ITF015: Season Finale – Smartphone camping apps, and the fight on how to fund camping on federal land

This is In The Field Camping Episode 15, the Season 1 Finale!  In this episode we talked about topics discussed in the first season, and some must have iPhone apps for camping from Everything iCafe.  Chris added one of his favorite apps (for iPhone and Android), Map My Walk.

Next was a topic sent from a listener (Denver Weather Examiner Tony Hake), which is the debate brewing over charging fees to access public land (Denver Post article here). Thanks to everyone who downloaded the show this year, we plan on posting on our Facebook and Twitter pages during the off-season, so stay tuned.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ITF013: Fastway products and Colorado’s Peak to Peak Highway

This is In The Field Camping Episode 13.  In this episode we talked about all of the great products from Fastway, including the E2 Hitch, the Flip, the Zip, and the OneStep.  Then it was on to some of the campgrounds along Colorado’s Peak To Peak Highway, including:  Meeker Park, Olive Ridge, Peaceful Valley, Camp Dick (where this episode was recorded), Pawnee, and Kelly Dahl.  These are in the Boulder Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ST024: Career moves, NFL and MLB picks

Welcome to Colorado SportsTalk EP24 with Anthony Rodriguez recorded on August 30, 2012.  On this episode Anthony talked about what he’s been up to in his sportscasting career at Metro State University of Denver.  We talked about the NFL season preview, predictions, and awards, as well as MLB predictions.

Music played in this show by Modern Science, Odd Austin, and Polaradio – courtesy of Music Alley.  Leave Anthony a voicemail at (720)440-AROD (2763) and follow him on Twitter @anthonyrod33

For more information check out our website LightningRodRadio.Net

ITF008: Hermit Park, generators, and a scary story

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 8.

Campground review: Hermit Park  
http://www.larimer.org/parks/hermitpark.htm
Our favorite spots were B1,B3,B4,B8,B10,B15-B20,B22,B24-B25(Huge/Best),B28,B29(Huge), B31-B35 (too tightly packed but good for groups) H1,H2,H3,H27, K1,K8

Tips:  We talked about generators, the Kill A Watt killowatt/hr monitor.  Items to consider when making a camping list: http://www.modbee.com/2012/05/25/2215768/be-prepared-make-camping-list.html

Scary camping stories courtesy of The Onion: “74% Of Children Tenting Out In Yard Don’t Make It Through The Night”

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@inthefieldcamping.com.

For more info, visit www.inthefieldcamping.com

ITF007: Jacks Gulch, inverters and batteries

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Episode 7

Campground review: Jacks Gulch in northeast Colorado, check out our YouTube video for this campground.  Best sites (in our opinion): 3, 5, 6, 13, 14, 15/16 (double site), 17, 20, 21, and 24.  For info on nearby aircraft wreckage:  Colorado & Wyoming Wreckchasing.   For camping reservations at most of the campground we talk about, go to Reserve America.  We also talked about inverters and batteries, and measuring power usage with a Kill A Watt.  Finally, we shared some humorous camping tips from The Onion.

Check out the Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter at http://jajacampingsupplies.com/ and tell them you heard about it from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Download our App, where our bonus content will be campground pictures and our personal picks for best sites within campgrounds that we’ve personally visited and/or camped at.  Info that many campers would rather you not know.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@lightningrodradio.net.

For more info, visit www.lightningrodradio.net

High Park Fire

UPDATE 7/3/12 5:00pm - The High Park Fire is 100% contained, 87,284 acres were burned.  Most trailheads, campgrounds, and picnic areas have been reopened.  Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have updated their website to show the impact to campgrounds and recreational areas.  You can see it here.

Road Closure Information
Zoomable PDF of fire area
Inciweb page
Twitter feed
Larimer County Emergency Information
Larimer County Fire and EMS Live Audio Feed
Fires restrictions (PDF)

Below is the updated Google Map of the fire area.

View Forest Fires in a larger map


Below is a video taken shortly before the fire started in the area of Pingree Park where the fire still is being fought.  This is Jacks Gulch Campground, one of the many campgrounds in the area that remain closed but may reopen by Friday July 13th.  Much of the area east of this campground has been scorched, and I’ve heard this campground was used as a fire base.


 

 

Little Sand Fire

UPDATE 6/22/12: The fire has grown to 17,280 acres with 30% containment, growth potential is HIGH.  Cause of fire is lightning.  Evacuations remain in effect for residents of the Weminuche Valley.

A fire in southwest Colorado called the Little Sand Fire is burning about 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, CO.  It is also not far from where the massive Missionary Ridge Fire burned near Vallecito Reservoir exactly ten years ago.

This fire’s been burning for nearly a month and has expanded to almost 7,000 acres.  While it’s 30% contained, there are Red Flag warnings out for the area and a county Emergency

PagosaDailyPost.Com

Management director said to “expect smoke in the Upper Piedra area until the Little Sand Fire decides, on its own, to stop burning.  Given the funding difficulties involved — and the $2 million already expended to date — human firefighting efforts will not be able to stop the fire, which as of yesterday had expanded to about 6,400 acres.  Three crews — about 82 people — are currently assigned to the fire, but the only effective way to end the Little Sand Fire, it appears, may be prayers of supplication.” (Source: Pagosa Dail Post – emphasis added)

There are some campgrounds on the perimeter of the fire area, a couple of which are rated in the Colorado Campgrounds: The 100 Best and All the Rest book.  They are Teal and Cimarrona, which just opened for the season on June 5th, and Bridge which remains closed.

Map of the fire area (PDF)
Little Sand Fire Closures (forest service page) has lists of closed campgrounds, roads, and trails.
Inciweb page
Twitter Feed

Stuart Hole Fire

UPDATE: 4pm Tuesday – Evacuations lifted, night shift working the fire line all night.  Fire kept at 227 acres despite gusty winds.  Containment reported at 45%.

There is a new fire burning in Northeast Colorado, not far from the Hewlett Gulch Fire (which is actually still burning, although controlled).  It’s called the Stuart Hole Fire and is in Larimer County.  Updated info can be found at Larimer County Emergency Information‘s website here.  Currently the fire is about 200 acres and there have been some evacuations.

Twitter feed for #StuartHoleFire

Below is a map of the area.


View Forest Fires in a larger map

While recording some new episodes of In The Field Camping, we toured the area of the Hewlett Gulch Fire, which was mostly the south side near Hwy 14.  We also coincidentally drove to Halligan Reservoir and drove within less than 2 miles of where this new fire started 5 days later.  This is not a heavily forested area, especially to the east and northeast – but there are some small subdivisions in the area.  This is about 8 miles northeast of the Red Feather Lakes area, but about 1500′ lower in elevation (between 6,500′ and 7,000′).

 

Updates as they are made available.

ITF002:Carter Lake review, sharing secrets, and Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter

This is In The Field Camping Podcast Season 1, Episode 2. Recorded on location at Flatiron Reservoir, Colorado.

Campground review: Carter Lake.  2nd largest lake in Colorado, 12mi of shoreline.  96 sites, 13mi west of I25 (west of Berthoud and Loveland).  5 campgrounds (Eagle, South Shore, North Pines, Big Thompson, and Carter Knolls).  No dump at campgrounds, but just east of Carter Lake.  $7 fee to Larimer County Parks + nightly camping fee.  Fishing, swimming, boating.  Very popular, crowded on weekends.
http://www.co.larimer.co.us/naturalresources/carter.htm

Rant/Soapbox:  Sharing information (campgrounds, fishing spots, geocaching).

Equipment review:  Jaja Pro-Start Fire Starter
http://jajacampingsupplies.com/  Tell them you heard about this device from In The Field Camping Podcast!

Tips:  What kind of camping can/will you do?  The different options available and Chris’ camping history of different techniques and equipment.

In The Field Camping Podcast with Chris Rodriguez is a podcast that is literally recorded “in the field” while camping at various campgrounds. If we’re not camping, we’re not podcasting! We review campgrounds and camping equipment, suggest tips and advice, and go on camping-related soapbox rants. If you have any questions or comments, leave a voicemail (720)440-1080 or email chris@lightningrodradio.net.

For more info, visit www.lightningrodradio.net

LP006:Fracking making citizens angry, and State Senator morphs into a flying toaster

On this weeks Longmont Politics, we started with fracking and how some people were unhappy with the 7-0 vote by city council to NOT extend the moratorium.  Recently retired City Manager Gordon Pedrow has become more vocal since retiring and citizens are letting everyone know how they feel about him.  Times-Call letters in response to other letters.  And finally, the bizarre YouTube sensation that claims Colorado State Senator Brandon Shaffer is a flying toaster and recently took on Godzilla in a fight to the death.

Colorado Peak Politics:  Brandon Shaffer has a YouTube problem
Colorado Peak Politics: BRANDON SHAFFER VS GODZILLA: Latest Installment Of Viral Video Series Appears Online

Longmont Examiner: Longmont Family launches radio station

Join Chris Rodriguez and his guests as they talk about the topics of the day. While the show will lean towards Longmont, Colorado with emphasis on politics, there’s no limit to where the show might go and may apply to your hometown. Leave a voicemail which we may use on-air at (720)924-1080

For more information check out our website LightningRodRadio.Net