base "camps"

base "camps"

Post by Bria » Thu, 23 Jan 2003 02:17:25


We (family--wife kids 8, 10, 13 all climbers of one level or
another)are taking a two month trip this summer to climb, peak bag,
bike, backpack, kayak, flyfish, etc.  I would like to find 3 or 4
location to "park" the popup camper for a couple of weeks while we
explore the nearby (100 mile radius)areas.  essentially establish a
"basecamp" where we can see as much and have as many outdoor
activities as possible.

Any ideas?  Mom and Dad climb moderately (5.8-5.9 or so). Kids climb
5.5 on single pitch and little easier on multipitch.  We are moderate
mtn bikers, moderate kayak/canoe, very sturdy hikers for kids.  O yes,
we also need to be able to take have dogs where we park the camper,
although we are quite willing to kennel them for short trips into
national parks etc that have restrictions.

If you had two weeks in one place and wanted to cram as many outdoor
activities in beautiful mountains, where would you go?  some that seem
likely are near the weminuche wilderness in sw colorado, Sierra
National forest in Cal. which would put us close to several nice
places (yosemite, etc), near the wind river range in wyoming so that
we can see yellowstone and the tetons, somewhere near white mountains
in NH to be near gunk, dacks, acadia, baxter state park, and white
mountains.

I ask here in this group because climbing is the number one activity.
Also so many of you have very broad outdoor interests.  suggestions?
details?  Right now the choices seem endless and this kind of trip
comes only very rarely and I don't want to waste it.

Thanks a bunch
BAC

 
 
 

base "camps"

Post by Scott Grime » Thu, 23 Jan 2003 03:52:14

"Brian" wrote

Quote:
> We (family--wife kids 8, 10, 13 all climbers of one level or
> another)are taking a two month trip this summer to climb, peak bag,
> bike, backpack, kayak, flyfish, etc.
> Any ideas?

I've done what you are going to do 3 times now and all three times have been
to Maine.  Once to western Maine where we stayed in Bethel and twice to
northern costal areas. (north of Acadia).  Climbing, hiking canoeing etc,
kids love it!  Since you live in Colorado traveling all the way to Maine
might not be that desirable.  I like the idea of the Teton & Yellowstone,
actually we were talking about it until I decide to head to the Cascades at
the end of June.

Sounds like you're fairly experienced in the Griswold-Family traveling scene
so I wont bore you with any of my suggestions about climbing with kids.

Best of luck and have a great trip.

--
Cheers,

SMG

 
 
 

base "camps"

Post by Bria » Thu, 23 Jan 2003 23:23:16

Quote:

> "Brian" wrote
> > We (family--wife kids 8, 10, 13 all climbers of one level or
> > another)are taking a two month trip this summer to climb, peak bag,
> > bike, backpack, kayak, flyfish, etc.

> > Any ideas?

> I've done what you are going to do 3 times now and all three times have been
> to Maine.  Once to western Maine where we stayed in Bethel and twice to
> northern costal areas. (north of Acadia).  Climbing, hiking canoeing etc,
> kids love it!

Since you live in Colorado traveling all the way to Maine

Quote:
> might not be that desirable.  

Actually we live in VA so Acadia and Maine is not out.  We have been
to Acadia already but not the rest of maine.  This might turn out to
be the only option if gas prices go sky high.  I just wanted the
squids to experience the west

Thanks for the reply.

I like the idea of the Teton & Yellowstone,

Quote:
> actually we were talking about it until I decide to head to the Cascades at
> the end of June.

> Sounds like you're fairly experienced in the Griswold-Family traveling scene
> so I wont bore you with any of my suggestions about climbing with kids.

> Best of luck and have a great trip.


 
 
 

base "camps"

Post by Guid » Fri, 24 Jan 2003 06:10:32

RE:  base "camps"

Quote:
> We (family--wife kids 8, 10, 13 all climbers of one level or
> another)are taking a two month trip this summer to climb, peak bag,
> bike, backpack, kayak, flyfish, etc.  I would like to find 3 or 4
> location to "park" the popup camper for a couple of weeks while we
> explore the nearby (100 mile radius)areas.  essentially establish a
> "basecamp" where we can see as much and have as many outdoor
> activities as possible.

> Any ideas?

Simply stated, the west is best.  There's a scale in the west which
Shenandoah, the New and Seneca can't touch.  You "did" the Maine/ocean thing
last summer.  Now drive west for mountains of scale, and an appreciation of
the nation's size.

For east coast kids, the western hills are eye-popping; like a Chamonix
climber arriving in Nepal.

Distances are vast though, with climbing centres spread a day's drive apart.
And you'd be wise to know "why you're there" when you arrive ('to do' list
scoped).  Efficient moves will maximize use of the toys you cart along, and
may rain fall only on move days.

Yeah, I'd just pump the gas and go west young man.  It ain't about the cash;
it's about the time. You'll never see the west through the eyes of an eight
year old again in your life.

Just stick pins in a USA roadmap posted on a bulletin board in the den, and
shrink that list to five good spots in a month, through google/library
study.  Efficiency suggests that "longer is better" in one space.  And you
probably already know the usual suspects for pop-up living in the west.
Just link 'em up.

Early memories last the longest.  Go get 'em.

G

 
 
 

base "camps"

Post by Bria » Sat, 25 Jan 2003 23:19:02

Quote:

> We (family--wife kids 8, 10, 13 all climbers of one level or
> another)are taking a two month trip this summer to climb, peak bag,
> bike, backpack, kayak, flyfish, etc.  I would like to find 3 or 4
> location to "park" the popup camper for a couple of weeks while we
> explore the nearby (100 mile radius)areas.  essentially establish a
> "basecamp" where we can see as much and have as many outdoor
> activities as possible

It was suggested that I would get more responses if I made my question
more specific so...

We are going to be in the Eastern Sierras for 3 weeks. I would like
some comments on interesting/scary routes (for the above family)made
up of 3rd and 4th class scrambling with maybe a smattering of 5.5 and
under sections.  routes that would give the kids things to talk about
for years.  the weakest climber in the family climbs at 5.4+ at Seneca

I have looked through some climbing guidebooks and some hiking
guidebooks.  the climbing books tend to focus on climbs that are too
technical for the kids and the hiking books tend to shy away from
anything that might require even a little exposed scrambling.  This
seems to be a bit of a whole in the literature.

I have seen some of the easier routes in the SuperTopo High sierra
select and they seem fun (and I am going to get that, but does anyone
have any other suggestions on routes.  Maybe I have been looking in
the wrong guidebooks?  which ones have this kind of info?

Also, if anyone knows of other locations in the US that has these
kinds of routes, I would appreciate the suggestions.  I am
particularly interested in areas that are NOT in National Parks which
tend to be too busy noisy and well... you know.

Thanks again.  I can't get any work done, all I can think of is
planning this trip. So my bosses would appreciate any help you can
give.

 
 
 

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Post by N424 » Sun, 26 Jan 2003 02:07:52

<Basecamps in the Sierra w/ easy climbs, some peakbagging, fishing, with
kids,not Parks ect>

Hmm....Well.....North to south?

Donner Pass on the western side.

Loon Lake Reservior off Ice House Road.

Lovers Leap has a few easy routes. North Ridge on Upper Spire at Phantom Spires
is memorable.

But those places are crowded. These arent. No guidebooks, but you could make
stuff up.

Kirkwood Lake could be explored. There are easy slabs over the ridge behind the
lake. Bolted routes scattered here and there.

Blue Lakes area in Alpine County is nice for scary scrambles in a volcanic
area. Some granite bouldering. Great fishing. Reynolds and Raymond Peaks, and
lots of area between them. Jeff Davis Peak would be quite memorable and not at
all crowded.

Highland Lakes off Hwy 4 is a nice spot to camp. Puts you on the edge of the
Carson Iceberg Wilderness (for which there is a book). The peak above the lakes
will get their attention. Opens really late in the season.

This book has some other ideas:

http://www.trailblazertravelbooks.com/aboutat.html

nathan sweet

 
 
 

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Post by Bria » Wed, 29 Jan 2003 00:23:10

Great info.  Thanks.  Highland lakes sound like a good basecamp prospect as well.
Quote:
> Highland Lakes off Hwy 4 is a nice spot to camp. Puts you on the edge of the
> Carson Iceberg Wilderness (for which there is a book). The peak above the lakes
> will get their attention. Opens really late in the season.

> This book has some other ideas:

> http://www.trailblazertravelbooks.com/aboutat.html

> nathan sweet

 
 
 

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Post by jeff » Sun, 02 Feb 2003 07:20:43

Quote:

> Great info.  Thanks.  Highland lakes sound like a good basecamp prospect as well.
> > Highland Lakes off Hwy 4 is a nice spot to camp. Puts you on the edge of the
> > Carson Iceberg Wilderness (for which there is a book). The peak above the lakes
> > will get their attention. Opens really late in the season.

> > This book has some other ideas:

> > http://www.trailblazertravelbooks.com/aboutat.html

> > nathan sweet

Good  one pitch climbing at  your level on Hwy 4 and peak bagging.
Ask locals. Great one day hikes
Jeff