SEAPAX Campout! North Cascades National Park July 14-16

RSVP to campout@seapax.org: The 2017 Annual SEAPAX Campout will be held at the Newhalem Creek Campground in the North Cascades National Park, July 14-16. We have reserved several adjacent individual campsites that should accommodate our group. Details about the campground can be found here. Families and friends are welcome.

In order to plan we need a count of folks who will be joining us. To RSVP or ask questions send a note to campout@seapax.org. There will be opportunities to hike and explore the area on your own or with others.

SEAPAX is subsidizing part of the cost for our camp so we are asking for a contribution of just $5 per person for both nights (what a deal!)   We traditionally have a group potluck on Saturday night, with all other meals being on your own.

Mark this event on your calendar. There will be lots to do and see in this beautiful park. Enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. RSVP today!

A taste of the park can be found in this album.

2017 Annual Campout – North Cascades National Park July 14-16

MarmotThe 2017 annual SEAPAX campout will be held at the Newhalem Creek Campground in the North Cascades National Park, July 14-16. We have reserved several adjacent individual campsites that should accommodate our group. Details about the campground can be found here.

As time gets closer to the camping dates, we will post more information about activities, daytime and evening, including our traditional Saturday night potluck. Mark this event on your calendar. There will be lots to do and see! For more information, send a note to the campout committee.

A taste of the park can be found in this album.

 

SEAPAX Annual Campout – Grouse Creek

SEAPAX Campout June 24-26

The 7th annual SEAPAX campout is scheduled for June 24-26 at the Grouse Creek Campground, in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. 

Nestled in a secluded forest setting, this campground is located near the confluence of Grouse Creek and the Chiwawa River, at an elevation of 2,450 feet, and can accommodate up to 50 guests. It is equipped with 3 picnic tables, a large fire pit and campfire rings, and accessible vault toilets, though with no running water.

We have booked the entire group campground for both nights. SEAPAX will subsidize most of the cost of the reservation but asks for adult campers to donate $10 toward the campground fee (cost is for one or both nights). 

Activities are being planned, including easy (e.g., Hidden Lake) and more challenging hikes (e.g., Spider Meadow). In addition, Saturday night will be a group dinner effort (last year, our group of 20 people prepared tacos together and had a great meal!). We will need help (contact one of the organizers below) with planning other activities, preparing the menu, shopping for and preparing the Saturday night meal, and organizing carpools.

Directions: from US 2, west- or east-bound, turn north onto WA-207 at Coles Corner and go 4.3 miles. Take a slight right onto Chiwawa Loop Road and go 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Chiwawa River Road/Forest Road 6200 and go 8.1 miles. At the end of the road, take a sharp left onto Forest Road 6200. There is a gated spur road just off the main paved road on the left. The campground is at the end of the road alongside Grouse Creek and is out of sight of the road providing for substantial privacy. Driving time for the approximately 100 mile trip is typically between 2 1/2 and 3 hours.

So, mark your calendar now for outdoor fun! RSVP as soon as possible to either Nikki Eller (nikkimeller@gmail.com) or Scott Ramos (webmaster@seapax.org).

SEAPAX Annual Campout

Stillaguamish River
Stillaguamish River

RPCVs, families and friends are invited to the SEAPAX camp out June 19-21 at Wiley Creek Campground in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. This campground (more information) is on the Mountain Loop Highway, about 5 miles east of the Verlot Public Service Center (map). We have booked the B Group Campsite area. Come for one night or two. Cost is just $5 per person/night for the nights of June 19th and 20th. Plans are still forming for hikes (examples: Lake 22, Pinnacle Lake, Heather Lake, Big Four Ice Caves) and a group dinner Saturday night.

So, mark your calendar now for outdoor fun! There’s a shelter people can sleep in–a two-level wood-frame with about 400 square feet of space on each level–or they can bring their own tents. Space for ~20 people and 5 cars so carpooling is advised. Please RSVP to Nikki Eller (nikkimeller@gmail.com).

2013 SEAPAX Campout Update

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Now that it’s June, many winter-weary Seattleites are looking forward to summer outdoor activities, including the always-enjoyable RPCV campouts.

 

We have some important updates to share with you about campout plans. First, we regret to inform you that due to circumstances beyond our control, the SEAPAX 2013 Campout which had been scheduled for August 23-25 has been CANCELLED.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience, and want to remind you about other great opportunities for RPCV campouts this summer:

 

  • June 21- 23, Columbia River Peace Corps Association (Portland group) is hosting a campout open to all at Camp Lookout State Park on the north coast of Oregon. Space is filling fast, so registration is needed ASAP. Full information at: http://crpca.org/?page_id=1590
  • August 1-4, the 23rd annual NW Regional RPCV campout, hosted this year by the Inland Northwest PCA (Spokane group),will be held at Farragut State Park in the Idaho panhandle. Here is the link for full details including optional family outing) and online registration: http://peacecorpssummercampout.eventbrite.com/#

 

Planning ahead for 2014 and how you can help. Hosting of the regional campout rotates among the RPCV groups in WA, OR, and ID and in 2014 it will again be the turn of SEAPAX.   (If you’d like to learn more about this NW tradition and where we’ve camped in the past, check out https://home.seapax.org/2009/06/17/regional-campout/. A 2014 Regional Campout planning committee is now being formed and as first step, we are looking for suggestions of possible sites and dates. In order to get a desirable location for a group this size (often 50- 100 people) we need to make our reservation as quickly as possible. Camping is a popular activity, and group campsites typically need to reserve a year in advance. We are fortunate to have so many beautiful places in Washington – national parks and forests, state parks and more- to choose from, so please share your favorites.

 

Tips for selecting dates and places for Regional Campout. Here are some factors to consider to help make the selection:

  • Date: check for holiday weekends, and aim to avoid conflicts with major local and RPCV group events.  The Portland group, for example, typically holds a popular campout in late June; need to check 2014 date.
  • Geographic location:  look for places reasonably accessible to those coming from around in the 3-state region. Also consider what activity offerings are available in or close to the campground.
  • Site and amenities: is a designated group camp available, or would we need to reserve individual sites? If the latter, how many single campsites may a group reserve?  Parking rules? (often are limits on number of cars allowed per site) How close would any site be to public campground? RV spaces & hookups?  Is it a safe place for young children? Accessible for folks with disabilities? What is available in the way of running water, bathrooms (flush toilets or latrines), showers, picnic tables, and grills? Are campfires permitted?  Is there a place where we can hold the Saturday night dinner for all participants?
  • Cost and terms of payment:  what is the fee, and is a deposit or full fee required to be paid at the time the reservation is made?  Are entrance fees or permits per individual vehicle required also?
  • Accommodations for non-campers: what is the availability fairly close by of motels B &Bs, etc.? There is typically a contingent of non-campers who like to participate in events and the Sat. dinner, so need to check options.  And local RPCVs may join us too, as a contingent from Wenatchee did when we last hosted in 2009, at the Bridge Creek campground near Leavenworth.

 

Please send your suggestions for dates and places for the 2014 Regional Campout no later than June 15 to Scott at webmaster@seapax.org

Please include a brief description of site features, and let us know if you want to join the Campout planning committee.   We are looking forward to hearing your ideas!