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    Update: post 26.

    Enjoyed 5 nights and 6 days on the Eel river in Northern California with my Dad and his buddy. We rafted about 72 miles, 12 per day.


    The rapids were class 2, but some were challenging anyway. We spent some time pushing the boats over rocks, and there was some tough headwind to paddle into. The weather was beautiful and we were able to swim each day and move on to another beach. I cooked all the meals for the group, that was fun, I figured out some new recipes.



    I forgot my energizer headlamp at home, but didn't need it because it was the summer solstice and not a lot of darkness. I brought along these 5 lights:
    Streamlight Lux. Jr. (Not great for up close or in the tent, but easy to find glow powder under lens).
    Inova X1 v.2 (One of my favorite lights.)
    Dorcy 3 led 1AA light (Similar output to X1, longer runtime)
    Nuwai 1aa (backup)
    Green Infinity task light (Why not)
    I only used my light to read in the tent for about 1/2 hr., and to look for animals in the camp at night.




    Here's my dad running the rapids.





    We set some stones upright:



    Have to make sure all the gear is tied in tight!




    A bat!!


    It was great to get away from civilization for a while. For one week we get to just "go with the flow". No phones or tv, just the music in your head.

    I read a great book, too, "Why Things Break", which I picked up from the library.

    The gorillapod came in super-handy. I was able to set my camera down with confidence and program some shots I would never have gotten otherwise. It is so useful.

    All photos are taken with my newish canon A610 digital camera. I took 12 AA batteries on my trip (3 sets) but only used 2 sets of batteries. I changed batteries on the 4th day so I wouldn't get caught with a dead camera. There was probably more juice in that set, but I went to a fresh pack anyway. I was able to review my photos and delete the unwanted ones without worrying about running out of power.


    I would recommend the Canon A610; it's a great cheap digital camera with manual modes that work perfectly. I'm hoping to upgrade to a camera with either time-lapse features and/or an infra-red remote.
    Last edited by greenlight; 06-03-2007 at 12:29 AM.

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    Default Re: Greenlight goes camping

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing indeed - GREAT pics too, I almost feel I was there as well!

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    Great post ! and wonderful pics!
    Hope to see more soon !

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    Great pics! Must have been a fun trip. Ive been rafting before, and it was quite a fun experience!

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    Great pics! Luv the one where you painted the shot with green.

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    The Safari Qwik-cook stove is so awesome. It breaks down to 3 pieces for packing. We can cook all our meals with just small twigs and branches... it's very efficient.

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    looks like a great time
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    great pictures! cool stove. it looks like you made it. where did you buy it? and the pots, did you customize them especially for the stove?
    Keep it simple.

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    The stove can be had online or you can search google for other vendors. We use an enamel steel pot like you would take camping... very simple setup. It can be used in high wind and burns everything to a fine ash. Good for places that require a fire pan. We even burn our aluminum cans to ash. Steel cans we burn too, but I'm not sure if they change or just get dirtier.
    Last edited by greenlight; 07-24-2006 at 12:29 PM.

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    Wow,

    Your pictures bring back happy memories of camping with my family in my youth. My parents would take us on an annual camping trip to the Eel river and the Avenue of the Giants (for those not familiar with Northern California this a Redwood Forest).

    Thanks for sharing Greenlight! Did you and your Dad do any steelhead fishing?

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    i haven't been camping in a long time (maybe 10+years) but after seeing these pic's I wanna go to go camping w/my lights.

    I take walks in the woods near my house (in Breakheart resveration, right outside of Boston, not wilderness but as close asd a city boy can get) and now need to step it up!

    Awesome pics!!!

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    Awesome pictures!! I am envious... looks like you had a BLAST!!

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    Great pics, thanks for share, i love camping and outdoors activities...
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    Looks like a fun trip. Whitewater rafting is a blast. I once got thrown out of my raft on a class 5 river. Spent about 10 minutes shooting the rapids and waterfalls by myself. Was lucky to live through it. Great fun though, except for that one time.

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    Wow! make me think of those days...

    Thanks for sharing.

    hehehe... gonna check on the A610 now.
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    Really great post and pictures. Especially has me dreaming this time of year.

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    Thanks for the pics. Just what I need to combat cabin fever.

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    Thanks for sharing, very nice pics and thanks for the details.
    No mosquitoes ?

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    There were a lot of mosquitoes on the Green river (Utah) and the Missouri river (Montana). There were days that I didn't want to leave your tent, even to pee. I think we even ate in our tents. I always bring a net hat and body armor (thick poly clothes). Gloves would be good, too.

    I'm getting ready to plan my next river trip, we're going to raft the Klamath river for 7 days to the mouth of the pacific ocean. We did that once before, it was our best trip ever. Keeping my fingers crossed for good weather!!!

    This year I'm going to take my video camera and try to make a video CD for memories.
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    reading the 1st posts and looking at the lights, I wondered, but then (post #5) everything went clear:
    "greenlight" not "greeenled"

    those pics are great, I very much like how remote everything looks and how "shiny" everything is (sorry, not the right word, I mean no brush, no garabge at all, nice dark sand, ...)
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    Can I post some pics here if any turn out this weekend? I'm bringing a cheapy digital cam, the pics it takes are really hit or miss.
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    Nice pics! Looks like you had a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man
    Can I post some pics here if any turn out this weekend? I'm bringing a cheapy digital cam, the pics it takes are really hit or miss.
    Please leave this thread for my personal camping adventures. I have more planned and am going to post them here.

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    Hello Greenlight,

    Excellent adventure.

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    hey Greenlight,

    I'm trying to plan a river camping trip similar to yours. No more than class II as I'm a beginner. Where along the eel river did you start and end? Would you recommend it for a newbie? If not, where else?

    thanks
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    I just returned from my annual rafting trip with dad. We spent a week on the Trinity/Klamath river. The weather was great, with sun and swimming each day.

    Here's me running a big rapid:

    A nice campsite:

    We had lunch in a nice meadow:


    Viewing petroglyphs:

    I cooked some nice dinners:

    This year I brought 5 flashlights:
    Gerber Firecracker
    Infinity green led
    Gerber sonic
    Streamlight Lux. Jr.
    Garrity 3aaa led headlamp

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    It was the week of the new moon, so it was dark all night. I was looking forward to using my lights, but we were tired and went to bed soon after dark. I used the sonic the most because it is the least bright of the lights I brought. It was good for reading. The Streamlight is a good bright light, and mine glows so it is easy to find at night (to look for other flashlights). The Gerber Firecracker is a great little light that throws really far. It penetrates into distant trees and has little annoying spill light. I was looking for eyes watching me. I never used the headlamp or the green infinity, oh well. Once or twice I woke up and needed a light; having a glowing flashlight really helped. Otherwise, there was little need for artificial lights. No one brought a lantern, and flashlight usage was minimal at best. I didn't even get to show off my flashlights or compare with the other guys. Mostly to help get ready for bed. We had a lot of daylight, so I guess in other seasons a flashlight would be more useful.

    At the end of the trip we paddled out to the Pacific ocean and spent the night on the beach. There were hundreds of seals and sea lions. Native tribespeople were spear fishing and hunting for eels at night with flashlights. It was very peaceful and the moon finally came out. It's not clear in the picture, but it's a small crescent moon.

    When I woke up in the morning, this was the view from my tent:

    It was really great to get away and spend some time with my dad. Nothing changed at home while I was gone. And the world didn't stop without me around for a week.
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    Thanks for sharing greenlight! I always enjoy it when folks "share their adventures" - I need to get out more often!
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    You just made my day. Again, thanks for sharing the wonderful photos AND for including the map!
    Keep it simple.

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    I'm still working on the video of the trip.
    Last edited by greenlight; 09-20-2007 at 11:05 PM.

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    Great pics! I really enjoy camping too!
    Next month I´ll gonna camp in a jungle, with some friends, here in Brasil!

    Thanx for posting!

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