©Mono Lake / Owens River / Convict Lake / Hot Springs

  • May 23, 2013 · 4:00 PM
  • TBA


©This is sure to be one fun time!  There is so much to do here, it would be sad to be only one weekend, so a Thursday afternoon departure assures us that our road trip will be more about
kayaking than driving.  Join Debbie Shevey (co-host) and me through the backside of the sierras.  Adult Attitude / happy hours / Bring booze! No prudes!

Departs Thursday afternoon,Arrive: Tioga Gas Mart & Whoa Nelie Deli, (Shell Station @ 120W). There is a message board here, and I will leave my SacYakker card and note if there is any change to DISPERSED CAMPING---AS FOLLOWS: Go 4 miles south of W120 to one exit past  E120 (West Portal Road---may be a dirt road) off 395 (east) for disbursed camping.  Traveling east, we will catch the first decent overnight area away from any traffic.  This puts us within a few miles from Mono for an easy put in the next morning.  Best to locate one of us on VHF 69 or FRS channel 5. You may catch up with us at Mono Lake Friday morning if you can't locate us. Take directions with you....Cell phones rarely work here.  Mine is nine one 6 five 3 1 seven one two three.  Best to text if you have no radio.

Friday  0830 : Arrive and tour / paddle Mono Lake.  Bring 2 liters of water for drinking, and some water to rinse salt off gear.  Brief walk to unusual Tuffas worth visiting.  (Aqua blue salt lake, returning to shore before afternoon winds.

Friday After Paddle: Lunch at Whoa Nelie Deli (Shell Station Gourmet deli)Lee Vining gas station---great deli sandwiches / nice place.

Friday Afternoon: Move on to Convict (Pay showers here at day usea area) / or swim it--cold at Convict.   You can stay in Day use area until late afternoon, so take in a paddle if you want or enjoy the beach in day use.  Hot springs at Benton for evening --purely a note, not an event.

Friday Evening 5:30 approx: Check in at Browns Milpond Park, located at:  230 Sawmill Drive, Bishop 93514 N.W. Corner of Bishop, exiting 395 at Sawmill (right).  We are reserved under my name--Sven Lund, contact is Stacey Sparrow 7608735342.  They have 3 sites near equestrian that was made available to us on a special basis.  $5/per person per night + $2 per 7 minute shower.  We can stay here through Monday morning if we want, giving us flexibility if we vote to move on.  We shall all decide on length of segment of Owens river, whether to split it up into two days, or one long leg.

Saturday: Owens River: 0900 ish. Drop off gear at put in TBA, drop cars off at take out TBA, shuttling drivers back in one car.  Duration on river TBA.  This may be a long cruise if conditions merit.  Bring Dry bag and 1 gallon of water. We will pack a solid lunch and snacks for potentially 6-7 hour outing.  Deck skirts may prove useful.  We will have a few class ripples.  I will be taking my 14' Pungo + skirt + radio + large dry bag, and a couple dry shirts.

Sunday:  Member decided excursion!: We can hit 5 lakes up at mammouth, or Twin Lakes, or head toward Yosemite, and hit Saddleback Lake (I believe 10,000 ft.) Highest accessible lake in CA.  Perhaps do a bbq lakeside?  We will pow-wow on these choices at camp.

Monday: This is definitely member decided...suggestions welcome.Depart in morning going North, perhaps stop at Mammouth (I've only driven through it)  or Lundy Lake and Lundy Canyon for a two hour hike.

TBA's:  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO FOLLOW ANNOUNCEMENTS OF CAMPING AND TRAVELS WITH CHANGES.  REACHING US: CARAVAN OR REACH US WITH A DECENT RADIO  (ON ALL WEEKEND).

If any of our group is unaccounted for Friday Morning, we will meet at Navy Beach 0830.   IF INCLEMENT WEATHER, Lee Vining Gas Station.  Bring your radios FRS 5 VHF 69

Carpool: Please pack your loose gear in plastic box / container for reducing clutter, and ease of repack of cars / trucks.  We will bring 1 bbq & 1 burner gas stove, and coffee pot & pan for carpool.  Bring your own coffee additives/ mugs, etc..  Bringing 2-3 gallons water, and firewood.  Suggest 1 stove per campsite at least.

Kayak Gear: Normal safety gear, PFD required, whistle recommended.  Thermal protection a personal choice.  High elevation paddles will be along shores /conditional on weather.  The owens is very narrow, and a quick exit if mishap.  Mono is a personal choice for gear.  I would suggest a short and long sleeve wicking shirt, but here again a personal choice.

Communication: Two way radios. See discussions / "Radio"  FRS 5 will be used all weekend.  Those with VHF only, I will monitor VHF 69 as well.  If you don't have a working radio, please carpool with someone that does.  It is invaluable to have these.  $120 on Amazon for dual band (recommended) Cell phones work in Bishop.

Food:  Square Tupperware is great! Block ice Water Jugs (drain a pint and freeze) for refrigeration and water for trip.  We may stop for an occasional meal, but will be best to prepare for 2 full days of meals.

 

 

 

 

 

Other Bear / raccoon / coyotes. Items sure to get a visit: Convict has

a resident bear.  It may visit camp.  Everything goe

s in bear locker...Nothing in your tent, including toothpaste, lipstick, deoderant, food wrappers or trash.

YOU ARE SELF RELIANT ON EVERYTHING ELSE!!!!

Requirements: Prior kayak experience required, and you must identify size and type of boat in RSVP.   Camping at June Lake gets into 30's late at night.

Please RSVP with your ride sharing offer / need .  $5/hr. to pay driver (each passenger).  Trip should be 10 hrs r/t, including destination events.  Please allow for splits on campsites, bringing cash for sites & drivers.  Campgrounds charge per vehicle, and tent space limited.  Encourage carpooling.  I will offer ride to 3 extra passengers and their gear.

Carpooling: Strongly encouraged, as limited space at take-out and put ins.

Campsites: Count on desert disbursed camping for Thursday only.   You must all bring water and toiletries / shovel.

Bring:

1.  Cash for campsites where applicable and splits on fuel (10 hours = $50 pp), and cash for Deli for your sandwich.

2. Camping gear, neatly packed in plastic tubs, food, Drinking / water for camping and rinsing your boat at Mono (salt).

3.  I will bring and make coffee, with (2)-12 cup coffee percolators.  You bring additives, and favorite blend if you like.

4. Headlamp.  I will bring one coleman lantern, and some firewood, and hear Sam is bringing some wood too.  Comment if you can bring a bundle of it.

5. Food is all on your own to plan, whether with your carpool or , though a fire ring and standing bbq is provided at camp...bring coals or bring: share a bbq / stove / grill.  Feel free to plan with others.  I will not coordinate this.

6. You will have opportunity to duck into Bishop for provisions, ice, cheaper fuel than Lee Vining.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sunday?

    March 4, 2013

    • Sven L

      Group Campsite saved for Friday Night through Sunday night.

      May 16, 2013

    • Sven L

      Earle / Rhonda----you missed out..And we missed you too!

      June 4, 2013

  • Jim S.

    I'm not sure if the meetup site can handle all of the photos I took so until I find out for sure you can view (or download whatever you might want) at;Day 1 and 2 of the Mono Lake trip http://www.flickr.com/photos/ji...­
    Day 1 on the Owens River http://www.flickr.com/photos/ji...­
    Day 2 on the Owens River http://www.flickr.com/photos/ji...­
    Trip home from Bishop http://www.flickr.com/photos/ji...­

    May 28, 2013

    • Sam M

      Thanks Jim. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!

      May 28, 2013

    • Sven L

      Very high quality photos. Kudos!

      June 4, 2013

  • Sam M

    Hey Sven, The paddle you and I did at Mono Lake, out to the island and back and then over to the others, was about 8.5 miles. The first leg from the Tufa out to the island was about 2.5 miles.

    June 3, 2013

  • James

    Thanks for the great photos everyone! Jim, about that Bighorn Sheep photo -- was it Photoshopped? In other words, is it a Photosheep? Remember that Doug demanded evidence of your sighting. I don't think Photosheep will slide.

    May 31, 2013

    • Jim S.

      No James, it wasn't Photoshopped (sheeped). Debbie took that picture from far off without zooming in on it. I did my best to enlarge it so you could see the Bighorn Sheep. By the time I got my camera out it was running off. As Sven is my witness it's a for real picture . . . . . . Oh, I guess that's not saying much, sorry Sven! :)

      May 31, 2013

    • Jim S.

      James, I just thought of something, I did take a pictures of a stuffed bighorn sheep at the Mono Lake visitor's center. If that's the one you're asking about, it wasn't photoshopped either. I'm guessing that you meant the picture of the bighorn sheep by the side of the Owen's river though.

      June 1, 2013

  • Doreen T.

    WOW, just getting my feet back on the ground after such a fantastic time with great people in a beautiful place. Thanks everyone for being you! Till we meet again, cheers. Off now to make some 151 cherries ;)

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • Sam M

      Haha! Know the feeling Doreen. The boats are scrubbed, but my truck still has gear in it.

      May 31, 2013

  • Doug L.

    Mono Lake = Very Cool. Owens River = Best Kayak Experience EVER! Convict Lake = Nice Lunch with cool people. Hot Springs = I see more of this in my future! Thank You Sven & everyone!

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • Sam M

      Hanging out with Doug = Good times! :)

      May 29, 2013

  • James

    Thanks Sven for an unforgettable weekend. Linda and I had a wonderful time with the majestic sceneary of the Eastern Sierra, the activities, and the companionship. It was wonderful meeting everyone and look forward to future adventures with the group.

    May 29, 2013

    • Sven L

      You bet! Linda surprised us all. It took a lot of guts. Glad it worked out.

      May 29, 2013

    • Linda

      I'd do it again in a heartbeat: That river was a lot of fun! Thanks Sven, this was a great experience.

      1 · May 29, 2013

  • Sven L

    This is my second trip to these parts, and will always enjoy Bishop. Mono Lake is fascinating. I'm glad I had a chance to paddle out to the island. The Owens River is always special to see. The desert big horn, the challenging turns in the river, and the fun of camping in the desert with so many good friends were all highlights to me.

    May 29, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Sven outdid himself on this one! What a fun trip. I got to see things I've never seen before. A really fun group to paddle with. Thank you Sven for all of your hard work to put on such a great trip!

    2 · May 28, 2013

  • debbie

    The best

    May 27, 2013

  • Doreen T.

    Hubby isn't coming so that opens up a slot, sorry for the late notice.

    May 22, 2013

  • debbie

    What were the radio numbers that we are supposed to talk on?

    May 22, 2013

    • Sven L

      VHF 69 or FRS 5 (GMRS 5)

      May 22, 2013

  • Kelly

    Sven: Dave and I sure wish we were going. Family issues abound. Hopefully next year! Have fun! Looking forward to seeing the pix.

    May 22, 2013

  • Sven L

    All: Bring event details with you. West Portal Road after E120 (possibly a dirt road) first area that has a fire-ring that we can drive to (and away from road some) is our disbursed location for first night. As I said above, if you cannot reach us by radio, hunker down for the night...lots of open space in that pocket, then meet us at Navy Beach Mono Lake per itinerary.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • James

    DISBURSEMENT CAMPING LOCATION: Hi Sven, I think I may have found the location in your statement "Camping at June Lake gets into 30's late at night." This suggests that the location is in the area of June lake, correct? My only concern June lake would have us travelling west, and would be inconsistent with "Traveling east, we would take right fork in the road after passing Tufa Road."
    You may have to look for my photo on a milk carton somewhere. "James -- missing since Memorial Day weekend. Last seen heading west to an undetermined camping location."

    May 22, 2013

  • James

    DISBURSEMENT CAMPING LOCATION? Hi Sven, I cannot locate disbursement camping on the map. Your directions state "Go 4 miles south of W120 to one exit past E120 off 395". The exact distance between W120 and E120 is already 4.8 miles, thus going 4 miles to one exit past E120 doesn't seem to make sense.
    Can you post the longitude and lattitude of the campsite?

    May 22, 2013

  • Sam M

    I'm throwing in a set of horseshoes and stakes. Hopefully there will be some room at the Millpond Campsite to set up a pit.

    May 20, 2013

  • James

    FYI: In between paddling adventures, Linda and I plan on bringing or road bikes. The valley floor around Bishiop offers flat riding (easy). Leaving the valley floor will take you to some very scenic but challenging climbs. Anyone with a road bike is welcome to join.

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Mary M

    I'm in!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Sam M

    I purpose a full moon hike with cocktails out into the nearby Buttermilks Country Friday night.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Sven L

    My carpool is leaving between 12:30 and 1:00, and will caravan with Debbie & Jim, meeting them at Caples on SR88.
    If anyone wants to caravan from Fair Oaks near that time, you can call or see us at Caples near dam. Radio on both channels entire trip.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Don

    Just had knee surgery and think best if I wasn't a burden on the group. I really wanted to enjoy all the fun and meeting everyone. This way I can make it to the June trips for sure. Have fun!

    May 16, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Sven, is my seafaring 16.5 foot closed deck sea kayak going to have difficulty maneuvering on the Owens River? She's not made for "ripples." Given the lack of rain this season, the ripples are probably minimal, just sayin.' Any thoughts on this?

    May 15, 2013

    • Sven L

      You will strengthen your skills at technical turns on Owens. The current will be almost constant, but nothing white water to speak of. Dirt bottom to river.

      May 16, 2013

    • Sven L

      Most of the river is 2-5 feet deep and winds through the desert with many switchbacks.

      May 16, 2013

  • Sven L

    Doug mentioned he can share ride with possibly 2 in his Suburban. Don is looking for ride from San Rafael or connect in Sacramento. Nicole ?- Mary? Maricella and Susie are set.

    May 16, 2013

  • Don

    I'd like to carpool from San Rafael, and was going via Tracy route, but could go via Sacramento-So Tahoe if had some one who wished to carpool with me? I have spot for my kayak and one other on my truck?
    Respond here or call me:[masked]

    March 29, 2013

  • MAC

    Hey Sven & Group...sounds like an excellent adventure ! I will drive ? depending on your request I can go "Big Truck + trailer for group gear or my Taco for Holly,Maclovin & me.
    We can work out the details...
    We are self sufficent gear & food wise

    March 8, 2013

  • Diana

    I've always wanted to kayak this lake, so looking forward to it.

    March 7, 2013

  • Don

    I too wanted to kayak mono and what the heck, more kayak camping......

    March 5, 2013

  • Doreen T.

    Can't wait :)

    March 5, 2013

  • Sam M

    Haha! we were just talking about making this trip at some point this summer. Thanks Sven.

    March 4, 2013

    • Sven L

      Let the good times roll! Sam-Jump in on the planning. Real open here : ) You two really know how to play. Marcie's little head talked me into it!

      March 4, 2013

    • Sven L

      Yep, Debbie will know she's going in a few days, then it's her show!

      March 4, 2013

  • Julie S.

    I'd love to catch a ride with someone who loves to drive!

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will it be a full moon situation there?

    March 4, 2013

    • Sven L

      Full moon Earle at 6:24PM Saturday...so I guess there will be two moons out. wait...maybe 3....or 4 or 5.

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • Rhonda

    I've always wanted to kayak Mono Lake and have missed you fun-loving SacYakkers. It's a win-win for me!

    March 4, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Coming with Earle.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! This looks like FUN!!!!!

    March 4, 2013

  • Sven L

    May drive, have dual band radio, 14' Wilderness Pungo.

    March 3, 2013

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  • Sven L
    RCK2 0513: VHF, GMRS, FRS EXPLORATORY CREW CO-LEADER, Organizer
    Event Host
  • debbie
    RCK2+ VHF EXPLORATORY CREW
    Event Host
  • MAC +1
    RCK1+ FAM 3, FRS, GMRS
  • Marcie M
    RCK2 VIP CPLS DISTINGUISHED MEMBER: EXPLORATORY CREW
  • Mary M
    RCK2 EXPLORATORY CREW VHF, FRS, GMRS
  • maricela +1
    RCK2
  • Sam M
    RCK2 VIP CPLS VHF EXPLORATORY CREW CO-LEADER, Assistant Organizer
  • Doreen T.
    RCK1: No radio
  • James +1
    RCK2+
  • Doug L.
    RCK2+ VIP EXPLORATORY CREW
  • Jim S.
    RCK2+ Cpls EXPLORATORY CREW

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