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Yosemite Nightphotography at Young Lakes (1night)

  • Oct 6, 2012 · 7:45 AM
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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:

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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.

Accommodation suggestions:
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:
http://www.meetup.com/NightPhotography/messages/boards/thread/24787782

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 ...

Oct 6th:

Sunrise: 6:59am Sunset: 6:30pm
Moonrise (71%): 10:57pm 
Twilight:
Civil 6:31am  6:58pm
Nautical: 6:01am 7:28pm
Astron': 5:30am  8:00pm
Milky Way: will be visible until around midnight

Hike information:
http://www.americansouthwest.net/california/yosemite/young-lakes.html 

Cars:
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. 

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  • francisco

    Great hike and good group of people. Looking forward to other such events.

    October 17, 2012

  • Peter K

    It was beautiful up there at 10,000'.
    Thanks Enrico for organizing everything.

    October 13, 2012

  • Peter K

    Hey, here's the link to my Garmin connect.
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/231235555

    October 9, 2012

    • Cudacke D.

      I am on my weight loosing program now so I watch my weight a lot. Before I go to I was 158. After I came back I was 154. After dinner and sleep next morning I was 155.5. Now I am 157.2. In theory, 3500 calories per pound of body weight.

      October 9, 2012

    • Cudacke D.

      And all I ate in between was an egg, and 7*120 Calories of energy bar.

      October 9, 2012

  • Cudacke D.

    definitely pain in the ass type of hiking but fun!!

    October 8, 2012

  • Enrico

    The latest weather forecast does not predict any rain but it will be colder. It can be down to 24°F at night/early morning.

    October 5, 2012

  • Peter K

    Hi all,
    I'll be leaving around 12PM Friday, if anyone wants to carpool, send me an email.

    October 4, 2012

  • francisco

    Hello all. I plan to drive up on Friday evening and stay the night at Porcupine Flat / Creek campground.

    I also am going to hike Monument Peak this Sunday, starting at 10am from the parking lot, if anyone wants to join.

    September 27, 2012

    • francisco

      Send me an email, and well discuss the details.

      October 2, 2012

    • Cudacke D.

      what time are you leaving on friday?

      October 2, 2012

  • Cudacke D.

    Is there a gps point for the meeting place?

    October 1, 2012

  • Peter K

    Enrico,
    There seems to be tow trails to Young lake. Which one will we be taking? (dog lake trail or the other one)

    October 1, 2012

  • Smitha

    Hello, I just putmyself in waiting list. Can you please let me know if there is a way to increase the number of people? Thanks.

    September 27, 2012

    • Enrico

      There will be no attendee limit increase. This also applies to all events. The limits are there for a reason.
      But a spot just opened up.

      1 · September 27, 2012

    • Smitha

      Thanks, I'll take it.

      September 27, 2012

  • Peter K

    Anyone driving up there Friday afternoon/morning?

    September 26, 2012

  • Adil E

    I am curious to know who's going to drive up there super early Saturday morning and who's going to drive Friday night and spend the night there.

    September 21, 2012

  • Deborah

    Enrico I just picked up some work, and have an opportunity to see my son on the same week-end so I'm bowing out of the hike. Sorry! It doesn't seem meant to be for me. I know you all will have a blast and get great photos!

    September 13, 2012

  • Enrico

    I just checked regarding campground. The one in Tuolumne Meadows will be closed. I just added some info to the event description regarding where to camp. Also all facilities in Tuolumne Meadows will be closed. The popular Tioga Gas Mart/ Woha Neli Deli is probably closed too. The closest shop to Tuolumne Meadows is probably in Lee Vining or Crane Flat. The gas station at Tuolumne Meadows is probably closed too.

    September 13, 2012

  • Deborah

    I'm hiking up Horse Heaven Trail tomorrow morning beginning from Stanford Ave at 6AM anyone want to join me? I don't plan on going as far as Monument Peak this time, and I'm going light. I am a slow uphill hiker so if you've got your pack you'd probably still beat me up. :) I plan to descend the Peak Trail and save my knees. Let me know if you'll be at the gate at the trailhead I'll wait for you.

    September 12, 2012

  • Srinivas K.

    Prefered day Oct 6th...

    September 10, 2012

  • Enrico

    I'm thinking about moving the event to one week later (October 6th):
    Benefit is that we can also take pictures of the Milky Way and the strenuous hike would be more worth it
    But there is a possibility that we may not get a permit since no reservations are possible and only first-come first-serve.
    There are plenty of other locations we can do as alternative there are also scenic and the same or less hiking required.

    September 10, 2012

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