I am the assistant leader on Introduction to Backpacking and am looking forward to meeting you all.|
Although both Francy and I live in the East now, we have both lived at Lake Tahoe. I was a fry cook, lifeguard and rented kayaks 45 years ago while in college. I go back several time a year to maintain our family cabin there.
The purpose of this message is to give you a link to our web site where we will be posting copies of all our correspondence and to emphasize a couple of items Francy has already talked about.
Our web site is https://donsnotes.com/ctl/introtobackpacking/
Our two major problems last year were the wrong sleeping bag and blisters.
"If you have an old cotton "car-camping" bag with flannel lining with pictures of hunting dogs, don't even think about bringing it!"Your friends may tell you you can borrow their bag which will work. Their definition of backpacking may be walking 1/4 mile from a parking lot to a campsite. DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR FRIENDS.
By the time you put these bags in your backpack there will not be room for anything else and they can not be fastened firmly on the outside. They also tend to be heavy. You can rent sleeping bags.
See: Equipment Rental and Stores (https://donsnotes.com/ctl/outdoor_equipment.html).
You can get a bag liner, if you are worried about cooties from the previous user.
See weather on our main page. (https://donsnotes.com/ctl/introtobackpacking/index.html#weather)
"Though not a luxury lodge, Clair Tappaan (CTL) is cared for by a small, friendly staff and has a spacious living room, an enormous fireplace, a cozy library, and a large communal dining room. Wholesome family-style breakfasts and dinners are prepared each day at the lodge by professional cooks."See https://donsnotes.com/ctl/index.html#rooms
CTL is not The Ahwahnee, a rustic lodge in Yosemite with rooms which start at $475/night.
There are two other outings the weekend we are there, so there may not be much choice in rooms, but you can call the Lodge (800) 679-6775, if you have a preference for rooms.
There are family rooms with bunkbeds for 5 which are smaller than the dorms, but larger than the 2 person cubices, if you wanted to get together with others and ask for one of these.