180624 Bear Ridge to PCT Tree cutting Back Packing Trip

Event Status: Open to sign ups  ( Exact location of this trip will be decided after scouting trip)   (must be signed up as a member before signing up for trip.)

06-19-18.   12 spots available ​           

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Event Date: 06-24-18 through 06-30-18
Short Description: Bear Ridge to PCT tree cutting Back Packing Trip.
Trip Type: Back Packing


Long Description: This is a moderate difficulty trip. The hike begins at Bear Ridge Trail near Lake Edison and heads up Bear Ridge toward Kip Camp and onto the PCT. The work area and camp will be determined by the number of trees found that need to be cleared. We may move the camp as we go or stay in one area near Kip Camp. You may need to move so pack light and be prepared for moving to another camp. Food for this trip may be more conservative than our normal trips depending on how many times we move the camp location. We will be working in beautiful mountain forests and gorgeous granite along Bear River and the PCT. You are encouraged to stay over Saturday night at the trail head to acclimate. Please provide your own food for Saturday night and Sunday breakfast. Food will be provided Sunday lunch through Saturday lunch. Crew will hike in to work area Sunday morning and return back out to the trail head on the following Saturday afternoon.

(Who) Partners: REI, Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company and the U.S. Forest Service are sponsoring this event.

(Where) Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District,John Muir Wilderness (Trail Head meeting point) Bear Ridge Trail Head in the Sierra National Forest 2.5-3 hours from Fresno. (Back Country Base Camp location)(TBD).

(What) The goal of this project is to clear downed trees from Bear Ridge Trail and along the Bear creek area to the PCT junction to  allowing the public safe and unimpeded passage.

(Why) Due to high tree mortality rates, many trees are falling across trails in the Sierra National Forest making it extremely difficult to hike on established trails safely.

(How) Experienced crew leaders will lead and train volunteers in cutting trees by hand with cross cut saws including techniques and safe usage of saws. All safety equipment for trail work will be provided, please come prepared with long pants, long sleeve shirt and boots. These items are a must when using these saws. More detailed information will be sent to you after you sign up.

Cooking: We have employees and volunteers who cook for the trips. We ask everyone attending to help with kitchen duties on at least one meal during the trip. Cooking for 15 people in a back country setting is difficult and a lot of work. Spreading the load out among the crew is better than placing all the work on one or two people. Your support toward helping out will be appreciated!

Funding: There is no charge for this event. Week long back packing trips usually cost at least $5,000 and with 15 people participating that equals $300 per person. Please consider making a donation online or bringing a donation to the event.

Work Activities:  Cross cut saw and small hand saw use cutting downed trees. Dead brush and branches may be dragged to the site to help break the visual line of the path or cover reroutes.

Nearest City/Community: Shaver Lake, CA

Activity Level: Moderate to High work load and hiking required.

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Meals: All meals and snacks provided.

Cost: Free

 Thank You to our Event Sponsors!