By popular interest, here is a yurt trip in the high Uinta range. Now we will see if anyone can go! The Ridge Yurt is one of the more challenging to access in the Lily Lake BRORA Yurt system. The view is said to be quite impressive. Details on where to meet will come soon.
This will be the harder, more rugged yurt trip of two I am listing, for people with high fitness looking to get a good back country workout. Trip distance will be 5 miles each way, including a big final uphill push. Trail is groomed, but not as frequently as the trail portion on the Yurt B trip for the 27th of January, and we may spend some time blazing our own way. Plentiful opportunities for side trips. Skis and snowshoes okay. I will bring both as I don't own climbing skins for my skis.
If you are not sure about your fitness, the trip on the 27th might be a better fit. That trip will be more social, all on flat terrain, a shorter way in, and there will be more care put into the dinner. On this trip, pack your own food and keep it basic. The yurts are stocked with firewood (ready for chopping), wood stoves, cooking pots, and bunk beds. There is an outhouse. But no linens, utensils, or toilet paper.
We can check into the yurt at 2:30pm on Sunday and must leave by 2pm on Monday. I plan to stay until after noon sometime on Monday to get my money's worth. But if anyone needs to leave earlier, that is okay as long as you know your own way out. Meeting places are 8am in SLC or 10:30am at the trailhead (if you are not coming from SLC or do not wish to carpool). More directions and details to come.
This is as close to a weekend as I could get, and also its a struggle to get weekends off right now for my job. Plus Fridays and Saturdays are highly competitive for reservations! I am hoping for a full group, but however many can go, it should be fun. Can take up to 8 total, but I am holding one spot for a friend (for now). There is a $10 fee when you RSVP. Please read the Cancellation Policy below. RSVPs will close 3 days out because I need to turn in all group members info to Evanston Parks and Ranger District before the trip. There is also a waiver everyone must sign.
Cancellation Policy: I have these trips set up not to offer refunds -as long as the trip takes place. Please do not sign up until you are sure you can go. If you do cancel, you have made a $10 donation to the group. I paid my own money to reserve the yurts and I don't want to be left high and dry after people drop last minute, and it gets too demanding of time to keep up with frequent roster changes. Trip is on regardless of weather, barring some apocalyptic storm. Fresh snow means more exercise and more "fun".
Pack List: Sleeping bag rated to 20 degrees F or colder (preferable for 0 F), eating utensils, toiletries and toilet paper, change of clothes, gaitors or waterproof pants, snowgear, pack to carry all your own gear, a couple meals, mug or thermos, snacks,
a positive attitude, skis or snowshoes, poles, thermals, and layers