What not to bring,
What you'll want to know
will definitely want to bring
& sheets or sleeping bag
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.
for 7 days (There are no laundry facilities.)
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.
Sunscreen – given the thin atmosphere here, you’ll
burn very quickly!
jacket or sweat shirt (it gets very cool in the
insurance card and information
address and phone of emergency contact
Comfortable walking shoes
money, credit card or checkbook
supplies – picks, capos, tuner, strings, rosin, etc.
bottle (this is important; just trust us and bring
medications you take, in their original containers
you also may want to bring
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
This Tascam is more than adequate:
supplies: Batteries, tapes, disks, etc.
boots and supplies
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.
and/or umbrella (Marianne says “no one uses an
umbrella in Colorado.” Yeah, well, I might.)
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.
to NOT Bring
you need to know
When to arrive:
please check our Getting
Here and Back Home page for this info.
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:
said, most people who travel from lower elevations
to ski areas in Colorado (9000’ and higher) don’t
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).
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.
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
No pets are allowed at the Rocky Mountain Mennonite
smoking is permitted anywhere on the Rocky
Mountain Mennonite Camp. This may be your big
chance to stop smoking.
alcohol is allowed at the Rocky Mountain
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
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
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!