Sierra Club MWROP Backpacking Trip:
|Pretrip||Ship empty stoves & fuel bottles to motel, allow 10 days for ground shipping|
|Saturday||May 26||Fly to Eureka/Arcata, CA, pick up rental car(s), get permit if possible, check into motel, buy fuel for stoves|
|Sunday||May 27||Pick up permit, start the Coastal Trail backpack in RNSP|
|Tuesday||May 29||Complete Coastal Trail|
|Wednesday||May 30||Travel day: sightseeing by car in RNSP, travel to SWSP|
|Thursday||May 31||Pick up permit, start Lost Coast Trail backpack|
|Saturday||June 2||Complete backpack, drive to Eureka, stay in motel, ship stoves home|
|Sunday||June 3||Fly home from Eureka|
If people want to share: tents, stoves & fuel, water purifiers/filters, first aid kits, or meals, you can work that out for yourselves from the trip roster. At a minimum we need one stove, fuel, purifier/filter, and first aid kit for every two to three people. I will try to coordinate this somewhat.
In addition to the above items there may be some other common gear that we will have to split up - probably not much. Some common gear that I will carry myself includes an altimeter, and a large detailed topographic map.
Guidebook & Maps
Coastal Trail, "The Hiker's Hip Pocket Guide to the Humboldt Coast", Bob Lorentzen, 2nd Ed., Bored Feet Press
Lost Coast Trail, "The Hiker's Hip Pocket Guide to the Mendocino Coast", Bob Lorentzen, 3rd Ed., Bored Feet Press
Redwood National Park topographic map, National Geographic Trails Illustrated
California's Lost Coast topographic map, Wilderness Press
We will use bear boxes on the Coastal Trail, we must have bear canisters on the Lost Coast Trail. In addition to food we also have to store, our garbage, and any toiletries that have an odor. Bears are attracted to anything with an odor and their noses are 10,000 times more sensitive than ours! Don't bring cosmetics. Biodegradable soap, toothpaste, sun block, lip balm, and insect repellent should be all we will need.
Typical spring and summer weather on these two trails is 40 to 60 Degrees F with coastal fog, especially in the morning. So be prepared for cool days and somewhat cold nights along with rain, fog, and sunshine.
Everyone is responsible for providing their own backpacking food for meals and snacks. This is not a commissary based trip - I refuse to do them, they are way too inefficient. Bring more food than you would normally eat at home, but don't over do it. As a backpacker, you will appreciate the concept of food as fuel. Bring things that are lightweight, tasty, and nutritious but easy to prepare, cook, and clean up after. Extra points for meals that pass the "Lick Test".
Don't plan on buying backpacking food out there, it's too time consuming and we really won't have time to do that. All of your food for the entire trip should be packed before we get on the plane. If you see some fresh food out there that looks good, add it to your pack but don't plan on it.
Plan food for two, three day backpacks from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day plus snacks for each backpack. Split the food into two bags for three days each. Plan to bring extra energy snacks, Gatorade, and salty snacks for hot days.
We will have to treat all drinking water either with a
purifier, filter, or tablets. I want each person to have a total of
bottles or bladders with at least one bladder with a cap. An empty bladder
weighs almost nothing and consumes almost no room - make sure you don't forget
the cap to close it.
Leave No Trace
We will practice "Leave No Trace" backcountry ethics.
This means that we pack out all of our trash and garbage. It also means that we
do not use soap or shampoo to wash in lakes or streams. Just swimming
in the water without using soap works pretty well all by itself for getting your
body clean. Use a folding
basin and/or wash cloth and soap a reasonable distance away from lakes or streams to wash more
thoroughly. It's okay to use a tiny amount of biodegradable soap in the
lake or stream just to wash your hands and face.
Gas canisters (the simple plan):
Carry the stove in your luggage, buy a canister out there.
Liquid Fuel (the complicated plan):
We will be shipping our empty stoves and empty fuel bottles to
the starting motel. We cannot carry our stoves or fuel bottles with us on the airplane
unless they are brand new and have NEVER been used. Once used they will contain fuel
residue and cannot be taken onboard the plane. Although this policy varies from
airline to airline. NO AIRLINE WILL ALLOW FUEL OF ANY KIND ON THE AIRPLANE. We
will ship the stoves via Parcel Plus, or Mail
Boxes Etc. We will have to buy
fuel out there before the trip, and ship the empty stoves and empty fuel bottles back the same
way in the same boxes.
We need to ship the stoves about 10 days prior to our trip departure to ensure
that they are there IN TIME as we must use regular ground transportation.
The trip cost includes: your share of a rental car, a shuttle from the ending trailhead, and the required NPS fees. Not included: everything else, such as: airfare, motel rooms, meals, necessary backpacking food and gear, rental car gas, tips, personal expenses, and any other necessary but excluded expenses.
It is important that each participant bring sufficient cash/credit cards for incidental personal expenses. Also if the trip plans should change for any reason such as injuries, or the backpack being shortened or extended by a few days due to circumstances beyond our control, such as weather, fires, etc - it could have an impact on your individual cost.
Make checks payable to: Sierra Club MWROP and mail to the Trip Leader.
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