June Backpack Trip
Lost Creek Wilderness – East Lost Park
Friday June 5th through Sunday June 7th
With Parker Days the following weekend and PV later in the month, this is the best weekend.
I have been into this area once before (with my son on an overnight trip) and it is a fairly easy 3-mile hike in from the Lost Park Trailhead (about a 2-hour drive from Parker) and would be a good “break-in” backpack trip. It is a fairly nice meadow/park with decent brook trout fishing in Lost Creek. The rock formations in the Lost Creek Wilderness are pretty amazing. There are opportunities to explore the area on Saturday before heading back on Sunday.
July Backpack Trip
Buffalo Peaks Wilderness – Buffalo Meadows Loop (Rough & Tumbling Creek Loop)
Friday July 17th through July 19th
This is about a 11-mile round trip. I have been into this area twice and it is a moderate trip. The first day would be to hike into the Buffalo Meadows and base out of there for the next two (2) nights until returning to the trailhead via the loop trail. There is the opportunity to climb the Buffalo Peaks on the second day. This is one of the best views in the state in my humble opinion with view of South Park, Pikes Peak and the Collegiate Peaks. I found a couple of informational links on this hike.
For more information on these events, please contact Mr. Hudson via email or phone at (303) 961-0221.
Workday: Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Meeting location: Mountain Communities Fire Department
Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/7GG3f
Project times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Volunteers Expected: Up to 50
The Trail Creek work area is part of a major restoration effort to stabilize drainages carrying high sediment loads to the South Platte River. Because of the intensity of the 2002 Hayman fire here, and around the Westcreek community, the soil remains loose and unable to soak up rain. Runoff frequently turns to high-volume floods, damaging roads, downstream creeks and filling reservoirs with sediment. Major in-stream restoration work utilizing natural materials such as burned trees and boulders has helped raise the height of creeks and stabilize steep eroded banks to re-create more natural flows and fight erosion. Retention ponds have also been added to stabilize runoff. These methods have become models for fire restoration throughout Colorado and nationwide. Depending on weather and the progression of work, volunteers will assist the rehab by stabilizing work sites by: re-seeding with native vegetation; planting willows; installing erosion control matting or fabric; and rehabbing illegal off road vehicle routes contributing to the erosion issues.
- CUSP will provide hard hats, tools and materials necessary to complete project work.
- Portable restroom(s) will be available on site.
- Safety review and work demonstration will precede the project work.
- Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause projects to be canceled or rescheduled; we will notify you of changes promptly, changes will also be posted at http://www.uppersouthplatte.org/Volunteer.
Requirements of Volunteers:
All volunteers must complete and submit prior to the project: a CUSP Liability Release, 2014 CUSP RELEASE and a Volunteer Sign-up Sheet, Volunteer Listing 2014 for the group, attached. Please print ALL documents two-sided.
- Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
- Sun glasses or safety glasses
- Work gloves
- Work boots with ankle support
- Long pants are required; long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
- Water containers, extra water will be provided
- Sack lunches, to carry with you
What to Expect:
This burn area is in an exposed mountain environment. Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and high flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightening and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; possible falling trees; and hiking at significant elevation. Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude. Please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured. Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions. Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to avoid dehydration. Please wear appropriate clothing; clothing may become stained or ruined. Expectant mothers may want to check with their physician before working in a burn area.
This moderately challenging project and will require team effort.
Please note that cell phone coverage is limited in this area.
GPS units are often inaccurate in this area as well.
Patrols and Meals
We will be having a break out session closer to the hike and divide into patrols to doing meal planning.
What to wear hiking:
- Hat with brim
- Broken in hiking boots with wicking socks
- Pants (removable leggings) or shorts and something windproof for legs.
- Daypack containing:
- 10 essentials
- 1-2 liters of water
- Polar fleece or light jacket
- Light waterproof rain parka
- Lightweight gloves for warmth
- Sunscreen, chapstick
- Medicine for headache and stomach ache
- Snacks – high protein (granola, trail mix, jerky, power bars, etc.)
- Camera (optional)
How to Prepare:
- Get in shape! The better shape you are in the higher your chances are of making the summit. Any activity is good, but especially biking, hiking and running.
- Start drinking lots of fluids 1 to 2 days before the hike; the more the better!! This does not mean soda!
- Eat a high carb meal such as pasta the night before and bananas the morning of the hike.
- Drink and snack frequently during the hike and before you feel hungry or thirsty
- One or more of the boys might decide to turn around and that’s ok. Climbing 14ers is hard!
In the coming weeks and months, Troop 88 has several camping opportunities. Below are some of them to watch for more information.
Camp Cherry Valley – Catalina Island, California
Are you doing the Island Adventure? Here’s the program guide!
How about the hiking? Here’s a map for the hike.
Don’t want to get lost while you’re there? Here’s a map of the entire camp!
Backpacking Trip to Boulder Lakes – Silverthorne, CO area
For those of you who love to pack it in and camp, watch for more information on the Lower and Upper Boulder Lakes backpacking trip.
Mr. Townsend and Mr. Johnson have been talking about some of the logistics. Stay tuned for more details.
Want to know a little about the hike? Here’s a topo map to look over.
Here’s some more information on the trail.
14er Hike and Camping – Location To Be Announced
Have you heard about the 14er hikes the Troop does the second weekend in August? Are you ready to ascend to the top of a mountain?
Mr. Buckingham will be putting together another awesome event for the Troop. Watch for more information to come!
Upper Platte River Camping and Fly fishing
The last weekend in August is a great opportunity to go camping, plant some trees to restore the forest and do some fly fishing!
The Coalition for the Upper Platte River is doing forest restoration to help restore what the fires burned. Troop 88 is going to be part of that effort.
More information will be coming on this trip but you can visit the Coalition’s website in the mean time.
One more thing – when we do go on campouts, you have to have your medical forms completed. Instead of me trying to explain what form is needed for which campouts, please use the link below to the Dever Area Council’s site that has a great explanation on what you need when.
DAC Health Forms Information
Backpacking trip to Lower Boulder Lake in the Eagle Nest wilderness area by Silverthorne on Aug 25 and 26th.
This hike is for both the beginner backpacker and for any scout that wants to go. Families are welcome. The 2.7 mile hike is rated easy to moderate. We will leave the Park and Ride by McDonald’s off of Lincoln and Jordon at 8:00, so be there by 7:45. If any parents can drive, please indicate it the email. If you can take a boy or two, let me know that as well.
To prepare the scouts new to backpacking for this trip, There will be a Backpacking 101 class on Tue, August 14th at 6:30. We’ll cover how to pack, the use of a light weight stove, cooking, purifying water, safety and other “101″ items. Bring your stove and water purifier if you have one.
The next troop meeting after that, Aug 21, we will have a breakout for all scouts going. At this meeting, we will collect BSA Medical forms and Activity forms. Tent buddies will also be determined. For the new scouts and those new to backpacking, please bring your packed backpack as if you were leaving that night. We will use this time for review.
Link for the Activity consent Form: http://denverboyscouts.org/openrosters/docdownload.aspx?ID=40655
Link of a blog of the hike: http://stacyanddinasanchez.blogspot.com/search/label/Boulder%20Lake
Please contact Mr. Moncier with any questions.
Depart- Friday Aug 10th 5:30pm from Park and Ride Lincoln and Jordan (Wear your Class A’s)
Hike- Saturday Aug 11th
Return- Sunday August 12th around noonish.
Grays Peak 14,270’ and Torrey’s Peak 14,267’
Distance: 8.25 miles
Elevation gain: 3,600ft
Location: (Up I -70 past Georgetown)
Route info: http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=torr5&peak=Grays+Peak+and+Torreys+Peak
What to wear hiking:
-Hat with brim
-Broken in hiking boots with wicking socks
-Hiking pants with removable leggings or something windproof for lower body
-1-2 liters of water
-Light rain proof parka
-Lightweight gloves for warmth
-Medicine for headache and stomach ache
-Snacks-high protein (granola, trail mix, jerky, candy bars, etc)
-Treking poles (optional)
We will be camping 2 nights (location still being determined) so please bring your normal overnight gear which includes but is not limited to: tent, sleeping bag, toiletry items and bug spray, etc. If you do not wish to camp both nights you are still welcome to come hike with us on Saturday, however, you will need to make your own ride arrangements. The last mile or so up to the trail head requires a higher clearance SUV, but not 4wheel drive.
How to Prepare:
-Get in shape! I know the hike is just around the corner but the better shape you are in the higher your chances are of making the summit. Any activity is good, biking, hiking, running, playing sports.
-1-2 day before the hike start drinking lots of fluids, the more the better!! (not soda).
-Eat a high carb meal such as pasta the night before and bananas the morning of the hike.
-Drink frequently during the hike and before you feel thirsty
-It might very well turn out that one or more of the boys decides to turn around and that’s ok, climbing 14ers is hard!
There is a rumor that Boys Life Magazine might send a photographer along to document our hike for a possible future story in the magazine!! I will keep everyone posted on if this rumor is true or not.
Questions Please contact
Farewell to Summer Boating Event
August 18th, 2012
10am – 4pm
Chatfield Gravel Pond
For more info contact Gary Souza @ 303-875-4541
Mr. Moncier and I have started to plan a trip for June 29,30 and July 1.
This will be an intermediate level hike consisting of 15 miles and two separate nights of camping (this mets the requirements of the backpacking MB). Please don’t sign up if you are new to backpacking, a beginner, or not physically fit to do the 15 miles. There will be a backpacking 101 offered later in the summer.We will be camping at Upper Cataract Lake and Eaglesmere Lake in the Eagles Nest wilderness area. We will leave early Friday morning and return Sunday evening. More details to follow.
I will have a sign up sheet at the next couple of meetings or you can e-mail me if you can’t make the meetings. I would like to have at least 4 adults going and of course we will always need drivers/seat belts. Also depending on the response we may have to limit the size, since it is in a wilderness area, so don’t sign up unless you are sure you can go and make it the whole way.It should be a lot of fun! Its a beautiful area and the fishing is not bad!
Email Mr. Johnson or Mr. Moncier for questions.