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From: Adventure Club S.
Sent on: Monday, July 8, 2013 11:16 AM Adventure Club SA Newsletter

In This Issue: July 8, 2013 

•   July Meet & Greet on Wednesday!

•   Spring 2014 Southern Caribbean Cruise Deposit Deadline is Wednesday!

•   New Mexico Road Trip August 10-18

•   Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct. 3-8!

•   Guadalupe Mountains NP & Carlsbad Caverns Oct. 25-29!

•   Paddling Colorado and/or Santa Elena Canyons on the Rio Grande at Big Bend Nov. 23-29

July Meet & Greet on Wednesday!

July Meet & Greet on Wednesday!

One of ACSA's largest monthly event, our Meet & Greets are always open to the public. This month we'll be at La Fonda - Oak Hills from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Our Meet & Greets generally are attended by about 60 people, with the majority being current members. It's a great way for new and prospective members to meet a large number of ACSA'ns at one time and see what the club is all about. We'll make announcements and give an overview of the club for prospective members around 7:30pm.

It's cash bar. Be sure to stick around for the door prizes!

July Meet & Greet

Spring 2014 Southern Caribbean Cruise Deposit Deadline is Wednesday!

Spring 2014 Southern Caribbean Cruise Deposit Deadline is Wednesday!

The deposit deadline for the Spring 2014 Southern Caribbean Cruise being hosted by ACSA Event Leader Maurice Isaac is this Wednesday. There will be a representative from the travel company at the July Meet & Greet that will be able to answer questions and take deposits. The deposit amount due this day is $250.

This cruise is a 7-nighter from Sunday, 3/9/14 to Sunday, 3/16/14. The cruise starts in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ports of Call are Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; St. John's, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, & St. Croix, USVI.

Spring 2014 Southern Caribbean Cruise

New Mexico Road Trip August 10-18

New Mexico Road Trip Aug. 10-18!

Join ACSA Event Leader Susana Bosquez for this fun road trip to New Mexico!

From Susana:

Here is some preliminary information regarding the pending road trip to New Mexico.

I have opted to rent mini vans (holding 4 folks each) at a price point of $925 each for the time period of August 9 through August 19 (the office is closed on Sunday and we will need to pick up a day early to get everyone situated). This breaks down to $231 per person (4 in a mini van). This will not include additional expenses (fuel, food, room & board). The number of mini vans will be determined by the final number of individuals.

Here is the itinerary, which we will adjust accordingly:

August 10 - Depart San Antonio at 7:00 a.m. Arrive in New Mexico approximately 4 p.m. We will stay in Ruidoso the first night.

August 11 - Hike Lookout Mountain in the Ski Apache Area (about 7 miles round trip), followed by a short hike to the Three Rivers Petroglyphs (about 1.5 miles round trip). We will camp in Lincoln National Forest.

August 12 - We will drive north to the Enchanted Circle region. We will stay in Santa Fe this night.

August 13 - Hike to Williams Lake near Wheeler Peak (8 miles round trip). Drive to Red River for the night (this may be a camping night).

August 14 - Hike East Fork Red River (7 miles round trip). We will stay in Red River this night as well.

August 15 - Hike to the Ceremonial Cave (2 miles round trip) and hike to the Tsankawi Ruin (1.5 miles round trip). Drive south to Albuquerque.

August 16 - Take the gondola up to Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, hike down. Spend the rest of the day in Albuquerque.

August 17 - Head south to Roswell/Carlsbad.

August 18 - Head home.

I will require a $200 deposit due no later than June 21, 2013. As we are already at our maximum limit, the deposit will be non-refundable. Each request for a refund will be reviewed; however, as others will not have an opportunity to attend since we are at max capacity, expect this will be non-refundable. If your deposit is not received by June 14, you will not be included in any further emails regarding this trip and will be removed from the trip roster.

Please review and let me know if you will be joining us so that I can continue to plan accordingly.

Contact me with questions or concerns at[masked] text or call or via email at [address removed].

New Mexico Road Trip

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct. 3-8!

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Oct. 3-8!

Join ACSA Event Leader Alba Diez for a road trip to New Mexico for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October!

From Alba:

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta countdown is underway as we get closer to the 42nd, "Enchanted Sunrise" Balloon Fiesta, October 5-13, 2013! I am planning to visit from 3-8th of October 2013. In addition to Albuquerque, I would like to visit San Fe and Taos, New Mexico. My favorite is the Balloon Glow (evening). We can go together to several events or regroup in the evenings.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Guadalupe Mountains NP & Carlsbad Caverns Oct. 25-29!

Guadalupe Mountains NP & Carlsbad Caverns Oct. 25-29!

Join ACSA Event Leader Jim Greaves for a long weekend at Guadalupe Mountains NP & Carlsbad Caverns.

From Jim:

Have you ever wanted to camp under the stars in the fresh mountian air? Have you ever wanted to see the autumn foliage color changes so vibrant that they make Lost Maples look pale in comparison. Now here's your chance.

Oct 25 · Leave San Antonio Saturday Morning at 8 am drive to Guadalupe Mt National Park· Eat lunch along the way (Ft Stockton) · Eat dinner in Guadalupe Mt national Park

Oct 26 · Hike the Mc Kittrick Trail in Guadalupe MT National Park · Eat lunch at the park · Stargazing tour at Guadalupe Mt National Park that evening under the stars ·

Oct 27 · Hike the Guadalupe Peak trail 6-10 hour round trip hike we will eat along the way ·

Oct 28. Visit Carlsbad Caverns 1 hour North of where we are camping

Oct 29· Morning leave park approximately 9:00 am after breakfast head back to San Antonio · Eat lunch along the way

We will hike the Mc Kittrick Trail in Guadalupe Mountain Nation Park on that night we will do some star gazing after dark where it will feel like you can touch the heaven and stars.

Next day we will hike to the top of the Guadalupe Mountain 6-10 hour round trip. the view from the "Top of Texas" (8,749 feet, or 2,667 meters) is outstanding. The trail is very steep, but is well established. Some areas are exposed to cliff edges. It is rated strenuous, with 3,000 feet of elevation gain. The round trip distance is 8.4 miles.

Your $50.00 which is due August 1st Deposit holds your space in the group campsite park admission and will cover the cost of breakfasts for the entire trip. If you have never been out to west Texas this is an all day when we hike to the top which will require you to carry a 10 # pack that will include your food and water for the day. Therefore we will do a practice hike in September at Garner State Park so you will have plenty of time to prepare.

Weekend of Camping and Hiking in the Mountains and Visiting Carlsbad Caverns

Paddling Colorado and/or Santa Elena Canyons on the Rio Grande at Big Bend Nov. 23-29

Paddling Colorado and/or Santa Elena Canyons on the Rio Grande at Big Bend Nov. 23-29!

This trip is being co-led by Dirk Davidek & Jim Greaves. We'll do a total of 5 nights / 6 days paddling and camping in Colorado Canyon and then Santa Elena Canyon on the Rio Grande. Colorado Canyon is part of Big Bend Ranch State Park, and Santa Elena Canyon is part of Big Bend National Park. We'll be primitive camping alongside the river, carrying all of our camping gear and supplies with us in our canoes and kayaks.

We'll do the first two nights in Colorado Canyon, then three nights in Santa Elena Canyon with a layover day at Entrance Rapid. You can do the whole trip through both canyons with us, or just one of the canyons. The total distance is about 40 miles, 20 for Colorado and 20 for Santa Elena. Click the links above for more information on these two stretches of river. On your RSVP for this trip, please indicate if you will do both stretches or just Colorado or Santa Elena. The Colorado Canyon stretch does not have tall canyon walls, but is still very scenic. Santa Elena Canyon is probably the most spectacular canyon on the Rio Grande, with 1500' vertical walls. The canyon itself is the latter half of the 20 mile Santa Elena run.

At the usual low water levels of the Rio Grande, this trip is suitable for novices, but not beginners. You will need to have experience negotiating rapids. Unless, of course, you are the front-seat passenger in a boat with someone driving the boat who has the skills. If the level is above 5 feet or so, you'll need intermediate skills or better for this trip. If you wrap your canoe around a rock, neither help nor another way out are nearby once you are in Santa Elena Canyon. To check river levels keep an eye on the park's Rio Grande Basin Conditions page and/or the USGS Rio Grande Gauge at Castolon.

The trickiest rapid on the river is Rock Slide, which is more of a maze than a rapid. Normally a Class III, it can bump to a Class IV in high water. It's about a mile or so into Santa Elena Canyon. It's where a number of huge boulders have toppled from the rim of Santa Elena into the river below. It's technical, and will test your skills. There is no easy way to portage it; you must run it. There are plenty of places to stop and contemplate your next move, however. There isn't much in the way of drops; it just requires some good maneuvering. In really low water conditions it's more of a nuisance than a hazard. At low water, a swim here is not very dangerous. At higher water levels, you would need to be a strong swimmer with good self-rescue capability if you capsized here.

With all that being said, this is not a difficult trip overall. And even the best paddlers swim on occasion! If you are a beginner, don't be intimidated. Just get out and paddle several times before this trip. The Guadalupe River or San Marcos River will be your best places in this area to practice. The Medina River and South Llano River are good practice as well. If you have never done a trip like this you should make at least one practice run on a local river with your boat fully loaded like it will be for this trip. Preferably the Lower Guadalupe, from 2nd Crossing to Cypress Bend Park in New Braunfels.

We'll meet at Big Bend Resort on Saturday, Nov. 23rd. They have campsites for $16 (double occupancy), or motel rooms starting at $59.95. Make your reservation well in advance; it gets crowded there during Thanksgiving week.

On Sunday, Nov. 24th we'll meet at 9:00 am at Far Flung Adventures. They will shuttle us to the Rancherias access point above Colorado Canyon where we will put-in.

We will spend Sunday and Monday nights camping on the riverbank along this stretch of the Rio Grande through Colorado Canyon.

On Tuesday, Nov. 26th we will stop at Lajitas for ice and/or other supplies, and to meet with anyone joining us for just the Santa Elena portion of the trip.

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights we'll camp at Entrance Rapid, providing a layover day on Wednesday at Entrance Rapid for hiking and exploring. Entrance Rapid is about a mile long and a lot of fun. There are several areas to camp here. It's just before the entrance to Santa Elena Canyon, and there are many hiking opportunities.

On Thursday night we'll camp at Fern Canyon, which is a cool little side canyon. Hopefully we'll get through Rock Slide quickly so we'll have plenty of time to hike up Fern Canyon.

We'll take-out on Friday the 29th at the Santa Elena take-out.

You will be off the river on Friday in time to make it home that night, or stick around for a couple of days to play in the park interior.

You will need your own boat, and all of your own camping gear and food for this trip. You can do this in a kayak, canoe, or some type of inflatable. However, it will need to be big enough to carry you plus all of your gear and food for the entire trip. Far Flung Adventures has rentals available, but the boats aren't cheap. Canoes are $64 per day. You are better off purchasing your own used boat than renting one of theirs. They also have tents and other gear available for rent, but again, you are better off purchasing your own.

It is strongly recommended you bring a thick air mattress with a battery pump for this trip. Some of the places we camp are pretty rocky. You can bring a cooler; dry ice can be handy on a trip of this length. You should also bring a camp chair to sit on. A good bucket can double as a chair and supply storage. You will appreciate a chair with a seat-back after a long day of paddling though. Remember, it all must fit in your boat. Other items you will need to bring are on the trip checklist.

If you are going to be in a canoe or sit-inside kayak, it is recommended that you have flotation and a spray skirt for your boat. It's doable without flotation or a skirt, but your boat will be much harder to deal with if it swamps or capsizes. In the very least, some good strapped-down flotation is strongly recommended. An airtight cooler or large dry bags strapped down to D-rings glued onto the floor of the boat would count towards that. Anything that floats and is strapped down securely enough that it will stay below the gunwales if swamped will provide flotation and make your boat easier to handle in case of a mishap. It is better to strap things to the boat interior rather than just tie them to your boat. If you are in a sit-on-top kayak or an inflatable, these items are not necessary.

If you would like to share a boat with someone, please indicate that with your RSVP.

Everyone will be responsible for their own meals. We will do a potluck Thanksgiving group dinner on Wednesday evening on our layover day at Entrance Rapid. On your RSVP for this trip, please indicate what you will bring for Thanksgiving dinner. If you would like to participate/facilitate any group meals beyond the Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday evening, please indicate so in your RSVP. Those who wish to participate in a group meal scenario will have to work that out amongst the participants. We will be bringing all necessary community gear such as camp tables, stoves, utensils, portable toilet system, etc. You will be required to carry at least one community gear item in your boat.

The $40 listed price is an estimate of the shuttle cost per person. The actual shuttle cost will depend on how many vehicles and people we need to shuttle. You will also need to pay for your food and transportation to Big Bend. Overall, expect to spend a few hundred dollars on this trip including meals, transportation, park entry fee, gas, supplies, 11/23 lodging/camping cost, etc. More if you have to rent a boat.

We'll have at least 2 or 3 trip meetings prior to the trip, the first one is scheduled for Thursday, August 8th.

Paddling Colorado and/or Santa Elena Canyons on the Rio Grande at Big Bend

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