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(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
3rd Annual BPLers GGG: Henry Coe State Park 2011 on 02/27/2011 22:56:00 MST Print View

BPLers Gathering of Gear Geeks: Henry Coe State Park January 25th-27th 2011

Corral Trail Head to Manzanita Point Group Campsites 2.7 Miles

Manzanita Point Camptsite Elevation 2,270 Ft.

National & Local Weather Reports Weekend Forecasted of 6-9 inches of Snow at Higher Elevations Down to 1,000 Ft with a 100% Chance of Death if You Left Your House

Daytime Temps: Low 40's to Low 30's

Evening Temps: 24F

70 People Signed Up, 46 Showed Up to Face the Weather

Website: Henry Coe State Park


Henry Coe State Park

Henry Coe Park 2

Trail  Head

Henry Coe State Park Head Quarters
Note: These Three Photos Taken on the Last Day of the Trip

The official trip was simply and over night trip from Saturday the 26th to Sunday the 27th. However, a number of people came on Friday the 25th to stay in the car camping sites at the headquarters where they suffered a very long and cold night.

Jeremy Packs the Important Stuff

Jeremy Packs the Important Stuff

Waking up with no idea of what weather to expect after a week of news ranting about how this was going to be a freakishly bad weekend of weather with epic blast of cold artic air that would deliver freezing rain and snow, Jeremy and I headed from my house to hit the highway to be greeted with light traffic and relatively clear skies. We left with the hope that the rangers had not closed the roads to the park due to snow and ice. EJ would later call Jeremy on his cell phone to let us know that he had called the rangers that that the roads were clear and the roads open. So with snow chain, jumper cables, a box of Duraflame logs, and Jeremy's golf club caddy to carry beer to the campsite we were off!

Parking Lot Gathering

It always starts in a parking lot

Handing out Logs for People to Carry with Style

Joseph from San Gabriel- his pack has style

Handing out Logs for People to Carry with Style
Everyone who could carry a log was eager and more than willing to help carry a log. In this case, Joseph took two logs.

Other Priorities to Carry

Adan's Precious Cargo

Other Priorities to Carry
Believe it or not, these were hand carried in by Adan, who was gracious in sharing with everyone there.

A Party for Everyone

A Party for Everyone: Ellen & Jane (left to right)

Hitting the Trail

Hitting the Trail

Chilly Start

Chilly Start
It was cool enough that I hiked in wearing my Thermawrap Jacket

Mixed Colors of the Skies

Mixed Colors of the Skies

Ben Looking Out Across the Park

Ben Looking Out Across the Park

A Vast Park

A Vast Park

Ken H. Look Over a Frozen Mud Puddle

Ken H. Look Over a Frozen Mud Puddle

Jay Helps Ben with His Shelter

Jay Helps Ben with His Shelter

By the time that I arrived into camp there were quite a number of people who had arrived earlier and many were in the process of setting up their shelters for the night.

David & His Tarptent Contrail

David & His Tarptent Contrail

Unknown Tent

Jay's Dancing Light Gear "Arapaho" at 24 quick in easy ounces

Zpacks Hexamid

Doug's Zpacks Hexamid Duo

Katharina Kicking Back in Style

Katharina Kicking Back in Style
Warbonnet Traveller, my tarp a Warbonnet BigMamaJamba with door kit.

Only Snow We Would Receive

The Only Snow We Would Receive

I Do Know Jack

Jack's Kavu Chillba Hat

Josh & Katharina Hanging Under a Huge Tarp

Josh & Katharina Hanging Under a Huge Tarp

GoLite Tarp

GoLite Tarp

Monbell Tent

Kevin's Montbell Crescent 2 Tent

Eureka Tent

Ryan K.'s Eureka Spitfire Solo Tent

Unknown Shelter

Kevin's Tarptent Moment Solo lean to his brother for the night

Unknown Shelter 2

Debbie's Six Moon Design Refuge

Integral Designs Tarp

Ken H.'s Integral Designs Tarp

Mountain Laurel Designs

Ryan T.'s Mountain Laurel Designs Yellow Duomid with a Six Moon Design Serenity Nettent and a Short Neoair.

Ben's Shelter

Ben's Mountainfitter (Lawson) 7 ft. x 9 ft. flat tarp with cat cut edges

Most Creative Use of Natural Material

Most Creative Use of Natural Material
Adan L and his Oware tarp????

David, Mr. Puffy & Warm

David, Mr. Puffy & Warm 2

David, Mr. Puffy & Warm with Home Make Idea Wood Stove?

MYOG Shelter

MYOG Shelter 2

MYOG tarp modeled after the MLD Patrol and Golite umbrella- Matt E's aka Iceaxe!

Unknown Green Tarp and Unknown Bivy

Joseph's Tarp is a Zpacks 8x10 cuben. Pole is a GG LT4, Bivy is a MLD superlight.

Poncho Tarp 1

Poncho Tarp

Head Hole on Poncho

Head Hole on Poncho

Mark Hanging Out Having Lunch

Mark Hanging Out Having Lunch Under David L.'s OES MacCat Deluxe Tarp

North Face Tent

North Face Tent with Greg

Floorless Tarptent Contrail

Floorless Tarptent Contrail 2

James' Tarptent Contrail

Zpack Hexamid Green 1

Zpack Hexamid Green 2

Zpack Hexamid Green 3

Mark's Zpacks Hexamid in Cuben (first generation) with netting floor

Ranger Comes Looking for Ken T.

Ranger Comes Looking for Ken T. 2

Ranger Comes Looking for Ken T.
Actually, this really was quite something and just shows you how wonder the Rangers are. The Ranger drove out to our campsite to see if we could identify a number of cars in the parking lot to see they were part of our group to avoid being ticketed.

Who Amoung You Is Gulty of Using Less than 850 Down Fill?

Who Amoung You Is Gulty of Using Less than 850 Down Fill? 2

Who Amoung You Is Gulty of Using Less than 850 Down Fill? 3

Who Among You Is Guilty of Using Less than 850 Down Fill?
EJ Raises His Hand...actually, he has taken a lot of video of this event, which we hope will be linked to this photo essay.

Gatewood Cape

Rick N.'s Gatewood Cape & Mountainsmith Ghost Pack

GoLite Shangrila 3

Aaron & Erin's GoLite Shangri-La

Richard Nisley & Wife?

Richard Nisley and Elizabeth A.
Richard had just returned from another trip and did not have time to pack for this one. However, Elizabeth and he hiked out for the day to spend some time of us.
Richard is the author of the very popular forum thread on "A New Paradigm for Understanding Garment Warmth" and has created quite a stir about how to view and test the relative warmth of various garments and sleeping bags. He is, in my opinion, one of the leading intellectuals on the BPL site and we are very fortunate to benefit from his scientific testing and contributions to the forum discussions.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=18950


The Gift of Wood

The Gift of Wood from Marc E.
Originally, we were going to be allowed two support vehicles to drive into the campsite with firewood, water, and Cameron's home made kegs of beer, but due to the muddy road conditions, we were not able to bring the vehicles in. While the Ranger was there, we asked it was possible to drive our support vehicles in. She said that we could not, but she would be willing to drive two of us back to the parking lot to put water and firewood into her truck and drive back. Jay and one of the ladies rode back to get wood and water. This made the difference between having a chilly early night vs. a warm, comfortable time sharing company and stories around the fire. That said, many people were generous with carrying in a load of duraflame logs in their own packs to provide us hours of warmth.

Hanging Around the Picnic Tables

Hanging Around the Picnic Tables

Debbie Dayhiker and Bringer of Delicous Brownies

Debbie Day hiker and Bringer of Delicious Brownies
Despite having to performance at an opera that night as a musician, Debbie hiked out all her gear and a huge box of brownies to share with us for the day.

Chocoloate Chewy Goodness

Chocolate Chewy Goodness

Tony's Mountain Laurel Designs Poncho Tarp and Soul Side Zip Bivy with eVent Top

Tony's Mountain Laurel Designs Poncho Tarp and Soul Side Zip Bivy with eVent Top

It's 3pm, let the fires begin

It's 3pm, let the fires begin
Left to Right: Jack, Ryan K, Unknown Person in Blue, and Joseph

Goosefeet 1

Goosefeet 2

Goosefeet Down Socks with Overbooties and Goosefeet Down Pants.

I am definitely going to get a pair of these to help my feet stay warm when I sleep.
2.2 oz approximately per pair, lighter than an extra pair of hiking socks!

Kat holding Court at her Crib 1

Kat holding Court at her Crib 2

Kat holding Court at her Crib 1

Kat holding Court at her Crib to show the people how her Hammock Worked

Richard's Hexamd Solo Tarp with HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter 1

Richard's Hexamd Solo Tarp with HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter with Front of Tarp/Beak Pulled Down over the entrance to show full protection

Richard's Hexamd Solo Tarp with HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter 2

Richard's Hexamd Solo Tarp with HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter 3

View of the Back

Richard's Hexamd Solo Tarp with HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter 4

Front View showing HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter

Reinforcement Patch for Pole Handle

Reinforcement Patch for Pole Handle

Hexamid Tarp Side View

Side View showing Where HexaNet Solo Bug Shelter Connects to Hexamid Tarp

Side Connections

Side Connections of Bug Shelter to Tarp

Low Angle View

Low Angle View Inside

Richard Next to Shelter to Show Height/Scale

Richard Next to Shelter to Show Height/Scale

Debbie Modeling Her Luxurylite Modular Exterior Frame Pack

Debbie Modeling Her Luxurylite Modular Exterior Frame Pack
Photo taken just before Debbie had to leave to go home to perform music at an Opera

Debbie's Box Full of Chocolate Delights Devoured

Debbie's Box Full of Chocolate Delights Devoured

Ken Tanking Up on A Mini Keg Someone Hiked In

Ken Tanking Up on A Mini Keg Ryan Hiked In

Familiar Friends, Jeremy & Cameron

Familiar Friends, Jeremy & Cameron

The Best Conversations Happen While it is Snowing

The Best Conversations Happen While it is Snowing
Jack H. in Red &amp Greg G. in black, who flew in from Atlanta

Bonnie

Phoebe H., age ll was one of two young people who came

Ben, Nathan,  Cameron, & Jeremy Under a Huge Umbrella

Things you can bring on a short distance trip, like a HUGE umbrella
Left to Right: Ben, Matt(????), Cameron, & Jeremy Under a Huge Umbrella

Hanging Out in the Snow

Hanging Out in the Snow 2

Hanging Out in the Snow
The snow really was like having small bits of Styrofoam dropped on you. The snow was not very wet at all and easily was brushed aside. We were thankful that it snowed vs. rained upon us.

Filling the Caldera Cone Stove with Alcohol

Rick Filling His the Caldera Cone Stove with Alcohol

Priming the Stove

Priming the Stove

Lighting Up

Priming the Stove

David Using the Vestibule of His Contrail for Cooking

David Using the Vestibule of His Contrail for Cooking

Ben's Tarp 1

Ben's Tarp with a Light Dusting of Snow

Ben's Tarp with a Light Dusting of Snow
Based on Ben's Gear, I think he is on his way to a SUL load

The Essentials

The Essentials

Outsak

Outsak Animal/Critter Resistant Chain Mail Bag
I bought one of these from Jay at the gear swap. Great piece of mind so you don't have to sleep with one eye open to keep an eye on your grub.

Website: http://www.simpleoutdoorstore.com/outsak.html

Tarptent Moment

Tarptent Moment

Jack

The Real Jack from Bakersfield, CA.

Father & Daughter

Rick and Phoebe: If memory serves me, Rick was "forced" to go by Phoebe, who really wanted to go on this trip.

Jeremy & Jacob

Jeremy & Jacob

Josh

Josh

Gatewood Cape 1

Gatewood Cape 2

Gatewood Cape 3

Rick's Gatewood Cape

Jeremy's Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Fiber Grace Solo Tarp

Jeremy's Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Fiber Grace Solo Tarp

Jeremy's Special Beer

Jeremy's Special Beer

Hillberg Tent

Hillberg Tent

Cameron's Tries on the BPL Absaroka Pack

Cameron's Tries on the BPL Absaroka Pack

Absaroka 2

Absaroka 3

Additional Views of the Absaroka

Ken's Feathered Friends Down Booties

Ken's Feathered Friends Down Booties 2

Ken's Feathered Friends Down Booties

Joseph's Serious Preparation for the Wood Burning Stove Burn Off

Joseph's Serious Preparation for the Wood Burning Stove Burn Off

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun 2

Here Comes the Sun
We Really Counted Ourselves Fortunate. For all of the doom and gloom forecast by media, the weekend was chilly, but really not an issue with the generous stock of wood and duraflame logs we hand on hand.

Ryan Using Steripen 1

Ryan Using Steripen 2

Ryan Using Steripen 3

Ryan Using His Steripen

Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler 1

Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler by Devin Montgomery (Prototype)

Base

Base Used as Combustion Chamber

Bottom View of the Cone

Bottom View, Cone Shape

Looking Through the Bottom at the Base that is on the Table

Looking Through the Bottom

Top View Looking Through the Boiler at the Base that is on the Table

Top View Looking Through the Boiler at the Base that is on the Table

Loading Water into the Boiler

Loading Water into the Boiler

Man on a Mission

Doug I., Man on a Mission to Boil Water in the Wood Burning Stove Cook Off
Note: Doug traveled quite a distance to join us from Maryland????


The Big Event: Wood Burning Stove Burn Off

The Object: Who could boil a cup of water the fastest

Lessons Learned: Fire Craft & Careful Fuel Selection is Equally Important

Aaron's Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove

Aaron's Vargo Titanium Hexagon Wood Stove

Ben's Home Make Ikea Wood Burning Stove

Ben's Home Make Ikea Wood Burning Stove

Doug's Backcountry Boiler

Doug's Backcountry Boiler

Cameron's BushBuddy

Cameron's BushBuddy

Jay's Four Dogs Stove

Jay's Four Dogs Stove

Joseph

Joseph's Caldera Cone

Aaron Ready to Go

Aaron Ready to Go

Ben's Pot Supports

Ben's Pot Supports

Doug Loads the Combustion Chamber

Doug Loads the Combustion Chamber

Jay's Loaded and Ready to Roll

Jay's Loaded and Ready to Roll

Cameron's Has His Fuel Laid Out

Cameron's Has His Fuel Laid Out

Aaron's Vargo is Stacked

Aaron's Vargo is Stacked

Ben

Ben Loads Up

You Know Your a Gear Geek When

You Know Your a Gear Geek When the Highlight of Your Afternoon is Watching Water Boil

Jacob is Ready to Document the Event

Jacob is Ready to Document the Event

EJ Has the Video Camera Going

EJ Has the Video Camera Going

They Are Ready to Light It Up 1

They Are Ready to Light It Up 2

They Are Ready to Light It Up 3

They Are Ready to Light It Up!

Doug Lights Up

Doug Lights Up

Aaron's the First to Get a Flame

Aaron's the First to Get a Flame

Others Follow

Others Follow

Ben's Got a Flame

Ben's Got a Flame

Cameron's Up and Going

Cameron's Up and Going

Jay's Getting Lit Up

Jay's Getting Lit Up

Ben's Got a Fire Going and Pot's On

Ben's Got a Fire Going and Pot's On

Doug's Trying to Get an Ember into a Flame

Doug's Trying to Get an Ember into a Flame

Aaron's Got Steam

Aaron's Got Steam

Doug is Trying to Feed the Beast

Doug is Trying to Feed the Beast

Joseph is Feeding the Flame

Joseph is Feeding the Flame

Doug Trys the Mouth to Mouth Technique to Try to Breath Life into His FIre

Doug Tries the Mouth to Mouth Technique to Try to Breath Life into His Fire

The BushBuddy is Belching Out Plenty of Fire

The BushBuddy is Belching Out Plenty of Fire

Ben's Nursing His Fire Along

Ben's Nursing His Fire Along

Aaron's Got a Royal Boil

Aaron's Got a Royal Boil

Cameron Takes 2nd Place

Cameron's Got Plenty of Fire Left

Cameron Takes 2nd Place

Ben's Got a Proper Fire Going

Ben's Got a Proper Fire Going

Doug Never Gives Up

Doug Never Gives Up

Doug Never Gives Up 3

Doug Never Gives Up

Smoking the Competition

Smoking the Competition

Ken Gives Aaron His Prize: $25 BPL Gift Card Donated by Sam H. at BPL

Ken H. Gives Aaron His Prize: BPL Gift Card Donated by Sam H. at BPL

Manfred Inspired by the Burn Off to Boil Up a Hot Drink

Manfred Inspired by the Burn Off to Boil Up a Hot Drink

Duel Use Tent Stake

Duel Use Tent Stake

David Cooking Up Dinner

David Cooking Up Dinner

MSR Pocket Rocket Canister Stove

MSR Pocket Rocket Canister Stove Frying Up Some Spam

Coleman Xponent Stove?

Coleman Xponent Canister Stove?

Dinner Time

James W., who just moved to SF from Chicago having dinner by the fire

BPL Firelite Mini Fire Steel & Derma Safe Folding Utility Knife

BPL Firelite Mini Fire Steel & Derma Safe Folding Utility Knife

Unknown Stove Setup

Jim Colton, who flew out from Minnesota to join us

City of Gear Geeks

City of Gear Geeks

Richard & Elizabeth Head Back Home

Richard & Elizabeth Head Back Home After Spending the Afternoon with Us

Aaron & Erin's Yoga Mat Food Cozies

Aaron & Erin's Yoga Mat Food Cozies

Josh & Jay, BPL Buddies

Josh & Jay, BPL Buddies

Adan Enjoys Dinner with a Case of Beer at His Feet

Adan Enjoys Dinner with a Case of Beer at His Feet

Doug Lighting Up Esbit Tablet in a Gram Cracker Stove

Doug Lighting Up Esbit Tablet in a Gram Cracker Stove

Jeremy's Boil in a Bag Mealing Going into His Cozy

Jeremy's Boil in a Bag Meal Going into His Cozy

Ken Suffering Silently with Gout Attack

Ken H. Suffering Silently with Gout Attack
Unfortunately, Ken was suffering from a combination of only getting a couple of hours sleep from the chilly night before and an attack of gout, which robbed him and us with a more colorful Ken.

Kevin and His Brother

Kevin and His Brother

Jack & Rick Preparing Dinner

Jack & Rick Preparing Dinner, Getting Their Stoves Ready to Go

Kevin's Son, Ryan

Kevin's Son, Ryan....Youngest BPLEr at Age 6

Kevin says of Ryan, "...my little trooper I am proud of him and glad he comes with me on these trips. He really enjoys everyone's hospitality and likes to be camping with dad. He never bitched about the cold either. LOL, even with an ice layer on the top of his bag."

Carrie Rolls In

Cary Rolls In to Join Us and Brings His Friend

One of the Nicest Looking Meals

One of the Nicest Looking Meals
Fresh Spinich, Fire Roasted Sausage, Mixed into Split Pea Soup

Morgan

Doug's Caldera Cone

Doug's Caldera Cone

Rehydrating & Cooking His Food

Re-hydrating & Cooking His Food

Jacob

Jacob

Dylan

Dylan, only person smart enough to bring a chair

The Best Company to Share a Meal With

The Best Company to Share a Meal With 2

The Best Company to Share a Meal With

Sea of Shelters

Sea of Shelters 2

Sea of Shelters

Blue Tarp 1

Blue Tarp 2

Blue Tarp, Unknown Owner, Unknown Manufacture of Tarp

Snack Time!

What Do You Carry in Your Cargo Pant Pocket?

Sheltering

Night falls and the last warmth of what little sun we had is stolen from us. The dark heavens open up to us and the sky is speckled with the twinkling of pinholes thrust through curtain that is night. The cold creeps into our bones and icy fingertips take hold of us. The cold darkness surrounds us and is an encompassing oppression. It keeps friends of ours from having ventured out to join us in this place, yet on this night it binds us together to huddle around the orange glow of a sun of our own making.

Lottery 1

Lottery 2

In the Cold of the Night We Find Ways to Entertain Ourselves
A Raffle of a MP3 Player and of another Gift Certificate Donated by Sam H. at BPL
Believe that Cameron won the 2nd BPL gift card for the raffle

Gathering 1

Gathering 2

The Cold Forces Us Closer Together, So We Must Talk with Each Other

The Cold Knows No Age Difference

The Cold Knows No Age Difference

The Cold Makes Us Ponder Our Existance & Mortality

The Cold Makes Us Ponder Our Existence & Mortality

The Warmth of the Fire Gives Us Peace

The Warmth of the Fire Gives Us Peace

The Cold Draws Us Closer to the Flames Like a Moth

The Cold Draws Us Closer to the Flames Like a Moth

The Cold Makes Us See Things in a Different Way

The Cold Makes Us See Things in a Different Way

The Cold Draws Fathers and Daughters Closer

The Cold Draws Fathers and Daughters Closer

The Cold Lets Us Know that We are Not Alone

The Cold Lets Us Know that We are Not Alone

The Cold Gives Us a Reason to Share a Story to Warm Our Soul

The Cold Gives Us a Reason to Share a Story to Warm Our Soul

The Warmth of the Fire Allows Us to Just Be

The Warmth of the Fire Allows Us to Just Be

The Cold at Our Backs, Pushes Us Closer to One Another

The Cold at Our Backs, Pushes Us Closer to One Another

The Cold Forces Us to Be Creative

The Cold Forces Us to Be Creative 2

The Cold Forces Us to Be Creative

The Warmth of the Fire Let's Us Know that We are Alive

The Warmth of the Fire Let's Us Know that We are Alive

The Cold Makes Us Appreciate the Comfort of a Warm Bed

The Cold Makes Us Appreciate the Comfort of a Warm Bed

The Cold Makes Us Appreciate the Simple Joys

The Cold Makes Us Appreciate the Simple Joys

The Cold Helps Us Share What Little We Have

The Cold Helps Us Share What Little We Have

The Cold Gives Us Focus 1

The Cold Gives Us Focus 2

The Cold Gives Us Focus

The Cold Gives Couples a New Memories to Share

The Cold Gives Couples New Memories to Share

The Warmth of the Fire Gives Comfort to the Weary

The Warmth of the Fire Gives Comfort to the Weary

The Cold Makes Us Appreciate a Puffy Jacket

The Cold Makes Us Appreciate a Puffy Jacket

The Cold Helps Us Make New Friends

The Cold Helps Us Make New Friends

The Cold Gives Us Time to Share New Ideas

The Cold Gives Us Time to Share New Ideas

The Cold Gives Us Something to Focus On

The Cold Gives Us Something to Focus Upon

The Cold Makes Us Thankful to See the Sun Once More

The Cold Makes Us Thankful to See the Sun Once More

Frosty Morning 1

Frosty Morning with the Gatewood Cape with Rick Looking Over His Shelter

Jeremy Starts to Pack Up

Jeremy Starts to Pack Up

Aaron Gets a Fire Going

Aaron Gets a Fire Going
Fortunately, we did not burn up all the wood from the night before and there was even one more duraflame log left to get the morning fire going.

Facing a Chilly Morning

Facing a Chilly Morning

Mark V. as  a BPL Teletubby

Mark V. as a BPL Teletubby

Kat Having Breakfast In Comfort and Style

Kat Having Breakfast In Comfort and Style

Tony Wearing His Sierra Sniveller

Tony Wearing His Sierra Sniveller

Breakfast Time 1

Breakfast Time 2

Breakfast Time 3

Breakfast Time

Aaron and Erin Cook Up a Hot Breakfast

Aaron and Erin Cook Up a Hot Breakfast

Ken H. Heads Out

Ken H. Heads Out

Once More Gathering Around the Fire

Once More Gathering Around the Fire

Manfred's Jetboil and Berikade Bear Canister as a Stool

Manfred's Jetboil and Berikade Expedition Bear Canister as a Stool

Breaking Down Camp

Breaking Down Camp

The Pack Hits the Trail

The Pack Hits the Trail

What's Your Pack? 1

March of the Packs

Adan Carrying His Empty Cases

Adan Carrying His Empty Cases

Marc's Pack

Marc's Pack

Frozen Mud

Frozen Mud
Oddly, one of the hidden benefits of the chilly night was that the mud froze. So what could have been a messy, muddy slog back was a pleasant trek across firm ground.

Frosty Sheets of Ice

Frosty Sheets of Ice

Cutting Across the Mud Easily

Cutting Across the Mud Easily

A Precarious Load

A Precarious Load
Adan had to carry his empty bottle back all the way to the parking lot while trying to be careful not to tear he boxes in each hand.

Looking Back Where We Came From

Looking Back Where We Came From

One of Many Old Oak Trees

One of Many Old Oak Trees

The Trail Begins to Thaw and Get Mucky

The Trail Begins to Thaw and Get Mucky

Patches of White Frosty Mud On the Trail

Patches of White Frosty Mud On the Trail

Clusters of Mistletoe in the Trees

Clusters of Mistletoe in the Trees

Traces of Snow 1

Traces of Snow 2

Traces of Snow 3

Traces of Snow 4

Traces of Snow 5

Traces of Snow 6

Traces of Snow

Ken T. Handing Out Surveys to Get Feedback

Ken T. Handing Out Surveys to Get Feedback to Make This Better Next Year
Questions where about who came, what ages, and where did they travel from to attend. Others were about what month next year would be a good month and where the next year's BPLer's GGG will be held.

Jeremy Enjoys a Glass of Cameron's Home Make Beer

Jeremy Enjoys a Glass of Cameron's Home Made Beer.
Word is that Cameron's brew is quite good and maybe he should consider bringing it to the market/masses.

Kat  Takes a Snack Break Before the Gear Swap in the Parking Lot

Kat Takes a Snack Break Before the Gear Swap in the Parking Lot

Gear Swap 1

Gathering of Gear Geeks 2

Gathering of Gear Geeks

Cameron Gets a Glass of His Brew

Cameron Gets a Glass of His Brew

Ben's Pack

Ben's Pack 2

Ben's Selling His Green Pack and Has His New Pack Next to It
From Ben, "The pack--if you decide to post pics of it--is a LAUFBURSCHE (literally translates as 'errand boy') huckePACKchen (means mini rucksack in german). cuben and sil."
Ben purchased this lightweight pack from a German Company and had it shipped over...light and pricey is what I hear and he loves it.

What Pack is This?

What Pack is This?

Kat Selling Her Handmade Alpacka Hats

Kat Selling Her Handmade Alpacka Hats

People Loved Her Warm, Soft Hats and Snapped Them Up

People Loved Her Warm, Soft Hats and Snapped Them Up

Gear, Gear, Gear!

Gear, Gear, Gear!

Ben Checking Out The Hats

Ben Checking Out The Hats

Score! Tyvek Jacket. Now only if they had Topo Maps On Them

Score! Tyvek Jacket. Now only if they had Topo Maps On Them

Bags of Goodies Bought and Time to Chat Some More

Bags of Goodies Bought and Time To Catch Up with Friends from Last Year

Collapsable Fishing Rod

Collapsible Fishing Rod
And the End of Another Great Gathering of Gear Geeks Put Together by Ken T. & Ken H.
Thank you for all the work that you guys put into this to make it the best and biggest gathering so far...looking forward to the next one and seeing new friends again.


Other photo essays by Tony:

BPLers GGG: Henry Coe State Park, CA.

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

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park: Deadman Canyon

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


Photo Essay by Linda Vassallo: Mt Whitney Summit Hike: A photo essay

Trip Report & Article by Jeremy Pendrey: Hiking The Diablo Trail: A Conservation Success Story

Photography and Backpacking Article on Hike It. Like It.

Photo Essays: Telling the Story, Sharing the Adventure

Edited by Valshar on 12/19/2011 19:37:01 MST.

Joseph Ainsworth
(jainsworth123) - F

Locale: Greater LA area
photos on 02/28/2011 10:45:49 MST Print View

I'm photo #1, and #19. Tarp is a Zpacks 8x10 cuben. Pole is a GG LT4, Bivy is a MLD superlight.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
A few photos on 02/28/2011 12:19:15 MST Print View

Tony, great job on documenting the trip. I'll add a few more. If there's anyone pictured here who doesn't want to their image on the web please just let me know and I'll remove the photo.



Strange Bay Area particulate snow.



No shortage of frozen mud.



Enjoying the gray skies and snow.



Arrival of firewood is momentous.



My non-ul sissy shelter.



Neat MYOG (?) shelter, didn't figure out who's it is.



Wood burning stove fun...









First to boil!




I wished I had taken a few photos around the campfire, but it was nice to just relax and chat. Looking forward to seeing more pics from the trip!

Edited by JacobD on 02/28/2011 12:22:21 MST.

Casey Bowden
(clbowden) - MLife

Locale: Berkeley Hills
Re: 3rd Annual BPLers GGG: Henry Coe State Park 2011 on 02/28/2011 12:35:27 MST Print View

Tony and others,

Although I couldn't make it due to being sick, I'm pretty sure photo 15 is of Adan Lopez and his Oware tarp.

Casey

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"3rd Annual BPLers GGG: Henry Coe State Park 2011" on 02/28/2011 12:42:16 MST Print View

Mark is having lunch under an OES MacCat Deluxe tarp....

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
IPAs? on 02/28/2011 15:46:38 MST Print View

Great pics. Looks like a fun time was had. One question? What brand are the IPAs in Jeremy's pack?

Ryan Teale
(monstertruck) - F - M

Locale: Almost Yosemite
IPA in a can on 02/28/2011 16:19:46 MST Print View

The beer is brewed by 21st Amendment Brewing Company in San Fran. It is called "Brew Free! or Die IPA" Havn't had a chance to try it yet!

Ryan

Aaron Benson
(AaronMB) - F

Locale: Central Valley California
#25 on 02/28/2011 16:21:25 MST Print View

The GoLite Shangri-La 3 belongs to The Aerins (Aaron & Erin)!

Great pictures, Tony. Thanks for the effort.

Erin and I couldn't have asked for a better time! Thanks everyone. We really enjoyed meeting you all and putting this cold-weather experience under our belt.

-A.


I also have a ton of pictures - I'll post this evening, I hope.

Edited by AaronMB on 02/28/2011 16:38:42 MST.

b s
(smyth) - F
Re: IPAs? on 02/28/2011 16:34:01 MST Print View

I'm pretty sure those are 21st Amendment IPAs out of San Fran. A good choice but not the best IPA in a can that I've had. That distinction belongs to Oskar Blues and their Gubna IPA. Ridiculously good and ridiculously expensive. Just one hop heads' opinion though.

Nice to see all those shelters in one place. Thanks for sharing the pics Tony.

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
IPAs on 02/28/2011 17:09:51 MST Print View

Sorry for a short thread jack.

Thanks for the info on the Brew Free. I've had that at Great American Beer Fest. Really good. Technically, Gubna is a Imperial IPA but you are right. It is excellent. Have some in my beer fridge right now. Made the mistake once of having my wife pick some up. "You're paying $12 for a 4 pack?!!!" My favorite "regular" IPA in a can: Modus Hoperandi from Ska Brewing in Durango. Fantastic. The guys at Ska and Oscar Blues are supposed to be big buddies.

Edited by rlnunix on 02/28/2011 17:11:28 MST.

Scott Truong
(elf773)

Locale: Vancouver, BC
RE: 3rd BPLers GGG on 02/28/2011 17:53:52 MST Print View

Darn, knew I forgot something when I picked my work schedule for Feb. Should've took the weekend off.

Looked like great fun. Thanks for the photos Tony.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: RE: 3rd BPLers GGG on 02/28/2011 18:09:49 MST Print View

The ID tarp is mine Tony. See folks, I can pitch a tarp now!! Thanks for the photos Tony!

Jeremy Pendrey
(Pendrey) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: IPAs - yes 21A on 02/28/2011 19:15:29 MST Print View

Yes, Randy, Ryan is right that the six pack in my backpack was Brew Free or Die IPA from 21A in SF. Good to hear there are other craft brew fans and hop heads out there on BPL, though not a surprise. Also good that more craft brews are being put in cans. Much more convenient for us backpackers who like craft brew on the trail.

Ryan: Thanks for the end of hike Guinness. Didn't realize you hadn't tried the 21A or I would have reserved one for you. Next time I'll bring 12.

And Jacob thanks for trading for some of the Old Rasputin. Perfect beer for below freezing temps.

And Cameron of course thanks for the home brew. Always awesome.

Oh yeah, and the hiking and good company was great too.

-Jeremy.

Edited by Pendrey on 02/28/2011 19:18:11 MST.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Trip on 02/28/2011 20:15:26 MST Print View

Tony here is the info on the hat I was wearing I had a great time everybody, it was nice to see some old faces, and meet new ones. I didn't see a single bear, racoon, posumm, coyote, marmot, squirrel, bat, was it my SNORRING? Sorry if it kept anyone awake, I had a really good time, and it was nice to try out some of the new gear I bought, I will try to post the pics I took, as soon as I find my camera.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Beer and Snoring on 02/28/2011 20:41:43 MST Print View

Hey Jeremy, thanks likewise for sharing the 21st A with me; tasty IPA (in a can no less). I'm always happy to share the Old Ras with fellow beer advocates... and I agree in freezing weather Imperial Stout is hard to beat. I realized today that I only packed out 3 of 4 of my bottles. I have no idea what happened to the last one. I feel bad about leaving something behind. I'm hoping somebody else grabbed it before I did.


Jack, I forgot my ear plugs, but some good beer-plugs can turn even the worst of snoring into a peaceful white noise... didn't bother me one bit :)

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Great Photos! on 02/28/2011 20:43:20 MST Print View

Casey's right Tony, that was me in #15. I had to pitch my tarp with branches because I couldnt carry trekking poles since everybody made me carry their beer.

Okay just kidding, it was my beer. I had plenty of help carrying the beer and plenty of help with them in general. Though, next time I'll just paypal Cameron ahead of time for an extra keg, his beer was sooo much better. Thanks Cameron! A big thanks to Jerry for letting me ride out there with him. And what a good time dude, these people were funny as hell...except for the guy that left his alcohol on the table disguised as a water bottle.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Missing beer bottle on 02/28/2011 21:35:30 MST Print View

Jacob, you're missing beer bottle is accounted for.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: 3rd Annual BPLers GGG: Henry Coe State Park 2011 on 02/28/2011 21:41:38 MST Print View

Big thanks to all the real outdoorspeople who made this event a success. Got to love the accurate forecasting skills of the local media, lol. So great to meet so many of the BPL family. Awesome that all played well with others. Thanks too to all who went the extra mile.

19
Ben and Joseph with the Backcountry Boiler

26
Frozen campers Saturday 6am

28
Frosty camp

29
Jack photos a newt

33
My set up

34
A rare shot of Tony sans camera. Spreading UL knowledge.

35
The spots we had for Saturday were huge. Still everyone hung within 30 seconds of the fire.

36
Fire, warm

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Getting ready to burn

40
Aaron already smoking the competition

41
Making friends.

Edited by kthompson on 02/28/2011 22:12:34 MST.

Devin Montgomery
(dsmontgomery) - MLife

Locale: one snowball away from big trouble
Re: Re: 3rd Annual BPLers GGG: Henry Coe State Park 2011 on 02/28/2011 22:00:16 MST Print View

Hey hey, I recognize one of those stoves! I mean Boilers. :)

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Missing beer bottle on 02/28/2011 22:09:15 MST Print View

Thank you, Adan.