There are 2 pre-meetup outdoor adventures. Both will take place in Olympic National Park.
A one night backpacking trip deep into the wilderness and mountains of the park will prove to be a fun challenge for those looking for a more extreme start to their adventure.
A group camping adventure at the Sol Duc campground will consist of several day hikes and treks into various places of the park, as well as night hikes, group campfires and other fun outdoor activities. Join us for a truly unique and awesome adventure!
(please note that new information will be added here as it becomes available.)
July 15th - 16th
The backpacking trip will be a fun and challenging trek through the forests and mountains of Olympic National Park and will include an overnight stay at a site along the trail. Anyone wanting to go on the backpacking trip should be prepared for an overnight trek deep in the wilderness combined with a lot of miles of hiking and elevation gain. Arrangements should be made to have all of the necessary gear.
The backpacking group will meet sometime mid-day on Sunday July 15th, at the Sul Duc campground. (specific details TBA)
16 mile round trip hike, summiting at least one peak over 5,000 ft elevation, the "high divide" trail. For detailed information see the Event Calendar.
No group transportation will be provided, as people will be arriving from different locations. Feel free to find people in the same area/time and carpool to the site.
$3 per person for the night, and $15 vehicle entrance fee for the park.
How To Make Reservation:
Simply edit your profile and check "Yes" on backpacking trip. This will give us the number of people. And once the time to reserve the site becomes available, we will handle all of the reservation details with the national park.
July 16th - 18th
The camping trip will be a fun 3 night event in Olympic National Park. There will be group hikes, night hikes, beach exploration, campfires, and other awesome outdoor activities. Anyone wanting to go camping should make arrangements to have all of the necessary camping gear. There will be several options for campsites. We are booking a group campsite (max 24 people so first come first serve), and there are plenty of individual sites as well at the campground that are first come first serve upon arrival.
Arrive whenever you want to! Only have an extra day to spare? Come and join us for the day. The entire event is 3 days long and each day will have its own unique adventures/activities. We are camping at the Sul Duc campsite. We are reserving the group site and this will act as a "base-camp" for the group. You do not have to stay in the group site as there are lots of individual sites to choose from.
Day hikes, night hike, trip to the beach, BBQ, group campfires, entomology/botany lessons, na'vi arts and crafts. For detailed information see the Event Calendar.
We have arranged one shuttle bus from SEA-TAC airport. The shuttle bus has a capacity of 12. The bus will leave around 5:00 PM on Monday July 16th, The shuttle bus will return to Seattle (to the Best Western Executive Inn) for the meetup leaving around 10:00 AM on Thursday July 19th (arriving around lunchtime/early afternoon). The price of the shuttle will be around $30-$50 each way and is payable in cash in person on the day. Sign-up for seats on the shuttle is now available in your profile.
Food and Meals:
We will be providing most of the main meals for everyone. We will provide a list of what we are having each day once it has been worked out. Please indicate on your profile if you have any specific dietary needs. Also we would like for people to chip-in their part to pay for all of the meals. We will have an estimate per person once we get the food (around $40 likely). You are welcome to bring in your own food, and it is encouraged that your bring snacks for the hikes and other events. If you bring food, be sure to bring a suitable wildlife-proof container for it. Bear cans, "ursacks" and the like are recommended.
$14 per night at individual (max 8 people). $1 per person at group site. (max 24 people). $15 for vehicle entrance fee. AvatarMeet organizers will cover the $20 one-time reservation fee for the group site.
How To Make Reservation:
Simply edit your profile and mark "group site" or "individual site". This will give us the number of people. If you are planning on staying in the group site, please be aware that there is a limit of 24 people for that site. It will be given on a first come first serve basis. However, for those staying at an individual site, you will be free to use the group site for all of our events. You just have to "camp/sleep" at your own site. EVERYONE, regardless of group or individual will not have to reserve any site ahead of time. We will take care of the group reservation, and the individual sites are reserved upon arrival to the park. Another option for camping is the Lodge, which is about a mile up the road from the campsites. You will have to make your reservation there separately and be aware of the distance between the campsites and the lodge. Also note that the group site and individual sites are approximately 1/4 mile apart.
Equipment & Supplies:
The following is a suggested list of gear to bring on on the camping trip. The list is not exhaustive, and if you have any questions feel free to ask any of us!
Seasonal average temperatures for Olympic National Park in mid July are daytime highs of around 18°C/65°F, night time lows around 10°C/50°F. Most days in July see very little if any rain on average.
(List adapted from this post on Tree-Of-Souls.com)
- Good outdoor shoes or hiking boots with appropriate socks.
Something at least water resistant is a good idea, and ankle support is preferred by many.
- Waterproof shell layer / rain gear.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate equipment. We aren't expecting much rain in July, but it is a rainforest!
- Hat, long sleeved light clothing for sun protection.
Combined with sun screen, carrying your own shade with you makes for a more pleasant time if the weather is hot.
- Dressing in layers makes it easy to regulate temperature.
Wool & synthetic materials will keep you warm, even if wet. Cotton is a bad idea if it rains. A full change of clothes is important to have in case one set gets wet.
- Sleeping clothes
You will want something warm & cozy to sleep in that isn't your day clothes.
- Small backpack / day-pack.
You don't want to haul all you gear with you on day hikes, but you'll want something to carry your spare sun screen, water and snacks for the trail.
- Flashlight / Headlamp.
There's no power in camp, and unfortunately Olympic National Forest doesn't have much bioluminescence either; so make sure you have a source of light.
- Water bottle, or two.
Water is available at the camp site, and we'll have some larger containers to bring water back to camp, but you'll want to be able to carry plenty of water on the trail with you. A couple of liters (couple of quarts) is a good amount to bring with you on an afternoon hike in the summer. If you don't have one, a basic Nalgene type water bottle is a great investment and helps keep single-use water-bottles from polluting our planet.
- "Mess kit" = Knife/Fork/Spoon/Spork, Cup, Bowl.
Again, we don't want to use single use plates or cutlery. A spork, basic camp cup and a high-walled plate/wide bowl can be purchased for less than $10 each.
- A towel, Swim gear.
If you get wet or decide to go for a swim. Always know where your towel is. The Sol Duc Hot Springs does have swimming pools. Some people also bring a small towel for cleaning their dishes.
- Small first aid kit, sun screen, insect repellant/"bug dope", any personal medications.
Unless it's something major that's going to require a trip to a hospital, you want to be able to treat minor issues without a long trip to a town. Be sure to remember personal medical equipment like asthma inhalers or allergy medications or epi-pens.
- Other personal hygiene equipment.
A travel bar of soap and a washcloth can help keep you clean at the camp shower.
- Tent / tarp / bivy-sack / hammock.
Your choice as to how you wish to sleep, but you'll want some form of shelter that can keep you dry and bug free. Normally rain means no bugs, hopefully we'll have neither. Most tents sleep 2 or 3 people, so you can team up and share here.
- Sleeping bag & pad, or cot.
The ground is hard, so an inflatable "Thermarest" or foam camping pad are good to give you a soft place to sleep while providing some insulation from the ground. The nights shouldn't be too cold in the summer; so a lighter sleeping bag or camping quilt should suffice, especially in a tent which tend to be a little warmer.
- Toilet paper.
Camp outhouses "should" be appropriately equipped. You probably don't need a whole roll, but a few sheets can be handy.
- Fire starter/matches/lighter.
Group camping, we should be set; but again it's never a bad idea to have a few basics yourself also.
- Binoculars, Camera, etc...
Spare batteries for these and your flashlight.
- Playing cards, camp games, etc...
Would you like to join the camping planning team and help plan these awesome events?
Anyone is welcome to help. Simply post that you want to help in our planning thread on TreeofSouls.
We have group discussions on IRC every so often. The next meeting time will be posted in the planning thread (link above).
Server - irc.GeekShed.net
Channel - #AvatarMeet