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Little Antelope Pack Station Presents: Basque High Country Heritage Celebration

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 20 June 2010

The Latest News from the Little Antelope Pack Station:

The 2010 Basque High Country Heritage Celebration will be held at Little Antelope Pack Station high above Coleville, California on June 26 & 27, 2010.  Owner and outfitter Joe Cereghino has organized an exciting weekend of culture, history, and adventure. 

The weekend will include two guided hikes, lecture by Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe, Basque cultural expert, and traditional Basque menus designed with JB Lekumberry of the JT Basque restaurant. Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe is an expert in Basque language, culture, and history.  His works include many professional papers, lectures, teaching, and he is also the author of "Speaking Through the Aspens: Basque Tree Carvings in California and Nevada", about the Basque sheepherders tree carvings, or Arborglyphs, found throughout the Sierra Nevada in aspen groves high in the mountains.

The program will begin with a casual luncheon on Saturday at noon.  Lunch will be followed by a guided hike and talk by Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe about the arborglyphs, or Basque tree carvings  by the sheepherders who spent many years in the Sierras.  Saturday evening will conclude with a traditional menu of Basque foods and campfire gathering.  Attendees are invited to camp out in the meadow at the Pack Station under the stars.  Sunday will begin with a hearty breakfast and guided hike to a traditional stone marker, or Hari Mutil, built and used by shepherds to mark the trail.  This hike is moderate.  Sunday afternoon guests are invited to explore the beautiful Eastern Sierra on their own.

Event tickets can be reserved by calling Joe at 775-315-6222.  The cost is $75 per adult.  This includes two guided hikes, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Breakfast and snack on Sunday, as well as the camp out.  Please call for child's pricing.  This is a family friendly event, all ages are welcome!

Little Antelope Pack Station is located in Coleville, California, about an hour south of Carson City. To get there, take Highway 395 to Coleville, turn right on Mill Canyon Road, and keep right until you get to the top. The road is gravel and quite steep, but very well maintained. 

The Pack Station is an outfitting and guide business owned and operated by Joe Cereghino on National Forest Service Lands.  The Carson Iceberg Wilderness is adjacent to the Pack Station, and is accessible only by foot or livestock.  The location is the site of many historical uses, including sheep-herding, mining, forestry, and cattle grazing.  Today the main use is recreation such as hiking, fishing, backpacking, and horseback riding. Day rides, pack trips, and dunnage services are offered throughout the summer and fall.

Joe Cereghino 775-315-6222 or Erin Costa775-720-3760

Little Antelope Pack Station

This blaze is about two miles north down the East Carson River from the E Carson Trail junction with the Pacific Crest Trail, which sits North of Wolf Creek Lake

The interesting inscription on the Aspen tree above sits about two miles North of where the Pacific Crest Trail and the East Carson River "Trail" intersect. Is this another example of Basque heritage on the Eastern Flank of the Sierras? In any case, it appears as if Mr. Benito Errea spent some time in the more remote sections of the East Carson River.

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