This trip is being cross posted with the New Mexico Survival Meetup and will be a car camping trip to the Rio Chama Wilderness. The developed campground will be closed for this trip, so we will be camping at the primitive campsite. There are no facilities or water at the primitive campsite. This will be a laid back and relaxing trip. As always, there will be opportunity to talk about, demonstrate, and learn about various outdoor and survival topics. A few topics that can get discussed on the fly are: first aid, HAM radios, land navigation (map, compass, GPS), cold weather clothing and gear, 4X4, and the art of Dutch oven cooking. Anyone attending that has knowledge in any area is free to share. In the past, there has always been a pot luck type dinner on these trips, so bring your favorite camp recipe and share.
There are many day hike opportunities in the area, plus a cool monastery at the end of FR 151 where the monks make their own beer. Chavez canyon is a short but cool slot canyon next to the monastery. Ojitos canyon is a longer hike, but pretty awesome.
Be aware that it will be cold up there, so prepare accordingly. This will be a good chance to test out all that winter gear you bought over the summer.
Directions: Take I25 North to Santa Fe. Exit I25 at The Santa Fe Relief Route 599 and take 599 to 285 North. Take 285/84 North through Espanola. Continue on 84 to the turn off for Forest Road 151. The turn off for FR 151 is on the left a couple of miles North of the enterance for Ghost Ranch. Coordinates to the turnoff for FR 151: WGS84, Lat/Long [masked] N [masked] W / UTM 13S 364204 4022507. The area we will be camping is about 12 miles down FR 151 on the left side of the road. If you hit the monastery or the turn off to the developed campground, you went too far. The road in is suitable for 2 wheel drive when dry. I have seen people get the the monastery at the end of the canyon in many a Toyota Prius. When wet, it can be impassable for any vehicle. There are a number of steep drops down to the river along the road as well.
Coordinates to the campsite: WGS84, Lat/Long [masked] N[masked] W / UTM 13S[masked] 4024289.
Radio Frequencies: For those with HAM capability, there are several repeaters along the way that we can use to communicate with. The Megalink system can be used for most, if not all of the drive up to the campsite. The Sandia Crest repeater [masked] +, pl. 100.0) could be used up to just South of Santa Fe. The Elk Mountain Megalink repeater [masked] +, pl. 67.0) could be used from Santa Fe possibly all the way to the campsite, depending on the radio and antenna being used. The Taos Ski Valley Megalink repeater [masked] +.+, pl. 67.0) could be useful as well. The Megalink system and be used for communication over most of the state, click her for more information: http://nm5ml.com/ . Another repeater that might be useful is the Cerro Pelon ARES repeater [masked] +, pl. 141.3) above Abiquiu, this repeater will almost certainly be workable from Abiquiu all the way to the campsite. We will also be monitory the national simplex calling frequency [masked]), probably only good from the end of Chama Canyon to the campsite and possibly along the route up with good line of site.
Some of the members will be leaving Friday evening, so feel free to come up early.
Friendly dogs are welcome, but be aware, dogs must be leashed in the campground.
Any questions, please email Randy