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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby dunlapry » Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:49 am

Im all for jumping in a lake or creek and cleaning up and will have fresh clean clothes stored in the car, but my concern is only for the long flight home. I don't want to be the smelly guy someone else gets stuck next to.



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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby maverick » Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:57 pm

I do the same thing, find a creek, use a container I have in the car to was off and then change
into a fresh pair of clothes, but that is for the drive home and not to get on a plane which
I too would rather use one of the local facilities to take a shower at.
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby giantbrookie » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:06 pm

These are indeed helpful ideas. Truth be told, I usually went home grimy and funky from backpacking trips, but a wash up was always nice when available (did this at Lodgepole a couple of times after long trips, for example).

A tradition for many on the East Side has been for folks to go to Hot Creek before heading home. I never liked doing this because unless I was staying over (in a motel) on the E. Side, because I find sitting in hot springs after a long hike so relaxing that I just feel like going to sleep rather than taking the long drive back home.
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby Hobbes » Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:24 pm

I have 3 go-to spots to grab a shower and get cleaned up before heading home:
- Whitney Portal hostel in Lone Pine
- Brown's Town campground in Bishop
- Mono Vista RV camp in Lee Vining

All charge around $5 for a nice, long hot shower. Shave & cruise on out with a clean pair of (cotton) shorts, t-shirt & flip-flops and I'm good to go.
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby schmalz » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:32 pm

I was waiting for Hobbes to chime in here ;)
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby Mike M. » Tue Feb 24, 2015 11:17 pm

Not a shower option, but I often end a trip with a swim in the Owens River. South of Bishop, just north of Big Pine, Hwy 168 cuts east and crosses the Owens River. There's a nice swim hole on the NW side of the bridge, complete with a rope swing.

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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby sparky » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:25 am

I usually bathe daily or every other day out there, and have fresh clothes waiting for me in the car. But even so I crave a hot shower more than 10 cheeseburgers when I exit the backcountry. Almost all truck stops have very nice showers, but are more expensive. You get your own private room with a sink, power outlets, towels, soap, and large shower room.

Here is a list of all showers in the eastern sierra

http://climber.org/data/showers.html
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby TehipiteTom » Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:51 pm

Hobbes wrote:I have 3 go-to spots to grab a shower and get cleaned up before heading home:
- Whitney Portal hostel in Lone Pine
- Brown's Town campground in Bishop
- Mono Vista RV camp in Lee Vining

All charge around $5 for a nice, long hot shower. Shave & cruise on out with a clean pair of (cotton) shorts, t-shirt & flip-flops and I'm good to go.

Also the Chevron/Subway in Independence. Came in very handy a couple years ago after a Kearsarge Pass exit.
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby Big Ed » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:15 am

SSSdave wrote:ya'll a bunch of wimps :p

Usually take a quick dip in and jump back out right in the creek


I do the creek/lake thing too, but it doesn't compare to a shower.
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:18 pm

A few years back my husband was the seat-mate from hell on the plane. He was in New Mexico hunting with his brother-in-law and they got an elk the last minute. He barely made it to the airport and was the last to board, covered in blood from gutting the elk and with a week's worth of grime and sweat. Since it was winter, there was no jumping in the creeks. He said the people next to him were amazingly nonchalant. I am surprised they even let him on the plane.
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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby BSquared » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:22 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:A few years back my husband was the seat-mate from hell on the plane. He was in New Mexico hunting with his brother-in-law and they got an elk the last minute. He barely made it to the airport and was the last to board, covered in blood from gutting the elk and with a week's worth of grime and sweat. Since it was winter, there was no jumping in the creeks. He said the people next to him were amazingly nonchalant. I am surprised they even let him on the plane.

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Re: Post Trip-Where to Grab a Shower?

Postby TehipiteTom » Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:30 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:A few years back my husband was the seat-mate from hell on the plane. He was in New Mexico hunting with his brother-in-law and they got an elk the last minute. He barely made it to the airport and was the last to board, covered in blood from gutting the elk and with a week's worth of grime and sweat. Since it was winter, there was no jumping in the creeks. He said the people next to him were amazingly nonchalant. I am surprised they even let him on the plane.

Must have been some entertaining times with the TSA agents. ;)
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