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In the past, we organized some “off the chart” outdoor trips.

Slowing down now and doing an occasional more one on one or a handful of people.  Not a professional guide service.  More of a “share expenses” type of arrangement.  Traveling mostly in the general area of the desert southwest USA.  Vehicle tent camping, limited backpacking, Kayaking & Yakpacking, Dutch Oven cooking, and visiting favorite and new sights.

We do our best to screen potential co-travelers.  We strive to have level headed individuals that are respectful of others, people that get along with others, and people that can take care of themselves, and others, in unpredictable situations.

Those that are into recreational drug use, excessive alcohol use,  loud types, and people that always tend to get into arguments, please do not contact us.

If you are visiting Las Vegas, Nevada from somewhere in the USA or another country, depending on what is going on or scheduled, you may be welcomed to join us.

Our pace is that of our slowest member.  Our objective is to have fun while staying safe.  For the most part we are not out to set records of distance and time.  If you can’t pace yourself accordingly, or a need to hike/drive on alone.  You need to solicit another group.   We stick together.   Whether we are backpacking/hiking, or driving to a destination in multiple vehicles.

We do try our best to pre-establish group goals within trips for those that have to evaluate themselves honestly before committing.  In the case of trips that include backpacking/hiking/kayaking.  Goals sometimes have to be met to make campgrounds in the daylight with time to set up, to reach necessary water sources, or to meet drop -off or  pick-up arrangements.  Same with vehicle trips.

We do request you have the experience to know your physical means, enabling you to stay at our pace.   We aren’t super fast, but we aren’t sissies by any means.

Most of the above hints around backpacking or hiking.  We also do lots of vehicle/tent camping, or trailer/RV events too.  Kayaking and over night Yakpacking.

A group of friends have tear drop trailers, Cargo Conversions, and Commercial RV/Trailers.  That means, on occasion we also stay at RV Parks that have those types of facilites.  As examples but not limited to Dutch Oven Cook-off’s, Winery Grape Stomps, or meeting up on the Pacific coast.  Dry camping/Boondocking old desert ghost towns, expanses of desert, or remote parts of southwestern USA.

Watch for posts or check the “Upcoming Events”. Contact us if you are interested in a group event.  We are often doing preliminary work before anything info is ever out to members.  Always open for location requests.

A couple major highlight trips have been vehicle/trailer/tent camping Yellowstone NP & Glacier NP.  As well as numerous Backbacking trips down into the Grand Canyon area.   Yosemite is on our Bucket list as are numerous less popular locations.  We often can’t arrange group events at the more popular spots due to the difficulty in securing reservations.  Many of those require advanced planning and non-refundable deposits.

TOPONAUTIC Founder (Rick Beach)
has visited, hiked, backpacked, or camped:

Allegheny National Forest (Allegheny River) – Pennsylvania
Ayutthaya Ancient Temple City – Thailand
Ansel Adams Wilderness – California (Section of the Pacific Crest Trail)
Arches NP – Utah
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge – Nevada
Baker, Nevada – Wheeler Peak area
Badlands – South Dakota
Bamboo Forest – Maui, Hawaii (Road to Hana, Pipiwai Trail, Waimoku Falls 400ft, Makahiku Falls)
Buddha of Wat Theppitak Punaram, Pak Chong district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand (Korat area)
Bell Rock -Sedona, Arizona
Bryce NP – Utah
Canyonlands NP, Utah
Capital Reef NP, Utah
Cathedral Gorge State Park – Nevada
Cathedral Rock – Sedona, Arizona
Cape Hatteras – North Carolina (Kitty Hawk, Lighthouses, Rodanthe, Ocracoke Island)
Cave Lake State Park – Nevada
Colorado River trip – Yakpacked Black Canyon – Hoover Dam to Willow Beach, Nevada/Arizona
Colorado River trip – Yakpacked Willow Beach to Nelsons Landing area, Nevada/Arizona
Colorado River trip – Yakpacked Blythe California to Imperial Dam near Yuma Arisona
Colorado River trip – (Several times) – Walter’s Landing to Fishers Landing,
Death Valley NP – California
Dead Horse Ranch State Park – Arizona
Devils Tower – Wyoming
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park – Utah
Feather Falls – Near Oroville, California
Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area – Utah
Four Corners (Monument at the intersecting borders of Utah, Colorado,
Frisco, Utah   Silver Mine 1876-1920, now a ghost town -Charcoal Ovens remain
Glacier NP – Montana
Gold Point Ghost Town, Nevada
Grand Canyon – South Rim (Numerous times)
Grand Canyon – North Rim
Grand Tetons NP – Wyoming
Great Basin, Nevada  Wheeler Peak, Lehman Caves, Baker Nevada
Green River Kayaking out of Moab, Utah (Crystal Geyser to Mineral Bottom)
Haleakala, Maui Hawaii
Havasu Falls – Grand Canyon area, AZ (Village of Supai, Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, Beaver Falls)
Hulopo’e Beach – Lanai, Hawaii
Iao Valley State Monument – Maui, Hawaii
Imperial National Wildlife Refuge – Arizona
Johnnie Mine area, Montgomery Mountain, – Near Pahrump, Nevada
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
Kodachrome Basin State Park – Utah
Kootenai Falls – Montana
Lake Havasu State Park – Arizona
Lake Mead NP (Black Canyon Colorado River Kayaking, Hoover Dam, Willow Beach)
Lake Tahoe – California
Lake Tahoe – Nevada
Lassen Volcanic NP, California
Little Bighorn Battlefield – Montana
MacKerricher State Park, California [Fort Bragg area]
Malakoff Diggings State Historic Park – California (1880’s Ghost Town of North Bloomfield)
Mendocino Headlands State Park – California
Mesa Verde, Colorado
Montezuma’s Castle – Arizona
Monument Valley – Utah
Otter Creek State Park – Utah
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Section: Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake
Pahranagat National Widlife Refuge – Nevada
Picacho State Recreation Area – California
Pikes Peak – Colorado
Pinnacles NP (West section) – California
Pismo Beach – California
Point Cabrillo Light Station Historic Park & Lighthouse – California
Point Lobos State Reserve & Lighthouse – California
Point Reyes National Seashore – California
Polipoli State Park – Maui Hawaii
Red Rock Crossing – Sedona, Arizona
Red Rock Park (Las Vegas, Nevada area)
Redwood NP, California
Rhyolite Ghost Town, Nevada
Sedona, Arizona (Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Red Rock Crossing, Slide Rock)
Sequoia NP– California
Slide Rock State Park – Arizona
Snowqualmie Falls, Washington
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park – Nevada
Stateline Ghost Town, Nevada
Trinity National Forest – California
Utah Lake State Park – Utah
Valley of Fire State Park – Nevada
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park – Nevada
Yellowstone NP – Wyoming
Zion NP – Utah (Angles Landing, Walters Wiggles, Upper Pools area, Lower end of the Narrows)

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