DESCRIPTION: Elevation 9,600 ft; 5,000+ acres; spring-fed meadows, forested ridges and massive rocks of Pikes Peak Granite; elk, black bears, mule deer, bighorn sheep; Temps from 40s to 70s. Daily hikes and excursions; 50+ miles of park trails, plus many more in the area (Pikes Peak; Garden of the Gods; Royal Gorge Bridge and Park; 11 Mile Reservoir);
PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS: Trip leaders will assess preparedness of potential participants prior to acceptance. Musts: Medically / physically fit; Camp in cold weather for 6 nights; Hike on rugged, steep mountain trails with elevation changes at high altitudes, at a moderate pace for 5+ miles for consecutive days; Equipped with required gear; Interact successfully with a diverse group.
PRICE: $485/members; $510/non-members; Included: transportation; Daily Park Passes for ASC vehicles only; campsite fees; daily meals/snacks; Pikes Peak toll road fee. Not Included: hotel/food on travel days; transportation costs and Daily Park Passes for those who drive/fly on their own; personal incidentals; add-on excursions
TRANSPORTATION: 1) Trip leaders will drive participants to CO in a van (https://www.bandago.com/vehicles/transit/); Leave Austin 8/4 @ 6am; overnight stop in NM, arriving in CO 8/5. Leave CO 8/11 (no overnight stop) or 2)Participants fly/self-drive to CO at their own expense, and meet the group at Mueller ($100 discount). Carpooling recommended.
8/4 OVERNIGHT STAY: Raton Pass Motor Inn, 308 Canyon Drive, Raton, NM 87740; ratonpassmotorinn.com; 10 rooms reserved (confirmation DY[masked]; $79.62/room). Contact the inn to reserve a room by 7//7.
CAMPGROUND: Prospector’s Ridge; tent-only, walk-in area; 1 RV site, serving as our gathering place for meals, campfires, etc. Water, vault toilets, restrooms, and coin-operated showers / laundry all within a short walk.
MEALS: Tasty, nutritious, vegetarian-friendly, pre-planned camp meals; All camp cooking equipment/food provided; Breakfast/dinner prepared daily, with shared prep/cook/clean duties; Campers prepare their own lunches/trail snacks, choosing from available options. If you are a picky eater or have special dietary needs, then please bring your own food.
PACKING / EQUIPMENT: ASC provides camp cooking equipment/food. Participants bring all other equipment/personal items. A packing list is available.
REGISTRATION: Trip leaders will guide confirmed participants through the process. Steps: 1) RSVP ‘YES” on Meetup (does not guarantee a spot on the trip), 2) Approval, 3) Payment, 4) Forms, 5) Pre-trip meeting, 6) Reserve motor inn room.
REQUIRED FORMS: 1) Waiver http://files.meetup.com/1589422/individual_waiver.pdf and 2) Medical http://files.meetup.com/1589422/Sierra%20Club%20medical%20form%202013.pdf
SUBMITTING FORMS: 1) Mail to Clarence Rumancik, 1304 Morgan Lane, Austin, Texas 78704 or 2) Email to [masked].
PAYMENT OPTIONS: 1) Check payable to Austin Sierra Club; Mail to Clarence Rumancik, 1304 Morgan Lane, Austin, TX 78704 or 2) Follow link to pay online. https://www.sierraclub.org/texas/austin/donate Forward a copy of your payment confirmation to [masked]
DEADLINES: Trip leaders must receive full payment and forms within 10 days of your acceptance on the trip, or risk removal from the "going" list.
COMMUNICATION: Make sure settings on your member profile on meetup.com allow all communication from ASCO members. Please email personal contact information to [masked].
PRE-TRIP INFO SESSIONS: Trip leaders will schedule a pre-trip info session, which all are encouraged to attend.
CANCELLATIONS / REFUNDS: A full/partial refund will be considered with written notice to trip leaders by the following dates: 100% refund by 6/17; 80% refund by 7/8; 50% refund from 7/9-7/21(only if we can fill your spot; No refunds after 7/22.