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Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Los Angeles area meetup? on 07/18/2008 22:13:59 MDT Print View

Who's out there? Who's interested? Wouldn't it be nice to take this faceless community into the real world somehow?
A hike? A trip? A group meeting for a beer/coffee/whatever- an attempt at a local network, a group that could pitch in to buy bulk spinnaker for MYOG endeavors...whatever. Think about it. Where are the "real" (read not electronic) communities?
Aside from anonymous names on this site, I do not currently know anyone into the UL thing in my area. Trail runners yes. Rock climbers. Ultra-distance athletes...but not any UL backpackers (or aspiring ones).

How many are in the same boat?

I know there are schedules, jobs, friends, families, all manner of commitments...but why not try starting up a "local chapter"?
Shouldn't that sort of be the logical progression given the time many of us spend here?
I don't want to propose dates and times, and places...First things first: Is anyone interested?

John Brown
(johnbrown2005) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
LA meet up on 07/19/2008 00:20:03 MDT Print View

Craig, I'd be psyched to meet you and other folks in area... Beer/coffee/dayhike (all at once) sounds good. Who else interested?

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Los Angeles area meetup? on 07/19/2008 09:40:13 MDT Print View

I'm an aspiring lightweight backpacker. My base weight for a family trip in June was 45 pounds (with most of the kids' gear) and my pack is mostly loaded for the JMT with a 16 pound base. Definitely not SUL or UL but I'm making progress.

Picking your collective brains face-to-face would be great.

I'd love to join up over a coffee or a brew. Unfortunately my kids demand time so coffee in the morning, lunch, or a brew right after work is best for me.

Another alternative is this evening near the Manhattan Beach or Huntington Beach REI store. You could talk me off the ledge (of buying a JetBoil)

I live in Long Beach and work downtown LA. Leaving tomorrow for a weeklong road trip with the kids then heading out to do the JMT on 8/9.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Los Angeles area meetup? on 07/19/2008 12:04:03 MDT Print View

Cool, let's see if a few more folks want to join up and we'll start talking place/time.
I'm in Pasadena, more specifically, but willing to go wherever in LA. I leave for a trip in about 2 weeks, but before then could work.
I know finding a time/place/date that works for everyone might be tough (hell, I might be the one left out), but we'll work on it.

John Brown
(johnbrown2005) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
LA meet-up on 07/19/2008 21:21:28 MDT Print View

Just throwing my geography into the mix so we can start thinking about it, live in Highland Park, work downtown.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: LA meet-up on 07/19/2008 21:31:01 MDT Print View

I work in Culver City (as a teacher I'm off until end of August though!), but pass through Highland Park and Downtown all the time.
Sounds like somewhere in LA might be good for the three of us.
Chinatown? Noodles and beer in Little Tokyo?
Keep looking here, lets see if anyone else joins in in the next day or so- if not let's go ahead and work something out.
Sound ok?

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
RE: Los Angeles area meetup? on 07/21/2008 09:56:37 MDT Print View

I'm interested. I live in Hollywood and work downtown. My work schedule is very unpredictable, but if I can get away from the office, I'd like to join you.

Edited by Hiker816 on 07/21/2008 09:57:24 MDT.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: RE: Los Angeles area meetup? on 07/22/2008 14:54:40 MDT Print View

Hello all, how about sometime this Friday in Little Tokyo? Lunch? Afternoon?

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Re: Los Angeles area meetup on 07/22/2008 18:37:56 MDT Print View

I should be able to get away for a bit over an hour for lunch in Little Tokyo this Friday. Otherwise it'd have to be evening -- after 6:30.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Los Angeles area meetup on 07/22/2008 22:12:28 MDT Print View

Lunch on Friday sounds good to me...lets wait to see if John or James chime in here.
I'm open for any time/place you want to meet- let me know.
If you know somewhere better/easier for you than Little Tokyo, let me know, I'm up for whatever.

John Brown
(johnbrown2005) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
LA Meet up on 07/23/2008 00:57:51 MDT Print View

I can do lunch downtown area at 1 on Friday... There's Orochon ramen in the New Otani mall, or Suehiro on 1st. Also Phillipe's French Dip, sometimes faster... Any other fairly quick places?

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: LA Meet up on 07/23/2008 10:42:10 MDT Print View

Friday at 1 is good for me. Christopher?

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Re: Los Angeles area meetup on 07/23/2008 10:47:58 MDT Print View

Friday at 1 sounds great. Just lemme know a place, and I'll be there. We'll have to figure out some way to recognize each other.

John Brown
(johnbrown2005) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
LA meet up on 07/23/2008 20:53:25 MDT Print View

If everyone's a meat eater we can do Phillipes French Dip by Union Station. We could all wear backpacks and carry trekking poles...

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
LA Meetup on 07/23/2008 20:57:40 MDT Print View

I'm out of town till the weekend. Otherwise downtown or Little Tokyo are perfect. Maybe next time.

Jim

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: LA Meetup on 07/23/2008 21:06:34 MDT Print View

Phillipes is fine...1:00 then on Friday, I'll plan on it. I'll probably ride my bike- I'll wait out front- I'll be wearing a grey GoLite Jam backpack.
Cheers.

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Re: Los Angeles area meetup on 07/23/2008 22:17:46 MDT Print View

I'll be outside of Philippes at 1, looking for someone on a bike with a golite pack, and someone else with a pack and trekking poles. :) I'll be wearing slacks and a dress shirt. Work sucks.

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
crap! on 07/31/2008 11:31:50 MDT Print View

did this actually happen? i was driving back from Montana last Friday. any interest in something like this happening again?

Jim W.
(jimqpublic) - MLife

Locale: So-Cal
Repeat?: Los Angeles area meetup? on 07/31/2008 14:26:53 MDT Print View

Anybody interested in tomorrow or next week? I'm right downtown near city hall so lunch would be perfect for me.

Jim

Colleen Clemens
(tarbubble) - F

Locale: dirtville, CA
always interested on 07/31/2008 15:16:46 MDT Print View

i'd have to line up babysitting and catch the train into town, so next week would be way better. or is there any interest in a nighttime gathering? more time to linger and talk shop, and that way my typing-shy husband could join in the fun.