Autonomous Mutant Fallout, this Thursday afternoon or so til Monday afternoon or so. Free; everyone welcome.
  • *Hot springs
  • *River float
  • *Edible/drinkable treasure hunt
  • *Robot costume fashion show, dance-off and brawl/battle
  • *Baby Shaker Sound Systems
  • *Swimming hole (unless it evaporated since 3 weeks ago)
  • *Who knows what else
Tentative performer line-up so far:
  • Misfailed
  • Tig Bitty
  • Inverted Forest
  • Whatever Your Heart Desires / DJ 0.000001

Coordinates are 39.51089, -120.17821

GPS should take you along the best route, as long as you’re coming from south of Red Bluff CA or from Reno. That is taking Hwy 80 to 89 North (which intersects 80 just east of Truckee) to a right (east) on Henness Pass Rd. About 5.1 miles down this road is an intersection with signs, a little swimming hole to the right, and two parallel roads to the left (north). Take the unmarked one further to the west/first left. Plenty different places to camp all along that road. I imagined the first right off of that road, leading down into the meadow/stream area, would be a good epicenter of the campout, and a good spot for a sound system.

If coming from Red Bluff CA, or further north, GPS will try and take you on some routes that I haven’t explored. I suggest adding the extra 5-10 minutes to your trip by going through Chico or Reno, continuing onto the 80 (eastwards from Chico/Sacramento, westwards from Reno) and following the directions above.

Note, however, this area is technically private ranch land – just a little bit north and east of here it becomes Tahoe National Forest. (No fences, signs or markers of any type designate this.) I doubt it will be a problem as it’s remote and shows no evidence of being used. Worse comes to worst, we might have to move a few hundred feet. I suggest not making camps visible from the main road (Henness Pass).

There is a fire ban in place, I’m pretty sure. There are campgrounds, I think a few miles west of the site, along Henness Pass Rd, which have bathrooms and, I imagine, running water.

Bring all the provisions you’ll need to survive and be self-sufficient. Water, food, sunblock, shovel, toilet paper, etc. Bring activities, performances, etc. for yourself and others to enjoy. Bring some cardboard and stuff (tape, wire, old circuit boards, etc. )to make robot costumes for the robot fashion show, dance-off and battle, which will be Sunday I guess. Bring some extra materials for others if possible. Bring swimming suits (not sure if nudity will be tolerated) for optional outings to Sierra Hot Springs (I suggest a group trip on Saturday night I guess), which is about 15 miles away. Officially they charge $, I think $20 per person for 3 hours, but there’s a chance we can finagle a free or discounted venture. Also bring swimming suits for an optional river rafting/floating trip down the Truckee River. This 5-mile stretch, going from south to north, is reportedly very calm (Class I) but I don’t know if it’s calm enough to just use an inner tube/life vest – maybe a couple of us would need to rent an overpriced raft from one of these sorts of companies – – and the rest could just kind of sneak/float next to us until we’re around the bend. I’m thinking Sunday, or Monday on people’s way out, would be good days for this. The launching area is about 40 minutes drive south of the camp site, at 2200 River Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145. (And then we’d need to caravan/taxi drivers back 5 miles upstream with Lyft or something.) And there will be an edible/drinkable treasure hunt, probably on Saturday afternoon.

Still looking for a generator, so I don’t have to buy one, to power the sound system. If anyone wants to bring some extra gas for that it would be appreciated too. Jake promises to bring battery power so generators won’t be necessary but I’d like to have a backup in case that doesn’t happen or runs out of juice.

– Truckee River Raft
River rafting on the North Lake Tahoe’s Truckee River. A great 2-3 hours in which you enjoy a leisurely, self guided, 5 mile float down to the River Ranch.