The 37th Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk August 21st, 2022 and will end at dawn August 28th, 2022

Southeastern view

Overlooking Lake Osoyoos

CANCELLATION OF MKSP 2021

When the star party organizers met in June, choosing to proceed towards MKSP 2021 in August, we based our “go” decision on the state of the COVID threat. In response we had an excellent vote of confidence through pre-registration applicants (currently at 75% of our self-imposed attendee cap).

Now a greater risk is presented by wildfire. Could it be that we weathered a global pandemic only to be shut down by the worst fire season on record?

Sadly, yes. The fire danger rating throughout the southern interior of BC is high to extreme. There have been many small fires in the area, including three that would have been serious threats to Kobau if they hadn’t been controlled at the small stage. There is currently a major fire burning out of control just across the Okanagan Valley to the east in plain view from Mt. Kobau. Another large fire smoulders to the north of that, also visible from the star party site. Two more major wildfires burn in Washington State less than 100 km to the SW.

If there’s any silver lining in this daunting scenario, it’s that no major fires are currently burning to the immediate west and northwest of Kobau – the directions most likely to push smoke over us. But this is barely reassuring, as fire smoke easily drifts in from a distance of hundreds – even thousands – of kilometres and the winds can change conditions dramatically in a matter of a few hours.

Under conditions of such obvious risk, and out of respect for the price that could be paid in terms of property and lives, the organizers have voted to cancel MKSP 2021 while registrants still have time to make other plans. If you have applied for pre-registration and sent payment, our Treasurer will be in touch soon regarding refunds.

p>Details of the changes are given below (posted June 25, 2021). Please read all the points here, and acquaint yourselves with the links.

RESTRICTIONS AND PROTOCOLS

Under BC’s Restart plan:

Step 2 (currently in effect), MKSP is allowed no more than 50 attendees.

Step 3 is expected before MKSP begins, and could come as early as July 1, increasing the maximum number of attendees. MKSP reserves the right to set a new limit, and intends to do so.

Proof of vaccination will not be required, but we urge all who are eligible to get a COVID vaccination prior to the event.

We expect all attendees to adhere to BC COVID restrictions.

MKSP takes place in a provincially protected area, by permit from BC Parks. Please review their GUIDE TO CAMPING DURING COVID-19.

As always, attendees should be familiar with our star party’s Rules and Etiquette.

CHANGES TO THE STAR PARTY THIS YEAR

No talks, contests, or group events will be held.

There will be no door prize or raffle draws.

Physical distancing will be required during staging of a group photo.