one camp chair per person, camping gear (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent), and maybe an extra blanket just in case. Email me if you won't have a camp chair or need space in someone else's tent.
Will email directions & my phone number to the Yes list on Tuesday May 24th.
If interested in carpooling, post a comment with whether you're looking to ride or drive along with where you'll be coming from and how many people you can take.
Craig Amai I had an amazing time. Every single person there was crazy positive, friendly, and fun. David planned a great campsite, hike, and rafting trip. The mountains and river were a nice mix of gorgeous and comfortable this time of year. Those hot springs with this kind of good company makes for an awesome, memorable weekend. Miho One of the best meetup events I've ever attended. Bill Weeks The hot springs were hot, the rafting was great, the hike was beautiful and the people were friendly and entertaining. Steven Fantastic trip, all was planned very well! David did a great job of organizing this event. I had one of the best rafting trips I've ever done! Ines Garstecki It was a really nice group of people and David the organizer was super nice and had everything planned out perfectly. Kristin Don Had such an amazing time, made some new friends and the rafting topped off the trip jaime THis was a great trip. Thanks david youre a great organizer! Every one there was so cool. All the people had such a cool attitude. I hope to see you guys again. JOe Arro This was my first meetup camp, I'm really impressed by the organization, and the people who came to this event. Great experience! I'll do it again... Thanks David Jannet Great!!! Maya What an awesome weekend!
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