THIS IS CO-POSTED WITH THE TX GROUP, CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/Houston-Area-Trails-More/events/178221272/).
EVERYONE BE AWARE THAT WE WILL BE AT HIGH ELEVATIONS ~9,000-12,OOOFT. SO TAKE IT EASY ON THE FIRST DAY YOU ARRIVE AND IF POSSIBLE COME A DAY OR MORE EARLIER TO ACCLIMATIZE BETTER. HYDRATE YOURSELF WELL THROUGHOUT YOUR STAY AND CARRY ENOUGH WATER (~3 LITERS OR MORE) ALONG WITH FOOD ON THE HIKES.
ALSO - IF SEVERE WEATHER, THEN PLAN B IS TO CHECKOUT THE YMCA FOLLOWED BY CABINS IN ESTES.
THIS IS THE CAMPING & GENERAL INFO POST FOR THE DAY HIKES TO BE PLANNED FRIDAY-SUNDAY. IF NOT INTERESTED IN CAMPING, YOU CAN STILL RSVP HERE TO BE KEPT UP TO DATE ON GENERAL THINGS. FOR THOSE NOT INTERESTED IN CAMPING, ESTES PARK WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE FOR HOTELS OR CABINS. CLICK HERE (http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rentals/colorado/estes-park/r7191) FOR SOME CABIN POSSIBILITIES OR OTHERWISE SEARCH ON YOUR FAVORITE HOTEL/VACATION HOME SEARCH WEBSITE.
Forecast : CLICK HERE (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-105.59524&lat=40.32808#.U1cjxeZdWHc)
Rocky Mountain National Park Website: CLICK HERE (http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm)
Getting There: I will probably already be there by Thursday, May 22 and will be remaining there for another 2 weeks doing a special work assignment at Colorado School of Mines. For everyone else, the ideal plan, if planning on joining us on the Friday afternoon hike, is to arrive at Denver International Airport by May 23 early afternoon or earlier or the previous day. Then rent a car. Car rentals are very cheap in Denver and cheaper if you share with others. Communicate with people you know for this possibility or post comments here to connect with people on a similar schedule as yours. Since I have to stick around longer, I can plan a hike or something for Monday, May 26, if there is interest.
The CAMPSITE: I reserved ONE group campsites at Glacier Basin Campground,G003-M. No showers near our campsite but I have been informed that there are some at Estes Park. Will figure that out later. Essential gear you would want bring on the flight for the camping are: 1. Tent, 2. Sleeping bag, 3. Thermo-pad, 4. Flash/head-light, 5. Pillow or use your towel as pillow,6. Toiletries, 7. Change of clothes. 8. Your usual day-hiking gear.
CAMPSITE COSTS: It's $225 for THE site total. Costs will be divided evenly among the campers and so if 10 people show up it will be $22.50/person for the trip plus your park entrance fee per car and your personal food and transportation costs.
FOOD: To minimize the hassle, I am planning to eat at the local restaurants for most meals. I suggest that individuals/carpools organize their own meal plans. Estes Park is ~ 30 minutes from our campsite and has a few restaurants/stores and so perfect for most meals.
1. An Easy Lakes Hike - Friday, May 23, Bierstadt & Sprague Lakes near our campsite. For hike details and RVSP: CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/hiking-594/events/179315232/).
2. An Intermediate Gorges & Waterfalls Hike - Saturday, May 24, We'll encounter at least three waterfalls as we do the trails of Glacier Gorge and Sky Pond. Please note note that if you decide to do the Sky Pond then this hike becomes an advanced one. For hike details and RSVP: CLICK HERE (http://www.meetup.com/hiking-594/events/179502412/).
3. An Advanced Summit Hike - Sunday, May 25 , We'll break 12,000 ft of elevation on this hike as we ascend to Flattop Peak and we will be able to brag we hiked a little on the Continental Divide Nation Scenic Trail. For hike details and RSVP: CLICK HERE. (http://www.meetup.com/hiking-594/events/179515582/)
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