IF the event is full and there's a waiting list--do sign up anyway. History has shown me that some never show up; so the odds are decent you'll get in.
This is NOT an easy hike/snowshoe.
This event has two parts.
1.) Hike/snowshoe event,
2.) Hotsprings. If you plan to go to the hotsprings, understand that this will relax you to the point where you might just want to look into a room at the springs for the night.Some of us are staying overnight and plan to socialize after the hotsprings. If you have a motorhome or travel-trailer, you can take them onsite at the hotsprings—and some do plan to do this. (Can you say “after-party”!?!)
We'll meet up at the Woolly Mammoth Park n' Ride Lot at 8:30 am, leave at 845am. Figure an hour to get to the Echo Lake parking lot, and then a 4 hour snowshoe/hike, depending on how people feel. We should reach the Resthouse Trail trailhead at 9:30, and be on the trail at 945.
We'll carpool from Woolly Mammoth.
You should determine if you are doing the hotsprings or not at this point.
Do not carpool if you will skip the hotsprings.
If you are staying overnight, you should drive to Idaho Springs.
Food--I'm going to bring some sandwiches and soup, but I'll probably want to drop into Beaujos or Tommyknockers in between events.
Depending on weather at the time of the event, this will be either a hike or snowshoeing event. This has the best links to the current conditions. If there's less than 8 inches of snow, you won't need snowshoes.
This is a social workout hike at a fairly aggressive altitude. Social means we are not racing, we're working out and having great conversation. We're not leaving people behind, but those attending should be in good shape so not to hold everyone up.This is NOT an easy hike. You should expect a quick-paced, strong workout.
The trailhead is at the fee area on the road to the summit of Mt Evans. The trail itself is NOT flat, and it is NOT easy. It is at very high altitude. Altitude at the trailhead is 10,600, going to 11,250. We recently did this hike and it is NOT easy, even though there was virtually no snow on the trail. If it's got enough snow to require snowshoes, it'll be a darn tough trail.
We aren't going to go for distance. We will hike for 4.5 hours total; 2 hours in, half-hour lunch break, and two hours out. It doesn't matter where we are when 2 hours is up, we will stop, eat, and turn around.
It will be quite cool, so dress accordingly. If you don't know what that means—google is your friend and you should ask questions in the conversation below. Your best weather.com comparable location will be Georgetown, I suspect.
We are all adults responsible for ourselves, so I trust you to have full heed of the seriousness of winter adventures in the mountains. As you surely know, in winter, one can get in trouble fast, so you need to prepare accordingly. It wouldn't hurt to download a winter survival app to your phone, such as the Marine Corp winter survival for Android, and carry extra phone batteries. Having a first aid app isn't a bad idea either. If you haven't gone to one of REI's free winter safety clinics, you really should.
If you need some ideas about how to survive if things go bad, hit Youtube and put in Ray Mears, Winter, Long. This will bring up the long documentary-type survival shows by one of the world's leading outdoor survival experts. These four links to some Ray Mears shows should be good, especially the first and last.
We will designate a trail lead and a sweep. I will also ask who has emergency medical training. If you do not wish to have it known that you are a DR/RN, but are willing to assist medically, please email me privately so I don't ask you in the parking lot. I've had Dr's/RN's on the trips who don't wish it known that they're Dr's/RN's unless there is an actual emergency.
By signing up for this event, you acknowledge that you are responsible for yourself and you hereby indemnify and release the owners, and all organizers from any and all liability stemming from your participation in this event.
Clothing: Do not wear death-cloth (cotton). Wool is much better. Army/Navy sells wool pants for cheap, and this might save your life. http://go-armynavy.com/ The local Denver Metro area stores are much more expensive than this one, andI know the owner of this one from college, Eddie Schmidt. For example, Eddie's Army surplus wool pants are $29, the same in Denver is $64. I suggest getting suspenders.
Snowshoes can be rented at REI. Often, Sam's Club and Costco will have snowshoes for really cheap, if you wish to buy a pair. It is a really good idea to bring hiking poles along.
You should take along the Ten Essentials:
You should prep for winter weather:
I plan to carry a backpack with the following in it, (given only as example):
Firestarter – matches, lighter, steel and magnesium, and trioxane.
Emergency medical kit
Reflective space blanket
Roll of plastic sheeting (approx 10'x 12')
Goretex shell top and pants
extra wool socks and gloves
2 Thermos full of hot water
Extra food and tea – instant soup or instant potatos.
High visibility marker tape (orange)
Coleman stove for heating water if needed.
Be an adult at the hotsprings.
Anyone acting creepy will ride home strapped to the roof of my car with duct tape.
As Towely says "Don't forget your towel!"
We'll be back in Idaho Springs around 330pm. This gives you approximately 2.5 hours to hang out, eat, relax, etc. Thehotsprings event will start at 6pm—you'll arrive on your own and we can meet in the main pool. Some of us are staying, so there'll be an afterparty for those staying!
Indian Hotsprings is a great escape--it's a $16 entry fee for the main mineral pool (without tax). The plan is to use the main pool, but you can always get a pass that is for the caves or private pools if you wish. The private pools charge $20 per person, per hour (though honestly, that's all you'll want—they're really hot!). FYI, private pools are hard to get without an RSVP earlier in the week. The caves are unisex and clothing optional. Maybe this is just me, but that's not my thing for a first meeting with people.
I'm not up for a private pool as a group, as they're not that big, and I don't know all of you and we all can't fit into them. Additionally, I don't want to be jammed wall-to-wall in a swimsuit in hot water with people whose hygeine I barely know. Just sayin' it like it is! ;)
So, the main pool is best to plan on, and you can do other things on your own.
For those who'd like to stay overnight, this is a good deal:
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ps-Bring your dog, as I'll bring my English Springer Spaniel, a 3 year old female. Please understand that she's a sweetheart, but seems aggressive at first with other dogs--it's just "don't mess with me". Her previous owner had other dogs that attacked her a few times, until I rescued her in January. She's still young and getting over her PTSD, her psychologist said. She'll get there.....
Next month: Skiing/snowboarding at Loveland Ski Area (leaders wanted!), and Snowshoeing/XC Skiing at Coon Hill, or at Bakerville Exit to the Loveland ski area. Coon Hill is just west of the Continental Divide in Northern Colorado. Coon Hill is less than 1 mile northwest of the west end of the Eisenhower Tunnel on Interstate 70. It is the highest peak in the Williams Fork Mountains. The South Ridge route is second class and is 2 miles roundtrip with 1217 vertical feet of elevation gain!
ps--why the $2 charge? I've found that $2 is just enough to weed out those who sign up and then never show up. If you're laid off or really need that $2, email me. I'm not heartless.....