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Trip Log for April 23 – 24, 2005

The Community Adventure Trip Log (TLOG) is a tool that we use to document each trip. Students can use this as a reference and template for coordinating their own trips outside of this class and future CAP classes will use this information as a reference for future trips. This is also a reflective tool for students to document what worked and what did not work for future outings.


Basic Trip Information:

  • Trip name: Taylor Mountain Survival Skills
  • Dates: April 23 – 24, 2005
  • Location: Bright Trail/Taylor Mountain just before Allenspark, Colorado off of Hwy. 7. At the junction of 72 and 7 before you get to Allenspark, mark your odometer. Go 2.3 miles and take a right onto a dirt road (you will see a sign that says Pine Valley). This road is easy to miss and is not marked. Technically, the road is Taylor Road but there are no signs. Stay straight on the dirt road and follow it until it ends (1-2 miles). Park at the small parking area in front of a Forest Service access gate. There are a few Oldsmobiles parked in the lot, so you will know you are there.
  • Name of students on the trip: Misra Cohen-MacGill, Ashley Garcia, Alys Hansen, Shelby Jensen, Anna Meiners, Ian Nordby, DJ O’Neal, Justin Roznowski, Dorian Singh.
  • Name of adults on the trip: Ford Church, Jessica Newman
  • Transportation used: Private vehicles
  • Estimated round trip transportation mileage: 74 miles

    Land Management and Permitting:

  • Land agencies involved and contact information: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: (303) 541-2500
  • Specific maps used: Ward/Allenspark USGS 7 1/2 minute map
    Permit information: No permit required for overnight camping for groups less than 75 people.

  • Land management rules and regulations: Fires permitted in the National Forest as long as there is no fire ban. Pack out all trash.

    Emergency Information:

  • Identify students and adults with medical training and indicate current level of training: Ford Church – Current Wilderness First Responder. Jessica Newman – First Aid.
  • Evacuation options: Call 911, dispatch ambulance or search and rescue, hike/evacuate
  • Contact information for nearest hospital: Boulder Community Hospital- 303.440.2273
  • Contact information for nearest Sheriff’s office: Boulder County Sheriff’s Office: 303.441.4444
  • List of emergency phone numbers in order of priority:
    1. 911 for emergencies
    2. Rona Wilensky: 303.929.2387
    3. Diana McKnight: 303.881.7688
    4. Boulder County Sheriff’s Office: 303.441.4444

    Extended Field Trip Forms:

  • Extended Field Trip / Activity Trip Request Form: Completed
  • Consent for Excursion or Extended Trip & Release Waiver and Indemnification: Completed
  • Medical Emergency Form: Completed
  • Private Vehicle / Driver Form (if applicable): Completed
  • Printed Roster / List of Each Student Attending Event: See above
  • Complete detailed itinerary of trip: See attached itinerary
  • Copies of all written correspondence to parents: See attached
  • List of emergency information and contact phone numbers: See above
  • List of sponsors / supervisors: See above
  • Copies of any additional insurance policies / Coverage’s (Rental Car Insurance): N/A
  • Proof of travel insurance on each participant: N/A
  • Written explanation of educational purpose of the trip: See attached itinerary.


    Specific Trip Information:

  • Describe weather: The weather was perfect on Saturday with a high in the mid 50’s and mostly sunny. The weather turned on Sunday with highs in the low 40’s and snow starting around 1pm. By the time we got back to Boulder it was raining steadily.
  • Describe trail conditions: Our trail was an old logging road, so it was clearly defined.
  • Total miles hiked: 1
  • Identify major water sources: Lake at our campsite
  • Describe group dynamics: Excellent. People were sharing food, laughing, and having a great time. There were a few bouts of frustration while learning friction fire, but that goes with the territory.
  • Provide outline of daily activities:
  • Friday:– Hiked in to our campsite location…sensory meditation…sit spot…set up camp: collected water, dug sump hole, collected fire wood, set up food hang, set up tents…ate lunch…knife safety…friction fire…explored the area…dinner…guitar around the fire…blind drum stalk…
  • Saturday:– 1 match fires…breakfast…explored the area…natural shelters…lunch…take down camp: dismantle the campfire, clean up camp, fill in sump hole, take down food hang, take down tents…group photo on Pride Rock…hike back to parking lot…snow hack…
  • Describe outdoor and environmental issues observed: The campsite was a heavily used area so the campfire area was heavily impacted. We crushed our coals and disbursed our ashes and cleaned up the fire pit area. We learned that the Forest Service wants to put 3 logging roads in that area, which will greatly impact the area. Our class will write letters to block this from happening. For more information, please read more about the Estes Valley Fuel Reduction Project.


  • Describe breakfast food and how many meals were planned for: Planned for 1 breakfast. Students cooked oatmeal, peanut butter and bagels, Pop Tarts, etc.
  • Describe lunch food and how many meals ere planned for: Planned for 2 lunches. Students ate gorp, cheese and crackers, energy bars, peanut butter and bagels, crackers and cheese, pepperoni, etc.
  • Describe dinner food and how many meals were planned for: Planned for 1 dinner. Students ate Mac and Cheese, black beans and rice, etc.

    Financial Information:

  • Total transportation rental costs: None, we used private vehicles
  • Total transportation gas costs: None, we used private vehicles
  • Total food expenses for each group: $10-$15 per student
  • Total gear rental expenses for each group: $10-$15 per group.
  • Total Expenses for Trip: None
  • Total Contributed by Students: Students were responsible for food and equipment rental fees.
  • Total Contributed by School: The school reimbursed Ford and Jessica for mileage. The school also paid Ford and Jessica for the weekend.
  • Total Contributed by Other Sources: None

    Medical/Evacuation Information:

  • Describe any medical issues, first aid administered, evacuations, and provide detailed information about each incident: None.

    Next Time Notes – Describe anything you would change if you did this same trip again and document any lessons learned:

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