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Journey:  Camping Weekend and Solar Eclipse Viewing in Madras, Oregon (SOLD OUT)

Friday, Aug 18 — Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017

Regular price $ 50.00

About the Event

Co-Sponsored by the Caltech Alumni Association and the Harvey Mudd College Alumni Association


Time of Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21:

Partial eclipse begins at 9:06 a.m.
Totality begins 10:19 a.m.

Cost to Attend:

  • Alumni, parents and guests — $50 per person
  • Young Alumni (2012-2016) — $25 per person 
  • Current Caltech Students — Free
  • Children ages 5-12 — $15 per person
  • Children under 5 — Free

Transportation not included
Limit 3 guests per party.

(For more info, contact Elizabeth Emerald: eemerald@caltech.edu.


Madras, Oregon has been identified as one of the best viewing locations of next year's solar eclipse, and many are already planning trips to witness this historic event. While lodging in Madras has been full for over a year, we have reserved the Mt. Jefferson Rifle Archery & Pistol Association Facility from Friday August 18 through Tuesday August 22. We'll hold our eclipse-viewing celebration here on Monday, August 21. Note that travelers to Madras have been advised to arrive by Sunday night to avoid gridlock with the thousands of other eclipse-chasers making their way on small country roads.

Our facility includes access to parking, a kitchen, restrooms, tables and chairs, and space for sleeping/camping. There are no shower facilities or RV hookups. Tents, cots, sleeping bags, etc. are welcome. The registration fee covers a portion of the rental price and at least one group meal. You are welcome to arrive at any time during the rental window (Aug. 18-22).

The city of Madras is offering Solarfest, featuring music, food, and activities from Friday through Monday. Tickets are $45 for the weekend and $15 for one day. There will also be a city shuttle for $5 a day or $15 for a 4-day pass. The shuttle is adding a stop at our location to make it easier to experience the festival. If you would like to attend Solarfest, you may purchase tickets and shuttle passes on your own. 

View the terms and conditions, and click the registration button to reserve your spot. We will update registrants as plans progress for your chosen destination. Participants are responsible for any necessary lodging arrangements and are encouraged to book those as soon as possible.


Join fellow members of the Caltech community to view a total solar eclipse, with the path of totality stretching from the northern Oregon coast to the coast of South Carolina. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to view a total solar eclipse in our own backyard.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - General Information

Participants who are not planning to camp are encouraged to book hotels as soon as possible, as lodging space in these locations is at a premium and filling quickly.

Please note that we have chosen this location based on the positioning across the country in the path of totality, and the likelihood for favorable viewing conditions. However, optimal weather conditions for viewing the eclipse are not guaranteed, and no refunds will be issued for reasons related to weather or viewing conditions.

Terms and Conditions

Payment: Full payment is due at the time of registration.  Arrangements for and costs of transportation, lodging and meals not included are the responsibility of the participants.

Cancellations: All cancellations must be received in writing.  Participants who cancel up to 30 days prior to the event date will receive a full refund.  Participants cancelling after 30 days prior to the event date but before 14 days prior to the event date will be refunded the cost of the trip less a $10 per person deposit ($5 for children). No refund will be issued for participants cancelling within 14 days of departure.  Refunds will be calculated based upon the day written notification is received.

Event Details and Changes: We will take every measure to ensure the accuracy of the website, promotional literature, event details and prices, but conditions can change and errors can occur. Circumstances beyond our control may also necessitate changes to our events. In this case, participants will be notified using the contact information they provide. Changing conditions in the field may also necessitate last-minute event modifications.

Questions? Contact: events@alumni.caltech.edu

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