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    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    Since the GGG is a social event and not really a wilderness experience by a long shot.

    How do you feel about having it at a regular car camping campground with toilets, tables and the whole deal?

    The more responses to the above question the better. And let us at least try to keep on track.

    Wanting to make the GGG enjoyable, accessible, and manageable.

    Your opinions matter. Fire away.

    Cayenne Redmonk
    BPL Member


    Locale: Greater California Ecosystem

    I'm 100% okay with car camping for GGG.
    It isn't about the hike for me at all.

    Todd Hein
    BPL Member


    Locale: Front Range


    David Lutz


    Locale: Bay Area

    You already know my answer.

    : ))

    Tony Wong
    BPL Member


    Locale: San Francisco Bay Area

    Great question….I am totally fine with car camping.

    This is really a social event more than a backpacking one.

    The possible advantage to NOT car camping is that we are away from other drunken, misbehaving, miscreants…lol.

    The positive about car camping is maybe it opens it up more people, maybe more options for places for us to go with such a large group.

    Also, Ken….thank you again for putting in the work to pull this event off.

    Without you, there wouldn't be a GGG.




    Locale: The Cascades

    I'd be against the car camping thing, FWIW, but if that was the decision made, it wouldn't stop me from coming out. Even a couple of miles in, like early this year, is better than no hike in at all, IMO.

    d k
    BPL Member


    I like the idea not camping in a campground, but on the other hand:

    – tables are very handy with a group like this
    – having toilets around reduces the impact of a large group on backcountry

    Ken Helwig
    BPL Member


    Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA

    Ethier way for me. Though it depends on where. Once campgrounds start to be taken, the, potential for others not getting a spot could be an issue. Also, for those that don't have a spot, there will be a small segment that will show up regardless and this could lead to some uncomfortable discussions regarding paying for sites etc. I would personally like to avoid that situation. Also what place? Most campgrounds have hosts and I am not sure how "party" friendly they'd be as most sites shut down by 10pm. What if, and yes February is an if for others camping, but I would assume that the noise generated could possibly ruin other non attendees enjoyment. I feel that should be taken into consideration

    Eli .


    I'll come either way but I'd prefer a walk in too. I hadn't thought of the logistics that Helwig brought up but those do seem like likely issues.

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    Thanks for the comments so far. Keep them coming. Some good point being made. Still trying to perfect the experience.

    Eugene Smith
    BPL Member


    Locale: Nuevo Mexico

    I realize my opinion holds little weight, I've yet to attend one and I'm not even sure I'll get the privilege of being there in February.

    As an outsider looking in, I think some of the charm of the GGG could be diminished by making it a car friendly gathering. Why?

    Vehicles are noisy, distracting, and obtrusive.

    Just my take.

    Hiking Malto
    BPL Member


    We wre a pretty big group last year, weather and all. It was nice being away in the hinterlands where we didn't have to worry about "OUR" noise etc. I would vote "hike in" it's not a showstopper.

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    Would you all come to Henry Coe again? Best solution for us I think.

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    I've gone and made reservations. Look for a new GGG thread soon.

    Jay Wilkerson
    BPL Member


    Locale: East Bay

    I would come to Henry Coe Ken!! I am sure everybody had a excellent time last year very Tribal…

    BPL Member


    Locale: NorCal - South Bay

    Henry Coe is great, and close to me. Whatever you decide is great. I am just excited to meet all of you!!!

    Ken Thompson
    BPL Member


    Locale: Right there

    OK I will see you all at Coe!

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