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Topix Carcamp Sept 29-30

Postby Snow Nymph » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:15 pm

Rosabella is coming to CA, so this is a good time to do our yearly Topix gathering. I got a few inputs from a few of you so we’ll get together on the east side. We’ll try to get two campsites at Onion Valley (out of Independence). A few of us sleep in our vehicles, and there’s a big parking lot near the campground so this should work for those that need tent space.

Who's going??? :partyman:
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Postby Rosabella » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:05 am

Me!! \:D/ I'm not sure if I'll be in a tent or car (depends on what I'm driving). I'll be in the San Diego/Escondido area for a wedding before the get-together weekend, so if anyone would like to car-pool, let me know.

Hey, Cori.... thanks for getting this started! :)
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Postby hikerduane » Mon Aug 27, 2007 5:49 am

That is the start of my vacation, however, I have had too many trips down south already and I was only going to go twice this year to save wear and tear on vehicles as I drove 20,000 miles last year. I'm going to Mammoth for a group bp trip over Labor Day, so if I could find someone to drive for this forum get together going south on 395, I would spring for gas. I work in Carson City and could get off around 3:00PM depending on work load at work that day. Then I could ride my motorcycle down if the temps aren't too bad yet too. Definite maybe here.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:04 pm

with the new job it looks like I won't be off Monday for birthday - but count me in for Saturday and Sunday hiking

I vote for hiking up to Snow Crown on one of those days

open for other options. temps have been comfortable at night - will continue to update over the next couple weeks.
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Postby quentinc » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:41 pm

Count me in. And I even know where Onion Valley is, so maybe I'll find you guys this time. ;)
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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:50 pm

yeah, I'll be there! I can sleep in my truck, and willing to donate $$ for a site or two so we have a place to meet and socialize. Will the campgrounds still be open?
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Postby ERIC » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:14 pm

I can let you know in a week or two if Megan and I can come. REALLY want to make it if we can. My first HST trip is well overdue. Have some personal matters to take care of between now and then that have a slight chance of getting in the way, but in a week or two we'll know for sure if this is going to work for us. Thanks for putting this all together, Snowy!
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Postby Ranboze » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:36 pm

Im in. Im perfectly comfy sleeping in my T4R. I agree with Trailtrekker and will donate some $$$ towards a campsite so we can chat, laugh, eat, drink around a campfire. I also ditto the motion to do Snow Crown! Woohoo!
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Postby tomcat_rc » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:40 pm

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Postby Trekker » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:53 pm

From a camping website:


CAMPGROUND NAME: Onion Valley


VISIT DATE: 06/23/2003

UPDATE DATE: 2/2/2007

STATE: California

REGION: Pacific Southwest

RANGER DISTRICT: Mt. Whitney

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Independence

RESERVATIONS: 1-877-444-6777 or make on-line reservation

DIRECTIONS:
In Independence, CA, at intersection of of US Rt. 395 (Edwards
Rd) and Market St, turn west on Market St (becomes Union Valley
Rd) and go 13.5 miles to campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 9,100 ft.

The campground, surrounded on three sides by massive mountains
with several waterfalls, is a tent camper/hiker paradise. Low-
growing Aspen along with Foxtail pine and White fir, dominate the
campground. Three clusters of walk-in tent sites provide
excellent privacy. Individual or communal bear-proof food
containers are located throughout the campground. Adjacent to
John Muir Wilderness, marvelous views are provided in any
direction. Group tent camping is limited to a few camp sites.
Hikes access several lakes and John Muir Wilderness. Firewood is
available for a fee.

Consider a day trip to the Manzanar National Historic Site -
relocation site for Japanese Americans during World War II -
about 5 miles south of Independence off US Rt. 395. It is a
self-guided auto tour which will accommodate any size RV.
Important history lesson for children and adults alike.

This is bear country; practice safe food storage techniques.
"Possessing/storing food so bears/wild animals have access will
result in a fine of at least $150."

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: Yes
Open All Year: No

Seasonal Comment:
Open June 4 through October 1.
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Postby tomcat_rc » Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:40 am

thanks Trekker for the research - looks like we slide in just under the wire - count me in for sleeping in vehicle - I will contribute to camp fees
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Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:34 am

The bears are out in full force at Onion Valley. I heard reports from 2 people I know of vehicle damage at the trailhead. 3 cars were damaged, one a mercedes and another truck with a soft top. I forget what the 3rd one was. Its important to keep the vehicle looking 'clean'. Bears will break in for a roll of toilet paper if left on the seat. One of the vehicles had coolers inside. So bring tarps, blankets or anything to cover what's in the back of your vehicles. And smelly stuff should go in the bear boxes provided at the trailhead. A friend was there last weekend and saw the FJ, and said the break ins were next to where I parked, next to the Kearsarge Pass Trailhead.

Thanks for the info Trekker! Very helpful since I don't ever stay in campgrounds. Trailtrekker, let me know if you call for reservations, if not I will do it. e-mail me at work. I will be sleeping in the 'Chateau FJ Cooler'

If anyone wants to stay Fri or Mon, let me know asap before I make reservations. I'll wait til this afternoon to call. You can PM me to let me know
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