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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
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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.

Mountain climber
there and back again
May 11, 2013 - 01:02am PT
The label Hippie is pretty misunderstood by the general public and is as varied as the term climber, Christian or democrat. I have been to a couple of Rainbow Gatherings albeit a long time ago. I think that anytime a big happening is free there is an opportunity for degeneration. That's probably why Burning Man is not exactly the same. But has its share of problems.

What would happen if Camp Four was free? There are thieves and losers in every society. You don't have to wear tye-dye, have long hair, be unkempt or a freeloader to be a hippie. Stereotypes are just that. I am even sure some of the haters here are nice guys too. Minds are like parachutes.

Trad climber
May 11, 2013 - 09:23am PT
theyre alot of bad parachutes out there

Social climber
May 12, 2013 - 12:26am PT
Looks like Montana is taking one for the team this year:

Jebus H Bomz

Peavine Basecamp
May 12, 2013 - 12:30am PT
Minds are like parachutes.

The whole open thing, right? Seems like you have to pack 'em right as well. Maybe some other protocols. Dunno.

Hippies can be amusing though, I have nothing against them toking up and rolling a car or two in the woods.

Trad climber
Jun 14, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
Credit: Snowmassguy

Trad climber
Jun 14, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Credit: socialclimber


PS - don't know why I am lumping hippies with vegetarians, but what the hell... so sick of labels anyways...
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jun 16, 2013 - 09:37am PT
Hmmm, right on my way to Montana. I might have to stop in for a visit.

Where the Gathering will be in 2013

The 2013 Rainbow Gathering will be in Montana, Spring Council is June 7 to 9.
Racetrack Creek/Racetrack Campground (20 miles south of Deer Lodge, Montana) From Interstate 90: Exit 197 Galen. Take Left onto 273 South (Galen RD), go 3 miles on paved road to Willow Road (NO SIGN and be aware -- as 273 bears left, Willow.

Road goes straight, it is the gravel on right). Go 1 mile to Bowman Road at the four corners. Take left onto Bowman which becomes Modesty Creek Road (you will see a Forest Service sign for Racetrack Campground 6 miles). Watch for cows on road and immature Golden Eagles on fence posts! Keep following signs for Racetrack CG. Please respect signs for private property.

Once inside the Forest, FS road 169, welcome home! There is ample parking, bus village, and handicamp on the north side (right) after the cattleguard just into the forest (only two tenths of a mile from FS boundary) with some tree line camping off the south (left). There is a piece of private property inside the spring council area; this stretch is about a ½ -mile long and is well-marked along the road. There is a FS Campground where there is an anticipated fee early June. Beyond the campground, FS Road 169 diminishes so be aware of poor road conditions and it may be difficult for big rigs to turn around.

OR take Racetrack Exit 195 Roads are less paved but it gets you there -- Follow signs to Racetrack Campground. Avoid Dempsey Lake Road -- there is a bridge out over this creek.
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