full on hippie / Indian / back to the woods Rainbow 2013


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Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 6, 2013 - 12:17pm PT
All hippies are bad? Wow, that's lame.

Kinda like saying all climbers are bad, all blacks are bad, all Arabs are bad, all Christians are bad, all children are bad.

Look in the mirror brothers. The first as#@&%e you met today might have been the one you shaved this morning.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
May 6, 2013 - 12:23pm PT
My gf and i hitched to the white mt AZ gathering in 79. No hippies gave us rides, just alcoholic good old boys. Slept in a plastic tube tent. Worked in the hare krishna kitchen and fasted most of my stay. Felt pretty groovy with my george harrison look hanging with ram das and wavy gravy.
That's where I found out that guitars don't work in drum circles.

Met lots of cool freaks but left me jaded by the the excess of moocher hippies.
Pre-burning man anything goes life experience that actually turned me away from my hippy ideals and towards a punk ethos.

Bad Climber

May 6, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
Thanks, Rocker. Good to hear.


Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
May 6, 2013 - 01:10pm PT
If you haven't noticed, the human race is well on the way to destroying our one and only planet. Seems to me its time to at least start thinking about other paradigms for existence other than "work/buy/work/buy/work/buy...." ad nauseam.

If you haven't noticed, the human race is well on the way to destroying our one and only planet. Seems to me its time to at least start thinking about other paradigms for existence other than "work/buy/work/buy/work/buy...." ad nauseam.

If you haven't noticed, the human race is well on the way to destroying our one and only planet. Seems to me its time to at least start thinking about other paradigms for existence other than "work/buy/work/buy/work/buy...." ad nauseam.


Social climber
Ridgway, CO
May 6, 2013 - 05:24pm PT
The majority of "hippies" are way more harmonious, sincere and less consumptive than your average yuppie climber wanna be.

Hate on you hypocrites.

Trad climber
May 6, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
I like freshly showered hippie women.

Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
May 6, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
Little know factoid. Hippie wyms don't shave.

Trad climber
May 6, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
I fear not the forest .
Ok that is TMI

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
May 6, 2013 - 06:45pm PT
hippies are alright, buzz kill people suck,


Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
May 6, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
What exactly does this have to do with Native Americans other than someone setup a tipi?
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
May 6, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Yeah, the Native American connection looks pretty weak.

Native American men were warriors or dead.

When I hang out at modern PowWows I noticed that if you are a Native American man and you are not a Marine Corps Veteran, you ain't squat.

Living nearly naked in the outdoors with minimal grooming seems to be something in common with the old ones.

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
May 6, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
This body was in physical attendance at the 1978 gathering at Whitehorse Meadow in Oregon. There were swindlers there too, as with anywhere. This body carries many memories of this short gathering, mostly humorous, healthy and good. Also, some lifelong lessons on what's true and what's false. This body departed from and returned to the Great Curry Parking Lot for this long motor vehicle excursion with three other bodies in what was then called a VW Bug. This body would like to return and just sit and watch to see what has changed in 35 years.

Trad climber
Sun Coast B.C.
May 6, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
Was on the road, w/ my gal in my bus '97? or so... living the "hippy" life.
We heard about, and showed up to a gathering in Idaho, I think.
The scene impressed me,at first, as it was so "off the grid", a sub-culture/ community removed from "the norm". Folks hugged us contantly, and exclaimed their love. We tried to get it, and kept our minds open,... but in the end, I remember feeling un-welcome. Like at a party, that everyone knows eachother, and you know no-one. Perhaps we didn't find our place... I know we didn't "look" the part, and felt that this was a factor... aaanyway, we stayed two days... I remember driving out, on the dirt road, Primus cranked on the stereo, back on the road...feeling free again. Anway, that' my Rainbow report. All the power to them though.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
May 7, 2013 - 07:18am PT
Q: What's the difference between a hippie chick and a hockey player?

I was gonna say something, but then I saw your post.....

The new hippie fashion is tie dye clothing with a flannel shirt. (I just attended a hippie fest this weekend in the mountains of West Virginia...)

Just when you thought hippie fashion was revolting enough - then they started mixing flannel with tie dye....

I still dig hippie chicks.

As Butthead says: "Bathe her, and bring her to me."

Music festival in WV
Music festival in WV
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
sandstone conglomerate

sharon conglomerate central
May 7, 2013 - 08:47am PT
clean your trash up, mutherfukers.....
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
May 10, 2013 - 11:06am PT

Rainbow Family: They come with jalopies and leave with the wind
By Cole Mayer
From page A1 | 1 Comment
A gathering of the Rainbow Family saw about 300 people camping in the Eldorado National Forest from April 25 to May 5.

“The Rainbow Family has been described as a loose knit group of people from very diverse backgrounds. Many in the group, however, refer to themselves as hippies,” wrote Frank Mosbacher of the U.S. Forest Service in a press release. “The purpose of their gathering was to discuss political and environmental issues, pray for world peace and celebrate life. The Rainbow Family describes itself as having no leaders and no organization.”

The USFS was initially unaware that the California Regional Gathering of the Rainbow Family had chosen Eldorado National Forest for their gathering. By April 26, however, it was obvious. More than 150 people, adults and children alike, were camping east of Grizzly Flat near Caldor. “It’s not uncommon for the Rainbow Family not to notify the Forest Service before their gathering starts,” Mosbacher wrote.

This was the first time the Rainbow Family used Eldorado National Forest. Since 1972, they have appeared in national forests unannounced for their gatherings.

“On Saturday, April 27, an operating plan for the gathering was signed by Eldorado National Forest Supervisor Kathy Hardy and affirmed by a council of Rainbow Family participants,” Mosbacher wrote. The plan was meant to protect the public and the national forest and its resources. A small Forest Service incident management team was sent to oversee the gathering, for both law enforcement and resource preservation purposes. They also oversaw public safety.

USFS specialists visited the gathering several times. They insured that the plan was still in effect and understood by the gathering. A 24-hour watch was kept by 24 USFS enforcement officers and special agents.

Mosbacher noted that the gathering attracts all types of people. “Some people hitchhiked to the event. Some drove vehicles that ran out of gas, broke down and were involved in accidents,” he wrote, including one where a vehicle rolled and had to be uprighted with the help of others near Grizzly Flat. “These gatherings also attract drug dealers and criminal activities such as drug possession and use,” Mosbacher noted.

Although a Website announcing the gathering and giving directions told the Family to “Leave the abuse behind: Alcohol abuse, drug abuse, self abuse, pet abuse, family abuse — all abuse is discouraged,” USFS enforcement officers made more than 2,200 contacts resulting in eight arrests over the course of the gathering. The arrests were on charges of “drug possession, driving under the influence, outstanding warrants, possession of a short barrel shotgun and interfering with police officers,” Mosbacher wrote. They also assisted with one medical emergency, where a victim had to be taken by helicopter to a hospital, and located two missing persons.

“We worked daily to keep the local residents and cooperating agencies as informed as possible without attracting more people to the gathering,” Hardy was quoted in the press release. “We had to come up to speed with a proper response in a very short time. Overall, I believe everyone involved in managing the incident did an excellent job.”

A review will take place soon to see what lessons the USFS learned from the gathering, Hardy said, so that the organization can learn from its experience.

The Rainbow Family Gathering was concluded on May 5, with a cleanup effort by the group finished on May 8.

Trad climber
Nor Cal
May 10, 2013 - 11:41am PT

Truckee, CA
May 10, 2013 - 12:46pm PT
...and dont come back
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 10, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
Sometimes I wonder "why do I like this website?"

Oh well, that will teach me to stick to the "Birds" thread.

Social climber
May 11, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Rainbowers - camp in the dirt on public land, do nothing of use for society...

Climbers - camp in the dirt on public land, do nothing of use for society...


The comparison kinda breaks down when one gets to the "energy-sucking drifters" level, but it ain't my scene - maybe I caught a "bad vibe" in central Oregon in the late 1990's.
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