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MEMORIAL WEEKEND CAMPOUT

  • May 20, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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MEMBERSHIP: This weekend is for CQR dues paying members, you can learn more about our club at http://www.meetup.com/Colorado-Quad-Runners

  You are welcome to join us as a guest, BUT you will be required to sign a waiver before the first ride

LOCATION: GPS: 38°53'45.60"N 106° 7'38.53"W

Search Google Earth-just plug in the coordinates.

We met here last year and the location was great!

Gravel Roads - NO MUD!

Near Buena Vista - nice view of the Collegiate Range
Cell Phone coverage

Directions: US 285 to Buena Vista, then
Right on Hwy[masked] mi

Right onto E Main St 0.2 mi

Turn Left onto N Colorado Ave 0.3 mi

Continue onto CO Rd[masked] mi

Turn Right onto CO Rd[masked] mi

Turn right onto CO Rd 375C - Destination will be 0.15 mi

We may not be able to cross US 285 to access the south area, but there are many riding areas on the north side.

It has everything from easy trails to some harder rock climbing trails. Directions and signs to look for are attached. I will also have signs on the road in so you can find me. If you are coming please RSVP on the Meetup web page. We will have enough room for tent campers. If you can't come for the weekend come up for a day. We usually leave on rides between nine and ten.

Take 285 south out of Denver. If you are coming from the Springs take hwy 24 to 285 and go to Buena Vista as above.

We will be monitoring FMRS Channel 4.

Water and dump is available at the Western Inn RV Park in Fairplay, OR the KOA camp east of Buena vista. NOTE 5/19-- KOA does NOT sell water, so get it at Fairplay or in BV. They do have a dump, though.

A note about the availability of water. Water is available at the City of Buena Vista water department building. To get there, if you're coming to Buena Vista from the south, turn left on Steele Dr (the road to the airport) and drive past the Humane Society before  the dumpsters to their site. It’s real cheap – just a couple of dollars

For those who do not want to camp, there are cabins available at the KOA near Buena Vista: http://www.buenavistakoa.com/ , and other motels in Buena Vista.

We will be going up on TUESDAY to try to reserve a campsite. Will be returning on Tuesday 5/27.

Saturday night POT LUCK info, PLEASE READ:  I would like to put a little spin on the pot luck this year.  Those who went to Taylor Park last August know how this works.  I have a large dutch oven pot with a tripod to use over a campfire.  I will start the pot off with ground beef and onion (both pre-cooked).  Then each person should bring one can or single serving size item to add to the pot.  The idea is for each person to put in approximately the volume they plan to take out.  We completely filled the pot and fed about 25 people last year.  This is a chance to be creative with the ingredient you choose to add - just remember you have to eat it too.  There are always skeptics but this has turned out great every time I have done it - most people go back for seconds.  In addition to the one can / one serving ingredient per person for the pot, if each family or couple could bring a fruit, salad, grain or dessert item that would help make this a complete meal (meat and veggies galore will be in the pot).  You are welcome to comment on the side dish you choose to bring, but the ingredient for the pot should remain a mystery.  Announcing the ingredient as you add it is half the fun.

Trail Difficulty Ratings

Most of the trails in this area are EASY to MODERATE.

EASY:

Ø  Grades of less than 10%

Ø  Relatively smooth surface

Ø  Most rocks less than 8” in diameter

Ø  Stream crossings, if any, are typically less than 12 inches deep

** Easiest: Limited skill with little challenge to travel.

MODERATE:

Ø  Short pitches of grades up to 30%

Ø  Grades generally 10-15%

Ø  Surface relatively rough

Ø  Most rocks are less than 15” in diameter

Ø  Stream crossings, if any, are typically less than 18” deep

** Moderately Difficult:  Some skills and challenge to travel

DIFFICULT:

Ø  Pitches of greater than 30% grade

Ø  Grades are generally above 15%

Ø  Surface will be rough

Ø  Boulder negotiations of over 15” in diameter

Ø  Stream crossings, if any, are typically greater than 18” deep

** Difficult: Significantly experienced skills and challenges to travel

Disclaimer:  The rider assumes all responsibility to ride within their own capabilities on any of these trail rides.  The trail rating guide system takes into consideration “typical” trail width of the ride, the steepness and the trail surface composition. These ratings are ONLY intended to be guides to make trail use easier and safer and to encourage you to assess your own capabilities before venturing out on any trail. Trail ratings are used to indicate the expertise needed to drive the trail under normal conditions but these conditions are subject to rapid change in Colorado and Utah (ie- weather, boulders, etc). 


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  • Stan K.

    Memorial weekend campout was GREAT this was our first time in Buena Vista really enjoyed the trails. The pot luck dinner was outstanding who Knew with all those ingredents it would taste so good. The Sunday GPS ride was a blast .Thanks Dave and Tom for hiding the clues. Leann excellent job leading our group. See you all soon Stan and Marlene

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Fly B.

    I made a map up on how to get to the camping spot but cannot seem to be able to post it.
    If you want a copy email me at [masked]

    May 23, 2014

    • Spice It U.

      From Buena Vista, turn right on Main St, left on Colorado. When you see a tunnel ahead look for a right turn and CQR signs take you from there. There are 4 CQR signs to keep you on the main dirt road until the right turn into the camping area.

      May 23, 2014

  • Dan S

    I am planning on arriving Thursday afternoon. Cool weather is generating great fishing reports on Arkansas river. Fishing gear is in the truck.

    May 21, 2014

    • Spice It U.

      If you still have the sterno and support frame for the pulled pork, please bring them. I am bringing the pulled pork

      May 22, 2014

  • Spice It U.

    We will be there Thursday night until Monday.

    March 1, 2014

    • Joey Knous / Barb K.

      We will be there Friday night until Monday.

      May 19, 2014

    • Cynthia

      So wonderful to be able to see you both again. I know your schedule does not always let you join in on our rides through out the summer. See you soon. Michael and Cynthia Frojen

      May 20, 2014

  • Dan S

    Anyone *know if there is Verizon cell service close to camp area?

    May 19, 2014

    • Spice It U.

      I have Verizon and was able to get service at the camp area last year. The coverage is not as good on the trails.

      May 19, 2014

  • Racer T.

    I'm considering coming out for a day or two and it's been a couple years since I rode with CQR. What's the typical return to camp timing? Are there specific rides planned?

    May 19, 2014

  • Anna

    Sadly, I just had to change my rsvp to a "no", as I have too much to do here regarding my son's wedding here in the Springs. The wedding is June 1st...and I have out of town guests that I'm going to have here, so I need to clean and such. I also have to work, as I just had siding and a paint job done on my house...somebody has to pay for it!
    Too many "irons in the fire" I'm afraid!
    I will truly be missing this fun time!
    Everyone have fun and be safe.

    May 17, 2014

    • Anna

      Yeah I know...it was a tough decision to make for me. I've been going to this one ever since I joined...oh well...maybe things will look better for me next year. If I hit the lottery, things could change quickly! Lol!

      1 · May 18, 2014

    • Cynthia

      Have a great day at your son's wedding. I know you are making the right decision. It is so time consuming to get everything cleaned and done before guest arrive. Time is ticking! Enjoy, will miss seeing you!

      May 19, 2014

  • Stan K.

    Stan and Marlene we should arrive Friday afternoon and plan on dry camping if those who arrive early could keep us in mind for a spot with the group. Thanks Stan

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Cynthia

    Michael and I still have an additional queen bed available in our cabin. If anyone is interested please give us a call[masked]-6783. Friday to Monday at Chuckwagon cabins.

    May 18, 2014

  • Dan S

    Inexpensive CQR ATV flag pole. I bought a CQR flag in MOAB, but the pole did not work. Went to Walmart upon returning home and picked up a Bell axle mount orange bike flag for $3.50. Pole will be great for dunes next year, but too tall for trail so went to Home Depot and picked up a fiberglass shaft driveway reflector for $1.99. We will see how it works, but for less than $6 I have a CQR flag on my ATV and also have a tall orange flag for the Utah Sand dunes in the future.

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • Spice It U.

      I have used the Home Depot pole for the last two trips. I did cut it to 3'. Critical to it working is that it is mounted to the ATV via a large Spring so it gives going through the trees. Shouldn't be any problem with trees at Buena Vista though.

      May 17, 2014

  • Gregg (+ C.

    John and Diane Vreeland and us will be there Tuesday to reserve the spot. We're taking $$ for reservations to the primo spots.

    1 · May 17, 2014

    • Dan S

      Hey- Pay me $25 and I will not camp right next to you!

      May 17, 2014

  • Pete & S.

    We have to attend a wedding but may come up for the day.

    March 9, 2014

    • Gregg (+ C.

      I hope you make it...even for a day.

      1 · May 17, 2014

  • Stephanie G.

    We will get there friday evening. I have two boys, 11&13, will anyone else have kids with them?

    May 15, 2014

    • David M.

      We are coming up Friday late morning, our son Zach is 15, he rides a dirt bike.

      1 · May 16, 2014

    • Gregg (+ C.

      I've been there for the past 4 years and I haven't seen any bears, just rabbits and deer. Bring a pellet gun.

      May 17, 2014

  • Donna

    Picnic Supply Box and Banners: At the end of the event, please collect the Picnic Supply Box and ALL banners together and let Board know who has it! I'm happy to store and/or also happy to point to whomever has it for the next event.

    May 16, 2014

  • Colette

    There was only one banner in the picnic box. Anyone know where, or have, and will bring more banners?

    May 16, 2014

    • Spice It U.

      I have a banner and John V has 6 CQR signs.

      May 16, 2014

    • John & D.

      We have the large banner, some smaller ones, and 6 directional signs

      May 16, 2014

  • Nathan W.

    Cynthia, Thanks for the offer. Unfortunately, I was not very specific about my accommodation needs. I am looking for accommodations for my family - 4 people. I did see that there were hotel rooms available in Buena Vista. I was trying to get a cabin or campsite close to what my understanding is where a group of us will be staying. We do have a pop up trailer to use. Since I was not familiar with the area I was hoping to get some guidance.

    May 15, 2014

    • Nathan W.

      Thanks Dan. I assume dry camping is camping without services in a non-established campsite. Perhaps on US Forest Service or BLM land. Bring your own water. No facilities. If that's the case, then we can do that. Since we haven't been there before, I wasn't sure what the group was doing.

      May 15, 2014

    • Spice It U.

      Dry camping is the norm. And yes it is no services bring everything you need camping. We create our own little city and there will be all types of units there. Look for CQR signs.

      May 15, 2014

  • Donna

    I have the Picnic Supply Box and the Projector and live in North Westminster. Does anyone live north that could arrange a pick up to take it to this event?

    May 14, 2014

    • Dan S

      I live at 134th & Huron. Maybe meet somewhere this weekend.

      May 14, 2014

    • Donna

      Thanks, Dan, Gregg & Collette picked it up so we're all set!

      May 15, 2014

  • Nathan W.

    It looks like the cabins and campsites are taken. I've not stayed in Buena Vista. Are there other locations for campsites/cabins that you would recommend.

    May 13, 2014

    • Cynthia

      We have an extra bed Nathan if you want to split the cost with us. We have rented the Chuckwagon Cabin just south of the light in Buena Vista. It is $145 per night for up to 4 people. A few dollars more if more than 5. Call me[masked] Cynthia and Michael Frojen.

      May 14, 2014

  • Dave & E.

    Hi All,
    we have a Spare Tire from our Cyclone we had to replace as we bought different size tires.
    The tire has at least one full season of treat life left.
    Goodyear Marathon: SF 235/80 R16
    Load Range E
    If anybody is interested in this tire, let us know and we could bring it with us to the memorial campout.
    We would like $30 for it in cash.

    Dave

    May 14, 2014

  • Cynthia

    Michael and I have rented the Chuckwagon Cabin in Buena Vista. We are looking for another couple or single person to share the expense. Check them out on the web and let me know if you are interested. Have a great day!
    Cynthia and Michael

    May 7, 2014

    • Spice It U.

      Did you see the post from Nathan Wagner looking for a cabin/campsite?

      May 14, 2014

  • Spice It U.

    Does anyone have an extra ATV they could bring to the Memorial Day Ride for me to ride? My 19 yr old son is planning to join us this weekend and I would like to let him ride my ATV. Last year I rented a RZR in Buena Vista but I would rather avoid the "return time" deadline and complications of arranging for trailering. I will gladly pay a reasonable rental fee. LeAnne Spicer

    May 14, 2014

  • Spice It U.

    POT LUCK info, PLEASE READ: I have added details for the pot luck in the description for the event. It is not your "normal" pot luck so please read the details. Those who went to Taylor Park last August know how this works. There is more detail above but basically each person just needs to bring a can or single serving ingredient for the main attraction. The idea is for each person to put in approximately the volume they plan to take out. This is a chance to be creative with the ingredient you choose to add - just remember you have to eat it too. In addition to the one can / one serving ingredient per person for the pot, if each family or couple could bring a fruit, salad, grain or dessert item that would help make this a complete meal (meat and veggies galore will be in the pot). You are welcome to comment on the side dish you choose to bring, but the ingredient for the pot should remain a mystery. Announcing the ingredient as you add it is half the fun.

    March 9, 2014

  • Jeffery

    I will try to attend. I picked up a Toy hauler and sold my 5th wheel. 2300 Lbs less to pull and overall 14' shorter.

    1 · March 3, 2014

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