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Leonids Meteor Shower from Welcome Lakes (Weekend Backpacking trip)
PLEASE READ FULL TRIP DESCRIPTION BEFORE SIGNING UP TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE FIT/COMFORTABLE ENOUGH FOR THE CONDITIONS • What we'll do This weekend is calling for sunny days and clear night skies! We will be backpacking through beautiful Bull of the Woods Wilderness and find a perfect spot to camp with clear view of the sky to observe Leonids Meteor shower peaking up this upcoming weekend. Brief Hiking Plan: Saturday: We'll meet at Gateway and figure out carpooling. Drive to the Trailhead (about 110 minutes/72 miles). Hike in. We'll get to Welcome lake, and make a decision if we want to go any further or drop our packs, and explore the area. The Leonids will be most visible after midnight NE/E from us, but moon sets at 12.51 am that night so we might have to take a nap before watching that show at night... Sunday: We'll get up in a relaxing manner, eat breakfast, pack up and hike out. The weather forecast calls for sunny days and clear night skies, but at this elevation temps will be pretty low (50's during the day, low 30's at night) Bring proper layers and anything that warms you up. We will have a campfire, but once you move away from it, it will be cold... Difficulty: moderate to hard Distance: 13.8 miles (if we do the entire loop, way less if we stay by welcome lake) Elevation gain: ~2,800 feet to Welcome Lake High Point: 5,190 feet Cost: Driving Distance is 144 miles RT= $15 per person to driver No pass required for the trailhead • What to bring: -10 essentials -backpacking equipment (tent, stove, water filter, sleeping arrangements) -hiking poles recommended and foul weather clothing -camera + tripod Please answer all the RSVP questions. • Important to know Waiver of Liability: As a Meetup organizer, I'm an unpaid volunteer. While I always try to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing for everyone, by signing up for this event you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety, and well-being for its entire duration, including while traveling to and from both the meeting place and destination. When you sign up for a Cascadia Explorer event, you are participating at your own risk. Organizers for this Meetup assume no liability

Gateway Transit Center

NE 99th, just off of I-84 & Glisan · Portland, OR

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Cascadia Explorers is a recreational club devoted to enjoying outdoor activities, social gatherings and volunteer events in a respectful manner.

So, why charge $5 per year, when there are so many other great hiking-oriented Meetup groups out there (NW Wilderness, Endorphin Drip and NW Sea-to-Summit are some of our favorites)?

Our main goal is to provide people an opportunity to enjoy many types of outdoor activities safely and affordably.

To do this, the founders will be actively managing the group and pooling resources to make member’s experiences more affordable, simpler and safer. Cascadia Explorers will operate as a non-profit; none of the money will be pocketed by anyone personally.

Here’s a few of the things we plan on doing with the member dues...

1. Pooling and sharing equipment, like snowshoes, backpacks, kayaks and electronics (GPS)

2. Paying for storage, maintenance and tracking of equipment.

3. Pre-paying and securing wilderness permits for areas that require them, like Mt St Helens or The Enchantments.(attendees will refund the cost later)

4. Paying for Meetup itself.

5. Encouraging more people to be event leaders by providing simple incentives and reducing their financial exposure.

Our goal is NOT to create a huge group with thousands of lurkers and ghosts. Membership dues will help us reduce no-shows (a big frustration to hike leaders) and limit the group to active members.

We really hope you become a dues-paying member - at less than 50 cents per month you will help build a great community.

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