We will have Forays available for single day passholders and full festival pass holders. Forays are available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Spanish Speakers Foray) during the festival. Each Foray will meet at the Carhenge parking lot in town and rendezvous from there. Please meet 10 minutes before your foray is scheduled. If you have a car please drive to Carhenge, all Foray spots will be either in town or within a 40 minute drive. Please read foray descriptions to know what to expect. More information is available in SCHED.
Be sure to take note of the meeting time when you sign up for a foray – tardiness can result in you missing a foray.
FORAY SIGN UPS
To sign up for a Foray you must register at the main tent in Town Park on the days listed below for your preferred Foray. There will be clipboards for each different Foray leader, you must meet up with the same foray leader that you signed up with the next day at the Carhenge Parking lot.
Registration for Thursday’s Forays
Thursday 8:30am – 10:30am @ registration tent Elks Park
Registration for Friday’s Forays
Thursday 8:30am – 3pm @ registration tent Elks Park
Registration for Saturday’s Forays
Friday 9am – 6pm @ registration tent Elks Park
Sunday’s Spanish Speaker Foray
Caminata de Recolección is free and open to the public, no sign up required, meet at Wilkinson Public Library @9:00am
All foraging will be in the high altitude so please go slow and rest often.
FORAY MEETING LOCATION
For all Forays and Free day parking: Carhenge Parking Lot: 700 West Pacific Ave, Telluride (Street parking is available please read signs)
WHAT TO BRING FOR A FORAY
On a foray, you’ll be outside in the elements for a few hours. Terrain and conditions will vary depending on the day and location. Below is a ‘foray checklist’ of the items we recommend you bring on any foray.
- Water: Everyone should bring at least a liter of water with them on their foray.
- Snacks: something small and sweet, something salty, and something a bit filling. Don’t get hangry on the foray.
- Durable Layers: t-shirt, pants, long sleeve or light sweater. Foray clothes should be comfortable and be able to get dirty. Dress as you would for a hike or a day of gardening.
- Boots & Closed Toe Shoes: All forays will encounter mud. Potentially standing water. If you plan to walk in the forest, we recommend you wear sturdy waterproof boots, such as hiking boots or work boots. Feel free to bring hiking poles or any other items to assist navigating the terrain.
- Sun Protection: All forays occur at 8000 ft of elevation or higher, where the UV exposure is intense. A hat, sunscreen, sun hoodie (protective clothing), spf chapstick, sunglasses, and water are all recommended for all forays.
- Rain Protection: A light rain jacket and pants are highly recommended! The weather turns quickly in August. Short lived torrential downpours are a near daily occurrence. Staying dry on a foray drastically improves the experience. I often bring a pair of dry socks to change into when returning to the car during the monsoon season.
- Knife and Brush: a small blade and simple brush aid in identifying and cleaning the mushrooms you find.
- Thermometer: some mushrooms are sensitive to temperature. If you’re looking for these, you’ll want to bring a soil thermometer.
- Identification Guide: There are many. A few of our favs are: Nat’l autobahn society Mushrooms of North America, Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region, and All that the Rain Promises and More.
- iNaturalist App: this can act as an identification guide, field journal, and allows you to contribute to citizen science! We highly recommend downloading and using this app during your forays and beyond the festival.