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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Backpacking on the Moon on 04/18/2011 08:14:20 MDT Print View

Craters of the Moon National Monument, that is.

http://vimeo.com/22539526

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: Backpacking on the Moon on 04/18/2011 09:13:57 MDT Print View

One more person who's in the know that's recommended I go check out this Monument. Someday, it's a must.

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Backpacking on the Moon on 04/18/2011 10:27:15 MDT Print View

Very cool to see the lava fields like that. Amazing.

Nathan V
(Junk) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lake State
Re: Backpacking on the Moon on 04/18/2011 10:37:31 MDT Print View

Wow, I had never even heard of Craters of the Moon National Monument, very interesting looking area. Thanks for the cool video.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: 10T 524631m E 5034446m N
Re: Backpacking on the Moon on 04/18/2011 11:01:50 MDT Print View

Nice video Dave. How far could you get away from the pavement? When we briefly stopped through there, we saw scenes like this:

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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: Craters logistics on 04/18/2011 11:35:13 MDT Print View

The loop road was mostly plowed and snow free, but still closed to cars. We started from the visitor center and road walked a few miles before heading out on the at times paved trail to Beauty Cave (not that we could see too much pavement under the snow patches). We continued on the faint trail east from there for a good ways before turning south and going pure XC across the lava to the edge of Little Praire, where we found a nice camp.

The next day we wandered around south and east of Little Praire exploring the flows before diagonalling back NW to pick up the so called wilderness trail near Split Butte. We followed this (or rather the snow on top of it) back to the end of the paved road and hiked this back to the car.

So in summary we got away from the pavement a good ways, though there is so much more to explore. A dream trip would be to traverse the whole monument complex south to north.

Ideally one would go a we bit later in the thaw, so that you'd have snow to melt for water but not need snowshoes. We found occasional bits of standing water, but never enough in one spot to make refilling practical.

It's far from everything, but very worth the drive.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: again on the moon on 04/04/2012 22:11:23 MDT Print View

We went back this year. Two weeks earlier and a lot less snow. No snowshoes, and just enough snow to melt for water. Perfect. Windy during the day, clear and quite cold at night.

https://vimeo.com/39807090