Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by DaveK » Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:17 pm

Anza Borrego Desert State Park is located just east of the town of Julian. Julian's origin began during in the gold rush days of the late 1800's. Remnants of these mines still exist today, some in quite good condition.

On Saturday I will be doing a run through a triangle of canyons comprised of Rodriguez, Chariot and Oriflamme. Contained within this area, and a bit outside, are several mines, all of which are on private property and almost all of which are fenced off. Three of the top ten gold producing mines are in this area and the owners have given us permission to enter the property to view the the remnants of the operation, which by the way, are in very good condition, given their age (over 100 years). In one location there stands the original 5 stamp mill, with wood frame, including much of the machinery used for the operation. At this mine, the current owner (who is the grandson of the original owner in the 1800's) has offered to give us a tour and some history (the mine is now on his private ranch, which has been in his family for many, many years.)

Each member of the tour will get a copy of the book "A good Camp" by Leland Fetzer (no charge). If you want an early copy, let me know. Otherwise, I will be handing out copies just before the run. The book contains a great description of the history of the area as well as the mines that we will be visiting. Leland will be accompanying us this year on this trip and will share his knowledge of the area as we travel. We will also have a geologist with us who will be giving us an insight into the reasons why the area attracted such interest from prospectors.

One special note: As we travel from mine to mine, Leland will be commenting on various topics related to the area and the mines, via Ham radio. If you can, be sure to bring a radio so you can listen and participate. We will have some additional radios available for listening.

PLEASE NOTE:

1. Rock rails may help as will under carriage protection. Expect brush scratches. All of the remaining OAUSA rules and regulations will be in place. We will stop for lunch at the midway point during the trip. Bring your lunch, drinks, and plenty of water. One of the mines will require wading through about a foot of water and waders or waterproof boots will help.

2. No alcohol will be allowed during the trip.

3. This run requires a certain amount of physical ability. There is a short hike (approximately half mile) involved to reach one mine and a small climb up a dirt face to reach another.

4. All mines on this tour are on private land. Please respect the land and take all trash out with you. Nothing can be removed from the mines or the land!!!

We want to reserve this run for those who have not done it in the past. Depending on the sign-ups, there may be room for some second timers. The run is limited to 8 vehicles so as to minimize the impact on the private land we will use.
The trail through the canyons is easy for the most part. There may be a few sections of Rodriguez that are a little difficult but the reports so far seem to suggest that the road has been "smoothed out".

Please post your Ham radio call sign with your sign-up.

Lead: DaveK
Tail Gunner:
midsection:
Comms Designee: DaveK
Difficulty: Mostly easy with possibly a short section of moderate
Meeting Time: 7:30 am
Meeting Place: Butterfield Ranch Resort Group Campsite at the OAUSA HQ.
Departure Time: 8:00 am
2M Simplex: 145.570
2M Repeater: Laguna Mtn 147.150+ (PL: 107.2) & Monument 147.240+ (PL: 103.5)
APRS: We will be running ARPS on the National frequency

There will be 8 rig maximum for this run with a 3 rig wait list.

Signed Up:

1. DaveK
2. Travis and Sarah
3. Shane Hook (paranoid56) and wife
4. Steve and Tammy
5. nickshammas
6. Mike & Wendy
7. NIck (Nix)
8.

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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by wb6twl » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:15 pm

Anita and I went on this run last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.
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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by DaveK » Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:02 pm

wb6twl wrote:Anita and I went on this run last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.

Steve

Thanks!!!

Depending on the amount of interest for this run, we may have an alternate. We'll see.
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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by taugust » Sat Sep 06, 2014 11:20 pm

I also highly recommend this run. Have done it several times. Surprised it's not book up yet. Usually it is booked up early. Chris has started to slowly restore the stamp mill. I pointed him to someone knowledgeable in that.
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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by Crismateski » Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:55 pm

I can't believe nobody is signed up for this, it is definitely one of the most memorable trips Paige and I have been on, infact that is us in the picture climbing to the sugar mine. If we were not moving that weekend, I would certainly be there.
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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by paranoid56 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:54 am

I am in.
Shane Hook (paranoid56) and the wife (already signed up and verified for the camping)
HAM handle is nothing, all i got is a CB lol
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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by travis.diller » Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:56 am

travis.diller and wife would like to go on this run/hike. I don't have ham but have CB. Please sign us up!

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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by Crismateski » Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:15 pm

travis.diller wrote:travis.diller and wife would like to go on this run/hike. I don't have ham but have CB. Please sign us up!
It is an awesome run Travis, you and Sarah will like it
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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by DaveK » Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:43 pm

travis.diller wrote:travis.diller and wife would like to go on this run/hike. I don't have ham but have CB. Please sign us up!

Travis:

Welcome. We have you and Sarah logged in. We will work on getting ham radios to as many as we can, so you can listen to commentary from our guests, as we travel.
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Re: Julian/Cuyamaca Mine Run/Hike - Saturday 10/11/14

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Post by travis.diller » Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:19 am

don't forget to add shane hook (paranoid56) to the list. he signed up before me.

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