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    2012 Colorado Summer Hang (dates, maps, itinerary, attendance list)

    2012 Colorado Summer Hang

    WHEN:
    July 6th thru July 11th

    WHERE:
    Kelly Dahl Campground, near Nederland CO- July 6th Friday thru July 8th Sunday

    Brainard Lake, Left Hand Res, Roosevelt National Forest, near Ward CO- July 8th Sunday thru July 11 Wed.

    Basic Itinerary

    Friday07/06- meet and greet.
    I plan to arrive at Kelly Dahl about 12 noon on Friday.
    I expect folks to arrive at all hours since some will not be able to get up there until after work.

    Saturday07/07- Morning, DIY Pancake Breakfast
    At campsite 41 picnic table, I will have a colman campstove with griddle setup.
    When you smell the bacon cooking come lineup to cook your own pancakes.
    This is the best way to have hot cakes that really are hot.
    I will supply bacon, pancake batter, butter, paper plates and plastic forks, as well as a little OJ to wash it all down.

    Saturday 11AM-ish, I'll offer to lead a day hike from Branard Lake to Blue Lake (Blue Lake Trail).
    Bring camera, day pack with lunch. This will also be a scout trip for the fishermen.

    Saturday Dinnertime- Group pot luck

    Saturday evening-
    No Fire Ban- Evening group fire with jokes, stories and a big discussion/taste test on your favorite snake bite medicine.
    Fire Ban- Load up the cars and go into Nederland for some of there nite time festivities (live music, micro brews)

    Sunday07/08- Break camp at Kelly Dahl. Say our good byes to the weekend hangers.
    Hikers head up to Branard with food.
    Hangers head up to Left Hang Res with me (O&B)

    I'll let food post the details of the North Loop hike.
    For the Left Hang Res hangers.
    We'll spend Sunday finding good hanging spots and exploring the area.
    Bank fishing the res works best with bait. Worms or mini marshmellows.
    If you have a way to get on the lake (belly boat, kayak, raft) dry flys and streamers work best.

    We will be camping about 500 yds from the vehicles.

    Monday- For those that want to do some fly fishing for brookies we'll load up a few vehicles
    and head back to Brainard and hit the streams between the lakes.

    Tuesday- open

    Wednesday- Meetup with the North Loop hangers in Nederland for an early dinner.

    ================================================== ===

    Pictures Left Hand Res;
    SPRING
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=cebacf3695

    SUMMER
    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...3&l=5bb4d42654

    Picts, map of North Loop:

    http://www.swarpa.net/~danforth/run/ipwmarathon.html

    Here's a good read also:
    http://dondo1.wordpress.com/2009/08/...northern-loop/



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    UPDATED ATTENDANCE LIST:

    05/03

    food- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    OutandBack- confirmed Kelly Dahl, Left Hand Res
    JLueckenotte- confirmed Kelly Dahl
    Werespaz- maybe
    Just Jeff- if in town
    ferret- confirmed Kelly Dahl, Left Hand Res
    MrClockWork- confirmed Kelly Dahl
    BajaHanger- maybe
    Cannibal- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    warbonnetguy- maybe
    Taozenqi- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    trailryder42- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    Slo +1 - maybe
    Mr Mrs Mustardman- looking highly likely
    fartingOWL
    Slowanderer- confirmed Kelly Dahl
    MuseJr- maybe
    waddy- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    Desert Reprobate- maybe
    Last edited by OutandBack; 05-05-2012 at 09:59.
    O&B
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    Saturday- Blue Lake Trail day hike info:



    Round-Trip Length:
    5.1 miles
    Start-End Elevation:
    10,525' - 11,355' (11,371' max elevation)
    Elevation Change:
    +830' net elevation gain (+905' total roundtrip elevation gain)

    Blue Lake (11,355') is accessible from the Mitchell Lake Trailhead in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The lake fills a large, rocky cirque at the base of Mt Toll, Mt Audubon, and Pauite Peak. The short hike to Blue Lake is highlighted by a stop at Mitchell Lake, brilliant wildflowers, and a pristine alpine setting. Unmaintained routes continue past Blue Lake in open tundra to Upper Blue Lake and Mt Toll:

    The Mitchell Lake trail rises gently in a high subalpine forest to Mitchell Creek and the official Indian Peaks Wilderness Area boundary (.45 miles : 10,646'). It moves easily to the first of several spurs for Mitchell Lake, which occupies a broad, marshy flat on Mt Audubon's south flank (.85 miles : 10,725').

    In 1.1 miles the trail crosses Mitchell Lake's primary inlet on a long footbridge and steepens into the valley's center. Blue Lake's outlet pools up in several places along the way, forming large ponds that are worthy destinations in themselves. Look for moose along these richly appointed streams and ponds.

    The trail undulates higher through patchy krummholz with a good look at Mt Toll's conical summit. It clears treeline beside a wide cascade and crests on the east shore of Blue Lake (2.55 miles : 11,355'). The open shore offers room to explore and a complete view of the upper valley including Little Pawnee Peak (12,466'), Mt Toll (12,979'), Paiute Peak (13,088'), and Mt Audubon (13,223').

    Here the maintained trail ends, but a fairly intuitive route continues up the north shore to Upper Blue Lake, which lies in a glacier-fed depression at the base of Mt Toll and Paiute Peak (3.35 miles : 11,901'). Strenuous and potentially technical cross-country routes continue on to Little Pawnee Peak, Mt Toll, and Paiute Peak.

    data copied from protrailsdotcom

    For a photo of Blue lake at ice out checkout this link:
    http://www.protrails.com/trails/view...area/blue_lake going to lead on Saturday.
    O&B
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    O&B,
    Nice summary and clarification. Just a reminder to all that we already have three campsites reserved at Kelly Dahl CG for Friday and Saturday July 6th & 7th that can accomodate 8 campers each, a total of 24 campers. TZQ
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    That is a great presentation O&B, thanks!

    I have a feeling we won't have to worry about getting in a rain downpour this year like happened last year.
    Love your enemies, but keep your gun oiled!

    I am a CONCENTRATED vegetarian. I let the cows eat all the grass, and then I eat the cows!

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    I will be there for the weekend for sure so save me two trees! Im a no go on the week hike though work calls

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    UPDATED ATTENDANCE LIST:
    05/07

    food- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    OutandBack- confirmed Kelly Dahl, Left Hand Res
    JLueckenotte- confirmed Kelly Dahl
    Werespaz- maybe
    Just Jeff- if in town
    ferret- confirmed Kelly Dahl, Left Hand Res
    MrClockWork- confirmed Kelly Dahl
    BajaHanger- maybe
    Cannibal- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    warbonnetguy- maybe
    Taozenqi- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    trailryder42- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    Slo +1 - maybe
    Mr Mrs Mustardman- looking highly likely
    fartingOWL
    Slowanderer- confirmed Kelly Dahl
    MuseJr- maybe
    waddy- confirmed Kelly Dahl, North Loop
    Desert Reprobate- confirmed Kelly Dahl, Left Hand Res
    O&B
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    At this point, at least, it doesn't look like there is much hope of the fire ban being rescinded. What kind of stove are y'all planning on using and are you planning any kind of a back-up? Self-heating MRE's doesn't sound all that wonderful and I don't think they make self-heating coffee!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by waddy View Post
    At this point, at least, it doesn't look like there is much hope of the fire ban being rescinded. What kind of stove are y'all planning on using and are you planning any kind of a back-up? Self-heating MRE's doesn't sound all that wonderful and I don't think they make self-heating coffee!!
    Decisions, decisions




    At Kelly Dahl I will be using a Colman 2 burner(white gas) camp stove.
    It will be setup on one of the picnic tables. Any one is welcome to use it.

    For morning coffee, lunch while day hiking and evening coco I'll use an alky stove with caldera cone windscreen.
    http://www.traildesigns.com/stoves/caldera-ti-tri
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    For the breakfast and dinner meals while car camping, I have one of those Coleman Dual Fuel 2 burner stoves I can bring.

    For trail use and for making my morning coffee and such, I'll be using my Caldera Cone system. After seeing Food use his last year, I had to have one.

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    I will bring a Coleman two burner for Kelly Dahl also, maybe even two. That should give plenty of stove power for the campground. O&B, I see a Svea 123 in your "stove supply" picture. I have one of those too. I would really like to take it, but will probably opt for the Mini-Atomic with a plain tinfoil windscreen. TR42, do you know how much your Caldera Cone set-up weighs roughly?
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