It’s time for our 8th Annual Camp Sturtevant overnighter.
This is a group participation event. Each person will be assigned a side dish for either Saturday night or Sunday morning breakfast.
Food assignments will be published two to three weeks prior to the event. Once again our executive chef is Lynda Beck. Yay!!!
Each person is responsible for bringing their own Saturday night entree.
We will have two barbecues and a large commercial stove/oven at our disposal.
Since this event was prepaid (by Larry), in-full, months ago and regardless of the total number to actually attend, the maximum attendance of 34 was reserved. Therefore, refunds are not available 30 days prior to the event. Sorry, but I’ve been left holding the bag on this event too many times by late drops.
************ Saturday Night Festivities ********** *
• As has become customary for this event, be sure to bring along your favorite pair of flannel jammies to wear either to dinner, or post-dinner time in the lodge. This is optional, but it is fun – so why opt out?
• Saturday Night After Hours Movie . With the help of Deb Burgess and the gas driven generator, we are pleased to bring you a late night movie. Showing in the main hall at the appropriate hour:
O’ Brother Where Art Thou
A Cohen Bros. film staring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter.
Please send a PayPal payment for $45 to email@example.com. I must have your payment as soon as possible.
If you can’t use PayPal, please call me to arrange payment by check.
Five things every person needs to bring when staying in the guest cabins:
• Change of clothes, matched to the season and predicted weather. It gets cold up there at night in March, so please bring down jackets, sweaters, and wool hats.
• Towel and toiletries, including shampoo and soap.
• Bug spray (spring and summer.)
• Water bottle (for the trail.)
Water: There is water and bathrooms in the camp. The bathhouse has hot (sort of..maybe) showers and sinks, flush toilets and toilet paper.
Electricity: There should be a generator available for us to use until lights out whenever that is. BUT THE CAMP GETS VERY DARK AFTER SUNSET! YOU WILL NEED A HEADLIGHT TO FIND THE BATHROOM OR ANYTHING ELSE.
Heat: Cabins are heated by propane wall heaters
Fires: Firewood is available in the camp for the fireplace only.
Beds/Bedding: The cabins include covered mattresses, sheets, wool blankets, pillows, and wall heaters. Some folks prefer to bring their own sleeping bags which is perfectly OK. I’m pretty sure REI/Sport Chalet rents the lighter weight sleeping bags.
Food: We’ll have to supply our own food, but there will be a refrigerator available for our use as well as a stocked kitchen. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN DRINKS AND SUNDAY LUNCH.
Mini Commentary: No need to bother with tents or major bedding and having access to a stocked kitchen makes this trip about as easy as it gets. A sheet or lightweight sleeping bag, flashlight, some creative PJ’s and food is about all we’ll need. Adjacent to the kitchen is a small mess hall that will also serve as a post dinner game room. There is also another room with a fire place and maybe the bat that provided some entertainment during a previous visit will return as well. There’s also plenty of water to refill hydration packs for the next day.
By joining us for the overnight at Camp Sturtevant you agree to release, hold harmless, and indemnify the Camp, Sturtevant Conservancy, and the Friends of the San Gabriels from and against any liability in connection with personal injuries or loss of property, related to the program beyond the coverage of our camper insurance, while attending the Camp.
If anyone is in the camp during this time that is under the age of eighteen years old and their parent is not present during the entire time at the camp, I will submit a Certificate of Insurance, evidencing general liability insurance coverage in amounts acceptable to the Camp, Sturtevant Conservancy, and the Friends of the San Gabriels. I will have the certificate list the Sturtevant Conservancy and the Friends of the San Gabriels as an additional named insured and bring it to the Camp.
A direct route from Chantry Flats is <4 miles with a gain of 1500 ft.
There’s good trail info on the Adam’s Pack Station (http://adamspackstation.com/) website.
Info on Camp Sturtevant (http://sturtevantcamp.com/).
Some Camp Photos (http://www.calpaccamps.org/sturtevant_gallery.aspx)
The trail head is located at Chantry Flat which is also the location of Adams’ Pack Station and the San Gabriel Mountains, the heart of Big Santa Anita Canyon, and one of the most popular and historically-significant spots in the Angeles National Forest.
Directions to Chantry Flats
From the 210 Freeway, or any east-west thoroughfare such as Sierra Madre Bl. or Foothill Bl., go north on Santa Anita Ave. Follow Santa Anita Ave. all the way into the mountains. We’ll meet at road’s end, three miles past the entrance gate. An Adventure Pass is required to park here and can be purchased for $5/day or $30/year at many Sporting Goods Stores and National Forest Stations throughout the southland.
PLEASE – Know your limits and abilities. Bring snacks and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watching out for poison oak, snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while interacting with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun.
VHC HIKE RATING SCALE
Rating a hike is subjective, meaning the difficulty of a hike will be in direct relation to how often you hike and the type of hike you prefer. Keep in mind that any hike can have the following: uneven hiking surfaces, various obstructions, water and/or water crossings or bouldering and/or rock hopping. A great hike will have all of these!
1 – A long walk
2 – 4 mile hike w/little elevation gain
3 – 5 mile hike w/up to1000 ft. elevation gain
4 – 5+ mile hike w/up to1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)
5 – 7+ mile hike w/over 1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)
6 – 7+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to perform CPR)
7 – 5+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be muttering expletives to yourself)
8 – 10+ mile hike w/over 3500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be angry with the hike leader)
9 – 10+ mile hike w/over 5000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be thinking of reporting the hike leader to the authorities)
10 – Use your imagination
Class 3 Scrambling: Scrambling or un-roped climbing. You must use your hands at times to hold the terrain or find your route. This may be caused by a combination of boulders, steepness and extreme terrain. Some Class 3 routes have ropes in place for assistance.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The VHC Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any VHC Meetup events, you are releasing the VHC Meetup Group and it’s organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup “Terms of Service” located on the bottom of the Meetup website. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.