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The proposed group trip this summer is camping on Catalina Island or some other more local beach.  Below is a list of possible dates for the trip, followed by some camping options that are available for each set of dates.  If you are interested in attending, please add your name below at least one of the date options.  In parathenses after your name please put the number corresponding to your preference in this choice (1, 2, or 3) and the letter(s) corresponding to the camping option(s) you prefer (list of camping options can be found below).
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<H3> Possible Dates </H3>
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The group trip will be to the Little Harbor Campsite on Catalina Island.  Trip information can be found below. 
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<li> August 22-24 (Wednesday - Friday)
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<li> August 24-26 (Friday - Saturday)
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<li> August 25-27 (Saturday - Monday)
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<H3> Camping Options </H3>
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<H3> Trip Schedule </H3>
 
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<li> a - any available camping option
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<li> Leave Caltech for Long Beach at 6:15 am Wednesday, August 22.
<li> b - boat-in camping on Catalina
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<li> l - Little Harbor campsite on Catalina (available only on 1)
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<li> Depart Long Beach Downtown on Catalina Express boat at 8:30am (check-in by 7:30am).
<li> m - Blackjack campsite on Catalina
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<li> Arrive at Avalon on Catalina Island at about 9:30am.
<li> o - camping on a beach that's not on Catalina (available only on 2, 3)
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<li> Leave on Safari Bus for Little Harbor campsite at 10:30am.
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<li> Arrive at Little Harbor Campground at about 12:00 on Wednesday.
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<ul> <li> Camping at Little Harbor Campground Wednesday and Thursday nights.
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<li> Activities:
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<li> Kayaking- we've rented two doubles for two days
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<li> Snorkeling (rentals available- see packing list for info)
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<li> Surfing lessons (we will bring 3 boards from Caltech)
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<li> On Thursday morning, a group will leave from the campsite to hike to the top of Mt Orizaba (2100ft), the tallest mountain on the island. Views of LA and nearby channel islands. 8 mi round trip. Return midafternoon.
 
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The following descriptions have been copied from the [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com Santa Catalina Island Company's website].
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<P>Santa Catalina Island’s '''Boat-In Campsites''' allow you to enjoy true seclusion along the amazing Pacific coast. There are 17 sites at nine locations around the northeast shore of Avalon. These campsites can only be reached by boat or kayak, and you must pack in your own equipment and supplies. A ranger checks each campground every day. Each Boat-In Campsite is unique in location and regulations. The sites are all primitive, with no running water, shade structures, moorings or sanitation stations. Campers are required to bring their own portable restroom and pack out any trash or waste. Because fires are not allowed, cooking must be done in a self-contained BBQ or camp stove.  
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<li> Leave from Little Harbor Campground at 10:30am Friday, August 24 (check-out time is 11am)
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<ul> <li> Depart on Safari Bus at 10:30am.
<P>Rated "One of the Best Campgrounds in the West" by Sunset Magazine, '''Little Harbor Campground''' is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water. Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation.  Facilities and activities include BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, lockers, and kayak and snorkel gear rentals are available from Wet Spot Rentals daily.</P>
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<li> Arrive in Avalon at about 12:00.
<P>The '''Blackjack Campground''' is nestled among pine and eucalyptus trees near 2,097-foot Mt. Orizaba, Santa Catalina Island’s highest peak. At 1,600 feet above sea level, the facility provides eleven campsites with sweeping views of rolling terrain to the ocean. Situated several miles from both Avalon and Two Harbors, Blackjack Campground offers tranquility in the island’s interiorFacilities and activities include picnic tables, BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, and lockers.</P>
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<li> 5 hours in Avalon for exploring, swimming, hiking, or biking. (Lockers for baggage available)
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<li> Depart on Catalina Express boat for Long Beach Downtown Landing at 6pm (5pm check-in).
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<li> Arrive at Long Beach Downtown Landing at about 7pm.
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<li> Arrive in Pasadena at about 8pm Friday, August 24.  
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<H3> Little Harbor, Catalina Island </H3>
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<P>The following activities are available at the Little Harbor campsite: snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, surfing (plus lessons), scuba diving, and swimming. </P>
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[[Image:littleharbor2.jpg]]
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The following description has been copied from the [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com Santa Catalina Island Company's website]:</P>
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<P>Rated "One of the Best Campgrounds in the West" by Sunset Magazine, [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/camp_littleHarbor.php '''Little Harbor Campground'''] is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water. Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation.  Facilities and activities include BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, lockers, and kayak and snorkel gear rentals are available from Wet Spot Rentals daily.</P>
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<P> The campsite costs $12/person/night. Camping reservations can be cancelled with full refund if more than 72 hours before scheduled arrival. </P>
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<H4> Transportation Details </H4>
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<P> Catalina Express offers several boat rides each day from two ports in Long Beach to Avalon on Catalina Island. We can get the round trip tickets for a discounted price of $50.50.  The [http://www.catalinaexpress.com/portLongBeach.php Downtown port] in Long Beach has daily parking of $12/vehicle and an extensive schedule found [http://www.catalinaexpress.com/scheduleFaresLanding.php here].  The schedule for the return trip from Avalon can be found [http://www.catalinaexpress.com/scheduleFaresAvalon.php here].  Full price round-trip tickets ($59) are refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before the first departure time. </P>
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<P> Once in Avalon, we will need to take a shuttle to get to the campsiteThe [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/tran_safariBus.php Safari Bus] links Avalon, Little Harbor, the trailhead for Black Jack campsite (the mountain), the airport and Two Harbors.  The round-trip ticket is $33.50 per person, and is refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before first departure time. </P>
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=== Confirmed Campers ===
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* Julia Braman
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* Sawyer Fuller
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* Richard Murray
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* Andreas Ulbig
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* Mary Dunlop
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* Elisa Franco
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* Michael Epstein (refundable)
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* Dominic Rizzo
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* Nok (refundable)
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[[Trip Packing List]]
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[[Pictures from the Catalina Trip]]

Latest revision as of 16:14, 5 September 2007

Catalinasky.jpg

The group trip will be to the Little Harbor Campsite on Catalina Island. Trip information can be found below.

Trip Schedule

  • Leave Caltech for Long Beach at 6:15 am Wednesday, August 22.
    • Depart Long Beach Downtown on Catalina Express boat at 8:30am (check-in by 7:30am).
    • Arrive at Avalon on Catalina Island at about 9:30am.
    • Leave on Safari Bus for Little Harbor campsite at 10:30am.
  • Arrive at Little Harbor Campground at about 12:00 on Wednesday.
    • Camping at Little Harbor Campground Wednesday and Thursday nights.
    • Activities:
      • Kayaking- we've rented two doubles for two days
      • Snorkeling (rentals available- see packing list for info)
      • Surfing lessons (we will bring 3 boards from Caltech)
      • On Thursday morning, a group will leave from the campsite to hike to the top of Mt Orizaba (2100ft), the tallest mountain on the island. Views of LA and nearby channel islands. 8 mi round trip. Return midafternoon.
  • Leave from Little Harbor Campground at 10:30am Friday, August 24 (check-out time is 11am)
    • Depart on Safari Bus at 10:30am.
    • Arrive in Avalon at about 12:00.
    • 5 hours in Avalon for exploring, swimming, hiking, or biking. (Lockers for baggage available)
    • Depart on Catalina Express boat for Long Beach Downtown Landing at 6pm (5pm check-in).
    • Arrive at Long Beach Downtown Landing at about 7pm.
  • Arrive in Pasadena at about 8pm Friday, August 24.

Little Harbor, Catalina Island

The following activities are available at the Little Harbor campsite: snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, surfing (plus lessons), scuba diving, and swimming.

Littleharbor2.jpg

The following description has been copied from the Santa Catalina Island Company's website:

Rated "One of the Best Campgrounds in the West" by Sunset Magazine, Little Harbor Campground is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water. Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation. Facilities and activities include BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, lockers, and kayak and snorkel gear rentals are available from Wet Spot Rentals daily.

The campsite costs $12/person/night. Camping reservations can be cancelled with full refund if more than 72 hours before scheduled arrival.

Transportation Details

Catalina Express offers several boat rides each day from two ports in Long Beach to Avalon on Catalina Island. We can get the round trip tickets for a discounted price of $50.50. The Downtown port in Long Beach has daily parking of $12/vehicle and an extensive schedule found here. The schedule for the return trip from Avalon can be found here. Full price round-trip tickets ($59) are refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before the first departure time.

Once in Avalon, we will need to take a shuttle to get to the campsite. The Safari Bus links Avalon, Little Harbor, the trailhead for Black Jack campsite (the mountain), the airport and Two Harbors. The round-trip ticket is $33.50 per person, and is refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before first departure time.



Confirmed Campers

  • Julia Braman
  • Sawyer Fuller
  • Richard Murray
  • Andreas Ulbig
  • Mary Dunlop
  • Elisa Franco
  • Michael Epstein (refundable)
  • Dominic Rizzo
  • Nok (refundable)


Trip Packing List

Pictures from the Catalina Trip