June 4-10, 2017

August 6-12, 2017




What to bring,
What not to bring,
What you'll want to know

Things you will definitely want to bring

  • Blankets & sheets or sleeping bag

  • Pillow

  • Towel

  • Or you can rent all of the above (blankets, sheets, pillow, pillowcase and towel) from the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp for $5.00 for the week.  Let us know ASAP if you want to do that.

  • Clothes for 7 days (There are no laundry facilities.)

  • Instruments

  • Flashlight – you can buy a great LED headlamp at outdoor stores or even anywhere where they have a lot of flashlights, like Home Depot; they’re light, small, and very handy and hands-free.

  • Toiletries

  • Sunscreen – given the thin atmosphere here, you’ll burn very quickly!

  • Washcloth

  • Warm jacket or sweat shirt (it gets very cool in the evenings)

  • Medical insurance card and information

  • Name, address and phone of emergency contact

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Spending money, credit card or checkbook

  • Music supplies – picks, capos, tuner, strings, rosin, etc.

  • Insect repellent

  • Water bottle (this is important; just trust us and bring one)

  • Any medications you take, in their original containers

  • Hat

Things you also may want to bring

  • Instrument stand

  • Music stand

  • Jammies

  • Earplugs

  • Recording device.  These days, your smartphone will probably do it.  If you'd prefer to use a different device, there are some great ones out there.  This Tascam is more than adequate:

  • Recorder supplies: Batteries, tapes, disks, etc.

  • Mountain bike

  • Hiking boots and supplies

  • Laptop computer.  We hesitate to mention it because it distracts from your camp experience, but there is a Wi-Fi connection at the camp.  There, we said it.

  • Poncho and/or umbrella (Marianne says “no one uses an umbrella in Colorado.”  Yeah, well, I might.)

  • Camera, camcorder, etc.

  • Camping or RV supplies.  If you’re RVing, bring an extension cord, and if you want water at your site, bring along a hose Y and 150' of hose.

 Things to NOT Bring

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco

  • Firearms

  • Drugs

  • Pets

 Things you need to know

  • When to arrive: please check our Getting Here and Back Home page for this info.

  • High elevation: the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp is at over 9600 feet.  If you’re from a significantly lower elevation, you may notice some symptoms that accompany the adjustment to a higher altitude, such as breathlessness, fatigue, and an increased need for rest and sleep. One of the best ways to aid adjustment is to drink lots of water, as in 8 cups a day.  As in 2 quarts. As in half a gallon.

    There’s also a prescription medication called Diamox which is used to treat glaucoma but is also prescribed for altitude sickness.  Here are two websites (of many) that describe it:

    o        http://www.rxlist.com/drugs/drug-6753-Diamox+Oral.aspx?drugid=6753&drugname=Diamox+Oral

    o        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetazolamide

That said, most people who travel from lower elevations to ski areas in Colorado (9000’ and higher) don’t have problems.

  • Phone at camp: there is a phone at the camp where your family can contact you, or vice versa, for important matters; the number is 719-687-9506.  If you need to talk for a long time or often, please either go to where there’s cell coverage or use your computer (see next item).

  • Wi-Fi connection.  We'll provide all the connection info when you get here, but you should know that the Wi-Fi connection at the camp uses WPA encryption instead of the older WEP.  So you should check and see if your wireless adapter supports it (for example, a Netgear WG111 doesn't, but a Netgear WG111T does).  Mac users should be OK.  And, of course, smug.

  • Cell service at the camp: There isn’t any that we can find, but there is cell coverage about a 10-minute drive away.  If you’re going to need to make phone calls and are bringing a laptop, you might consider using Skype.

  • Pets: No pets are allowed at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp

  • No smoking is permitted anywhere on the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.  This may be your big chance to stop smoking.

  • No alcohol is allowed at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.

  • Visitors: Only campers and their (paid) companions are allowed at the camp.  Please don’t put us in the position of having to ask someone to leave.

  • Medical care: There are no medical personnel. Again, please be sure to bring any medications you might need, preferably in their original containers.

  • Stores and services:  Nearest groceries, gasoline, auto repair, restaurant, and ice is in Divide, about six miles away.  Nearest supermarket, variety stores, drug store, bank, doctor, and dentist is in Woodland Park, about thirteen miles away.

  • Summer weather:  Summer in the high country offers pleasant days and cool nights, with temperatures ranging from 30-40 degrees (F) in the morning to a high of 65-75 degrees (F) in the afternoons.  You can expect frosty mornings, but the sun brings rapid warming.  High mountains generate rain and hail storms quickly and frequently, but they usually are short in duration.  Bring appropriate clothing and enjoy the weather as part of the adventure!