MacCauley Warm Springs Beginner/Novice Gear Checkout Trip

This will be an easy trip designed for beginners/novices to check out their gear before going on a more involved trip this season.  If you've been a few times but want to refresh your skills for the coming season, this would be good for that.  If you're looking for a difficult trek back into deep wilderness, look elsewhere.

We'll hike down from above.  The location for parking this time of year will dictate that the hike will be more than the 2 miles originally specified but the extra is all flat.

The date assumes that there will be no snow (or very little) in the immediate area.

Checklists and other info:

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/hiking.html#backpacking

http://www.backpacking.net/cheklist.html

http://camping.about.com/od/Backpacking/tp/Backpacking-Gear-Checklist.htm

http://www.backpacking-guide.com/backpacking-checklist.html

http://www.backpacker.com/spring_summer_fall_gear_checklist/gear/12107

This location is guaranteed to have fresh water for filtering or treating.  Hopefully, this early we will be able to have a fire.  A week prior I will post expected weather conditions.  Expect temperatures ranging from 30 F in the morning to a high in the 60s.

After setting up camp we can hike to the falls or to Battleship Rock, depending on which way we came in.

Get on the waiting list and leave a comment regarding what you want to get out of the trip.  I'll use that to fill the spots.

 

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  • Chris R

    Good starter lesson. Keith does a great job mentoring us rookies. Thanks for all the help to Keith and Nathan for all the tips and for lending me the items I was missing. I had a good time both backpacking and conversing. Nathan....thanks for the great soup. Mmmm good!

    April 28, 2013

  • Keith F.

    A nice place to bivouac. For two guys who had never been backpacking before, Chris and Nathan were very well prepared. I learned as much from them as they from me. That's what's great about the backpacking meetup group. You get a new idea on every outing.

    April 28, 2013

  • Keith F.

    The reason for meeting at the Sandia Casino is to form car pools and decide who is driving. Only two people responded to say they are still going. If only 3 or 4 of us go, we can take Nathan's vehicle. If 5 or 6 go, we can take my minivan.

    April 25, 2013

  • Nathan

    I have room for three if anyone wants to carpool.

    April 25, 2013

  • Chris R

    Keith,
    If you are driving up to the Jemez, can I catch a ride with you? Maybe others that are going on the backpack will contact me if you are full.

    April 25, 2013

  • Nathan

    Can I get a latitude and longitude for the trailhead? Trying to print off a map of the surrounding area.

    April 21, 2013

    • Keith F.

      I'm not sure exactly where we will be able to park but it will be near the Jemez Falls Campground if you want to look that up for a location.

      April 22, 2013

    • Nathan

      Got it, thanks.

      April 22, 2013

  • Nathan

    Just trying to get back into the swing of things and op-check some of my gear. Figure out what holes there are in my loadout.

    This will be overnight, correct?

    March 31, 2013

  • Keven

    Warrior Dash

    March 29, 2013

  • Lee

    sounds like a nice trip.

    March 27, 2013

  • Donovan

    I didn't realize this is the same date as the cookout.

    March 22, 2013

  • Derrick

    Good I can cancel my beginner trip.

    March 21, 2013

    • Keith F.

      There may be people who can't make one date but can another.

      March 22, 2013

  • Jo-Ann S.

    I would like to take my 2 dogs they are well trained and good hikers and campers. If I can take the dogs I will go on the waiting list.

    March 21, 2013

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