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Road Scholar
Program #4808RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
All activities take place at elevations between 7,400' and 8,000'.

Equipment Requirements
Sleeping bag, small day pack and sturdy walking shoes/boots suitable for hiking over rough terrain are essential. Foul weather gear is also recommended.

Itinerary for Jul 14 — Jul 19, 2013

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Type: Tents

Description: A wilderness camp site set in a grove of aspen and lodge pole pines adjacent to meadows in the John Muir Wilderness near the confluence of Sanger Creek and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. Natural thermal springs 1/2 mile from camp. The Florence Lake Trail intersects the John Muir section of the Pacific Crest Trail approximately 1 1/2 miles South of our base camp in Blayney Meadows. There is no phone in Blayney Meadows. The email is checked daily. If someone needs to get in contact with us because of an emergency during the program, email is the best method. The only alternative would be to call the Fresno County Sheriff at 559-488-3111.

Contact info:
none
Blayney Meadows, John Muir Wilderness, CA none USA
phone: NA -00---
Facility amenities: Large tents with comfortable 4 inch foam mattresses. Wood fueled hot showers. All participants need to clearly understand that this Road Scholar is a wilderness camping experience. Our base camp in Blayney is just that, a wilderness camp. If your previous camping experience includes wilderness backpacking, the accommodations will seem deluxe to you. If however, all of your past experiences have taken place in resorts or guest ranches our facility may seem very primitive to you. There is no electricity or running water other than in the streams (purified local water is provided for drinking). There is no phone service other than a solar powered radio system, which can be used to contact the outside world in emergencies. Participants will camp in tents located in an aspen grove near Sallie Keyes Creek. Restrooms (outhouses) are conveniently located nearby. Tents and foam mattresses are provided. The main buildings, kitchen, gathering room and shower house are situated several hundred yards across the meadow along Sanger Creek. All are built of native materials with most of the lumber milled on the site. Cooking is done on both propane and wood stoves. Propane fuels our refrigerators and freezers. Delicious home cooked meals are served “family style” in the camp outdoor dining area. Showers and baths are provided by a wood fueled hot water system in our rustic bathhouse. Participants bring their own towels and toiletries but a few basics such as soap and shampoo will be provided.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathing facilities are located at a rustic "shower house" near the main campsite. Gravity flow water system and wood fueled heater provide pressurized hot water for showers.


Day One: Sunday, July 14 - Arrival and check-in at 10:30 am, ferry across Fl...
Arrival and check-in at 10:30 am, ferry across Florence Lake and hike to base camp for orientation

Morning: Arrive at Florence Lake registration site. Participants need to observe the 10:30 am check in time. This allows time for the 30 minute ferry ride to pack station corrals at the trail head, lunch and the 4 mile hike to reach base camp by 5pm. Luggage will be transported separately.

Lunch: A buffet lunch is served at the pack station immediately after the ferry ride across Florence Lake.

Afternoon: After a brief orientation, participants hike 4 miles to the Blayney Meadows base camp with guides. When they reach camp they are given refreshments, tent assignments and time to settle in and take showers before a social hour at 5pm (snacks, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are provided).

Dinner: A delicious home cooked meal is prepared in our kitchen and served at the campsite.

Evening: Participants and staff gather around the campfire for introductions and a brief presentation of essential information and procedures. A short presentation about the history of "Lost Valley" and an informal (optional) campfire end the evening.

Lodging: Blayney Meadows

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: A wilderness camp site set in a grove of aspen and lodge pole pines adjacent to meadows in the John Muir Wilderness near the confluence of Sanger Creek and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. Natural thermal springs 1/2 mile from camp. The Florence Lake Trail intersects the John Muir section of the Pacific Crest Trail approximately 1 1/2 miles South of our base camp in Blayney Meadows. There is no phone in Blayney Meadows. The email is checked daily. If someone needs to get in contact with us because of an emergency during the program, email is the best method. The only alternative would be to call the Fresno County Sheriff at 559-488-3111.

Contact info:
none
Blayney Meadows, John Muir Wilderness, CA none USA
phone: NA -00---
Facility amenities: Large tents with comfortable 4 inch foam mattresses. Wood fueled hot showers. All participants need to clearly understand that this Road Scholar is a wilderness camping experience. Our base camp in Blayney is just that, a wilderness camp. If your previous camping experience includes wilderness backpacking, the accommodations will seem deluxe to you. If however, all of your past experiences have taken place in resorts or guest ranches our facility may seem very primitive to you. There is no electricity or running water other than in the streams (purified local water is provided for drinking). There is no phone service other than a solar powered radio system, which can be used to contact the outside world in emergencies. Participants will camp in tents located in an aspen grove near Sallie Keyes Creek. Restrooms (outhouses) are conveniently located nearby. Tents and foam mattresses are provided. The main buildings, kitchen, gathering room and shower house are situated several hundred yards across the meadow along Sanger Creek. All are built of native materials with most of the lumber milled on the site. Cooking is done on both propane and wood stoves. Propane fuels our refrigerators and freezers. Delicious home cooked meals are served “family style” in the camp outdoor dining area. Showers and baths are provided by a wood fueled hot water system in our rustic bathhouse. Participants bring their own towels and toiletries but a few basics such as soap and shampoo will be provided.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathing facilities are located at a rustic "shower house" near the main campsite. Gravity flow water system and wood fueled heater provide pressurized hot water for showers.


Day Two: Monday, July 15 - Introduction to camp area, guided hikes to local ...
Introduction to camp area, guided hikes to local points of interest and lecture of human history in the Sierras

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break

Morning: Orientation walk around camp area, Native American camp site, introduction to our Library on Sierra Nevada natural history and human history.

Lunch: Lunch break - Participants eat lunch at a place of their own choosing within the camp area, either at the campsite, or at some scenic spot near the meadows or river.

Afternoon: Guided hikes to local points of interest, free time, showers, social hour (snacks, wine and non-alcoholic beverages provided).

Dinner: Dinner is served at the campsite following the "social hour".

Evening: An evening program on Sierra human history presented by a local author/historian and (optional) informal campfire. Optional "star walk" may be offered depending on viewing conditions.

Lodging: Blayney Meadows

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: A wilderness camp site set in a grove of aspen and lodge pole pines adjacent to meadows in the John Muir Wilderness near the confluence of Sanger Creek and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. Natural thermal springs 1/2 mile from camp. The Florence Lake Trail intersects the John Muir section of the Pacific Crest Trail approximately 1 1/2 miles South of our base camp in Blayney Meadows. There is no phone in Blayney Meadows. The email is checked daily. If someone needs to get in contact with us because of an emergency during the program, email is the best method. The only alternative would be to call the Fresno County Sheriff at 559-488-3111.

Contact info:
none
Blayney Meadows, John Muir Wilderness, CA none USA
phone: NA -00---
Facility amenities: Large tents with comfortable 4 inch foam mattresses. Wood fueled hot showers. All participants need to clearly understand that this Road Scholar is a wilderness camping experience. Our base camp in Blayney is just that, a wilderness camp. If your previous camping experience includes wilderness backpacking, the accommodations will seem deluxe to you. If however, all of your past experiences have taken place in resorts or guest ranches our facility may seem very primitive to you. There is no electricity or running water other than in the streams (purified local water is provided for drinking). There is no phone service other than a solar powered radio system, which can be used to contact the outside world in emergencies. Participants will camp in tents located in an aspen grove near Sallie Keyes Creek. Restrooms (outhouses) are conveniently located nearby. Tents and foam mattresses are provided. The main buildings, kitchen, gathering room and shower house are situated several hundred yards across the meadow along Sanger Creek. All are built of native materials with most of the lumber milled on the site. Cooking is done on both propane and wood stoves. Propane fuels our refrigerators and freezers. Delicious home cooked meals are served “family style” in the camp outdoor dining area. Showers and baths are provided by a wood fueled hot water system in our rustic bathhouse. Participants bring their own towels and toiletries but a few basics such as soap and shampoo will be provided.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathing facilities are located at a rustic "shower house" near the main campsite. Gravity flow water system and wood fueled heater provide pressurized hot water for showers.


Day Three: Tuesday, July 16 - Choice of guided hikes all morning and into the a...
Choice of guided hikes all morning and into the afternoon, and optional afternoon art activities or hot springs visit

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break

Morning: Guided natural history field hikes (choice of available options)

Lunch: Lunch break at a scenic spot on the trail.

Afternoon: Longer hikes continue, most return to camp by 2pm. Optional art activities (instruction and materials provided) or walk to local hot springs/lake available for participants who are interested, free time to relax, shower, etc. Social hour snacks and drinks provided at 5pm.

Dinner: Dinner served at the campsite.

Evening: Evening program/ slide show followed by (optional) informal campfire. Optional "star walk" may be offered depending on viewing conditions

Lodging: Blayney Meadows

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: A wilderness camp site set in a grove of aspen and lodge pole pines adjacent to meadows in the John Muir Wilderness near the confluence of Sanger Creek and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. Natural thermal springs 1/2 mile from camp. The Florence Lake Trail intersects the John Muir section of the Pacific Crest Trail approximately 1 1/2 miles South of our base camp in Blayney Meadows. There is no phone in Blayney Meadows. The email is checked daily. If someone needs to get in contact with us because of an emergency during the program, email is the best method. The only alternative would be to call the Fresno County Sheriff at 559-488-3111.

Contact info:
none
Blayney Meadows, John Muir Wilderness, CA none USA
phone: NA -00---
Facility amenities: Large tents with comfortable 4 inch foam mattresses. Wood fueled hot showers. All participants need to clearly understand that this Road Scholar is a wilderness camping experience. Our base camp in Blayney is just that, a wilderness camp. If your previous camping experience includes wilderness backpacking, the accommodations will seem deluxe to you. If however, all of your past experiences have taken place in resorts or guest ranches our facility may seem very primitive to you. There is no electricity or running water other than in the streams (purified local water is provided for drinking). There is no phone service other than a solar powered radio system, which can be used to contact the outside world in emergencies. Participants will camp in tents located in an aspen grove near Sallie Keyes Creek. Restrooms (outhouses) are conveniently located nearby. Tents and foam mattresses are provided. The main buildings, kitchen, gathering room and shower house are situated several hundred yards across the meadow along Sanger Creek. All are built of native materials with most of the lumber milled on the site. Cooking is done on both propane and wood stoves. Propane fuels our refrigerators and freezers. Delicious home cooked meals are served “family style” in the camp outdoor dining area. Showers and baths are provided by a wood fueled hot water system in our rustic bathhouse. Participants bring their own towels and toiletries but a few basics such as soap and shampoo will be provided.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathing facilities are located at a rustic "shower house" near the main campsite. Gravity flow water system and wood fueled heater provide pressurized hot water for showers.


Day Four: Wednesday, July 17 - Choice of guided hikes all morning and into the a...
Choice of guided hikes all morning and into the afternoon, optional afternoon activities

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break.

Morning: Choice of several hikes to local points of interest ( ranging from longer, challenging hikes to low impact walks) or in camp activities.

Lunch: Lunch at a scenic spot on the trail for those on hikes, or in camp for those who choose to take a day off from hiking.

Afternoon: Longer hikes continue. Participants returning from shorter hikes have the afternoon free to relax, read, etc. (optional art activities are available). Social hour snacks and drinks provided a 5pm.

Dinner: Dinner served at the campsite.

Evening: Short informative evening program and campfire for those who wish to participate

Lodging: Blayney Meadows

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Tents

Description: A wilderness camp site set in a grove of aspen and lodge pole pines adjacent to meadows in the John Muir Wilderness near the confluence of Sanger Creek and the South Fork of the San Joaquin River. Natural thermal springs 1/2 mile from camp. The Florence Lake Trail intersects the John Muir section of the Pacific Crest Trail approximately 1 1/2 miles South of our base camp in Blayney Meadows. There is no phone in Blayney Meadows. The email is checked daily. If someone needs to get in contact with us because of an emergency during the program, email is the best method. The only alternative would be to call the Fresno County Sheriff at 559-488-3111.

Contact info:
none
Blayney Meadows, John Muir Wilderness, CA none USA
phone: NA -00---
Facility amenities: Large tents with comfortable 4 inch foam mattresses. Wood fueled hot showers. All participants need to clearly understand that this Road Scholar is a wilderness camping experience. Our base camp in Blayney is just that, a wilderness camp. If your previous camping experience includes wilderness backpacking, the accommodations will seem deluxe to you. If however, all of your past experiences have taken place in resorts or guest ranches our facility may seem very primitive to you. There is no electricity or running water other than in the streams (purified local water is provided for drinking). There is no phone service other than a solar powered radio system, which can be used to contact the outside world in emergencies. Participants will camp in tents located in an aspen grove near Sallie Keyes Creek. Restrooms (outhouses) are conveniently located nearby. Tents and foam mattresses are provided. The main buildings, kitchen, gathering room and shower house are situated several hundred yards across the meadow along Sanger Creek. All are built of native materials with most of the lumber milled on the site. Cooking is done on both propane and wood stoves. Propane fuels our refrigerators and freezers. Delicious home cooked meals are served “family style” in the camp outdoor dining area. Showers and baths are provided by a wood fueled hot water system in our rustic bathhouse. Participants bring their own towels and toiletries but a few basics such as soap and shampoo will be provided.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Bathing facilities are located at a rustic "shower house" near the main campsite. Gravity flow water system and wood fueled heater provide pressurized hot water for showers.


Day Five: Thursday, July 18 - Choice of guided hikes all morning and into the a...
Choice of guided hikes all morning and into the afternoon, and optional afternoon art activities or hot springs visit

Breakfast: Optional morning yoga, breakfast at the main house, assemble sack lunch for noon break

Morning: Guided natural history field hikes (choice of available options)

Lunch: Lunch break at a scenic spot on the trail.

Afternoon: Longer hikes continue, most return to camp by 2pm. Optional art activities (instruction and materials provided) or walk to local hot springs/lake available for participants who are interested, free time to relax, shower, etc. Social hour snacks and drinks provided at 5pm.

Dinner: Dinner served at the campsite.

Evening: Final campfire and closing activities.

Lodging: Blayney Meadows

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 19 - Hike back to Florence Lake, ferry ride and depart...
Breakfast: A hearty breakfast is served at the campsite, participants pack personal gear and assemble sack lunches.

Morning: After breakfast participants carry their personal gear to the packing area beside the campsite and begin the return hike to Florence Lake with their guides.

Lunch: Most participants choose to eat their sack lunch at Florence Lake while waiting for the ferry.

Afternoon: Participants take the ferry across Florence Lake, pick up their personal gear at a designated spot near the parking area and begin their journey back to civilization.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
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5 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences

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