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Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/20/2011 08:40:03 MDT Print View

Starting the thread for what will surely be a memorable weekend. Pictures and details to follow.

The Six Moon Designs Fleet

Roan Moak giving Suter tester lessons.

Jim gets the first tent up.

It has taken days to get these pictures to upload.

Edited by kthompson on 11/01/2011 06:29:51 MDT.

jennifer ross
(jenhifive) - F

Locale: Norcal
Does anyone want to see 20+ pictures of mushrooms? on 10/23/2011 18:27:36 MDT Print View

Nancy and I had a blast. Thanks Ken for introducing me to the area.

Jim on his way to Saphire Lake
Jim hiking up to Sapphire Lake from Emerald Lake.

The crew taking a dip in their skivies in Emerald Lake.

nancy at saphire
Nancy swimming in Sapphire Lake.

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
shrooms on 10/23/2011 20:46:41 MDT Print View

Nice shots of the lake. Jumping in was.....refreshing.

I'll post some pics in a bit.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow/ Photos on 10/23/2011 21:00:39 MDT Print View

The Van!

Kat P.
The Crew!
The Crew!
Thanks Ken for organizing everything!!!!!

Edited by Creachen on 10/24/2011 08:58:47 MDT.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/23/2011 21:43:22 MDT Print View

Nancy looks far more attractive than the rest of us who disrobed or swam.

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow/ Photos on 10/23/2011 21:49:57 MDT Print View

I had a truly enjoyable time with everyone this weekend. What great company! Thank you Ken for being such a great organizer and camp host. I look forward to more pictures. Many of the the images in my mind will not soon be forgotten.


Edited by Davidpcvsamoa on 10/23/2011 21:50:30 MDT.

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow/ Photos on 10/23/2011 21:53:23 MDT Print View

Best post ever.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/23/2011 23:45:19 MDT Print View

"Oh, F the Shut Up."

Great trip! So glad I came down!

I'll try to get pictures up tomorrow.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow/ Photos on 10/24/2011 00:13:57 MDT Print View

Ken's BPL Van!

I love it!

Sorry that I missed out on the fun, but appreciate your posting photos of what happen and where you were.

Looking forward to seeing more photos and hearing about what happened.


Eli .
(Feileung) - F
*hiccup* on 10/24/2011 00:37:14 MDT Print View

Quit picking on Tequila when she's not here to defend herself.

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
A quick few. on 10/24/2011 02:06:13 MDT Print View


Emerald Lake

Sapphire Lake

James McDaniel
Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/24/2011 07:57:15 MDT Print View

I've been scared of this thread all weekend;-( Spent it in Cleveland airport(connection location) trying to get to Octoverfest. Took a 5am flight and never left my connection(12 hours of waiting and fighting). My flight NEVER left(plane had a broken windshield). Next flight 2 days away. Had to fly home. Today I need to deal with Continental.

Anyways, Glad to hear everyone had fun. Thank you to everyone that helped me plan and offered to help so I could be there. I will be out there with you guys another time.

Edited by BigEarth on 10/24/2011 10:07:37 MDT.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/24/2011 08:15:26 MDT Print View

Great photos everyone!

@Jim... what a hassle! I feel for ya man. Hopefully we'll have a chance to see you at a future meet up.

I had a blast! Such a great group of guys and gals to hang with. The scenery was surely beautiful. I took a handful of photos, here are a few of them. (Yeah I'm the guy who always breaks up the flow by posting large photos... sorry, Dare to be a Daniel and all ;)

A friendly note greets those who picked up a wilderness permit.

Off we go...

The quiet path.

The river was breath taking... cold and beautiful!

Shades of Fall

The first bridge

Popular view from the second bridge

Some of the guys chat with Ron.

Breakfast! Jay, Cameron, Doug.

Katharina and Ken

A few shelters...

A look inside Steven's Trailstar + SMD Serenity net tent.

Katharina's comfy hammock

Jacob's GG Spinnshelter

Quick panorama from the meadow.

Day hiking to the lakes with Jay, Ken, and Eli...

Steven, Eli, Adam, Matt, and I hike to Sapphire Lake...

Adam taking in the view.

Mining wreckage at Sapphire Lake...

I geek out over old machinery. Something like 'you can take the man out to the woods, but you can't take the engineer out of the man' :)

Party time back at camp.

A reluctant step onto the path back home.

Looking forward to the next one, gotta beef up on my Fortran!

Edited by JacobD on 10/24/2011 15:42:29 MDT.

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/24/2011 08:19:00 MDT Print View

What a fantastic trip, I already want to go back! More photos will show up later this week.

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
@Jim McD. on 10/24/2011 10:26:14 MDT Print View

Sorry you couldn't make it. What a pain in the ass.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/24/2011 13:36:36 MDT Print View

This was a great trip with beautiful weather and a nice group of people. It was about 8 hours to drive from Portland, but completely worth it (with a required stop at the In-and-Out Burger in Redding).

@Jim: what a frustrating situation! On a positive note, at least the window didn't break mid-flight!

Some pics:

Mt. Shasta, from I-5 South, somewhere between Yreka and Redding:
Mt. Shasta

Another shot of Ken's BPL van:
Ken BPL Van

First footbridge on the nine miles up to Morris Meadow, crossing either Little Deep Creek or Deep Creek:
first footbridge

Deer Creek waterfall from the second footbridge:
second footbridge

My Trailstar (not pictured is the SMD Serenity nettent I used underneath):Trailstar

David's Black Diamond Firstlight & Eli's Lunar Duo:Firstlight and Lunar Duo

James' Contrail & Ron Moak's cuben Skyscape X:
cuben skyscape

Eric's (?) Wild Oasis:
Wild Oasis

James' Contrail:
James Contrail

Doug's cuben LightHeart Awning & someone's stealthy set-up in the trees beyond (John Abela?):
Lightheart Awning

Jay's BPL Nano Tarp (I think) & Cameron's DuoMid:
Nano and Duomid

We camped at the edge of massive Morris Meadow. Ken said that the deer are normally apparent but the meadow was quiet as hunting season was still on:
morris meadow

A big rock:

The trail up and over the Sawtooth Ridge to Caribou Lake. Nobody in our group went up there this trip (a few have been up previously) but I just thought it was a cool-looking trail:

Some scenery as we day-hiked up the valley to Emerald Lake. Some hiked a bit further to Sapphire Lake. The maples and aspens were glowing yellow against the evergreens and granite:
Trinity scene 1

Trinity scene 2

Trinity scene 4

Trinity scene 5

Trinity scene 6

Trinity scene 7

Trinity scene 8

Morning light above Morris Meadow:
Morning Morris Meadow

Edited by saparisor on 10/27/2011 23:38:16 MDT.

James Winstead

Locale: CA
Re: Trinity Alps Octoberfest on 10/24/2011 14:28:08 MDT Print View

What a great time. Glad to see familiar faces and meet new people. I'm a bit disappointed that my bum knee kept me from seeing the lakes. It looks pretty awesome up there, although some of the...uh...wildlife that was spotted swimming might very well have ruined the whole thing.

Jim, I can't even explain how frustrated I would be in your spot. I hope they at least comp you a free flight or two.

Just two photos worth seeing from me:

Proof that those Northeasters ain't got nothin on us!

A little bit of glow above Morris Meadows.

I can't wait to see the rest of everyone's photos.

Repeat in October 2012?

Edited by James_W on 10/24/2011 14:31:35 MDT.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Trinity Trip on 10/24/2011 20:10:54 MDT Print View

We met kilter Chris on the trail up to the meadow. Here with Matt.

On the Trail



Staying warm at camp.

Staying warm at camp

Hiking to the lakes.



Emerald Lake.


Fall at the Lake

resting at Emerald




Making water

more lake

Yes, Idester can't help but stand out.



more friends

can't help it, more yellow

Thanks everyone for a great trip in a beautiful place!

jennifer ross
(jenhifive) - F

Locale: Norcal
Did anyone go up to mirror lake? on 10/24/2011 20:10:55 MDT Print View

I regret not going up and was hoping to see someone else's pictures of it. And was it really a scramble?

Eli .
(Feileung) - F
Nobody went up there.... on 10/24/2011 21:47:34 MDT Print View

...unless they were being really sneaky.

It sure did look like a scramble to me. Rock hopping around the lake then a scramble up to Mirror Lake.

I want to go up next time I'm there too. Caribou Scramble was also tempting, but....gnarly looking.