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Backpacking: Rocky Mtn National Park (Int - Adv)

Backpacking: Rocky Mountain Park, CO

Flying, Traveling to Denver Colorado and Backpacking in Rocky Mountain National Park...

More info will be added up until our trip. check in often....!!!

Let go packing some place awesome...

Limited Space:  Only can let 6 members attend.. Based on car rental & Permits.. 

If full please contact me for maybe able to add more room. This trip has a lot of work getting spaces for camping and permits for back-country...


The Plan:  I have to fill some gaps and some literary stuff might change if we can get some adjustments to our permit for the park but this is the solid plan as of right now.  It will be a blast and if you have questions you can always get in touch with me...

Day #1 -- Sat Aug 9

Arrive Denver Airport at 12:15am Flight #993

Open Arrival time to Denver is up till 1:00pm. Which means you can catch any flight you wish. before Sat at 1pm.. you could fly in friday or other. But must be to Denver by 1pm. After then the van will be heading up to Rocky Mountain National Park to set up our camp. It's a 2 hour drive and on the drive we will stop at the REI Flagship store to get camping fuel Pickup Bear Canisters and last minute items. Then cruz up to our camp ground for the night and after we are set up head into Estes, CO to sight see.

Day #2 -- Sun Aug 10  - Sight See and Hike Check out the Rocky Mtn High Alpine Center.

Day #3  Mon Aug 11 - Backpack into Park & Camp Back Country

Day #4  Tue Aug 12 - Backpack to new campsite and head out on a day hike to a remote Mtn Lake for a late lunch.

Day #5  Wed Aug 13 - Hike out to car and drive to east side of park and camp in a camp ground at the base of Longs Peak.

Day #6  Thur Aug 14 - Hike to the Boulder Field back-country campsite. Hike to the Mt Elisabeth Summit and see the great views into the valley and get to bed early.

Day #7 Fri Aug 15 - Rise just before sunrise to start up to the summit of Longs peak via the hiking trail through the Keyhole and watch a most amazing sunrise of your life from there... Once summit-ed and we will return back down to our tents break down our gear and head back down to our cars and head over to a new campground and have a well deserved dinner in town.

Day #8 Sat Aug 16 - Drive west through the park and the north west section of Colorado. Stopping at interesting stops along the way. Sure to see many critters. Our final goal will be to arrive Steam Boat Springs to spend rest of the day and a night at Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Super cool place...

Day #9 Sun Aug 16 - Get up early leave promptly at 7am and drive the couple hours to Denver Int airport and arrive at 10am & catch flights. trip over...:-(



Description of Park:

Rocky Mountain National Park, established in 1915, is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures.

Elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, cougars, eagles, hawks and scores of smaller animals delight wildlife-watchers of all ages. Wildflower-lovers are never disappointed in June and July when the meadows and hillsides are splashed with botanical color.

With majestic mountains, tundra wildflowers, abundant wildlife, Trail Ridge Road (the highest paved road in the US), and over 350 miles of trails, Rocky Mountain National Park is spectacular!  From flat easy hikes around a mountain lake to challenging multiday backpack trips and climbs, Rocky Mountain National Park offers trails for hikers of every level - let us help you plan your adventure!  Find the best ways to take in the majesty and serenity of the park.  It's YOUR Rocky - explore it!


Airfare:  ( Est) $600.00 Jet Blue

(West)

Date:   08/09/14 Open Arrival Time Friday - Saturday -- Arrive  no later then 1pm on saturday, Please...!

Route West :   BOSTON, MA (BOS)  --  Denver (DIA)


(East)

Date:  Sunday -- Arrive  at airport 10am to catch flights. (Other times later in will mean you will need to hang at airport or find other arraignments independently.

Route Down :  Denver (DIA) -- BOSTON, MA (BOS)


 Length of day:

Rise 6:06 AM

Sets 8:04 PM

Length  13h 57m 19s

Moon:   Almost full through out the night.


Gear:

Standard summer gear... 3 season tent and a 20 degree sleeping bag. and some rain gear.

Traveling Duffle bags, are recommended for checking & transporting gear on airplanes. Small day packs for carry on's up to 50 liters. 


Basic Gear list Link:

 

Pace: Moderate  1.5 miles per hour. Higher elevations our pace will be planned at 1 mph per hour for gain.

Rated: Intermediate  --  <10 mile days

Permits are required for all back country camping!!! I have already acquired them.


Tent Buddy List,

We can figure that out in the days before the trip. Permit is for 3 tents....


Getting There:

Carpooling options to airport, should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Mountaineers Page.     Sharing a ride, to the airport it’s always more fun!


Additional Trip Planning & Research:

National Parks Website, Internet & Maps 


Weather:

Mountain terrain. Weather mid afternoon is not uncommon. Classic 11am - 2pm shower to be expected.


Trip Area Web Links:

http://www.visitestespark.com/rocky-mountain-national-park/

http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/rocky-mountain-national-park?gclid=CLKqv6-b3r0CFa1j7Aod0RMAxQ

http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Mountain_National_Park

http://rockymountainnationalpark.com/

http://www.backpacker.com/destinations/category/210

 http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/upload/backcountry_camping_guide_2012.pdf

http://www.backpacker.com/destinations/hikes/22760


 

Cost:

Deposit Cost:  $20.00 -- Refundable 30 Days before the departure (July 9th @ 9pm) to save a space on this trip.  Additional $545.00 due before trip starts on (August 09  2014)  Includes, all land costs except food. Such as rental car, fuel, Insurance. Camp Grounds & Hot Springs. Use of group gear. We will have access to showers on last day before flight...FYI

Post the trip:   Please take a moment to review our group. We always like feedback.


Waiver:  Read !!!

Be Warned!

Mountaineering, Skiing – Alpine or Back Country, Rock & Ice Climbing. Even Hiking can be by its very nature is an extremely hazardous activity.

Falling off any part of a climbing route or bouldering challenge or other associated activity's, hiking or backpacking to a destination could result in injury or death. Weather, it be Trail conditions, or be it a slip on a trail or falling objects like rocks, climbing gear or tree’s from above, including avalanche, can all incur injuries’ and/or death. You are always attending at your own risk!

Any information on this Meetup group page is for the basic understanding of what could be encountered. We do not guaranty any type of accuracy on this information. You should always, seek your own additional resources of information for any Meetup.  You as an active member! Perhaps? lacking any of the following, experienced knowledge, professional training, good judgment, moral caricature or a conscious or even good . We or anyone on any Meetup-Mountaineers cannot be held responsible in anyway.

When arriving at any Meetup you should always use your own best judgment. Weather or not the conditions “ both physical or mental” are in your best interests. The judgment, Is this a place you should or shouldn’t be?

If you get hurt! Don’t even think about blaming someone else. You made all the decisions and where warned.  Stepping out of bed and driving to the meeting location. Too walk up to the activity and participate is on you. We are not guides or leaders in any event held. Just the organizers of finding a meeting location that people with similar interests can meet and socialize and participate in doing activities in which we have chosen an interest in performing..

It’s always your right to back out at any time and live the good life at home in front of the television for the day….

That said have fun! Play safely! And take the responsibility of your own actions.

The Organizers…

 

 

 

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  • Barry

    I waited several days before adding my comments as I needed to sort this all out in my mind. Sorting it out: did this really happen? This wonderful, life changing trip? What is the reality? Where do I feel more at home? In a tent in Co or at home? I'm not sure. I let everyone know that prior to this trip that I was only an experienced day hiker, with only 2 prior backpacks, one night each, in NH, 3 yrs ago and 6 yrs ago. I can not begin to expresss how concerned I was that I was not up to this, with all of you very experienced backpackers. And younger. But I went. I learned SO much from all of you, thank you. It challenged me mentally and physically. I learned wonderful new skills and made wonderful new friends. It's a feat to spend 8 days full time with the same people and get along so well. Yes this was a life changing experience for me. I look forward to more. I've joined a backpacking meetup in Co and one in Utah!

    1 · August 20, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    What a marvelous adventure!! Never have I had a week long vacation feel like forever, wishing it would not end! We had a great group of backpackers, some new and others experienced, but the group was able to meld ability together and accomplish personal goals, while making new friends at the same time! Jay did a wonderful job of using his expertise to guide and educate all of us when requested or necessary, to ensure our safety, as well as improve our skill. Weather was absolutely amazing and I am already itching to plan the 2015 adventures!

    2 · August 19, 2014

  • Elaine

    Thanks to Jay leading us to the summit of Longs Peak! It was such an amazing experience! Thanks to Christie for making all of the arrangement! Thanks to Karl for making water for me at 12,000 FASL. I enjoyed chatting with Jen, and am impressed that Barry climbed to the Keyhole. Thank you, all!

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Excellent time with Jay, Kristie, and the crew! They planned a fantastic, safe, and absolutely memorable trip. I learned so much, and had a wonderfully fun time. Thank you everyone!

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Karl R.

    Words cannot describe how much fun this trip was. Hiking to the summit of Long's Peak and being 14,000 ft up left me speechless. Thanks again for organizing.

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Barry

    Spectacular

    1 · August 18, 2014

  • Barry

    See u there 11 30

    August 8, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Friday Tip! The sun is really strong here, if you burn easily bring plenty of sunscreen with you. We can stop and pick up if necessary on our way to Estes!

    August 8, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Hi Everyone! Important update in regards to airport pickup! Terminal B is boarding only, we will pick up at West Baggage Claim, which is where Jen should be to get her bags. Barry, thanks for letting us know, I read the airport map wrong!

    August 8, 2014

  • Curtis B.

    Hi everyone, Justin and I have had our share of 14ers and alpine climbing, spending nearly the last two weeks in Colorado. We'll be heading to Yosemite on Friday. Let us know if any of you are here already and interested in meeting us for dinner in Denver tonight.

    August 7, 2014

    • Kristie W.

      Hey Guys! We won't be in until wicked late tonight, but have an awesome time in Yosemite!!

      August 7, 2014

    • Curtis B.

      Well I don't know how late is wicked late but we'll be at the broncos game at 7 and then are heading to a 14ers meetup to have a beer with some fellow mountaineering friends. Let us know if it's not too late. We'll be at black shirt brewing in Denver. Also, I glanced at your itinerary and noticed you guys have Long's planned. It's monsoon season right now and we're getting brief afternoon thunderstorms almost every day and sometimes in the morning as we did today and Monday. I'm sure you'll be fine though since you're doing it as a two day and will have time to make the right call. Just be careful up there.

      1 · August 7, 2014

  • Jay B.

    The bus is rolling and plane is delayed. Drat!!!!

    August 7, 2014

  • Barry

    There was a discussion yesterday on National Public Radio about marijuana in Colorado. As you know it's legal. Non residents of Colorado can buy a quarter ounce. They mentioned that there is a dispensary in Steamboat Springs. Of course I have never smoked this stuff before in my life. Of course. But I am someone who does a lot of research on every subject and therefore I would be interested in researching this subject when we get to steamboat Springs. They mentioned on the program that everybody seems happier in Colorado and crime is down. Since I have never ingested this substance I don't understand that. Maybe someone else in the group who has can explain it to me. Might be interesting while at the hot springs at the end of the trip.

    August 7, 2014

    • Jennifer

      You mean this cost wasn't factored in to the cost of the trip!?! (-;

      August 7, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Why do you think Kristie and I are heading out a day early :-).

      August 7, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Hey folks, I'm on the fence as to bringing my fleece liner for my bag. I have the REI flash bag, (synthetic down 32degree comfort rating) and I'm a pretty warm sleeper for a female- not sure if it would be overkill? Does it dip below 50 at night?

    August 7, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Lowest I expect is 40 degrees

      August 7, 2014

  • Barry

    I accidentally deleted the email as to when (I think it changed to 11:30?) and where to meet Saturday. Also, Jay, you mentioned picking me up at my hotel. I have not yet chosen a hotel (been busy). Will do so today and let you know. There are many, with free transport to and from the airport, within about 9 miles of the airport. Whatever is best for you. Please let me know the info I accidentally deleted.

    August 7, 2014

    • Kristie W.

      Hi Barry! I just resent the email, please let me know if you don't receive. If you could plan on meeting at the rendezvous point at the airport on Saturday that would be great! 11:30am, Terminal B - Baggage Claim, you should find Jen and Karl there when you arrive!

      August 7, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Thinking Thursdays, Altitude preparedness.
    Drink tons of water!!! The rate of evaporation at our location is high you will also need more water as much as you can drink to adjust to the elevation and not have headache. Asprin will do the trick for the head ache and time. Work high and sleep low is the motto...

    August 7, 2014

  • Elaine

    Do we need bear spray?

    August 6, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Wicked Wednesday Tip:
    Aspirin, Hand Sanitizer, Chaps Stick.. All will be useful...
    Put it on paper and if you don't have time before we leave we will make stops in Denver for those items.

    August 6, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Well, I just filled my canister with my trail food.. You "bear"ly can get 5 days into it... Maybe squeeze another 1/2 day.. And that's freeze dried.. Couldn't imagine fresh...

    August 6, 2014

  • Jennifer

    You guys rock! Just received my bear
    can in the mail. Smaller than Barry's
    (I'm not that hungry- lol) but same
    kind. Going to REI to pick up a duffle
    and then I'm all set! P.S. Kristie I
    didn't receive your email. Just in case,
    its: [masked]

    August 5, 2014

  • Barry

    I thnk my bear cannister is overly large. I'll bring it to Denver and ask them at REI. If too big I'll dump it and buy another. They told me at the store when I called them that the way they are usually carried is that they are attached to the top of the backpack, like a sherpa looks, very high. I had misread the original instructions and thought I needed to purchase it in advance where the instructions said to buy it in Denver. Of course I'm a regular REI customer. I'm sure if I ask them, they will mail the one I bring to my home and I'll sell it on ebay at a discount. I can't return it, I got it from some website, not REI and threw away the box it came in.

    August 5, 2014

    • Kristie W.

      Hey Barry! Jay and I have the same one for each of us, just stuff your toiletries, extra clothes, and whatever else fits in there. It doesn't just need to be for food. As long as you can fit it in your backpack in my opinion you are good, however carrying it empty on top is an option too and just fill it when we stop for the night.

      August 5, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Cant get here soon enough... Work is just being piled on.. Customer, "O" can you do just one more then before you leave.. X3 jobs I have going.... Man!

    Yes, now funny little extra's or reminders... Bathing suit and towel.. Watch or rely on your phone for wake up calls.

    Small travel pair of binoculars.. Handy for wildlife.. (Optional)

    Ziplock bags and a couple 33gal trash bags.

    Plenty of storage space in your digital Camera & a Cable to charge it or extra Batteries.

    If I think of other thing i will share....

    Cheers... My coffee is double high this morning...

    August 5, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    I just sent an information email to everyone, please let me know if you do not receive! One thing I forgot was to remind everyone to bring a bathing suit and towel. You will need these items along the way!

    1 · August 4, 2014

  • Karl R.

    tic-toc, tic-toc, tic-toc. Is it Aug 9 yet, No Dam!! tic-toc, tic-toc, tic-toc. Now, no :(

    2 · July 31, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Kristie been awesome she has the arrangements all locked down.. Car, Hostel, and Strawberry Park is today's final item needing to be concreted..
    Whoop Whoop .... CO. here I come....

    3 · July 31, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Barry, Thank You for hosting the meeting for the trip to Colorado... Snacks where a nice touch... See you in CO..:-)

    1 · July 24, 2014

  • Jay B.

    I have the permits in my hand!!!!!! :-)

    2 · May 21, 2014

    • Daniel

      Ok. I checked the shuttle info. Last one departs at 7 pm from Estes. To denver airport. What tiem approx o you think the group will be done hiking that day

      July 21, 2014

    • Jay B.

      I would say or thinking comfortably we will be down in the parking lot at 2pm.. I am meeting with the group tomorrow night and if you go you can look at that days itinerary for a better understanding of a real time we will get down and then shuttle you to where ever you need to go..

      July 22, 2014

  • Barry

    When you drive into my condo complex, you will see that there are numbers on some parking spaces in the letter G on others. The letter G is for guests. If you park in any numbered spots people who live here will go ballistic. Please only park in the slots marked with a "G" which may mean you have to walk a little bit from another part of the parking lot.

    July 20, 2014

  • Barry

    I would like to know if I should just have cheese and crackers wed nite or if anyone wants a potluck. I m definitely flying there fri and getting a cheap room, under $100 if anyone wants to share. I dont want to be exhausted and sleep deprived to start. Or take chance of my luggage getting there a day later or someting going wrong w flight, connection etc and getting there late, both of which has happened to me on prior flights. Btw after Co I m flying to SF to visit my son.

    July 20, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Barry dont go out of your way.. A little B.OB. is fine... its a relaxed meeting and more details of the trip...

      July 20, 2014

  • Barry

    I look forward to seeing you all the 23rd. I will have cheese and crackers. Let me know what you like to drink because I mostly (no criticism please) drink diet soda or flavored carbonated diet water. If you'd like to do a potluck let me know. I am excited about the trip, and Jay has been wonderful with advice. That first day, Saturday will be a very long day if we fly out early, especially where it's 2 hr earlier there. Or flying in late at night and sleeping who knows where. I've done some research about hotels near the airport. On Hotels.com, there are a number of hotels a short distance from the airport, many of them less than $100. Free shuttle transportation to and from the airport. Decent reviews, nothing fancy. I've never seen Denver. What I'm going to do is to look for a flight early FRIDAY, get there, check in and take public transportation into Denver to see whatever I can see in a few hours. Then take the transport to the airport Sat. Anyone want to share a room?

    July 13, 2014

  • Karl R.

    See ya on the 23rd.

    July 12, 2014

  • Barry

    Fine with me 23rd. I am in a condo, 1502 irving road Randolph. If you have a Garmin GPS people tell you that at the end of the dead end street to take a right. That is incorrect, the condo complex is on the left, second building second door. My phone number is[masked]

    July 11, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Hi Jay,
    The 23rd works for me.
    Should I bring munchies or a six pack, etc? (Speaking of essential gear- lol)

    July 11, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey all Well I have to work down the cape next week and will not be available to meet at night... How does Wed July 23th Say 7pm At Barrys house in Randolph?

    Let me know we can do a gear check on whats needed and anything else you might all have for questions etc...

    Let me know and save the date in you calendars.

    July 11, 2014

  • Jay B.

    Hey Backpackers.... How it sound we meet at someones house on July 18th at say 7pm and go over the trip details ask questions on gear and options to change the itinerary a bit.. found some possible interesting stop for one of our nights.... So July 18th 7pm at someones house?

    July 1, 2014

    • Jennifer

      Sounds great Jay! I'm in Stoughton so Barry's sounds fine to me, but I'd be fine meeting wherever the group decides.

      July 1, 2014

    • Karl R.

      I can meet somewhere

      July 1, 2014

  • Barry

    Hi Jennifer!!!!! I think Jay lives way north. If we drive up there I could drive you.

    July 1, 2014

  • Barry

    I can offer to meet at my residence in Randolph but I don't know how convenient that is to others. I don't mind traveling any distance to someone elses house

    July 1, 2014

  • Jennifer

    I'm 99.9% yes but I want to make sure I'm not going to slow anyone down. How far into "advanced" are we talking? (-;

    May 27, 2014

    • Curtis B.

      Weird, swear I commented here last week. Jay, Justin and I will be in Colorado for a couple weeks doing 14ers until the 8th and then heading to Yosemite if you have any interest in flying out early and doing some harder stuff. Likely maroon bells, capitol and little bear-blanca. ~30 day road trip.

      May 30, 2014

    • Jay B.

      Curtis you did just not on this Meetup on another one.... I am doubtful I can head out early but interested... We should create a Meetup I know other in here are going to be there also in August

      May 30, 2014

  • Rob P.

    sounds like a great trip folks. have fun... i'm going to Nova Scotia with the fam during then.

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Rona

    Looks Awesome! Would need more lead time, I;m afraid to join you, though! I have all but the last weekend free! Have a great trip! And please - if you are able - give notification months earlier. :-)

    May 26, 2014

  • Karl R.

    Smile ear to ear!!!

    May 21, 2014

  • Kristie W.

    Woohoo!!

    May 21, 2014

  • Karl R.

    Will start looking into flights. Looks Like it's going to be an awesome trip

    April 20, 2014

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