This is canceled due to cold and rainy weather.
Maybe we can try in July or August when the snow melts and the weather is better.
For app users reading this on your phone - it's easier to view this on a larger screen and web browser via a computer/laptop/tablet -
Everybody is busy and your time is limited.
My intention isn’t to waste anyone’s time. If interested in this trip, reading this description is recommended.
Because sometimes people don’t read until the end, I’ll mention this near the top.
1) This trip is flexible. Arrive anytime on Friday or Saturday...your choice. Depart anytime on Monday (Memorial Day). You also can choose what activities you want to do.
2) Heavy snowfall this winter means some trails at higher elevations might be challenging and have some snow. Consider bringing or renting microspikes, snowshoes, or crampons, etc.
3) Not all trails will have snow. Hikes to lakes at lower elevations (Mammoth basin, Convict Lake, June Lake, Mono Lake, etc.) should be accessible by driving and easy walking. Bishop and Mammoth have visitor centers where we can ask about hikes that are snow-free and can be done with regular hiking shoes/boots.
4) If some don't want to hike, feel free to ski, snowboard, fish, mountain bike, kayak, relax, soak in a hot spring, etc.
5) Bringing dogs or kids is fine. Some hiking trails in/near Mammoth allow dogs.
Some other camping events on Meetup might prohibit kids. I admire parents who introduce their child(ren) to the outdoors and respect parents who encourage kids to take a break from tv, video games, phones, computers, etc.
So parents and kids are welcome to join.
It helps if people contact me directly (via Meetup) with answers to some questions.
If there’s room and I feel okay about someone attending, then I’ll reply and include my Paypal and Venmo. $40 per person/adult. Kids are usually free*.
Those who contact me, confirm, and pay will be saved a spot at our campsite.
We’re sorry if room isn’t available for everyone, and some people can’t go.
If any guy (who has never met me) wants to attend, near the bottom is an additional request that involves sending me a photo/selfie of yourself. I’ll elaborate/clarify later.
Sometimes people try to communicate with me in the comments section, and imo, it’s inconvenient. Plus, Meetup sometimes doesn’t notify me of comments, so I might not see questions/comments immediately, so messaging me directly is preferred.
If you're an experienced hiker, then several moderate / strenuous hikes are available to choose from (but some trails at higher elevations might still have snow and be possibly closed / unsafe).
If you're new or nervous about camping, then that's fine too. Plenty of easy hikes to lakes are available, and are accessible by car and a short walk. Anyone & everyone can witness the many pristine lakes (along with mountains, trees, and the majestic outdoors).
If you've never camped before, then this would make for a great, first-time camping experience. You don't have to be an intense, hard-core hiker because there are plenty of flat and short-distance trails.
If hiking isn't your thing, consider other activities such as skiing, snowboarding, fishing, kayaking, etc.
Mammoth has convenient amenities like grocery stores / markets, Starbucks, restaurants, etc., so you can still have access to civilization while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Cell phone reception is good in town and okay at the campground.
Roads to Mammoth basin are paved and safe to drive on. In late May, tire chains shouldn't be needed.
If anyone has never been to Mammoth or Eastern Sierra, then here's your chance to finally go.
Drive time is around:
5 - 6 hours from LA - https://goo.gl/maps/jsc8KwB9nzk
5.5 - 6 hours from OC - https://goo.gl/maps/m97M5hAL1ct
If anyone arrives late on Friday night (e.g. 11pm or later), and wants help setting up their tent in the dark, I'll bring extra lights, and lend a hand and foot.
Our camping trips are intended as fun and friendly get-togethers to enjoy nature and the great outdoors.
Everyone has many options of things to do on the weekends. You all could be doing several other things/activities.
Our trips are an opportunity to get away for the weekend, meet some new people, and have some fun exploring our beautiful planet with others who appreciate life.
Maybe you’ll have an awful, awesome, or awe-none time. I don’t promise or guarantee anything. Ultimately, it’s up to each person to decide if they want to go or not. Clearly I’m a bad salesman. ;) I never try to convince/persuade anyone from joining.
The campground has potable water, restrooms with sinks (running water), and toilets that flush.
The campground does not have electricity or showers, but a nearby RV park and another campground should have showers available for $5 - 10.
Everyone should bring/buy their own food, but if anyone doesn’t have a cooler, Mammoth has some markets/grocery stores and restaurants.
Parking at the campground is limited...so carpooling will help.
If anyone is new to Meetup, please disregard / ignore the RSVP list.
The majority of people who signed up will not go.
I’ve planned several camping trips, and for some unknown reason, usually what happens is many people sign up, but a fraction are serious about going, so the RSVP list means nothing.
People can easily change their mind, get busy, not want to drive, not be able to get a ride, make other plans, etc...so the number of people who signed up does not accurately reflect the number who will actually go.
My guess is 10 - 20 people might go.
If anyone is new to Meetup or afraid/scared of camping with strangers---that’s totally normal and human.
My suggestion is to not go.
We don’t want to worry about you and we rather make room for others who want to go. So if anyone is nervous, hesitant, or maybe about going, it’s totally fine if you don’t go.
I'm not a mind-reader, so if anyone is interested in attending, please contact me directly (message me on Meetup) with answers to the following questions:
(1) Do you want to drive or ride with someone else? If you can drive others, how many passengers can you accommodate? What day & time do you want to leave SoCal? What city/area are you leaving from? (This helps with finding you a carpool buddy).
(2) Do you have your own camping gear (e.g. tent, sleeping bag, mat/pad/cot, etc.) ?
(3) Do you understand you are responsible for bringing / buying your own food?
(4) Do you understand some hiking trails (higher elevations) might have snow?
(5) You can later change your mind, but as of now, when do you want to arrive (Friday or Saturday) ?
(6) Do you plan on hiking, skiing, snowboarding, or doing something else?
(7) Question for drivers --- The campground has limited parking space. We'll try to squeeze 2 - 3 vehicles per site. If we exceed our allocated parking spots, are you willing to park nearby (such as an overflow area) ? You can still drive your vehicle to drop off your stuff at the campsite, but are you will willing to park elsewhere if needed?
If using Meetup via the phone app or a computer (e.g. web browser), look for my name/profile (wise|man) under Attendees, and then click a shortcut for messaging me (e.g. an envelope icon shortcut or "message").
Please message “wise|man” instead of using the comments section. Thank you.
If anybody is new to camping and doesn’t have some camping gear/equipment, or wants help coordinating carpooling or tent sharing, just lmk.
After messaging me your answers, a $40 contribution will be collected via Paypal or Venmo.
Leftover money will be used to buy some items to help a few homeless individuals.
More info on the campsite & final details will be sent to those who confirmed & paid.
Something new for 2019:
If any guy has never met me before, in addition to the aforementioned questions, I will also ask each guy to send me a photo of yourself.
If possible, hold up a piece of paper with 3 things: my name, your name, and the date.
Email it to [masked] or text it to[masked]
Totally understandable some guys might not want to do this (inconvenient, a pain/hassle, etc.). If anyone doesn’t want to do this, that’s your prerogative.
Q: Why don’t you ask women to send a photo?
A: Because I’m sexist. After 20+ camping trips of encountering 400 to 500+ people who attended one of my camping trips, I don’t remember any woman harassing a man, but a few guys have bothered women, so now I’m taking extra precaution with just guys.
If anyone is thinking about going, please look at the RSVP list.
If any guy seems weird or creepy, or messaged you out of nowhere, or makes you feel uncomfortable, just lmk.
I trust women's intuition, so if you don't want someone to attend, just lmk.
After the news in 2017 with sexual abuse, harassment, inappropriate behavior, #MeToo movement, etc., I want to be more vigilant and careful with who joins.
I've planned numerous camping trips, and surprisingly, many women have attended.
By default, I take on an over-protective brother/father role and need to look out for everyone.
We've been lucky in having some good guys attend, but a few have been questionable, and therefore, that’s why we now have to be more judicious and cautious.
Believe it or not, I’m a Jane Austen-liking, hopeful romantic.
At least 6 group members have met through my meetup events and started dating. I’m happy whenever two people can connect (as long as there’s mutual interest/attraction).
However, I also need to be vigilant and diligent.
It probably is not easy for some women to go camping with strangers, and whenever other women put trust in me and are willing to attend, I need to look out for their safety and well-being.
I have enough to stress about:
...will people arrive safely (no accidents, flat tires, speeding tickets), have food, water, and all the camping gear they need, sleep okay, stay warm, not get lost / injured, etc…
So if you’re a guy who is interested in attending, please “be cool.”
If you can help me have one less thing to worry about, it preserves my sanity.
So if any women attend, thank you for being respectful toward them.
More info will be sent as the date approaches. Everyone can discuss and choose what they want to do on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
For example, if some want to stay the whole weekend in Mammoth, that's fine.
Another option is to spend one day in Mammoth (such as Saturday), and then another day (such as Sunday) for exploring areas such as June Lake (June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, Parker Lake), Mono Lake, Lee Vining, or Lundy Lake. If anyone likes ghost towns, Bodie State Historic Park is possible.
Past years, a few people went to a brewery in June Lake and Mammoth, so if anyone likes beer, that's one idea.
Also, some went to a natural hot spring (in the late afternoon or evening) to relax after a long hike.
Different hiking trails are available in Mammoth and Eastern Sierra. Links to websites with more info are posted below (scroll down).
On Monday, when heading home, one option is to stop at Convict Lake, Alabama Hills, or Manzanar National Historic Site.
If anyone has never gone to Mammoth before, peruse the map on the 2nd page of -
Technically it's for "Fall Colors" in Autumn, but the map shows the popular areas around Mammoth (Eastern Sierra).
Mammoth is # 10 on the map.
If anyone can drive and is open to carpooling...or if anyone wants to go, but is looking for a ride:
- Post a comment and maybe others will respond
- Check the comments section if maybe someone else is offering a ride or needs a ride
- Let me (Wiseman) know because sometimes people message me (and they might not post a comment), so I can also try to connect people for carpooling.
Note: If you successfully connect with another person for carpooling, please let me know b/c it helps me coordinate the campsite assignments for # of people and vehicles per campsite.
In past camping trips, some people became friends through carpooling. Yes, riding with a new person might seem awkward, so feel free to exchange social media, or talk over the phone, or meet for coffee or a hike beforehand to break the ice and become more comfortable with one another.
Hiking in / near Mammoth:
Hiking outside Mammoth (Eastern Sierra):
Examples of recommended items to bring:
Sleeping bag + pillow
Sleeping pad / mat or air mattress
Tent (or share with someone who has one)
Appropriate clothes, socks, & shoes
Toothbrush, toothpaste, & other hygiene items / toiletries
Lip balm / chapstick
Hand sanitizer or baby wipes / wet naps
Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat or a bandana
Flashlight / Headlamp
Cell phone charger cable (car adapter) or portable charger
Water bottles or hydration pack
Food (and cookware)
Towel, soap, shampoo, & flip-flops / water sandals
Swimwear (for hot spring)
Music or games
* Some other camping events on Meetup might prohibit kids. I admire parents who introduce their child(ren) to the outdoors and respect parents who encourage kids to take a break from tv, video games, phones, computers, etc..
So parents and kids are welcome to join.
I usually ask for a payment per person (adult), so kids who attend are free. As long as there’s space/room at the campsite, and the child genuinely wants to attend, and it’s not a large # of kids (boys/girls scouts, youth group, etc.).
Some people on Meetup don’t want kids to attend, but I try to be cool, understanding, and supportive of parents. However, we want to avoid a situation where a kid is dragged to camping trip and doesn’t want to be there (foul/negative mood, tantrum, drama, etc.)....so thank you for your cooperation.
Photo Source/Credit: AllTrips, Backcountrycow, Mammoth Lakes Tourism, OC Register, Peter B. Kunasz, & Transworld Snowboarding