AUGUST CAMP WAS IN THE HI SIERRAS SUMMER OF ‘07
August Camp 2007 has completed.
Weeks: 7/14 - 7/21; 7/21 - 7/28; 7/28 - 8/4; 8/4 - 8/11
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AMC's oldest tradition, August Camp, set up its base camp at
Holiday Campground, in the
The beauty and size of the
mountain range are unparalled and easily exceeds the size of the entire
European Alps. Picturesque alpine lakes, peaceful streams, lush meadows,
colorful wildflowers, cascading waterfalls, deep canyons, immense glacial cirques
and lofty mountain passes surround the hiker. The range increases in elevation
from 8,000 feet in the north to 14,491 feet at the summit of
August Camp, an intimate tent village for 64 campers, offers one or two week options, plentiful home cooked meals, nightly campfires, 5 hikes daily for all levels, several overnights, canoeing and great camaraderie.
2007 August Camp operated
in partnership with and under permit from the
The camp furnishes the basics: sleeping tents (12x12 foot Eureka wall tents that are large enough to stand and walk around in, but do not have a floor or mosquito netting; (participants are encouraged to provide some sort of mosquito protection ), two cots per tent, water buckets and wash basins. Campers should bring their own pillow, sleeping bag and thermal pad, "sun shower," clothing and personal items (including camp chair, musical instruments or art/painting supplies, if desired). Shower stalls are provided, for using one’s "sun shower." A hot shower feels great after a day of hiking. "Tillies" (the toilets) are either of the composting variety or "porta-potties," depending on the site. There is no electricity at camp. An emergency 800 number is checked for messages daily by the staff, but there is no telephone at camp, and the use of cell phones in camp is discouraged.
Typical View of Camp
August Camp is famous for its food: both its bounty and its taste. Multi-course hot breakfasts and suppers are served in the dining tent. Campers prepare their own trail lunches each morning from a buffet of goodies. We aim for a healthy, well-balanced diet, but there are no special accommodations for individual dietary requests. In the past vegetarians have found ample food to meet their needs. Cooking is done by the cook and "croo" in a well-equipped kitchen, with gas stoves/ovens. The kitchen’s refrigerator is for the use of the cooking staff only. Campers can bring their own coolers, if desired. Drinking water is provided.
"Croo" busily prepares a delicious meal for hungry campers
Your hike leaders are hard at work
planning for this year’s recreational activities at the 2007 August Camp. Camp
is located at Tom’s Place in the Owen’s Valley in the Eastern Sierra, a major
recreational area with excellent access to hiking, biking, and paddling
opportunities. The Sierra is one of the premier places to hike in
Overnight trips are also being planned.
During the first two week session of camp one “car camping” overnight, a weekly
“easy backpack”, and one “challenging backpack” are planned. A similar program
is planned for the second two week session. Car camping, which does not require
back packing into a site, will have destinations 100 or more miles from camp,
and several are being considered. “Easy backpacking” trips will require
carrying your gear to a primative campsite, with the elevation gain and
distance to the campsite will be modest, less than 1000 feet, and 2 miles.
Getting away from the trailheads, even a few miles, will open up a whole
different world. The “challenging backpack” will be open to experienced hikers
who establish their qualifications to the satisfaction of the Head Hike Leader.
This will probably take the form of a “super A” qualification hike, as well as
documentation of prior experience at altitude. We are applying for permits to
have one group each week of six guests and two leaders climb
Other activities within striking
distance of camp will also be offered. Under consideration are trail biking
trips in the
WATER SPORTS IN THE HI SIERRAS
Our camp is located near a variety
of lakes and rivers,
When island nesting sites became
peninsulas vulnerable to mammalian and reptilian predation and both air and
water quality began to deteriorate, people began to notice and take
action. A Mono Lake Committee was formed
in 1978 and led eventually to the involvement of many other non-profits and
both state and federal agencies (the U.S. Forest Service is responsible for the
Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area).
After a long history of court cases, decisions in 1994 limited
The kayak paddle on
The other lakes are typical mountain
lakes with cold, clear water and largely forested shorelines. Our outings will be unguided and involve
picking up rental boasts and transporting them to nearby lakes for a paddle and
shore lunch. The
Extra Fees for Equipment Rental / Guides.
Last Updated 4/11/2010