All men are invited up to the Rocky Mountain high country for our annual men's campout. Whether you're a seasoned camping veteran or newly minted rookie, come enjoy the great outdoors with other men in our community.
More details are below, but please RSVP and let us know that you're coming!
*Dads, you're welcome to bring your sons along!
The campout will begin Thursday evening (7/12), and will conclude on Saturday evening (7/14). We'll be heading up to secure a group campsite Thursday afternoon, so you're welcome to join up anytime thereafter. Since some guys aren't able to make it until Friday evening, there won't be anything scheduled until then. If you're part of the PM congregation, you're welcome to stay through Saturday night and return on Sunday anytime before 5:15pm.
We will be camping off Boreas Pass Road, about 2 hours from Denver. After turning right off highway 285 onto Boreas Pass Rd. (CR 33), continue on Boreas Pass Rd. toward Breckenridge for about 12.5 miles. After you pass the official Boreas Pass Summit / Continental Divide marker on the right side of the road, start looking for The Summit Church signage on either side of the road. Though the road is dirt, it is easily passable by passenger vehicles.
Since parking is limited, please make every effort to carpool wherever possible. To assist with logistics, we've set up an online carpool signup here. When signing up as a driver, please keep in mind the space required for camping gear.
WHAT TO BRING
This is a "self-supported" camping trip, meaning, you are responsible for all of your own food and gear. Here is a packing list for your reference:
- Food/Drinks - Everyone is responsible for their own food and drinks. It may be wise to share cooler space with those you are carpooling with. If you're unsure what kind of food to pack, email Tim Koehler, he'd be happy to help.
- Grill/Stove - We'll have a charcoal grill and camp stove to share, but it would be good to have a few more of each. Alternatively, you can plan to cook over the fire since there are no fire bans in Summit County as of today.
- Firewood - Since the area we are camping is heavily used, firewood can be hard to come by. Please bring as much as you can manage.
- Tent - Try to coordinate with other guys to share tents. Don't be weird about it.
- Sleeping Bag/Sleeping Pad/Pillow
- Tarp - Check out the other forecast here, but weather changes by the hour in the high country. Be prepared for anything.
- Camp Chair - There are plenty of rocks and logs around if you don't have one.
- Toilet Paper - There are no toilet facilities in the area, so double ply and wet wipes are highly recommended. If you've never relieved yourself in the woods before, please talk to someone who has, as there are some rules you should know about.
- Water - There is no water available at the campsite, so bring as much as you'll need for drinking and cooking.
- Warm Clothes - We'll be camping above 11,200 ft., so plan on lows in the 30s.
THINGS TO DO
- Fishing - The Blue River that runs through Breckenridge is about a 30 minute drive from the campsite. There are several smaller streams in the area that may hold fish as well.
- Disc Golf - There is an official disc golf course 30 minutes from the campsite in Frisco, and it's free to play.
- Mountain Biking/Hiking - There are several mountain biking and hiking trails in the area, many of them above tree line.
- Shooting - Since we'll be camping in the White River National Forest, target shooting is allowed with certain regulations. If you plan to bring your firearms, please email Tim and let him know what you are bringing. If you plan on shooting your firearm or a friend's, please provide your own ammo and proper targets.
- Lawn Games - We'll have all your favorite lawn games if corn hole and spike ball are more your style. Feel free to bring your own as well.
- Lumberjack Competition - Back by popular demand, the third annual Summit Men's Lumberjack Competition will take place on Saturday morning. Competitions TBD (Hint).
Overall, the weekend is super relaxed and laid back. But for those of you who can't stand to be without a schedule, here's a loose picture of how the weekend will look:
Thursday PM - Arrive, setup camp, hang out around the campfire
Friday AM - Free time
Friday PM - Group activity
Saturday AM - Lumberjack Competition
Saturday PM - Pack up, leave for Denver
If you're new to camping, or have never camped before, don't let that keep you from joining us. Just let us know how we can help make this weekend an enjoyable experience for you - whether that's helping you pack or helping you find gear. Please email Tim with any questions or concerns. We're looking forward to a great weekend with you all!