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9-26 (optional) Camp at Valley Floor (have permits)9-27 Begin at Trailhead at 10am. Get to and set up camp at Glen Aulin 9-28 Wake and head out for day-hike to Waterwheel AND Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 9-29 Day Hikes up to Mcgee Lake and/or up Conness Creek 9-30 Wake and pack up and head back to trailhead and to home. Options Options Options Stats: Tuolumne Meadows 8,500 ft el. to Glen Aulin 7,900 ft el Total distance about 5.3 mi (one one) Total Elevation Change: - 600 feet over about 5 miles. Glen Auliun to Waterwheel is 7.5 mi round trip with about 1100 ft elevation change. This means our main backpacking portion will be a descent of 600. This means our return will be all uphill. This will be after eating our three nights of provisions and our packs are lighter. This means our difficult day hike (with no heavy packs) will be 1100 ft elevation change over 3 1/4 miles. Now you see why this is a "beginner" trip. We are not tracking major distance and elevation with heavy packs. We are traveling to a stunning area. Our campsite should have running water and vault style restrooms. This has everything you are looking for in your Yosemite trip – dynamic, cascading waterfalls, granite cliffs and valleys, lush meadows, lively forests, and a place to “commune with nature” as John Muir had written. The Glen Aulin trail is nothing short of magic. Take it from John Muir himself, 1869: “This is the most spacious and delightful high pleasure-ground I have yet seen… And though lying in the sky, the surrounding mountains are so much higher, one feels protected as if in a grand hall.” What's included and what's not. This is a led trip. However you do have some responsibility and "buy in." The main things provided are food, and site. Also of importance is the group first aid kit, water filter, cookware and cooking gear. As well as leading and curating of the trip. Included is the knowledge, expertise and safety. Also included is all the help you need to make sure you are outfitted for a safe and successful trip. We will be providing all with walkie talkies.You will need: The main things you will need are: Backpack Tent Sleeping Bag Sleeping pad As well as a host of smaller things such as aquatiner, knife, sunscreen, lip stuff and a bunch more. Such as clothing and etc. (the big things) can rented. Some can be borrowed too. A lot of the smaller things can be reg camping or household stuff repurposed. For instance . . . Sunscreen and lip balm and bug juice you likely have. Those who do sign on will get tons of lit. Here is how it will work. We will have our own "personal" gear and there is a whole bunch of "group" gear. Group gear is (for example) Stove, and fuel. Water filter. Food (in bear canisters). Cookware. Group gear gets divided (by weight) among the 11 of us. This is why a group trip can be better than solo where every person carries a stove and filter, and etc. This is one way we shave off weight by working together. The other way to shave off is if you have a two person tent. One of you carries the poles and fly, and the other carries the main body of the tent. The cost for all this? $375 Per Person Payment link https://py.pl/73TdGp8X84 Payment is the only way to secure your spot. WHAT?!?!?! Yes. This does include group gear and food. To do this trip on your own would cost over double to get all the gear. AND also as solo you would be too much to carry. This is intended as a beginner trip where you do not need to make the investment in all the gear and the gear/food is divided among those going to reduce the weight. Also included the safety gear and the guidance to make this a safe trip. Along the way we will also be doing orienteering and map skills. This event has 16 total with 14 filled. Main meetup https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/271909547/ Only two opens.
This event is full You may RSVP on here to be on the Alternates list for there is an opening. A good idea is to RSVP on the main location as when there is an opening it will be posted there first. https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/271874632/ Event limited to 24 total. Up to Three nights Fri, Sat, Sun night. Your choice!! Whitney portal is a stunning and beautiful place. Sadly many do not appreciate it as they merely use it as a drop spot before going up towards summit. For this we will head out in the AM and you will see the trail in the light. We will go only as far as Lone Pine Lake. This is normally a 5 mile round trip. On the way down (so about 4 miles) we will turn and have the option of going up to Lower Boy Scout Lake (about 2 miles up). Then back to camp. This is intended to get you to feel and see the area and there is not the pressure of summiting, or starting at a crazy time of night. Many do not appreciate Whitney Portal as they are looking only at the top. Many pass by the stunning-ness of Lone Pine Lake looking only at the top. We are going on this to either train for summit or to take it slow and appreciate the stunning area as it is. What's great about Whitney Portal is you go from 3700 ft elevation of Lone Pine to 8300 of Whintey Portal with very little winding roads. So you have alpine delight with little road time. There is the rushing snowmelt river/creek. The tall shady pines. Cute campground with moderate and difficult day hikes. AND Right below at the base of the hill is The Alabama Hills. With Mansanar just to the north and Fossil Falls to the south. The Plan: Arrive Friday in the evening. Get there when you can. No set arrival time. The earliest we can be in the campsite is 4PM. Sat: Hike Whitney Trail up to Lone Pine Lake. Then optional to Lower Boy Scout Lake. Sunday has two options: If you want to train . . . Meysan Lake Trail (google it) OR Sun: 20 min drive to Alabama Hills THEN Go to Mansanar (better google that too) THEN On the way home . . . go to Fossil Falls (yep . . . better google that) This is intended as Whitney for everybody trip. No matter who you are, . .you can come. We will go slow and easy. Nobody is left behind. This is for fun and community. Not for bragging rights. Kids are OK. But super young is not ideal. Dogs are fine too. You do not need a permit to make it up to Lone Pine Lake. Whitney is a place that is on everybody's bucket list. We are going on this one not to Summit, . . but for fun. Hence the title: Whitney for Fun!! Add in Alabama Hills and add in Mansaar and Fossil Falls, . . . this is a getaway. Whitney: The tallest location in the Continental US. Our campsite will be at about 8,400 feet. Whitney is over 14,000 (we are not going up that for this meetup). Alabama Hills once you see this place you will never camp at Joshua Tree again. AND every movie you can imagine filmed there. Tremors, Django, Ganga Din. Lone Ranger, Galaxy Quest, And on and on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCCMs9tx2yM or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK-JeZ-99sY or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2x2tSP3beM Mansanar: One of the internment camps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYTvbo238Sc Fossil Falls is the former drainage of the Owens Lake. It slinked out thru a recent Lava Flow. . . . and the falls sculpted and carved the area. The river course changed and now you have a Waterfall that is frozen in time or Fossil Falls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_eYJDUWlhg I have some tents to loan (but you will share). If you have extra bring those to loan out. This trip is meant for beginners. Dogs ok at campsite and on trail Cats: that's your call. You are responsible for food and drinks (with people having so many food needs it only makes sense) FULL Covid protocols in force at all times. This is a great beginner or first-timer trip. Refunds given for cancel up to 4 weeks in advance. Less than 4 weeks a credit given towards a future event.
Yosemite is that amazing place you want to go but have not yet. You have heard it's amazing but you did not want to go on your own and none of your friends were willing to join you or be adventurous. & you have not been able to get out for a while too! & you want to get out and be safe! Camping is a very safe activity as we are outdoors and with distance & you have always want to try camping!!! This event is perfect for the First Timer or Beginner camper or you have been and can't wait to go again For this and many other reasons: This is the event for you!! Of course Yosemite is a massive place and there is always More To Explore. Yosemite is an entirely different park in each season. We are heading there for Fall. The Fall Colors will be in full force. Totally different from Spring, Summer or Winter. This is Fri, Sat, Sun nights and depart Mon. OR you can do a Fri and Sat, depart on Sun if you wish. Sat AM we will assemble and break into groups of where to go, and what to do. There will be Easy, Medium and Hard options. The Easy folks will be doing all the best spots. The Medium will do some medium hikes. The Hard folks will have several more challenging hikes to choose from and head out. Let's do some orienteering to get you a lay of the land. Yosemite is GIANT. For lack of a better breakdown . . it is 4 distinct areas, and you can easily spend a day doing each. *Yosemite Valley *Tolumne Meadows/Tenaya Lake/Tioga Pass *Glacier Point Road *Southern Yosemite/Wawona/Giant Redwoods What you miss doing one day . . . you have the next days. There is no need for FOMO. This event is meant to be more like a buffet where we lay out options so you do more of what you wish in the order and way that works best for you. What kind of camping is this? Answer: This is Tent Camping. Cars will be parked steps away outside our site. Our site has flush toilets, free showers and outdoor wash-stations. There are grills, if you don't want to use your stove, and to cook over wood. It is a mix of shade and open area. Plenty of fire-pits we can divide among several to keep distance. The site has an outdoor heated pool we can use, as well as a convenience store with anything you forgot. As far as campsite it's much nicer than most. Hey . . . what about the Apocalypse? Will we be safe? We will have full Covid precautions in place. The general idea is to break all areas of transmission. We have an ENTIRE large and private site where we will be able to maintain distance as needed. Masks and coverings as needed. Outdoor wash station. Food handling and food storage protocols. All safety requirements by the state and local will be in place. We will cut in half our total size and thus have half as many people as pre-pandemic in our large space. Don't delay. Don't wait. Yosemite is everyone's favorite and it is difficult to impossible to secure sites, and especially now. This is on your bucket list. Time to mark it off. Payment is the ONLY way to save your place. So do not delay 4 Days/3 nights. $120 per Person https://py.pl/RBW1a7YNQT 3 Days/2 nights. $110 per Person https://py.pl/Awfx37Pjj4c If you are x2 or x3. Just do the transaction a second or third. Or contact for a custom link. 17 and under $50 per (contact for link) SECURE YOUR SPACE BY August 31st!!! THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT. With the NEW covid measures in the park . . . they are LIMITING ENTRY NUMBERS. YOU MUST BUY THIS IN ADVANCE!!!! ONLY go on sale on Sept 1st The Passes are good for 7 days. Get for Oct 16 or 17 Here is the link https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/300015 We do have other fun events planned. Our events do always fill as we offer quality, value and safety. Our sites are private and with better amenities We curate our events with activities and good decent social. Most of all . . .in this time we also provide strict Covid safety protocols. The main place hosting and with mots all the rsvp's. https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/272608241/
Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles. What's that? You have not heard of it? Ok. Click the vid and take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYFCz_I0_Vw Go ahead . . . I'll wait. Pretty stunning stuff. Isn't it? Here is a nice vid that covers the some of the hikes. This vid has both the cave hikes and the high-line trial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBNtbD1OfmY Ok . . . so then what is/are The Pinnacles? It's a geologic formation that lays on the San Andreas Fault. The Pinnacles are were originally of the Neenach Volcano which erupted 23 million years ago near present-day Lancaster. The Volcano laid on the fault. Half the volcano stayed in Lancanster, and this half . . . over 23 million years . . . has moved 200 miles to the north. It is still moving north as we speak at about 3 inches a year. Pinnacles was originally established as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, and was re-designated as a National Park in 2012. So it is a recent addition in that respect. What to do there? There is the Balconies and the Bear Gulch cave hikes. There is also the Highline hike. All three of these are standout. There are several other misc hikes that are also pretty amazing for the views and fauna. There is of course . .. The Condors. The largest living flying bird. (ostrich larger but they don't fly). That's not enough. There are some local wineries. Maybe a wine tasting is in order? Seriously . . . it's a stunningly rugged area with astounding beauty. Just sit on a rock overlook and take it in. Or find a quiet spot on a sheltered cave area take in the solitude. We have a nice site that is shaded and secluded. Plenty of space. With flush toilets and showers. Water at our sites. We are going at a perfect time of year for this location. Summer is brutal hot. For our stay temp's to hover at 70 in the day. Will have a chill at night. Just bring an extra blanket to drape over your bag. We will bring three portable outdoor propane heaters to augment the campfires. This is Tent Camping. Not RV, Van, Campervan, trailer, etc. We have a tent site that is tree'd and shaded. Food: We are NOT doing any potlucks or food sharing, or anything that involves other people preparing your food. It's a safety thing. You are responsible for bringing and prepping your own food. Aside from food all you need in a basic tent, basic sleeping bag, a sleeping pad (yoga mat) and a camp chair. Add in some Rose' and a campfire . . . and you have recipe for refilling your soul over a nice and mellow weekend. This will be a covid-safe event. We will have a full set of protocols that will keep us all safe. And we will be able to be distanced as needed at our site and when out also. How much for this adventure? $77 Per Person if solo. https://py.pl/42bmfUnhPCy $74 Per Person as duo https://py.pl/2GfFym $38 Kids Under 18 https://py.pl/yjah7 You can use any credit or debt card. No need to use Paypal. The above link will work with any card. Notice of Non-Discrimination: We do not discriminate by Age, Gender, Gender Preference, Ethnicity, National Origin, Race, Color, Religion. This is NOT true of all organizers or all groups. Some overtly or secretly limit, exclude, discriminate or cherry pick. There is no "secret survey" to submit so you can be chosen or excluded. It's very simple. Our events are safe, limited size, curated and guided resulting in high quality people and fun. Our events always fill with an Alternates list forming. Payment links will be removed with no warning when event is full. Don't miss out. Seriously . . . there are many with big sadness who wait only to find links removed. Don't be that gal or guy. We welcome all. This is a friendly social event in strange times. We will get out and be safe, and create new memories and friends. Come alone and leave with friends. Come with friends and leave with more friends. We welcome you and look forward to sharing around the campfires.