LPFA Used Gear Sale

Los Padres Spring Trail
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LPFA USED GEAR SALE

NOVEMBER 7, 10am – 2pm
TUCKER’S GROVE, SITE 5
SANTA BARBARA / GOLETA
The LPFA is really excited to announce a used backpacking/camping gear sale on November 7 at Tucker’s Grove in Goleta / SB.  This is a great opportunity to buy some great secondhand gear at reduced prices and also to donate or sell on-consignment some of your old gear.  The sale will feature secondhand camping / backpacking gear including camp stoves, tents, backpacks, camping technology, cooking gear, hiking poles, etc…..  If you’d like to participate or help, here’s how:
 
DONATE / SELL GEAR:
• If you can’t make it on November 7th but would like to donate some of your gear, we will be collecting gear starting Monday October 19th at the Forest Service Supervisors Office in Goleta.  The collection hours are Monday through Friday 8am – 12:00pm, 1pm – 4:30pm.  Ask for Jennifer Gray and she’ll have all the information you need for donating your gear or putting it on consignment.  We’ll provide tax donation receipts for ALL gear donated!
• We’ll also be collecting used gear on November 7 starting at 8am at Site 5 Tucker’s Grove.  We’re hoping to gather all the used gear by 10am when the sale starts.  Bring it early, we’ll have a team of gear gurus on-hand to help price the gear and get it lined up for the public.  Any questions, let us know: INFO@LPForest.org
GET SOME GEAR:
• If you want to check out the gear, show up on November 7 between 10 and 2pm at Site 5 Tucker’s Grove.  We’ll have gear gurus available to talk about sizing or any other gear questions you might have.  We’ll have maps, books and other LP-centric products available as well.  We’ll also have some Dutch Oven cooking available for sampling compliments of Rich Scholl.
VOLUNTEER:
• If you are interested in helping with the sale, we certainly could use volunteers to help with the process. Email INFO@LPForest.org if interested in helping!  
This will be a great way for you to gear up for the upcoming backpacking season and also a fun way to give some of your used gear back to the trail community.  Not to mention all proceeds are going to the Los Padres Adopt-A-Trail program which is launching later this fall.  Hope to see all of you there.

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LPFA Used Gear Sale: NOVEMBER 7, TUCKER’S GROVE

Down to Indian Creek, October 2015
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Hello Everyone,

Wow, did you get to see the thunderstorms yesterday?  A good portion of the LP had some fantastic thunder and lightning yesterday afternoon.  While the fireworks were impressive, most of the forest received just traces of actual rainfall.  Outside of the Sierra Madre’s, which received nearly half an inch, most of the weather stations across the forest had totals under a tenth of an inch.  More unstable weather is on tap for this afternoon but probably not like what we had yesterday.  I keep thinking that our first freeze has to be coming soon but so far our weird summer of weather continues to throw curve balls.  Probably has something to do with the irregular climate changes affecting the equatorial Pacific right now.  😉

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LPFA USED GEAR SALE

NOVEMBER 7, 10am – 2pm
TUCKER’S GROVE, SITE 5
SANTA BARBARA / GOLETA
The LPFA is really excited to announce a used backpacking/camping gear sale on November 7 at Tucker’s Grove in Goleta / SB.  This is a great opportunity to buy some great secondhand gear at reduced prices and also to donate or sell on-consignment some of your old gear.  The sale will feature secondhand camping / backpacking gear including camp stoves, tents, backpacks, camping technology, cooking gear, hiking poles, etc…..  If you’d like to participate or help, here’s how:

DONATE / SELL GEAR:
• If you can’t make it on November 7th but would like to donate some of your gear, we will be collecting gear starting Monday at the Forest Service Supervisors Office in Goleta.  The collection hours are Monday through Friday 8am – 12:00pm, 1pm – 4:30pm.  Ask for Jennifer Gray and she’ll have all the information you need for donating your gear or putting it on consignment.  We’ll provide tax donation receipts for ALL gear donated!

• We’ll also be collecting used gear on November 7 starting at 8am at Site 5 Tucker’s Grove.  We’re hoping to gather all the used gear by 10am when the sale starts.  Bring it early, we’ll have a team of gear gurus on-hand to help price the gear and get it lined up for the public.  Any questions, let us know:  INFO@LPForest.org

GET SOME GEAR:
• If you want to check out the gear, show up on November 7 between 10 and 2pm at Site 5 Tucker’s Grove.  We’ll have gear gurus available to talk about sizing or any other gear questions you might have.  We’ll have maps, books and other LP-centric products available as well.  We’ll also have some Dutch Oven cooking available for sampling compliments of Rich Scholl.

VOLUNTEER:
• If you are interested in helping with the sale, we certainly could use volunteers to help with the process. Email INFO@LPForest.org if interested in helping!

We’ll have fliers going out next week to further promote the event but this will be a great way for you to gear up for the upcoming backpacking season and also a fun way to give some of your used gear back to the trail community.  Not to mention proceeds are going to the Adopt-A-Trail program which is launching later this fall.  Hope to see all of you there.

Bear Family Tracks, Mono Creek
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UPCOMING EVENTS

October 8-28: ACE Trail Crew on Alamar Trail
October 16-18: LPFA Madulce Trail Crosscut Sawyer Project
October 17-18: VWA Big Sur Trail Project
October 17: Backpacking Made Easy, Santa Barbara, James Wapotich
October 17: Trails, Ales, and Photography benefit for Franklin Trail

LOS PADRES: Madulce Trail Project & Upcoming Used Gear Sale

Hi Everyone – Happy Wednesday!

We wanted to pass along two upcoming projects/events that the LPFA will be sponsoring in the coming months.  Hope you can make it.  Thanks and more to come soon……


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MADULCE TRAIL PROJECT
OCTOBER 16-18
The LPFA is hosting a 2-3 day trail project the weekend of October 16-18 and could use your help on the volunteer trail crew.  We’re hoping to have a morning and afternoon departure time on Friday the 16th from Upper Oso Campground to drive the 1.5hrs out to Bluff Cabin.  We’ll most likely be using Bluff as our basecamp for both Friday and Saturday nights.  Those who arrive Friday morning will spend Friday afternoon working the Alamar Trail to remove 12 trees that remain across the trail from our project earlier this month.  Saturday will be our big trail day and we’ll work the first 2 miles of the Madulce Trail from the Buckhorn Rd down towards Madulce Camp.  There are at least 20 downed trees (ranging from 18-36″) along this section of trail and some trail tread work needed as well.  The trail starts around 6,000ft in elevation so the temperatures will be cooler and most of the work will be amongst mature pine trees.  LPFA will be providing food for dinner Friday and Saturday and breakfast Saturday and Sunday.  We have room for 30 volunteers.  If you’d like to sign up or for more questions, please contact project leader Mike Smith:  TrailSmith@LPForest.org





Just a few of the packs looking for a new home, photo Ranger Rik
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VWR / AAT BACKPACKING GEAR SALE
NOVEMBER 7
For those of you gearing up for the 2015-16 backpacking season, or those looking to pass along your used gear from the 2014-15 season, we’ve got an event for you.  On Saturday November 7 the LPFA will be hosting a used gear sale in Santa Barbara.  We’re still working out the details but be sure to put the date on your calendar.  This is a great opportunity for you to pick up some great high quality second hand gear or to bring your great high quality second hand gear and sell it to a new owner.  Most of the gear will be of the backpacking variety but all camping gear will be available for purchase and sale.  In addition to the gear, we’ll be having some Volunteer Wilderness Ranger demonstrations, booths from trail organizations, Adopt-A-Trail introduction, food and an opportunity to learn as much as you possibly can about the Los Padres trails and camps.  If you have any questions please let us know and remember to put November 7 on your calendar:  INFO@LPForest.org

Labor on Adopt-A-Trail

Bombing Cuesta, photo Shaw
Cuesta Fire Drop

Happy Labor Day Everyone,

I love Labor Day, it’s our day!  Right?  Labor day is “a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people”.  That’s what I’m talking about, a break from work to celebrate the fact that most of your time is spent working.  I’m okay with that.  Labor Day also marks the end of summer and the oncoming of Fall or backcountry season here in the Los Padres.  You can see it coming.  Trees are changing colors ever so slightly, it’s dark now at 8pm and the mornings are just a little cooler.  It’s always a little sad to say goodbye to summer but I get really fired-up saying hello to Fall and Winter.  Bring it on……

Speaking of labor, big thanks to everyone who fought the Cuesta Fire in SLO County.  The fire is now 100% contained and even with a few flareup scares over the past weeks; the FS, CalFire and others were able to fight it back and keep it under control.  Cuesta ended up burning 2,446 acres and lasted nearly two weeks.  Great work and thank you to everyone involved, I hope you also find some downtime this weekend to celebrate your labor!




AAT Off and Running, photo Spicer
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ADOPT-A-TRAIL  LOS PADRES
The LPFA is excited to announce that we won an REI partner grant and will be kicking off and publicizing an Adopt-A-Trail program in the Los Padres.  While Adopt-A-Trail is nothing new and there are dozens of similar programs around the country, there hasn’t been a large scale active program in the Los Padres.  We’re looking forward to working with the Forest Service, trail organizations, corporate sponsors and volunteers to help facilitate a program where everyone can help make a difference on their favorite trail.  Many many more details to come.  We’re hoping to officially launch the program in early November during a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger BBQ event.  Again, more details to come.  We hope you’re all excited about the potential of being able to help your favorite trail.  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact AAT@LPForest.org



Another New Kiosk Installed, Lower NIRA Trailhead, photo Fosters
NIRA Kiosk
EVENTS UPCOMING

September 17: Wilderness Protection Summit, Santa Cruz Sierra Club & VWA
September 25-27: LPFA NPLD Alamar Trail Crosscut Sawyer Project

September 26-27: VWA Pico Blanco NPLD Trail Project
September 26: NPLD Santa Barbara, Upper Cold Spring
October 3: Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Monterey in support of the VWA
October 16-18: LPFA Madulce Trail Crosscut Sawyer Project (NOTE NEW DATE)
October 24: Wilderness Symposium, Ojai, Los Padres Chapter Sierra Club
November 7: AAT Launch & VWR Appreciation, Santa Barbara
December 4-6: LPFA Lower Mono-Alamar Trail Project

If you have any events to share, please send them our way.
Enjoy the long weekend…….