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GPS mapping trip

Postby Randy Hees » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:09 pm

Craig Hoefer is proposing a trip to the Bodie area to map via GPS the entire route of the Bodie & Benton. Craig has experience doing trail surveys for State Parks, and a contact or two to get us access to some of the normally "keep out" areas at the top of the hill. We would probably use ATV's to follow the entire right of way, with heavier 4x4's following along where possible, carrying the camping equipment, supplies and beer (a special class of supplies).

Targets would include the entire right of way... including the switchbacks at the top of town and the logging lines to the south of Mono Mills. Between the ATV's and heavy 4 wheel vehicals we should be able to get everywhere, and be able to self extract if we get stuck...

Its likely a 3 day adventure... maybe 4. Likely next season.

Thoughts....

Randy
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Re: GPS mapping trip

Postby Solomani » Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:47 pm

Randy,

Sounds like fun. Next season mean next spring?

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Re: GPS mapping trip

Postby Randy Hees » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:00 am

I would guess late May or June, after Tioga opens, and the snow is gone... of course if this is a drought year we can do it earlier. The state park's summer season runs May 15 to Oct 15... The friends group doesn't start its tours until May 25th

The line doesn't cover a great deal of territory, so we can either establish a base camp and go out each day, or establish a new camp each night. Most of the railroad is on BLM land (it crosses a bit on National Forest on around Mono Lake, and of course there is the state park at Bodie.... The BLM allows "dispersed" camping almost anywhere, but no open fires (and you get to poo behind a tree) There are good developed camp sites up various creeks on the west side of 395... and motels in Lee Vining and Bridgeport for those who don't camp.
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