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SoCal Hangers Group Camping Hammock Hang 2016

Postby WillieCash » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:18 pm

It's been a while since I posted here but thought I'd send out the word about a "Hammocking Convention" we have scheduled for April 7-10 in the Cleveland national forest.

If you're on Facebook, join the SoCal Hangers public group for details. Anybody can join and you don't have to be FB friends with everybody (or anybody) in the group to participate.

We will be at the group known as “Yarrow" (Site 1Y) at the Falcon Group Campground.

Falcon Group campground is off the Ortega Highway in the mountains just west of Lake Elsinore. The campground is removed from the city, and is close enough to civilization that an escape route is feasible. There is water (non-potable) and vault toilets present.

If we run out of parking spaces we can park just outside of the entrance with a wilderness pass available at the small store just before you turn off of The Ortega Highway (74). I’ll grab a few extra Wilderness Passes for any vehicles that need to be kept at the entrance.

Items to bring:

1) Hammock Rig / Tarps / Gear
2) DRINKING WATER!!! The campground is listed as having potable water but my buddy and I got sick from it last time.
3) At least two bundles of firewood, per person. I'm bringing at least three. I love a fire… Almost as much as Pedro.
4) Potluck Dish of some sort for Friday or Saturday dinner. We will have one each night.
5) Toilet paper. There are supplied vault toilets but it is better to be safe than rely on the forestry service.
6) Other Camping Gear you think others would benefit by seeing.
7) Obvious stuff like food, bourbon, water, clothes, bourbon, etc…

We will have two potlucks (you heard me… TWO). One on Friday and one on Saturday night where everybody brings something for the group to share. We had a fine assortment of Chicken Asada, homemade salsa, Chili, Smoked Salmon, Potatoes, Cornbread, Jalapeño Poppers, and about a half dozen other items that really hit the spot.

This seemed to be one of the things most enjoyed by everyone so please be sure to plan for it. We can figure out who is cooking on which night based on what people show up with. We’re doing two potlucks because in past years there was so much food we were getting stuffed before we even had a chance to try everything. This makes it so we can really enjoy everyone’s dishes.

There is plenty of hiking in the area. There are 2 trails out of Falcon and out of Blue Jay San Juan trail along with opportunities for bike riding if that tickles your fancy.

Let's plan on bringing out not only our hammock gear, but also any backpacking or outdoors gear we have so everybody can take a look at how others rough it. I'm always impressed by new technology and especially DIY stuff. If anyone wants to ask questions about those and how they're made, that's great. Bring a few extra items, even if they don't need them, so we can all take a look and learn from everybody's different rigs.

Non-hangers (or “Pre-Hangers” as I prefer to call them) are welcome to come out for the weekend and take a look at what they are missing. Just make sure they are prepared to hear a whole lot of hammock geek talk!

Well-behaved kids ~12+ are welcome. Especially since we will be occupying such a large space. It’s always great to see the kids that came out and spend some time learning about hammocking and backpacking. Car camping tends to lead to (at least) a fair share of adult beverages being consumed and spreading out will help make sure the kids aren't adversely affected by any questionable behavior. We did a good share of drinking at the last few group hangs (which led to a fair amount of salty language) and I imagine suit will follow this time.

Well-behaved dogs are also welcome. Park regulations require them to remain on a leash.

If anybody has ideas for activities beyond what is listed above? A poker game perhaps? Bean bag tosses? Horseshoes? Raffle? Scavenger hunt for the kids? List your ideas below! We tried to play poker once but the wind wasn’t cooperating. Hopefully we have better luck this year.

I’m getting several great items to raffle from outdoors vendors to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project.



From the 15 (East Side):

Take Exit 77 to get on to Highway 74
Head West (Towards the lake)
Right on Collier (light)
Left on Riverside Dr (light)
Pass the lake
Riverside Drive curves to the left and becomes Grand
Turn Right on Ortega Highway 74 up the mountain
Go up the hill to just a mile or two past the crest
Get off the highway by making a right at No. Main Divide road
No. Main Divide road is just before a campground on the right
Take the paved road in the middle (DO NOT GO TO THE SITE RIGHT BY THE HIGHWAY)
You will go about 15 minutes back and likely feel like you have gone too far.
Look for potholes and narrow roads.
Follow Signs to Falcon Group Campsite
Yarrow is the last site

From the 5 (West Side):

Take Exit 82 to get on to Highway 74
Head East (Into the Mountains) for about 23 miles
Make a left on to No. Main Divide road just after the fire station (on the right)
No. Main Divide road is just after a campground on the left
Take the paved road in the middle (DO NOT GO TO THE SITE RIGHT BY THE HIGHWAY)
You will go about 15 minutes back and likely feel like you have gone too far.
Look for potholes and narrow roads.
Follow Signs to Falcon Group Campsite
Yarrow is the last site


Let's get swinging... ummm... I mean... Let's get Hanging!

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