Sunset/Sunrise, Milky Way, Startrails, camping.This is a one night event. Hiking to shooting location is required, up to 7miles (one way) with elevation gain of 1500ft. This is a VERY strenuous hike at high elevation, [masked]ft!
Please sign up on waiting list.
Event RSVP, attendance and limit, costs etc:
FYI: I (the host of this event) don't get any money from the group (the donations).
There will be a cost of $7.10 (incl. PayPal fees) per person to cover the costs of the permit (the area is wilderness and night access is only allowed with permit). There are no additional fees for camping and no camping reservation required for that night.
The wilderness permit fee needs to be paid by the attendee by September 21th after the lottery or when added later, within 2 days after RSVP has been changed to Yes (you'll get a notification with payment information). Refunds when you cancel only when your spot can be filled by someone else!
Cancellation of event and no Refunds when bad weather (high probability of t-storms/rain) in whole Yosemite for Saturday/Sunday. When only bad weather at Young Lakes we hike to another scenic location (which will be determined when I pick up the permit on event day).
If you change to a "NO" status less than 3 days prior to the event you are counted as a No-Show. I'm tracking no Shows for this event. Guests are not permitted.
With the wilderness permit everyone in the group is authorized to stay at the backpackers campground one night before and after the event if you want to (Only North pines will be open, Tuolumne Meadows is closed starting end of September).
For the backpackers campground is no reservation required and won't be full.
It costs $5 per person and night to be paid in cash at the campground. Rangers my ask for the wilderness permit number (I'll give you that number after you paid the wilderness permit fee).
Closest other campgrounds in Yosemite to the meeting point are Porcupine Flat/Creek, Tamarack Flat and Crane Flat check here for mor info about these campgrounds: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/campground.htm
Also close (and closer than Crane Flat) are campgrounds East of Tuolumne Meadows before Lee Vining (but call them to check if the campground is still open): http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=20252&actid=29
More suggestions, read here:
required (after you've been selected):
- you have to accomplish a reparation hike to Monument Peak before October 3rd with all equipment you'll carry at the event (use this trail map http://files.meetup.com/1491227/MonumentPeak.jpg ) and let me know how long it took you, do less strenuous hike(s) in your area if your are not in shape before you do the Monument Peak hike
- complete Emergency Contact Form and return it to me, Enrico
- complete a Waiver of Liability and return it to me, Enrico
- camera with wide angle lens (with effective focal length of 24mm or less) + standard zoom lens
- 1-2 spare charged camera batteries or battery grip or external power source
- sturdy/solid tripod where nothing wiggles or is lose
- for taking star trails you need an intervalometer which can be one integrated in the camera (max 30s shutter speed) or external intervalometer
- red light! (or flash light that can be switched to red light) + spare battery and/or spare light
- comfy and warm hiking shoes, warm layered clothing, knit hat, light gloves, heavy socks : It can get as cold as 30° at night
- water at least 100 fl oz or 64fl oz + water purifier
- camping gear (tent, sleeping bag), trowel, toilet paper, zip loc bag(s)
- extra socks and shirt
- food for a whole day, snacks, electrolytes
- more about backpacking and what to pack here:: http://www.meetup.com/NightPhotography/messages/boards/thread/25829452
- IMPORTANT: everything that smells like toiletries, food, first aid kit, trash has to go in bear canisters (which I'll rent when I pick up the permit, cost around $2.15/person, space per person around 4quarts) overnight!
recommended to bring:
- insect repellent, itch relief
- something to deal with blisters
- 2nd camera with wide angle lens (if you want to take startrails and Milky Way pictures at the same time)
- mat/pad to sit or knee on
- energy drink if you need it ...
Sunrise: 6:59am Sunset: 6:30pm
Moonrise (71%): 10:57pm
Civil 6:31am 6:58pm
Nautical: 6:01am 7:28pm
Astron': 5:30am 8:00pm
Milky Way: will be visible until around midnight
Carpooling strongly recommended
Parking in the park is free. But there is a National Park fee per vehicle of $20 (valid for a week).
Q&A about night photography: http://www.meetup.com/NightPhotography/messages/boards/thread/8314753
If you want to do star trails and haven't done it yet you may want to read up on that, http://blog.starcircleacademy.com/?s=startrail there are also plenty other blogs/articles about that on the Internet.