need help ....three man cot doesn't work.....please advise


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John Moosie

Beautiful California
Jul 10, 2008 - 03:09am PT
A platypus is the new fangled water bottle, also called a bladder.

Jstan is right. You will see lots of different gear at this event which will help you make decisions on what features you like. I just went to the REI website and looked at tents. There are something like 500 for sell on their site. If you really want a tent, then stick to the better brands such as north face, sierra designs, marmot. I don't much care for REI brand though many folks do. NO to coleman tents, kelty tents, campmore tents, or eureka tents. They are cheaper for a reason.

Find your local climbing/sporting goods store. One with a good history and ask them for help. Just be aware that gear can be very pricey. 300 to 500 for a good camping tent. That is if you are serious about possibly camping where it might snow.

Cheap tents here.,88638_Marmot-Monarch-Tent.html

REIs page*toc*tents&vcat=REI_SSHP_CAMPING_TOC

Not there
Jul 10, 2008 - 03:21am PT
I will help you with that. I will set up your tent right! Email me tomorrow since I need to send you a bit of information.
Love You!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 10, 2008 - 03:21am PT
you won't need any special water bottles or bladders, you are car camping, getting bottled water will be sufficient for this time... might want a "day pack" to put stuff in, water, lunch, a rain jacket, to take with you when you're out picking up trash...

If you are going climbing, you can attach your bottled water to your harness if you are clever with duct tape.

DO BRING YOUR CLIMBING SHOES AND A HARNESS and a belay/rap device. (chalk, tape, crash pad, beanie, boom box are all optional). The Facelift is about climbers getting together, that requires climbing at some point IMHO.

Don't stress about your kit. You will have hundreds of volunteers willing to help you out when you get there. You could probably stroll into camp without anything and have a comfortable, grand time.... if you have most of it, someone else will probably have an idea on how you can get the bits you don't.

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:18am PT
Lynne. . . Kath here. . . I have a really, really nice tent - with rain fly and ground sheet (that I know how to set up) thermarest (self inflating pad - oh so comfy) AND a nice Western Mountaineering down bag (CLEAN AND NICE - NOT ALL MAGGOTTY) that I would be happy to bring along for you to use. I've even got a tricked out pillow case that I made that has a soft ribbon drawstring so you can put some clothes/down jacket/whatever in to make a pillow.

I'm gonna be in the Roadtrek (my Class B motorhome) - so all I have to do is stick this stuff in the way back and you are more than welcome to borrow it. . . I'll even set it all up for you.

If something comes down the pike and I end up NOT being able to go, I could ship this stuff to you, in care of GENEREAL DELIVERY at Yosemite Lodge and you could just ship it back to me later. The instructions for setting up the tent are right on the stuff bag - but any of our TacoBrethren could set it up for you BLIND FOLDED! It's WAY easy - especially if you have a little experience.


Let me know. . . it's all out, nicely stored, in our bunkhouse and it wouldn't be a problem getting it out and either shipping or schlepping it all. For that matter, if you really wanted to have all your bases covered, I could ship it all to you BEFORE you leave and you'd just have it - and could familiarize yourself with it in the comfort of your own home.


Let me know! I've got ya covered, Sista!



Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2008 - 10:22am PT
Moosie, Anastasia and Ed - great stuff thanks ! Really mean it.

Last two question/comments....have not gotten a belay device yet, but have the rest of the stuff. What kind of belay device for someone new like me ?

Very tempted to just show up....never done that before. Have always been the one with so much extra stuff that anyone who forgot something could borrow. Maybe in extreme make over of life will try something new.

Have a great day all ! Today the orthodontist for wire tightening, yowww! lrl

Santa Fe, NM
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:23am PT
The mess tents in Yellowpines will have many many stoves (I'll have about six burners myself).

Otherwise... carry on.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2008 - 10:25am PT
WOW! ekat that would be totally awesome. I will email you. Thank you so very!!!! Lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2008 - 10:26am PT
Thanks Mr. Nature, you are as always...nice. Looks I'm going to have a great time. Is anyone else bringing a bicycle?

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:42am PT
Yeah. . . I'll have my bike (a beater looking but perfectly mechanically perfect 1985 Specialized RockHopper with panniers - side bags for schlepping shee). . . I'm gonna beach the RoadTrek and ride my bike EVERYWHERE! It's just what I do when I'm there. . . always have, always will.


P.S. If you don't wanna schlepp a bike there are some cool ones for rent. . .

P.P.S. And I've got a 2 burner propane stove in the RoadTrek - AND all the pots and pans and dishes and shee to handle 4 people.

DON'T WORRY, even though this puppy's got a generator, I PROMISE I WILL NEVER TURN IT ON!


I hate the things!

I take that back. . . you bet your ass I'd turn it on if we needed power to save somebody's life - but I assure you I won't turn it on to run that little microwave or the convection oven.


eKat is a LOW PROFILE RV user!

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2008 - 09:27pm PT
Hey guys, Went to the local Nomad Ventures today and did find out about the platypus. Got one (just the gut with no pack)cause you can stick it in your easy way to carry H2O for a day of climbing. If it doesn't work will let you know.

Got a simple Black Diamond belay piece and some biners and non locking biners.

Jstan, have a full compliment of pillowcases ready to GO!

How do you tie them off, prussic knot?

Vorpal Sword dusted and packed.

Ipod, fully charged

Love you all....remain open to any and all suggestions.

This is SO MUCH FUN.

OBTW....many of you have posted your campsite at YP. Mine is described by our Commander in Chief as "Yellow Pine A&B. I arrive on the 21st and am at A....then I move to B on 22nd and stay there until nite of 28th when I move back to A and leave on 29th.

Mr. Chix said if I parked my tent in the middle of the two sites I would not have to move at all. Can ANYONE help me understand this? Lynnie

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jul 10, 2008 - 09:35pm PT
Hobo Dave demonstrates here the proper use of the pillow case.

I believe that Fish Products makes several models.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2008 - 09:41pm PT
I'm sure Mr. Fish would love to hear from more time?!

Maybe if I flash the Vorpal Sword.... I hear he's into power tools. hehehe

LOL....who know's what the fish will post????

Social climber
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:08pm PT
hey there lynne... awwwwww, shucks, gal... you will do justttttt fine, and you will LOVE it!....

just bring you favorite blankie, is all, and all will be well....

hmmmm, well it works for little kids... :)

sounds like these guys and gals got you covered... say, wish i could go.. i miss the valley.... maybe some day.... hopefully :)

*ooops, who am i to talk, i am not as brave as i used to be, course that's cause i have heard-tell of many odd bear stories, so where-as in the old days, i loved a tent outdoors, now, the last times i stayed anywhere, we just slept in the car... :) (course, the cars didn't have to be in the parking lots, though)

have fun, lynne!

ps. say, hope you are well after that tooth-episode... does not sound like it was fun :(
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2008 - 10:19pm PT
Neebee, you're always such a sweetheart! Pulling for everyone's best interests. Special pillow and blanket on list....

BITD slept alone in the van in parking lots in the valley while hub on an overnight wall. Survived the infra red ranger camera's....anyone remember that techno?

Prob should give hoodies braces on their teeth instead of incarceration... Lynnie
John Moosie

Beautiful California
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:22pm PT
Lynne, A and B at yellowpines are group sites. They are large sites which you will share with a bunch of other cleanup folks. Mostly supertopo folks. They are right next to each other so you can place your tent right between them and probably not have to move. Ask the camp host when you arrive.

This TR has some pictures of the camp towards the end.
ron gomez

Trad climber
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:23pm PT
Check yer email, hope it's a help
Fish Finder

Social climber
Jul 10, 2008 - 10:59pm PT
hey lynne,

here is some common sense safety tips, enough about the standard camping stuff.

first and foremost , you are a woman, it more than likely will be a sword fest at the clean up ,so be sure to a. bring a whistle b. a hammer you never know who else besides bear 46 will try to get in your tent after partying.

also on a final note it would be ashame if you didnt pack some pop tarts.

have fun and the best of luck.


Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2008 - 11:12pm PT
Moosie, thanks for the link...and thanks for taking the time to help. So looking forward to the fun....

Fishfinder, of course poptarts for honoring BITD, for sure, didn't even know they made them anymore. Will for sure include.... thanks for reminding me.

What you say about safety tips is so practical...yet it did get my funny bone! Thought only in college days you needed the hammer and the whistle....but on your best advise they will be by the fly....woe to those that do not read your post!!!

Thanks for the practical ...... Lynners

Mountain climber
Jul 10, 2008 - 11:15pm PT
Here's a killer deal on a tent; good enough for anything Yosemite can throw at you. And about as simple to pitch as they come. Of course you could spend more.... but I'd suggest you save the $s for climbing gear. ha
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
Jul 11, 2008 - 12:05am PT
And, Lynne....The monkeys LOVE helping damsels in distresssssssss
ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss. You'll be amazed.
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