Backcountry Forum
Backpacking & Hiking Gear

Backcountry Forum
Our long-time Sponsor - the leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear
 
 
 

Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#197749 - 02/21/17 04:14 PM Total Solar Eclipse in the Sawtooth NF
BZH Online   content
member

Registered: 01/26/11
Posts: 1039
Loc: Madison, AL
For those that don't know there is going to be a great total solar eclipse on August 21st this year across the norther US (North-west to south-east).

http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm

A friend mentioned it to me back a couple months ago so we decided to put together a trip. Yellow Stone/Grand Tetons/Jackson Hole, WY are well situated but fully booked or prohibitively expensive even 8 months out. We poked our nose around a bit and found the Sawtooth National Forest as a great target. Looks like a beautiful area, not as popular as national parks and campground reservations only available 6 months in advance. Well four of us spent this weekend (three days in a row) up at 7 AM with www.time.gov up timing the submission exactly at the opening of the reservation window and ending up with exactly zero campsites!

One particular campground we were looking at (Point Campground on Redfish Lake) looks to be hotter than Yosemite valley and is booked all summer long. Has anyone been there?

Our plan B is to try getting a walk-up only site, but I'm pretty nervous about that based on our trouble booking a site. I'm also considering looking for a wilderness spot, but with my young kids it would have to be with-in 3 miles of a trailhead and less than 1000 ft of elevation gain. Anyone have any suggestions?

Top
#197754 - 02/21/17 07:45 PM Re: Total Solar Eclipse in the Sawtooth NF [Re: BZH]
OregonMouse Offline
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6735
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Lodgings (even primitive cabins) in or near the path of totality have been bought up (by big brokers) for several years. I understand that's true all the way across the country.

With three of us in my family each trying on several different dates for campsites, we actually managed to reserve one. That's one success out of a dozen attempts. With who knows how many people hitting the "reserve" button on recreation.gov exactly at 10:00.00 Eastern time, only one can get through. Unfortunately the limit is six persons per site and there may be as many as twelve of us. We may have to hide the the extra 6 in the bushes until after dark! Of course Monday night, after the eclipse, the campgrounds will all be empty!

There are of course a lot of USFS campsites that are non-reservable, but I suspect the only way to get those is to go up and snatch a vacant one 14 days before the eclipse. That of course means staying there for 14 days!

Don't forget safety--special eclipse glasses equivalent to #14 welders' goggles are a must to avoid burning holes in your retinas! Back in 1979 we used half a dozen layers of exposed photographic film, but, alas, that's no longer available.


Edited by OregonMouse (02/21/17 07:54 PM)
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
QUECHUA Pack MH500 20L Review - Light and Budget
by walkingnatur
09/19/20 10:04 AM
Klarus HR1 Plus headlamp--first impressions
by Rick_D
09/16/20 06:41 PM
The optimal length of a sleeping bag
by marcosII
09/13/20 12:13 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Why would someone do this?
by balzaccom
09/17/20 09:35 AM
Fire Season
by balzaccom
08/17/20 02:59 PM
Do you carry knives in your kit
by JohnyH
01/24/19 07:36 PM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
0 registered (), 77 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
embassy123, NoToRobot, concepthomes, Sasky, TLB2
12904 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
Backpacking.net
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 

Affiliate Disclaimer: This forum is an affiliate of BackcountryGear.com, Amazon.com, R.E.I. and others. The product links herein are linked to their sites. If you follow these links to make a purchase, we may get a small commission. This is our only source of support for these forums. Thanks.!
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum