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So Cal Happy Hour Backpacking Pages

First I would like to thank you for taking the time to check out this group. I have created this group for people of all levels of backpacking exp. I enjoy the easy trips as much as the hard ones. For me, its just about getting away. I am happy to share my backpacking skills and equipment with the beginner through the advanced backpacker. I am also hoping to meet people with skills I do not possess to help teach myself and others new tricks such as maybe canyoneering, rock climbing, cross country ski-backpacking etc.

The main focus of this group however will be geared towards the "backpacker and day hiker". My second love is downhill skiing which I will be taking a lot of trips this winter.

I will be working hard with my co-organizers and any volunteers that would like to lead or help lead hikes to get as many of them posted as possible. So send in your ideas and we will try to get them posted. We have also expanded to include almost every activity under the sun. (bar crawls, mountain biking, kayaking, beach trips, car camping, comedy clubs etc) to name a few.

We have had a bunch of great backpacking trips this year and we are not done yet!!! A few that come to mind are Chain Lakes, Lost Coast, Lillian Lake, Tanaya Lake to Half Dome and out the Mist trail etc. We still have 2 more planned but keep an eye out because we add trips on the fly all the time. One is a beach backpacking trip that is already posted and the other is the Grand Canyon. Here is some info on the Grand Canyon trip.

Grand Canyon 4 day trip in Nov. Day 1 Hike all the way down to the Colorado river and stay at campground near Phantom Ranch. About 6.5 miles (I think).

Day 2 relaxation day at the Colorado. Hike along the Colorado, up small canyons or where ever your heart desires. Or just hang and get to know some of the people better in the group and discuss future trips at the Phantom Ranch Bar, Oh ya I said BAR at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Or so I'm told. Last time I was there I was too young to drink so I didn't pay much mind to the bar.
If we make a reservation we can all enjoy a $39 steak dinner together at the Phantom Ranch and enjoy a nice meal prepared for us in believe it or not the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The meal I do remember from when I was a kid, don't miss out on it, I know it sounds steep but its well worth it. Just think all those steaks and food had to come down on a mules back, now thats a serious grocery run.

Day 3 Break up basecamp and hike half way out on the easier trail than the one we came down on and camp at (I think its called Indian Springs or Indian Garden) campground.

Day 4 The killer last leg out of the canyon, very very steep, you will be happy we decided to split the hike out into two days. At the top, Happy Hour at the Lodge to celebrate. This is a hike out worth celebrating. If you don't believe me just ask your legs when you get to the lodge LOL. A beginner could do this hike but If your just learning to backpack, I would recommend an easier hike to start with.

The only requirements I have are that you stay in your level, and you play nice with others. Were all about GOOD FUN AND GOOD PEOPLE.




PS If you get a chance, check out some of our photos from the photo section (the button that says photos to the left). Make sure you scroll down and when you get to the bottom, if you want to see more, just hit 123456 etc button.

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About So Cal Happy Hour Backpacking September 10, 2008 4:27 PM John L.

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