2002 Field Trips
  Index:
May 11 Book Cliffs (Grand Junction, CO) #1
May 12 Douglas Pass (Rifle, CO)
May 25 - 27 Jet, Oklahoma
June 1 - 2 Devil's Head (Sedalia, CO)
June 9 Calumet Mine (Salida, CO)
June 22 - 23 Harris Park, CO
July 4 - 7 Big Sandy Resevoir, Wyoming
July 27 Climax Mine, CO
August 3 - 4 Hahn's Peak (Steamboat Springs, CO)
August 10 - 11 Mt. Antero (Nathrop, CO) #1
August 17 Turret area (Salida, CO)
August 18 Mt. Antero (Nathrop, CO) #2
August 24 - 25 Spruce Grove/Tarryall Mtns. (Tarryall, CO)
August 31 - September 2 Mt. Antero (Nathrop, CO) #3
September 28 - 29 Last Chance Mine (Creede, CO)
October 12 - 13 Book Cliffs (Grand Junction, CO) #2

Book Cliffs (Grand Junction, CO) Trip #1
May 11
Report!

Days: Saturday
Where: (see club's May newsletter)
Time: 9am
Land owner:
To Collect: Barite and Calcite
Leader: Bill Hawes from the RAMS Club (or Ron & Judy Knoshaug)
Approximately: 4 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Heat; wind; snakes; scorpions; sunburn (no shade).
Terrain: Low barren hills.
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 4,000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, chisels, scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: Near the site
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 20 miles away in Grand Junction
Nearest Motel is in: 20 miles away in Grand Junction
Additional Comments: The Grand Junction Show is the same weekend. Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Douglas Pass, CO Trip
May 12
CANCELLED due to rain!

Days: Sunday
Where: (see club's May newsletter)
Time: 7:30am
Land owner:
To Collect: Leaf and Insect Fossils
Leader: Bill Hawes from the RAMS Club (or Ron & Judy Knoshaug)
Approximately: 1.5 hours from Grand Junction (5.5 hours from Denver)
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Snakes; scorpions; sunburn; elevation.
Terrain: unknown
Difficulty: unknown
Elevation: 8268 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, chisels and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: Not available
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 1.5 hours away in Grand Junction (or Fruita)
Nearest Motel is in: 1.5 hours away in Grand Junction (or Fruita)
Additional Comments: The Grand Junction Show is the same weekend. Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Jet, Oklahoma Trip
May 25 - 27 (Memorial Day weekend)
CANCELLED!

Days: Saturday - Monday
Where: Selenite Crystal Digging Area (see club's May newsletter)
Time: (contact the leaders)
Land owner: State Park
To Collect: "Hourglass" Selenite
Leader: Bill Chirnside and Donna Hughston
Approximately: (contact the leaders)
Fee or Donation: (contact the leaders)
Health Hazards: (contact the leaders)
Terrain: (contact the leaders)
Difficulty: (contact the leaders)
Elevation: (contact the leaders)
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Garden scratcher, shovel, hand spade and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: (contact the leaders)
Water: (contact the leaders)
Nearest Town for Supplies: (contact the leaders)
Nearest Motel is in: (contact the leaders)
Additional Comments: Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Devil's Head, CO Trip
June 1 - 2

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (see club's May newsletter)
Time: 9am on Saturday
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Smoky Quartz, Amazonite, Fluorite and Topaz
Leader: Jim & Rose Reynolds from the RAMS Club (or Ron & Judy Knoshaug)
Approximately: 1.5 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: Optional Forest Service donation
Health Hazards: Ticks and sunburn
Terrain: Rocky mountains and hills; pine and aspen trees
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 8500 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, crack hammer, chisels, screen, small prybar, scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: 0 to 3 miles from collecting site
Water: Available at Devil's Head Campground
Nearest Town for Supplies: 21 miles away
Nearest Motel is in: 21 miles away
Additional Comments: Dry camp. Last few miles on bladed forest road. 0-3 mile hike on moderate to steep terrain. Mid-afternoon storms. Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Calumet Mine, CO Trip
June 9
Report!

Days: Sunday
Where: (see club's May newsletter)
Time: 9am
Land owner: (contact the leader)
To Collect: Epidote, Magnetite, Quartz, Uralite and Pyrite
Leader: Marge Regel
Approximately: (contact the leader)
Fee or Donation: (contact the leader)
Health Hazards: (contact the leader)
Terrain: Mountains and pine trees; small cactus
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 9400 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, prybar, crack hammer, chisels, scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: Not available
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Salida (10 miles away on dirt road)
Nearest Motel is in: Salida (10 miles away on dirt road)
Additional Comments: Joint trip with another club.

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Harris Park, CO Trip
June 22 - 23
CANCELLED due to wildfires!!!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: To be announced
Time: To be announced
Land owner:
To Collect: Smoky Quartz and Amazonite
Leader: (contact Terry Leblanc)
Approximately: 1.5 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Rain and lightning
Terrain: Wooded hillside
Difficulty: To be announced
Elevation: 8000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: 4WD REQUIRED
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, chisels, prybar, garden scratcher, knee pads and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: On-site
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 3 miles away at the Harris Park general store
Nearest Motel is in: Conifer (?)
Additional Comments: Joint trip with the Littleton club. This is their claim, so we will be their guests.

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Big Sandy Resevoir in Farson, WY
July 4 - 7
Report and Pictures!

Days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: (see club's July newsletter)
Land owner: Public property
To Collect: Blue Forest Wood, Eden Valley Wood, Agate and Fossil Fish
Leader: Ron and Judy Knoshaug
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Heat; sunburn; mosquitos and ticks; very windy.
Terrain: High desert
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: ~7200 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, chisels, long thin pole for probing in the ground, and collecting bags.
Camping: near collecting sites
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Farson, WY
Nearest Motel is in: Farson, WY
Additional Comments: Toilets available at camp site. One motel in Farson; more in Rock Springs which is 35 miles to the south. Very hot and windy! Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Climax Mine, CO
July 27
Pictures!

Days: Saturday
Where: (see club's July newsletter)
Land owner:
To Collect: Pyrite, Fluorite, Rhodochrosite, Sphalerite and Galena
Leader: ???
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: High elevation; intense sunshine; heat; cold; wind; rainstorms with lightening; sudden changes in the weather; steep rocky terrain.
Terrain: Steep and rocky.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: ~11,500 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, hammer, prybar, chisel, scratcher, gloves and material for wrapping specimens.
Camping: Not available
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Leadville, CO
Nearest Motel is in: Leadville, CO
Additional Comments: Joint trip with the Littleton club. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT A HARD HAT AND HIKING BOOTS. TENNIS OR RUNNING SHOES ARE NOT ADEQUATE!

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Hahn's Peak (Steamboat Springs), CO
August 3 - 4
Report!
No camp fires due to wildfire dangers!!!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (see club's July newsletter)
Land owner: To be announced
To Collect: Clear Quartz
Leader: Donna Hughston and Tim Hillsten from the RAMS Club (or Ron & Judy Knoshaug)
Fee or Donation: To be announced
Health Hazards: To be announced
Terrain: To be announced
Difficulty: To be announced
Elevation: ~8400 ft
Vehicle Suggested: 4WD required; car-pool from meeting place if necessary.
Equipment Suggested: Scratcher, shovel, crack hammer, chisel, gloves (rocks are sharp) and something to hold your collected specimens.
Camping: To be announced
Water: To be announced
Nearest Town for Supplies: Steamboat Springs, CO
Nearest Motel is in: Steamboat Springs, CO
Additional Comments: Joint trip with the RAMS club. To get to the top of Hahn's Peak, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. If you do not have 4-wheel drive, you need to arrange for a ride to the collecting area.

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Mt. Antero, CO Trip #1
August 10 - 11
Report!
No camp fires due to wildfire dangers!!!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (see club's August newsletter)
Time: 9am on Saturday
Land owner: National Forest Service (mining claims)
To Collect: Aquamarine, Fluorite, Phenakite and Smoky Quartz
Leader: Robert Boehm
Approximately: 3.5 to 4 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Extremely high altitude; cold; very windy; rain, snow, hail; lightning in afternoon; sunburn; rockslides (loose rocks).
Terrain: Steep, bare, rocky mountains; above the tree-line.
Difficulty: Extreme
Elevation: 11,500 - 14,000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Hi-Clearance, 4WD REQUIRED
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, crack hammer, chisels, garden scratcher, 1/8" screen and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: 2 miles from digging site
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes a couple hours due to bad road)
Nearest Motel is in: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes a couple hours due to bad road)
Additional Comments: Afternoon storms are common. Elevation at camp is 11,500 ft. All collecting areas are above 12,500 ft. Buena Vista is a couple hours away due to extremely rough dirt and rock roads that can have potholes more than a foot deep. Joint trip with the CMS club. We will be digging on the Cardwell family claims and they will be shooting a video and writing a book.

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Turret area, CO Trip
August 17
Report!

Days: Saturday
Where: (see club's August newsletter)
Time: 10am
Land owner: (contact the leader)
To Collect: Epidote, Peridot, Unakite, Fluorite
Leader: Bob Aussprung
Approximately: (contact the leader)
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Insects; heat; sunburn.
Terrain: Mountains and pine trees
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: ~9400 ft
Vehicle Suggested: (contact the leader)
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, crack hammer, rock hammer and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: Not available
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: Salida (10 miles away on dirt road)
Nearest Motel is in: Salida (10 miles away on dirt road)
Additional Comments: Bring insect repellent. Bring plenty of water. Joint trip with the CMS club. We will be digging on the Cardwell family claims and they will be shooting a video and writing a book.

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Mt. Antero, CO Trip #2
August 18
Report!
No camp fires due to wildfire dangers!!!

Days: Sunday
Where: (see club's August newsletter)
Time: 10am
Land owner: National Forest Service (mining claims)
To Collect: Aquamarine, Fluorite, Phenakite and Smoky Quartz
Leader: Bill Ramey
Approximately: 3.5 to 4 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Extremely high altitude; cold; very windy; rain, snow, hail; lightning in afternoon; sunburn; rockslides (loose rocks).
Terrain: Steep, bare, rocky mountains; above the tree-line.
Difficulty: Extreme
Elevation: 11,500 - 14,000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Hi-Clearance, 4WD REQUIRED
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, crack hammer, chisels, garden scratcher, 1/8" screen and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: 2 miles from digging site
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes a couple hours due to bad road)
Nearest Motel is in: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes a couple hours due to bad road)
Additional Comments: Afternoon storms are common. Elevation at camp is 11,500 ft. All collecting areas are above 12,500 ft. Buena Vista is a couple hours away due to extremely rough dirt and rock roads that can have potholes more than a foot deep. Joint trip with the CMS club. We will be digging on the Cardwell family claims and they will be shooting a video and writing a book.

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Spruce Grove/Tarryall Mtns., CO Trip
August 24 - 25
Pictures!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Spruce Grove Campground (see club's August newsletter)
Time: 9am on Saturday
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Topaz and Smoky Quartz
Leader: Bob Loeffler
Approximately: 2 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: $7.00 per night if camping
Health Hazards: Mosquitos!
Terrain: Rocky mountains and hills; pine and aspen trees
Difficulty: Moderate to Extreme
Elevation: ~8700 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, hammer, prybar, screen and something to hold your collected specimens.
Camping: at the Spruce Grove Campground; 1 1/4 miles from collecting site.
Water: Available at campground
Nearest Town for Supplies: Lake George, CO (15 miles away)
Nearest Motel is in: Lake George, CO (15 miles away)
Additional Comments: Paved road to campground; may have potholes. 1 1/4 mile hike over moderate to difficult terrain to collecting site; one or two steep hills. Toilets available. Bring lots of mosquito repellant! Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Mt. Antero, CO Trip #3
August 31 - September 2 (Labor Day weekend)
Pictures!
Camp fire restrictions due to wildfire dangers!!!

Days: Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Where: (see club's August newsletter)
Time: TBA
Land owner: National Forest Service
To Collect: Aquamarine, Fluorite, Phenakite and Smoky Quartz
Leader: Bob Loeffler
Approximately: 3.5 to 4 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Extremely high altitude; cold; very windy; rain, snow, hail; lightning in afternoon; sunburn; rockslides (loose rocks).
Terrain: Steep, bare, rocky mountains; above the tree-line.
Difficulty: Extreme
Elevation: 11,500 - 14,000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Hi-Clearance, 4WD REQUIRED
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, crack hammer, chisels, garden scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: 2 miles from digging site
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes a couple hours due to bad road)
Nearest Motel is in: 20 miles away in Buena Vista (takes a couple hours due to bad road)
Additional Comments: Afternoon storms are common. Elevation at camp is 11,500 ft. All collecting areas are above 12,500 ft. Buena Vista is a couple hours away due to extremely rough dirt and rock roads that can have potholes more than a foot deep. Joint trip with the RAMS club.

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Last Chance Mine (Creede, CO) Trip
September 28 - 29
Pictures!
May have camp fire restrictions due to wildfire dangers!!!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: meet at the mine
Time: anytime
Land owner: N/A
To Collect: Amethyst, sowbelly agate, and sulfides
Leader: Eldon Hunewell
Approximately: 5+ hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: $2/lb of material taken out
Health Hazards: N/A
Terrain: Mountains
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: N/A
Vehicle Suggested: 4WD suggested
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, chisels, scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: N/A
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 2 miles away in Creede
Nearest Motel is in: Creede or South Fork
Additional Comments: Impromptu club trip.

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Book Cliffs (Grand Junction, CO) Trip #2
October 12 - 13 (Columbus Day weekend)
May have camp fire restrictions due to wildfire dangers!!!

Days: Saturday and Sunday
Where: (see club's September newsletter)
Time: 9am
Land owner: BLM
To Collect: Barite and Calcite
Leader: Ron and Judy Knoshaug
Approximately: 4 hours from Denver
Fee or Donation: None
Health Hazards: Heat; wind; snakes; scorpions; sunburn (no shade).
Terrain: Low barren hills.
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 4,000 ft
Vehicle Suggested: Any
Equipment Suggested: Shovel, pick, rock hammer, prybar, chisels, scratcher and something to hold your collected specimens
Camping: Near the site
Water: Not available
Nearest Town for Supplies: 20 miles away in Grand Junction
Nearest Motel is in: 20 miles away in Grand Junction
Additional Comments: Joint trip with the RAMS club. Dirt roads get very slick and muddy when wet.

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