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Re: Corona Virus

Post by bobby49 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:37 am

Groups of backpackers often have poor hygiene, so the same bugs get passed around and around. This is especially true if they are sharing shelter, sharing cookgear, etc.








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Re: Corona Virus

Post by maverick » Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:53 pm

Well, we are now closed till April 15th.
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Re: Corona Virus

Post by LMBSGV » Mon Mar 16, 2020 8:41 pm

My wife and I just received an email from Recreation.gov cancelling our overnight to Pt. Reyes and providing a refund. Here's the pertinent part:
A location closure has been issued for Point Reyes National Seashore Campground from Tue, Mar 17, 2020 - Tue, Apr 7, 2020 due to Public Safety Concerns .

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Post by cahiker » Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:35 pm

I was wondering when parks would start curtailing outdoor activities. The shelter in place order for the Bay Area counties says we are allowed to go outside for activities like walking, running, or hiking, but I guess camping isn't considered essential, and the restrooms could also be a sticky point.

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Post by wildhiker » Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:42 pm

Yes, I have a camping reservation for the Marin Headlands for April 19 and suspect there is a good chance it will be cancelled. Our Bay Area "shelter in place" order is currently only until April 7, but I think it is highly likely it will be extended in some form.

I think this virus is going to lead to fewer PCT thru-hikers this year. They usually start in April (some fast ones in early May). All the international hikers are going to find it impossible to get here by then, and much domestic air travel may also be interrupted.

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Re: Corona Virus

Post by The Other Tom » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:25 am

wildhiker wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:42 pm
I think this virus is going to lead to fewer PCT thru-hikers this year. They usually start in April (some fast ones in early May). All the international hikers are going to find it impossible to get here by then, and much domestic air travel may also be interrupted.
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I follow a PCT forum and there is a lot of sadness from the international hikers who have planned for their PCT hike, quit their jobs, sold their apartments, etc. Now they can't come to the US. I'm really sorry for them.

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Re: Corona Virus

Post by balzaccom » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:09 am

on Aramark's Yosemite Website

UPDATED: March 16, 2020 @ 6:05 PM (PST)
As a result of guidance provided by the National Park Service and public health officials, all lodging, tours and dining facilities in Yosemite National Park are temporarily closing as of tomorrow March 17, 2020. The temporary closure is prompted as a precaution due to coronavirus concerns. The closure is anticipated to last through March 31, 2020.

The health and safety of Yosemite National Park visitors and park employees is the park’s top priority. We are working closely with public health officials and the park will continue to review operations and reopen facilities when appropriate.
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Re: Corona Virus

Post by rlown » Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:09 am

I hate to say it but I've been taking advantage of the virus. I'm moving from Petaluma to Wilton and the traffic on Highway 37 and I80 has been to my advantage when moving loads of stuff. A trip that usually takes 2.5-3 hrs is now around 2 hours.

Went to a couple of restaurants that are still open (probably not now) and they were mostly empty and the service was great.

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Post by c9h13no3 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:25 am

People are losing their minds with this shelter in place order. I don't mind avoiding restaurants, gatherings, ect. But once the government tells me I can't drive alone in my car, I've got a (recently washed with warm soapy water) middle finger for them.
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Post by SSSdave » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:08 am

Per your Pt Reyes, cancellation, that probably is a wise order because those are designated campsites where people would be touching objects of those that were there the previous day including the onsite restrooms.

As of today, Tuesday 3/17/2020, the 7 country San Francisco Bay Area is under a "shelter in place order", as has made national news. I live in Santa Clara Country that has the most confirmed cases in the state, though yesterday afternoon streets in my urban area looked like any other during a walk late afternoon. The following link of the text of that order is worth reading as it is a quite well thought out and comprehensive, that should encourage others across the nation to move forward so if their situation might require such. I have read news comments on that order on some national news sites that are overrun by usual small hateful minds, especially those with political agendas, so will hope this lands on better part of our humanity.

Very importantly the order does allow going outside in our fresh air as long as one keeps proper 6'+ distances from others not of one's own households. And this person plans to do so mid day to urban street walking while listening to earbud music.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/16/ ... nties/amp/

10. Definitions and Exemptions.
iii. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, or running.

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