Summer Camp 2016 ~ Ruby Mountains, Nevada
July 30 – August 5, 2016
The 2016 Obsidian Summer Camp—Camp
Robertson—will be at the Lions Camp Lamoille in the Ruby Mountains south of
Summer Camp Sign Up
Online sign up for Summer Camp will begin on Tuesday, March 15** about
7:00AM, followed within five days by submitting by mail a registration form
along with your camp fees. Obsidian members will have signup preference for one
week. A registration form, which includes detailed information and instructions,
will be included as an insert with your March Obsidian Bulletin and also
available as a download right here:
Camp Robertson Registration Form
**Nonmember registration begins March 22 (one
week after Obsidian member signup starts).
Summer Camp Rally
The Summer Camp Rally will be Friday, May 13 at 7:00PM at the Obsidian
Lodge. (Note: This is not the May
potluck, so don’t bring food.) The
Rally will include details about Camp Robertson including what to expect, what
to bring, maps of the area, a slideshow of the Rubies and a lot more.
You will be able to pick up your Camp Robertson Booklet at the Rally and
ask any questions you may have.
Summer Camp Booklet
The Camp Robertson booklet is available in two PDF versions below.
The booklet provides detailed information about the camp such as how to get
there, what to bring, what to expect and possible hikes and other activities.
A copy of the booklet will be distributed to all registered
participants at the Summer Camp Rally on May 13.
Ruby Mtns SC 2016
Mtns SC 2016 for Print
The booklet is a smaller size (8˝x5˝) than
letter size (8˝x11) and it is provided above in two versions:
1 - The 'Booklet' version has the pages in
numerical order and is best for viewing digitally.
2 - The 'Print' version is ordered so that it
may be printed in duplex (both sides of a sheet of paper) on 8˝x11 paper, two
booklet pages on each sheet side, then folded in half to make the 8˝x5˝ booklet.
If you have a duplex printer the printing is pretty straight forward to make
things print right. But, if not it is a bit tricky getting this to work
out, but printing each side separately, odd pages pages first, then manually
tuning the sheets over and then printing the even pages on on the reverse side,
seems to work best. But again it is tricky getting it right ~ good luck if
you try this.
Note: The content of both versions are identical, only the page ordering is
"The Big Year" Movie Clip
"The Big Year", a movie about birding included a scene about searching
for the elusive Himalayan snowcock in the Ruby Mountains that was shown at the
May 13th Camp Rally. If you would like to see it (or see
again), click here:
About Summer Camp
The Ruby Mountains, the site of the Obsidian’s 2016 Summer Camp – Camp
Robertson, were misnamed by soldiers exploring the area in the late 1800s when
they mistook the garnets they found for rubies.
The Rubies, referred to by some as the Alps of Nevada, are a collection
of glacier carved peaks with U-shaped valleys in northeastern Nevada.
In the Rubies you can find 25 lovely alpine lakes and 50 peaks above
10,000 feet, including 14 above 11,000 feet with the 11,387-foot Ruby Dome
claiming top honors. The Lamoille
Canyon takes us into the heart of these spectacular mountains and up that canyon
is where our camp will be located along Lamoille Creek.
So is there anything to do around there?
Well, you might take a hike!
The closest and easiest to access hikes leave from trailheads at the end of the
Lamoille Scenic Byway, about 6 miles above our camp.
From there a number hikes take off, going south along the Ruby Crest
Trail or north toward Island Lake.
The trail to Right Fork Canyon up to Goat Lake begins in camp.
A very easy nature trail is found just a couple miles above camp. For the
more adventuresome (and fit) a climb of Ruby Dome would be something to
consider. Here are few websites you
can checkout to get a feel for what is available in the area:
If you think you might like to take a break from hiking for
a day (or two), there are other options in the area such as the Northeastern
Nevada Museum in Elko, or the California Trail Historic Interpretive Center 10
miles west of Elko. A drive around
the Ruby Mountains could include a stop at the Ruby Lake National Wildlife
Refuge for a little birding – this might be the trip to take after an arduous
day hiking the Rubies in search of the elusive Himalayan snowcock.
For gamblers in the bunch, Elko has
plenty of casinos. Seeking
regional cuisine, and willing to forgo the great camp food, you might check out
some of the local Basque restaurants.
Northern Nevada is the nation’s largest gold producer and some of the
area mines offer free mine tours. I
am sure if you do a bit of creative Googling you will turn up a lot of other
interesting things to see and do in this unique place.
More questions about Summer
Camp? Contact John Jacobsen -
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