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A NW Wilderness Smorgasbord - REI, Caving, Backpacking, Meteors, and Canyons

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Aug 12 8:00AM - 6:00PM

Ok, its the last weekend before the eclipse nuttiness arrives, so I'm taking advantage of it and then lying low after that! Also, due to the nature of the events in this trip, I will need to limit the group size to 12.

DAY 1: CAVING, BACKPACKING, METEOR SHOWERS

After the REI Garage Sale, we will head to MSH and explore Little Red River Cave and possibly a few others nearby. This is a protected cave, with 2 short drops, and only 6 people per day are permitted to enter. The cave is gated, but I will have both the necessary permits and the key, and the 6 people that enter the cave will need to sign them individually. (All 12 of us will optionallydescend one or two drops at the beginning, but only 6 of us will be allowed all the way through.) There are some rules - such as avoiding stepping or standing in water as there is a rare and possibly endemic anthropod that lives in the year-round lake at the end of the cave.

After caving, we will travel to the nearby June Lake trailhead and backpack in less than 2 miles. If you need any gear, let me know. This is an easy hike and a really nice campsite. That night, the Perseid meteor shower will be peaking, this should be a great place to observe them. We can put out our air mattresses and sleeping bags, and then watch the stars and hope fora good show.

DAY 2: CANYONEERING

I'm really excited about Day 2. This will be a chance to really wash off the grit. The intent is to explore up a little known slot canyon. By this time of year, the water should be low enough and warm enough that we can do it without wetsuits. Honestly, I can't say exactly how well this will work out - but odds are good it will be a memorable adventure. My information is sketchy, although I do know exactly where it is, so we will find it. It's in the same general area we are camping. Pictures I've seenlook pretty cool. Without rope, we should be able to explore most of the canyon, but a small portion will be inaccessible once we hit a large waterfall. (Next year, I'm hoping to do a full descent of this canyon all the way through.)

This section may or may not involve some swims, similar to Oneota Gorge, but a little more technical in nature. It may also involve some bushwacking and some bouldering/climbing. I'll bring some rope to make that easier.

Pets welcome?: Not this time.

Payment to drivers: $20 per person

Pass: NW Forest Pass for each car.

Recommendations of what to bring:
*Camping essentials for 1 night backpacking
*Navigation (topographic map and compass)
*Sun protection (sunglasses/sunscreen, hat recommended)
*Additional clothing (bring a rain jacket regardless of forecast)
*Headlamp/flashlight with spare batteries
*First-aid supplies (including medications; please inform the group leader of any emergency medication protocol prior to departure)
*Fire starter (waterproof matches/lighter)
*Extra food (it is wise to always finish a hike with leftover food)
*Hydration (water is plentiful on this hike; bring a lightweight filter)
*Emergency shelter (Mylar blanket, bivy sack, etc.)
*Knife


IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: As a Meetup organizer, I am an unpaid volunteer suggesting this hike in a group setting. While I will do everything in my power to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, as an attendee you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety, and well-being, including during travel to and from the meeting place and destination. Most importantly, use your best judgement to determine if you are prepared in regards to your gear, physical capability, and overall health.

Any questions? Ask anytime!

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