First of all thanks again for organizing Caveman this year ( even without your plane in service !!!! ) last year it was a great event and I am really looking forward to it this year. As a 1 year veteran and still primarily a lurker compared to most people on this forum let me take a stab and try and address some of the questions from the first timers since most of them are still fresh in my mind.
Gary please do not hesitate to correct me if I have misunderstood your earlier posts or if things have changed.
First accommodations. Most people tent camp with their airplane. You will be camping on dry dirt and should bring what you need to make you comfortable IE sleeping bag rated to the temps, chairs, tables, stoves,coolers etc that you normally use when flying/camping in the backcountry. Caveman Ranch has some very unique rooms that are really caves and a magnificent lodge where there will be group meals, great bonfires, endless games of hearts, a fantastic outdoor seating area to meet and greet, share the bonfire, tell lies and spend hours gazing at the stars. A few pilots were gazing all night so to speak after enjoying their margaritas. I believe both the rooms and the lodge offer access to a common shower/bathroom area.
Second food. It looks like there will be a cooked breakfast available at Caveman on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a group dinner available a Mack Mesa on Friday night, and a dinner at Caveman lodge Saturday night. All of these are great and generally are available for a fee or a donation. There are several places nearby that you can fly to for nice meals and Gary is very generous in providing navigation tips on how to get there and sometimes there is a group heading there to fly with.
Third flying. There are numerous interesting and wonderful strips to fly into for experienced backcountry pilots in the area. As mentioned previously Galens Fly Utah is a great source and I have found that the Utah Supplemental World Aeronautical Chart is a way to get an overall picture of the area . Check the website http://www.flyidaho.com
and I believe there is one posted on the wall of the lodge. Last years poker run was a blast and Gary designed it so newbies could get a real taste of the area. I find it handy to top off my fuel before I land at Caveman to give me the most flexibility ( Mack or Moab are possible choices ) and the Caveman strip is relatively benign if you are going in heavy as long as you have prior backcountry dirt experience. Although all landings will be severely rated by the pilots who have arrived previously and are sitting on the deck hydrating to replace the fluids lost on the lengthy flight, generally with margaritas.
All in all it is a great flyin with numerous opportunities to interact with other BCPers who have been grounded by the long winter, organized by Gary who is a generous with his knowledge of the area and time and hosted by Rod and his clan at their wonderful unique resort.
Paul aka Idahomauledriver