BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip
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Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/25/2010 01:34:19 MST Print View

BPLers Gathering of Gear Geeks: Point Reyes, California January 24th & 25th 2010

Palomarin Trailhead 5.5 miles to Wild Cat Camp.

6.5 miles from Wild Cat Camp to Bear Valley Vistor's Center

3 to 2 Days of Gear, Beer, and Banter

Night Time Temperatures: 40 Degrees F, little breeze, light and sporadic showers.

Day Time Temperatures: Cool at maybe 55 Degrees F, Rain, Cloudy, and Sunny.

Link for map: http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/maps.htm

The UL Backpacking Gods were smiling upon us. After a solid week of rain, we managed to get some great weather that fit in nicely from Saturday and Sunday. Despite some light rains on Saturday night, we could not have asked for better.

Late to the Show & Hitting the Trail Fast at Palomarin Trailhead

Late to the Show & Hitting the Trail Fast at Palomarin Trailhead.
Jay, Jeremy, Cameron, and Tony Carpooled together from the East Bay and arrived at 2:10 PM on Saturday the 23rd. Others had arrived as early as Friday the 22nd.

Full Parking Lot

Full Parking Lot.

Moving Quickly on Muddy Trails

Moving Quickly on Muddy Trails.
It has been raining the entire week before this trip, so the trails were muddy in certain sections.

BPL Boy Cameron

BPL Boy Cameron.
Cameron is sporting the BPL Thorofare Pants and BPL UL Marino Wool Hoody.

Trail Full of Dayhikers

Trail Full of Day Hikers.
With the good weather, the hoards of unwashed masses descended from the nearby cities to enjoy the views.

Sunny View of the Hills and Waves

Sunny View of the Hills and Waves.

Band of BPL Brothers

Band of BPL Brothers Sharing the UL Sickness.
Most common response to telling people that we were going backpacking this weekend, "You are doing what in the rain?"

One of Two or Three Ponds on the Way In

One of Two or Three Ponds on the Way In.

Its Not About the Man, it is What His Pack is Made Of

Its Not About the Man, it is What His Pack is Made Of.
Blue Pack is Cameron's Gossamer Gear Mariposa.
In the Back is Jay with his Golite Jam.
Upfront and Left is Jeremy with his Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus.

Do I Smell Silnylon?

Do I Smell Silnylon?
First View of the Campsite. We knew where the go simply by looking for the familiar gray of the silnylon shelters.

Casey with Handfuls of Ash

Casey with Handfuls of Ash from Clean out the BBQ.
Casey was generous enough to haul in 8 lbs of charcoal to help keep us warm tonight.
To Casey's left is Emily, his wife. Ken T. is to the right of the grill and Katharina is sitting down, tending to her stove.

Lisa and her MSR Titan Kettle

Lisa and her MSR Titan Kettle
Montbell Thermawrap Parka.


Swiss Army Stove

Katharina's Swiss Army Gasoline Stove
Katharina is using a Montbell 600 mug

The Gathering 1

Left to right: Richard, Mark, Dave L. (background), Sheila, Cameron, Jay, Ken H.

Rob's Cuben MLD Tarp

Rob's Cuben MLD Grace Solo Tarp & Soulite Bivy with Cuben Bottom and Momentum Top.

Ken's Tarptent Virga

Ken H.'s Ken's Tarptent Virga.
Golite Jam2 Pack, UrSack, and Platypus Water Bottle.

Tarptent Contrail

David's Tarptent Contrail?

Lisa's Tarp & Bivy

Lisa's Tarp & Bivy.
Marmot Helium 15F Sleeping Bag 1 lb 13 oz.
Tyvek Ground Sheet.

It's Blue

Richard's Coleman tent that Tim Marshall remade in lighter materials

What Everyone is Excited About

Mark's Shelter: What Everyone is Excited About.
Hexamid, made by Zpacks.
Neo Air, What Sleeping Bag, and Ground Sheet?

What Everyone is Excited About 2

Hexamid, made by Zpacks.

What Everyone is Excited About 3

Hexamid, made by Zpacks.

What Everyone is Excited About 4

Hexamid, made by Zpacks.

What Everyone is Excited About 5

Hexamid, made by Zpacks.

5 Year Old

Kevin's 5 Year Old Son, Ryan
Kevin wrote after getting home:
Just got home around 8 pm we left the trail head at 2 pm
and stopped in some highway town for dinner trip meter shows 310 miles from trail head to my front door well garage anyway. Total driving mileage was 627 miles round trip.

Josh's Terra Nova Laser Photon

Josh's Terra Nova Laser Photon.

MLD DuoMid in Cuben

MLD DuoMid in Cuben 2

Mountain Laurel Designs DuoMid in Cuben.
Thermarest Neo Air Sleeping Air Mattress.
David L. borrowed this from Mark V.

Six Moons Design

Jack's Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo with Cocoon pillow, Marmot Atom sleeping bag, Neo Air pad, and the new GooseFeet booties.

Ken's Tarptent Double Rainbow & Home Make Hiking Poles

Ken's Tarptent Double Rainbow & Home Make Hiking Poles.
Ken Thompson with his home make hiking poles, using carbon fiber golf club shafts and fishing pole handles.

Montbell Cresent 2 Tent

Kevin's Montbell Cresent 2 Tent

Provided Food Storage Boxes with Ken H. in Red Jacket

Provided Food Storage Boxes with Ken H. in Red Jacket.

Happiness is a Charcoal Fire

Happiness is a Charcoal Fire.
With Casey, Jeremy, Cameron, and Tony Collectively Carrying in about 25 lbs of charcoal, we had warmth well past midnight. Many of us huddled around it in the dark to warm our hands and simply to cut the chill from the air.
Left to Right: Emily, Ken T., Casey, and Ken H.

Good People, Food, and Drink to Share

Good People, Food, and Drink to Share.
Human Females on the Trail are a Reality, not a UL Myth.
On the Table is a Caldera Cone and Jet Boil Canister Stove.
Left to Right: Jesse H, Jeremy, Cameron, Lisa, Josh, Jay, Marsha(Plus-one), Sheila(Details), and Mark V in Brown

Trekking Pole Tripod

Trekking Pole Tripod
Jesse H Using a Real Camera

Wood Burning Stoves

Home Made Wood Burning Stoves.
Left: David L's Home Make Wood Burning Stove Using an Ikea Candle Holder with holes cut into the side to allow for feeding in wood.
Scott's home made bushbuddy

The Whole Crowd

What is Cooking on the BBQ

What is Cooking on the BBQ?
Emily & Casey Brought Shrimp, which they generously shared.
Think the hot dogs were Katharine's.
Charcoal, it is UL- Dual Usage: Cooking and Keeping Warm.

Houston We Have Ignition!

Houston We Have Ignition!

Caldera Volcano

Caldera Volcano

When You Cry Over Spilt Alcohol

When You Cry Over Spilled Alcohol

Partially Melted Caldera Cone

Partially Melted Caldera Cone

Emily Roasting a Marshmallow By Headlamp

Emily Roasting a Marshmallow By Jack's Headlamp

Tony Putting Rain Gear on Under His MLD Poncho Tarp

Tony Putting Rain Gear on Under His MLD Poncho Tarp
Mountain Laurel Design Soul Side Zip Bivy with eVent Top.

Sheila & Marsha Making a Hot Drink

Sheila & Marsha Making a Hot Drink

Jeremy- Yellow Teletubby

Jeremy- Yellow Teletubby sporting 10 oz. O2 Rain Suit
Left in Blue, Ken H. and Lane with Black Jacket.

Jesse & Josh

Kevin in Red (???), Jesse H. in Black, and Josh in Yellow.

MC Ken

Master of Ceremony, Ken H.

Jesse, Ken T., and Josh

Jesse, Ken T., and Josh

An Array of Colors in the Darkness

An Array of Colors in the Darkness
Left to Right: Jeremy, Jack, Kevin, & Richard.

Another Shot of the Hexamid

Another Shot of the Hexamid

Rob's Cuben Tarp Handles the Rain Fine

Rob's Cuben Tarp Handles the Rain Fine with a Low End Pitch

Rob: Alternative Way to Pitch the Back End from Ron at MLD

Rob: Alternative Way to Pitch the Back End from Ron at MLD

Accidentally Disturbing Lisa

Accidentally Disturbing Lisa

Cuben MLD DuoMid in the Rain

Cuben MLD DuoMid in the Rain

Rain, it's All Good

Rain, it's All Good
Richard G. & Jesse H.

EJ Gives A Token of Gratitude

Token 2

Token 3

EJ Gives A Token of Gratitude to Ken H. & Ken T.

Who is This?

Who is This???

The Gathering 1

The Gathering 1

The Gathering 2

The Gathering 2

Celebrating Ken H.

Celebrating Ken H.

The Gathering 3

The Gathering 3

EJ, Lane, Josh, & Jack

EJ, Lane, Josh, & Jack

Finding Shelter Where You Can

Finding Shelter Where You Can

Pair of Umbrellas

Pair of Umbrellas

Richard, Jesse, & Ken

Richard, Jesse, & Ken

Cameron's MLD DuoMid

Cameron's MLD DuoMid

MLD Poncho Tarps and MLD Bivies

MLD Poncho Tarps and MLD Bivies

Lisa Packing it Up

Lisa Packing it Up
Her First Night Using the GG Torso Pad and 1/4 Inch Thinlight Pad

UL Tent City

UL Tent City 2

UL Tent City 3

UL Tent City

Morning Rob

Morning Rob

Hilleberg Tent

Hilleberg Tent

Jay's GoLite Hex

Jay's GoLite Hex

Mark & His Hexamid & GG Gorilla Pack

Mark & His Hexamid & GG Gorilla Pack

Marcia & Sheila in the Morning

Marcia & Sheila in the Morning

Katharina Packing it Up

Katharina Packing it Up

Lisa & Her Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus

Lisa & Her Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus

David Staying Warm in the Morning

David Staying Warm in the Morning

Cooking Breakfast on a Cool, Gray Morning

Cooking Breakfast on a Cool, Gray Morning.
People Headed Out Fairly Quick on Sunday Morning in an attempt to beat the rain that threatened to come in. In fact, for our group hiking out, shortly after getting to Jay's truck, it started to rain.

Rob with the Lightest Pack

Rob with the Lightest Pack
I believe that Rob had a 5 lbs SUL Base Weight

Lisa Heads Out

Lisa Heads Out

Ken H with Golite Jam2

Ken H with Golite Jam2

Rob & Lisa Moving Out

Rob & Lisa Moving Out
Back View of Lisa's GG Mariposa Plus

Katharina & Tony

Katharina & Tony

Morning Chatter Before Heading Out

Morning Chatter Before Heading Out

Grey Morning Along the Coast

Grey Morning Along the Coast

Sharing Lunch Outside of Pointe Reyes 1

Sharing Lunch Outside of Pointe Reyes 2

Sharing Lunch Outside of Pointe Reyes 3

Sharing Lunch Outside of Pointe Reyes

It Always Ends with a Beer

It Always Ends with a Beer

An Amazing Turn Out this Year.
More than Double the People from 2009.
This year we had a co-ed group, couples, a father with his 5 year old son!
They came from as far as the Northern Boarder of California near Oregon and 310 Miles away to the Southern part of California.

Special Thanks to Ken H. & Ken T. for making this happen this year and to everyone who came out to brave the bad weather. Looking forward to the next trip together!

-Tony

Other photo essays by Tony:

BPLer's GGG: Point Reyes, CA. 2nd Annual Trip

BPLer's GGG: San Francisco Bay Area, CA.; Mt. Diablo

BPLer's GGG: Yosemite: Hetch Hetchy Resevior to Rancheria Falls

BPLer's GGG: Point Reyes, CA

Emigrant Wilderness

High Sierra trail to Mt. Whitney

Tahoe Rim Trail

Ventana Wilderness

Yosemite: Glacier Point to Red Peak Pass to Lake Merced

Yosemite in Winter: Crocker Point & Dewey Point

Yosemite: Lake Vernon & Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Yosemite: Tenaya Creek

Edited by Valshar on 02/12/2010 00:50:42 MST.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
some more pics on 01/25/2010 03:40:47 MST Print View

http://www.flickr.com/photos/verber/sets/72157623279652532/ unprocessed jpeg. I wasn't very diligent taking pictures. sorry.

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Report on 01/25/2010 22:19:40 MST Print View

pt 1

joshJosh taking a photo at the arch

pt 2Jesse and Richard powering up a climb

lane Lane taking in the view

pt 3

pt 4

pt 5 Arrived at campsite!

Thank you to both of the Kens for organizing the trip. Thanks to David Lutz for putting together the great memorial hats for the Kens. It was truly a pleasure to meet and hike with so many great people. I can not think of another organization or group of people where I enjoy the company of each individual.

Till the next trip,

David W.

Edited by Davidpcvsamoa on 01/25/2010 22:20:40 MST.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Report on 01/25/2010 22:27:01 MST Print View

you had a tripod josh? didn't even notice it when where at the arch... I await some pix!

and I agree with the above, I could not imagine hiking with cooler people, lots of stories, and laughter... really looking forward to hitting the trail with you guys and gals! again

lisa, good luck on your PCT journey, that is an amazing undertaking, I await your trail journal! I forgot to ask you, are you doing it solo?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
"BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip" on 01/25/2010 22:36:24 MST Print View

Awesome time had by all it seems. Everybody getting along coming from such a diverse group was great! Very nice that everyone was appreciative for the effort that Ken and I put in setting this up. That makes it worthwhile to me and I'm sure Ken feels the same. Took way too few photos. But I don't think I talked that much in two days for quite some time. Special thanks to Sheila and Plus one for a fun time Friday too. Here are some of my shots....
Me at the trailhead.
bear valley trailhead 2010
Glen Camp Drying out temporarily.
Glen Camp
Home for the next couple of nights...
dblrnbw
Mark Verber and David Lutz setting up at Wildcat.
mvdl
Joshua Billings' Terra Nova and Mark Verbers' Hexamid.
tnandhex
Talking gear. Co-host (cohort) Ken Helwig and Ricahrd Gless.
chat
Even the kids next door were tarping it. Not a great pitch but at least they're out!
neighbor
Sunshine on a weird little tent city.
tent city
Sky rockets in sight, ultralight delight.. or something like that.
delite
And here's a rarity, Tony Wong sans camera. Cameron and his Duomid in background
tonyw
Thanks to all who came together to make it a great weekend despite not the best weather. A really great bunch of people! Plus I love the hat!
hat

Edited by kthompson on 11/19/2011 23:42:30 MST.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
BPLers GGG on 01/25/2010 22:40:01 MST Print View

What happens at Glen Camp stays at Glen Camp ;) I don't think we had the cameras out much with the rain and later arrival on Friday. Details and Plus one may surprise us though.

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Re: BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 01:26:02 MST Print View

Tony

Thanks for sharing your excellent photos

Roger

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 21:17:20 MST Print View

Okay, first of all, where is the SNOW?!? It's January!?! You people live someplace that seems really weird to me!?! Can I end another sentence with exclamations and questions marks?!?

But seriously, having followed your planning for this via the BPL Wiki page it's excellent to see some photographic proof that it got pulled off. The photos of everyone hiking with their UL gear talking about UL stuff and getting together with like-minded folks is great! Way to go.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 21:42:49 MST Print View

Tony # 16 is my Lunar Solo with Cocoon pillow, Marmot Atom sleeping bag, Neo Air pad, and the new GooseFeet booties. Kevin is # 17 With the Montbell

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: re BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 23:28:47 MST Print View

hey jack,

you showed me your cocoon pillow, but didn't know the weight, any way to throw that on the scale and post your results?

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 23:39:58 MST Print View

No problem Jesse. I will take it to work tomorrow and weigh it on our postal scale.

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
thank you, great pics/video coming soon on 01/26/2010 23:41:55 MST Print View

Thank you to Ken and Ken for putting this wonderful trip together. Andrea and I had a great time. It was a pleasure to meet such a diverse group of people who love backpacking. We got the opportunity to check out so much UL gear up close and ask about it.

Special thanks to Mark and Kevin for lending us sleeping bags and sleeping pads without which we wouldn't have been able to make the trip.

Thank you also to all those that brought extra food, charcoal, etc. There was just so much good food it seems everyone brought extra to share.

It was a pleasure hiking with Kevin and his son Ryan. Ryan is only 5 and did the whole way in with all that uphill, and the trail back, carrying his little pack most of the time. This was a huge achievement for a 5 year old boy. Kevin you should be very proud. His pace on the way in suited us very well as I undertook the trip with a foot injury I've been recovering from. It was the first time I was able to get on the trail in two months, and was so glad I went.

I have fantastic photos and even some video clips to upload as soon as I get a chance. I photographed every shelter and I'm looking forward to know the make and model of each.

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 23:42:29 MST Print View

> Okay, first of all, where is the SNOW?!? It's January!?!

A lot of them could have seen the snow as they drove up to Pt. Reyes -- the snow was on Mt. Hamilton.

As to weird -- Bozeman has had snow on the ground since October, for crying out loud. Winter came in such a strange way up there this year that a lot of the trees still have not figured out to drop their leaves! What's up with that?

-- Bob

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 23:48:57 MST Print View

Jesse the Cocoon Ultralight Air-core Pillow measures 13'x17' and weighs 3.7 oz. according to the stuff sack. Jack

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/26/2010 23:50:51 MST Print View

Don't you BPLers ever sleep. I can't stay up all night reading post I have to work tomorrow. LOL

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re BPLers GGG: 2nd Annual Point Reyes Bay Area Trip on 01/27/2010 19:46:04 MST Print View

Hey Jesse I weighed the pillow and it comes in at 3.6 oz without the stuff sack it is 3.5 oz hope that helps. Jack

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
bpl trip on 01/27/2010 21:00:14 MST Print View

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here are a few pics from the trip hopefully they turned out ok great trip with great people
kevin

Edited by divr6347 on 01/27/2010 21:47:39 MST.

kevin smith
(divr6347) - M
pt reyes trip on 01/27/2010 21:06:27 MST Print View

now

can someone help me with editing my post so the pictures are top to bottom instead of side by side how do i fix this?? never mind jack hooked me up
thanks
kevin

Edited by divr6347 on 01/27/2010 21:50:36 MST.

Jesse H.
(tacedeous) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
cocoon on 01/28/2010 17:01:34 MST Print View

thanks jack, i might have to pick one up, where did you get yours?

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Cocoon on 01/28/2010 17:49:10 MST Print View

REI I think it was about $28.00 ouch!!!!!!