Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore
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Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore on 10/21/2012 17:27:15 MDT Print View

BPLers Gathering of Gear Geeks: Pointe Reyes National Seashore October 19th-21st, 2012

Photos Document the Afternoon of the 20th to the Morning of the 21st.

Trail Head: Pointe Reyes Hostel via Limantour Road to Coast Camp Site #13: 2.8 Miles

Daytime Temperature: 65-60 F

Evening Temperature: 50-45 F

Website: Pointe Reyes National Seashore Park

Guide Book: Camping & Backpacking the San Francisco Bay Area by Matt Heid WIlderness Press



Carpooling

Carpooling with Danny & Kristin

Danny Hiking Along on the  Fire Road

Danny Hiking along the Fire Road

Entering into Coast Camp

Entering into Coast Camp

First View of Campsite 13

First View of Campsite 13

When You have Too Much UL Gear

For When You have Too Much UL Gear

Meet and Greet

Meet and Greet

Checking out Amy's MYOG Creation

Checking out Amy's MYOG Creation: Love Bird Quilt (prototype for possible future sales???)
Note: Far left, Jane...the grey haired fox returns once more

Tyvek House Wrap Neo Air Duel Pad Holder

Tyvek House Wrap Neo Air Duel Pad Holder

Home Make Quilt Attachment System

Home Make Quilt Attachment System
Similar in Concept to the Katabatic System to Tie the Edges of the Quilt to the Pads

Amy Demonstrating her Quilt wtih Wide Footbox to Two People

Amy Demonstrating her Quilt wtih Wide Foot Box to Two People

Amy Demo 2

Amy Demo 3

Snug Enough for Two

Amy Pointing Out Tie Out for Closing Draft Point Between Two People

Amy Pointing Out Tie Out for Closing Draft Point Between Two People
Filling a stuff bag with a little extra clothing or gear, the weight of the bag tied to this point would pull the middle section of the quilt down to prevent a draft being created between two people.

Danny & Kristin Trying Out a Quilt for Three

Danny & Kristin Trying Out a Quilt for Three

Planning for the near future, Danny and Kristin are looking at ways to take trips with a little BPLer on the way.

Amy

Amy

Emily & Casey with a Handful of  Little Trouble Makers

Emily and Casey with a Handful of Little Trouble Makers

It was great to see Emily & Casey with their darling kids, who we have had the pleasure to see growing up at each GGG that they have attended.

Casey's parents also came with them but I failed to get photos of them....great to see them too.

The Sun is Setting- Dinner Time!

The Sun is Setting- Dinner Time!

The weather was quite good...clear, sunny skies. Though there were strong gust of wind to contend with just until sunset.

Surprised that so many people who had signed up were unable to make it out. They were sorely missed...always good to see old friends and to make new ones.

Boil in a Bag Meal

Matt enjoying a Boil in a Bag Meal

Sunset Coastal Dinning

Sunset Coastal Dinning

Perfect Wind Screen

Perfect Campsite Wind Screen

MYOG Canister Wind Screen

Stephen's MYOG Wind Screen

Clever little design that Stephen came up with the night before using light weight sheet metal of some sort. The two pieces were measured in grams and may be less than one ounce.

Warm Metal Glow

Stephen comments: Wind screen is stainless shim stock, .003" thick as I recall.

Warm Metal Glow

There are two parts two this wind screen. The lower portion that is not glowing red is a reflector that is like a "pie pan" that has slots/holes for the stove's burner and piezo electric ignition system.

The upper piece was a strip of metal that had a slot cut at one end to allow the two ends to be rolled together into a circle and held together. This then was simply dropped down onto the pie pan reflector to act as a wind screen and to funnel the flame/heat to the base of the pot.

Close up of the Windscreen in Action 1

Close up of the Windscreen in Action 2

Close up of the Windscreen in Action
MSR Titan Kettle

Ken Hildaberg Soulo Shelter

Ken's Hilleberg Unna Shelte

Hilleberg Unna Tent

Danny & Kristin's Double Rainbow Tarptent

Danny & Kristin's Double Rainbow Tarptent

Double Rainbow Tarptent

Double Rainbow BPL Review

Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Duo Mid

Marc's Mountain Laurel Designs Cuben Duo Mid

Mountain Laurel Designs Duo Mid

Six Moons Design  Lunar Duo

Stephen's Six Moons Design Lunar Duo

Six Moons Design Lunar Duo

Losing the Sun

Losing the Sun

With the sun coming down in a golden glow that filled the sky, we pulled on our insulated layers to keep warm. With hours of friendly conversations and funny stories to share ahead of us I was appreciating haven taken my Montbell Thermawrap pants and down Alpine Jacket to keep me toasty warm.

Typically, these would be items that would take into winter time, but with house of standing around or sitting in the darkness of night, they were welcome items to have.

Casey and his 2 yr old daughter

Casey and his 2 yr old daughter, wrapping people around her tiny little finger

The Gift of Charcoal

Chris and Julie's Gift of Charcoal

They came over to our campsite in the evening time and lite up the charcoal and fired up some nice Adel Sausages to share with everyone.

Rowan also came out in the late afternoon and spent the evening chatting with us.

Unfortunately, I was neglectful in getting photos of them taken....though their company was greatly appreciated.

Putting out the Embers Before Turning in for the Night

Matt Putting out the Embers Before Turning in for the Night

Dawn of a New Day, View from a Bivy

Dawn of a New Day, View from a Bivy

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

2007 Mountain Laurel Designs eVent Soul Side Zip with Silnylon 2.0 bottom
Still going strong after all these years...having done the JMT, Tahoe Rim Trail, and other adventures. Perhaps the only bivy I may own.

Mountain Laurel Designs Soul Bivy

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine...the only other bivy there

Marc Gets Lite

Marc Gets Lite

All Fired Up

All Fired Up

Alcohol Stove Breakfast

Alcohol Stove Breakfast

Fruits of His Labor

Fruits of His Labor

Walking to the Restroom

Shuffling off to Wake Up

Heading to the restrooms...nice pit toilets. There are also garbage cans there.

Easy Living

Easy Living

View from the Restroom to Site 13

View from the Restroom to Site 13

Marc Cuben Fetish

Cuben Fetish 2

Marc's Cuben Fetish- Blast Pack ???

Zpacks Blast Pack

Ring Leader Ken

Ring Leader Ken
Bearikade Carbon Fiber Food Canister

Bearikade Weekender

Ken H. deserves full credit for starting the 1st GGG and helping with the 2nd one, but it has been Ken T. who has been the driving force to not only organize these gatherings. Ken T. has thoughtfully put time and effort to make sure these events go smoothly and add little touches to make them all the more pleasant.

Danny & Kristen Enjoying Breakfast

Danny & Kristen Enjoying Breakfast

Breaking it all Down

Matt Breaking it all Down

It is Kinda Ultra Light

It is Kinda Ultra Light....well, lighter than a full size keg

The Look of Love

The Look of Love

Danny and Kristin were nice enough to let catch a ride with them so that I would have to take my chances driving in my 1994 Saturn.

Really enjoyed having time to chat with them and to get to know both of them a little bit. They have authored a number of articles on BPL too. With the short time that I have spent with them, one thing is clear- they are best friends and deeply in love, which is a joy to see in this day and age.

Bike Your Own Hike

Dave: Bike Your Own Hike

Heading Out

Heading Out....we pass a large group of mothers and daughters

Not Something You See on the Trail Everyday

Not Something You See on the Trail Everyday

Chasing after Dave to Try to Catch a Ride

Chasing after Dave to Try to Catch a Ride

Taking the Short Cut Back

Taking the Short Cut Back
Danny's GoLite Jam2 Pack

1.8 Miles Back via Fire Lane and Laguna Trail

Matt Leading the Pack

Matt Leading the Pack
Ken to the left in green shirt. Danny to the right in green.

Actually, they are pausing to stare at me after I was stupid enough to run up ahead of the group to take this shot. Nothing like starting your morning hike gasping for breath and dying on the trail!

Nothing to See...Move Along, Move Along

Nothing to See...Move Along, Move Along

Ken with Ultra Light Frisbie

Ken with Ultra Light Frisbee

Ken's BPL Mobile Love Shack

Ken's BPL Mobile Love Shack

Ken actually lives many hours north of the Bay Area....closer to the Oregon boarder and has logged many hours driving down to the GGGs that he organizes.

Rare BPL Bumper Sticker

Rare BPL Bumper Sticker

Ken was nice enough to give each of us one of these from his limited stash that he had

Marc Dumping His Pack

Marc Dumping His Pack

Matt

Matt

Love This Shirt!

Love This Shirt!


Other photo essays by Tony:

BPLers 2012 GGG: Henry Coe State Park, CA.

BPLers 3rd Annual 2011 GGG: Henry Coe State Park, CA.

BPLers 2011 GGG: Henry Coe State Park, CA.

Special Video Made by EJ Documenting the 2011 GGG
Backpackers Gone Wild: BPL 3rd Annual SF Bay Area Gathering of Gear Geeks (GGG) Jan 26-27, 2011.

BPLer's 2010 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 2009 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 10/28/2012 12:42:51 MDT.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Great trip report! on 10/21/2012 18:02:29 MDT Print View

Thanks!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore on 10/21/2012 19:31:14 MDT Print View

GGG 4.5 The one that almost got away.

Thanks so much to everyone who came out. Certainly a different dynamic than the GGG in Feb. We all had a very nice time.

I'll get some pics and words up in a little while.

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore on 10/21/2012 21:47:38 MDT Print View

I am sure sorry I missed this one. It looked like a great gathering as usual with a Ken T. production.

Dave, I like the way the bikepacking is evolving!

Thank you for the pictures and report Tony.

Edited by Davidpcvsamoa on 10/21/2012 21:49:47 MDT.

Kristin Tennessen
(ktenness) - MLife

Locale: Sierra Nevadas
Quick! on 10/21/2012 22:09:41 MDT Print View

It was a quick trip and with a quick photo turn-around. Tony thanks for documenting, Ken for planning, and everyone else for making the trip out! It was a super fun weekend. I enjoyed meeting all of you. See you at GGG 5 if the little one hasn't made its way into the world by then.

Amy Lauterbach
(drongobird) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
GGG 4.5 on 10/21/2012 22:18:15 MDT Print View

Big thanks to Ken for organizing. We had a great time and look forward to the next one.

rowan !
(romonster) - M

Locale: SF Bay Area
Nice to meet everyone! on 10/22/2012 01:07:36 MDT Print View

I missed everything in the photos as I spent Saturday afternoon walking along the seashore and stayed in a site at the other end of the campground, but at least I did get to meet some of you Saturday night. Thanks again to the people who showed me their shelters!

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore on 10/22/2012 09:10:22 MDT Print View

Thanks Ken for Point Reyes. Truly a beautiful place.

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David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore" on 10/22/2012 10:17:39 MDT Print View

That was a very nice trip. We just beat the weather!

Thanks for the photo essay Tony - great job.

HA! I found my frisbee - I can see it in the outside pocket of Ken's pack. Nice try Ken! ; )

Marc - Did you go down to the lighthouse Sunday morning. Great idea......

Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: "Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore" on 10/22/2012 11:12:21 MDT Print View

Good times this weekend. It was nice to see some of you again and meet a few others. And thanks again for organizing, Ken and for getting the pictures up so fast, Tony.

What time did you all head out on Sunday morning? We slept in and when I walked over just after 9am it was a ghost town.

Here's a few of the pictures we took:

Saturday started off pretty foggy, but once it cleared up in the afternoon we took a walk on the beach. It looks nice, but it was quite windy.
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We found a little cove to hang out in for a little while to escape the wind. I think it's the gap in the cliffs towards the upper left in the previous picture.
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Sunset from campsite #3
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Nighttime
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Edited by csteutterman on 10/22/2012 22:13:46 MDT.

Amy Lauterbach
(drongobird) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: "Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore" on 10/22/2012 15:41:39 MDT Print View

I'm sorry we didn't spend more time there so we would have been able to hear of adventures far and wide. It was fun to meet people who I only know by their posts (Casey, Danny&Kristin, Tony, and so on). Next time I'll stay for a whole weekend.

I showed off my new Love Bird Quilt, but I'd had a brain-fry event the prior night when I sewed the final bits. This morning I ripped and re-stitched, so it's all good now! I posted photos and a description of the Pad and Quilt Coupler

Edited by drongobird on 10/22/2012 15:44:48 MDT.

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: "Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore" on 10/23/2012 12:43:36 MDT Print View

Marc & Chris,

Thanks for posting up your photos.

I was lazy and only came out in the afternoon on Saturday and hung around camp....then left early on Sunday.

We all woke up early....break of dawn and had breakfast, talked for a bit, and broke down camp fast and took off.

In part, people had things to do and places to go....Ken has a 4-6 hour drive to make to get back home, so starting off early made sense.

Was fun to see everyone who could make it out.

Looking at everyone else's photos....I probably should have wandered off beyond the campground to see the stuff you did.

Great pics!

-Tony

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: Great trip report! on 10/25/2012 00:40:36 MDT Print View

AAAAAAAAHHHHH THERE BACK!!!!!!!

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: Re: Great trip report! on 10/25/2012 02:58:52 MDT Print View

Aaaannnndd They're gone!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Re: "Gathering of Gear Geeks 2012: Pointe Reyes National Seashore" on 10/27/2012 13:14:57 MDT Print View

Now that's cool - the spammer figured out how to post without being a member : )

sheila o
(bumpass) - F

Locale: The Far Left Coast? : /
so sweet on 10/28/2012 01:58:01 MDT Print View

Awe Tony, Ken and all...love the pics.
Missed you guys as I'm mending my back. Always love this trip the most...it's the people! :)

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Spam on 10/28/2012 14:22:58 MDT Print View

That's just great. As a non-paying member I can't post but the spammers still can. Yeech.

edit - what a surpise, I can post a reply.

Edited by RichardCullip on 10/28/2012 14:25:52 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
how'd they spam w/o being a member on 10/28/2012 14:23:49 MDT Print View

I'll have to say they are sneaky!

Edited by mtwarden on 10/28/2012 16:29:06 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Spam on 10/28/2012 14:25:22 MDT Print View

But Richard you just did!

HK Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
Re: Spam on 10/28/2012 14:26:26 MDT Print View

That's just great. As a non-paying member I can't post but the spammers still can. Yeech.

.. but you just did post. Ghost in the machine (probably an Arcteryx Bora 85 fan).


ADD: To the OP, looks like a great time was had by all. Remarkable to have all those backpacking areas near a major urban center.

Edited by hknewman on 10/28/2012 14:29:37 MDT.

Lance Marshall
(Lancem) - F - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Re: Re: Spam on 10/28/2012 14:26:40 MDT Print View

Worked for me too.

Edited by Lancem on 10/28/2012 14:47:36 MDT.

Richard Cullip
(RichardCullip) - M

Locale: San Diego County
Re: Re: Spam on 10/28/2012 14:26:46 MDT Print View

Yes, it came as quite a surprise.

Ed Biermann
(longstride) - F
Re: Spam and me on 10/28/2012 14:27:37 MDT Print View

No. The blocker does not work apparently. I see that it is forum specific. Some you can post, others not.

Edited by longstride on 10/28/2012 14:29:51 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Spam and me on 10/28/2012 15:04:07 MDT Print View

What an absolute mess....

Rusty Conover
(rconover) - M
Re:Re:Re: Spam and me on 10/28/2012 16:53:32 MDT Print View

Can uck, you are absolutely correct. Messy business.

Edited by rconover on 10/28/2012 17:00:27 MDT.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
re spam on 10/29/2012 14:23:15 MDT Print View

Two spams left in place for forensics.

Now deleted as forensics done.

Cheers

Edited by rcaffin on 10/30/2012 00:54:47 MDT.

Daniel Allen
(Dan_Quixote) - F

Locale: below the mountains (AK)
Re: Re: Re: Spam on 10/29/2012 23:23:30 MDT Print View

can *I* still post?

just checking.

ALSO: I feel I should reiterate that we Alaskans need to have BPL get-together.

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Six months later... on 04/10/2013 17:34:14 MDT Print View

Danny and I took our 5 week old son to Sky Camp (another back country campsite at Pt Reyes). He had his longest sleep yet of 5 hours! Baby is going to love backpacking, I can tell already.

Our Double Rainbow gets a 3rd resident. Plenty of room to sleep 3 across on our doublewide mattress

Our Double Rainbow gets a 3rd resident. Plenty of room to sleep 3 across on our doublewide mattress.

-Kristin

Edited by dannymilks on 04/15/2013 15:20:14 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Six months later... on 04/10/2013 19:09:12 MDT Print View

Congratulations! Missed you at the GGG @ Coe. You were busy.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
re: Six Months Later on 04/10/2013 20:22:14 MDT Print View

Congratulations to all 3 of you!

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Six months later... on 04/11/2013 11:29:00 MDT Print View

Danny,

Your son is a lucky guy to have you both as parents.

He is going to have a life time of stories and adventures to talk about that few of his peers will be able to relate to.

He is going to live the adventures that this friends will only experience in video games.

Lucky, lucky boy.

You will have to share your wisdom about what things worked and did not work out on the trail....gear and techniques needed to care for a little one.

I carried a portable nebulizer for my daughter for her asthma at one point out on the trail.

-Tony

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
3 Gs and A Baby on 04/11/2013 16:50:41 MDT Print View

The most important questions, though: does he like the Montbell pillow? Has he tried the Exped ones?

Danny Milks
(dannymilks) - MLife

Locale: Sierras
Baby Gear Reviews on 04/15/2013 16:27:20 MDT Print View

Steven - you're already asking for gear reviews from a 5-week-old baby? I don't know if he's prepared to contribute, though I'd have to ask the power that be if he has to buy his own BPL membership first.

Based on his great sleep, I would say he gives the Neo Air two thumbs up, along with our Golite quilt and the Double Rainbow. He sure seemed comfortable hanging out on the Montbell pillow. If Exped wants to send us a pillow to test and compare, we'd be happy to do so!

His polar bear outfit got rave reviews from every single hiker that saw it. Maybe it wasn't ultra light, but it was ultra cute.

Our first backpacking trip was actually pretty easy, because we didn't have to bring any baby food or too much extra stuff - some diapers, baby wipes, extra onsies, and an extra foam sit pad. I used a Moby Wrap on the way in, and Kristin had the Baby Bjorn for the way out, and he slept both ways.

The big thing, of course, was that we had light packs to begin with, and we are very comfortable with our current setup.

Thanks everybody for the kind notes and good wishes. We hope to make it to the next GGG Ken - keep them coming! You are doing a great service to the BPL community and should be given an ultralight award for it.