Camp in the Wilderness!

We will be having a one night 'Car Camping' trip. There are rough forest service roads and a 4wd with clearance is highly recommended. We will be camping in tents but will be basically camping where we stop the vehicles...so there will be no hiking to get to the location. It is a small mesa with a great view! It will probably be cold, so dress and bring appropriate cold weather gear. Everyone who attends is responsible for checking the map, using their GPS, etc.. and find their way to the campsite. I have included a link to a map and highlighted most of the road to get to the location we will be camping. Most people will drive up Saturday morning, we can hang out and practice various survival things, stay the night, head home on sunday. Everyone is responsible for themselves. Bring your own gear, food, etc. I would expect rain or inclimate weather. Grid coordinates are:[masked], [masked] Link to map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z9mJE9RJxGIc.k9IU6eYyuLkA IT WILL BE A BLAST!

Directions to the campsite:  Take I25 North to Bernalillo.  Exit at Bernalillo and head North on highway 550.  You will take 550 through Cuba.  About 4 miles north of Cuba, you will turn right and head toward La Jara on highway 96.  You will drive about 21 miles on 96 and pass through the small town of Gallina.  You are looking for forest road 77 [masked], [masked]) where you will turn left.  You will take forest road 77 until you reach athe intersections with forest road 64 [masked], [masked]), where you will turn left.  You will take forest road 64 until it intersects with forest road 473 [masked], [masked]) and turn right.  Follow forest road 473 all the way out to the end of Mesa de Indios, where we will have camp set up [masked], [masked]) Forest road 473 can be very rough in some spots with some deep washouts.  There are go arounds at some of the most difficult spots, so anyone with decent offroad driving skills, 4X4, and high clearance should be able to make it out to the campsite. 


Communications:  There is limited cell phone service in the area we will be camping.  I do know that there is decent coverage for those with Verizon phones at the campsite.  From the turnoff near Gallina to the campsite, cell service is unlikely.  For those with HAM capability, there are several repeaters along the way that we can use to communicate with. The Megalink system can be used for the entire trip.  The Sandia Crest repeater [masked] +, pl. 100.0) can be used to somewhere in between Albuquerque and San Ysidro.  You can also use the Microwave ridge Megalink repeater on Mount Taylor [masked] -, pl. 100.0) up to around Cuba.  In Cuba, you can use the Eureka Mesa repeater [masked] +, pl. 67.0), it will be good to around La Jara.  The Taos repeater [masked] +, pl. 67)  will be good up around the Mesa where the camp is.  We will also be monitoring the national simplex calling frequency of 146.52.  


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I couldn't make it, in the middle of my midterm for Sociology class and preparing a speech for another class. For anyone else who couldn't go, here's a link to a free webinar about water purification that is available until midnight tonight if you're interested - http://survivalstill.com/live-oct3-apn?a_aid=524c382f83ff1&a_bid=40663456 - If you email him at [masked] you can ask for the free ebook that he is allowing to be shared for free.

    October 5, 2013

  • Hansel C.

    Sorry guys. Doctor says no getting cold and damp til my bronchitis is better. Wish I could.
    Skip

    October 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Skip, try drinking hot oregano tea with lemon and honey to cut the phlegm and help clear you up faster. I usually just make it in the coffee maker like coffee but use the loose oregano in the filter. About 1 heaping tsp. per cup. Hope you get better soon!

      October 5, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Looks like I'll be coming up Saturday morning instead of Friday.

    October 4, 2013

  • Jason H.

    I updated the google map that I created. Although a road existed the route that Randy planned is much better. The new map has changes to match the directions stated in the Meetup.

    October 1, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Google map doesn't show forest roads. It has other ideas. You need a Topo map set like that available with mapping gps units or smart phone apps like Backcountry Explorer.

    October 1, 2013

  • Hansel C.

    Now I'm confused. The google map shows turning left on hwy 8 before Gallinas. Then 8 turns right at hwy 422 straight to the campsite. Not really hwys but forest roads probably. Those other forest roads aren't showing on the google map I'm looking at now. ????

    September 30, 2013

  • Tom S.

    For those that are interested, here are the way points converted to UTM format:

    SR 96 and FR 77 13S[masked]E[masked]N
    FR 77 and FR 64 13S[masked]E[masked]N
    FR 64 and FR 473 13S[masked]E[masked]N (original - on my map it's the intersection of FR472 and FR169)
    FR 64 and FR[masked]S[masked]E[masked]N (what shows on my map - YMMV)

    Camp 13S[masked]E[masked]N

    I'll be coming up from Los Alamos, so won't be able to convoy with the Albuquerque denizens. I'm still trying to figure out whether to show up Friday afternoon late or Saturday.

    September 30, 2013

  • Thomas K.

    I might be able to go. Downside is my truck is a V6 2 wheel drive. If it rained up there I might have some issues.

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this weekend and getting out of town!

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leonor, I am glad you are going! Thank you for the offer of using your cooking gear. I think we will be using Dutch ovens this trip and making enough we could all have a bit of a potluck.

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Skip, we were just up there a couple of weeks ago and there is a bunch of wood. Randy and I are planning on heading up Friday night so we won't be able to convoy. My HAM is KF5MCZ and Randy's is KF5MCV. He will be posting the frequency in the update. The road requires high clearance and while I do not foresee anyone having issues getting in, we do have recovery gear. I think we even had cell phone service...if anyone wants our # private message me and I will give it to you.

    September 29, 2013

  • Hansel C.

    I'm wondering if a convoy might not be a bad idea. What would you guys think about meeting around 8am someplace close to where 550 and 528 meet in Bernalillo?? Maybe swap cell phone numbers too but not sure how the service is up there. 10 day forecast for that area shows low 60s during the day and low 40s/high 30s at night. Any idea what the wood situation is up there Jason??

    September 29, 2013

  • Jason H.

    I could upload a screenshot of the location, but that would be useless for zooming in and out to see the area and the roads to get there. My suggestion is to create a google account. Doesn't cost anything and is quick to do. Just bring whatever cooking gear you want to use to cook your food. People will be arriving and cooking at different times. You can cook using a stove or with a campfire...whichever you choose.

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There's a slim chance I will be able to go. I am trying to convince someone to work for me that weekend.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Jason H.

    The program that Meetup uses for the location is not great...but it forces me to put in a location. I changed it to La Jara because it is on the way up there at the junction of 96 and 8. Do not try to use that map. Please use the map that is in the Meetup Discussion that I posted with a hyperlink. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z9mJE9RJxGIc.k9IU6eYyuLkA This map has the location, and I have even highlighted the majority of forest service road leading to it.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Hansel C.

    I keep getting two locations. One is north of Taos. The other is northeast of Gallina off hwy 96. Which is the right one??

    September 15, 2013

  • Hansel C.

    Maybe it's me but the map isn't working for me.

    September 15, 2013

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