Official Brochure Trip #: 12125A

Start: 4 PM, Sunday, July 22, 2012
End:   2 PM, Saturday, July 28, 2012

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Itinerary and Map
Completion Certificates are in the mail

Welcome message.
February Status update.
Bulletin1 (Equipment List and The Four Major Pieces of Equipment)
Food Question
Roster - 6/16/12 (Not posted here for privacy - Send me a message for another copy)
Bulletin3 - More equipment notes (utensils)
Bulletin4 - Backpacker exercises
Bulletin5 - Links to equipment guides - Water filters
Bulletin6 - Backpacker - Top Five Gear Pro Q&As;
FAQs - Question from current and past trips
Bulletin7 - Clair Tappaan Lodge logistics
Bulletin8 - Weather, Sun protection, Dehydration
Trailhead Directions and map
Bulletin9 - Post Trip follow up. Lightning, What is a lake, ...
Bulletin10 - Post Trip follow up. Evaluations, pictures, trip summary, ...

Contents: Contacts | Weather | Maps | Lodge Information and directions | Backpacking Information | Books | Sierra Club Outings Reference


Clair Tappaan Lodge Norden, CA (800) 679-6775 or (530) 426-3632
Nevada Co. Sheriff Truckee, CA 530 265-7880
Tahoe Forest Hospital 10121 Pine Ave, Truckee, CA (530) 587-6011
Leaders: Phone Mobile Email
Susan Elsner Minneapolis, MN (612) 205.5978
Don McBride Martinsville, NJ (732) 560-0369 (848) 203-4814
Francy Rubin Lynchburg, VA   (434) 258-1750
Proposed Trip
As the trip brochure says we will go out twice once for one night and again for two nights.

Our planned campsights have changed the last two years because of snow.
You should be prepared for a 5 mile hike with 1,000 ft of elevation gain from
7,000 to 8,000 ft. carrying 30-35 pounds (maximum of 20-25 pounds of personal gear,
plus shared commissary of approximately 5-10 pounds).
We try to average 1.5 MPH including breaks.

Weather: The average high for July is 78° and
   the average low is 37°.  The record low for July is 24°.
Dressing in layers is the best way to prepare for the 30° swing. The Weather Channel more at the donner page.
Donner Summit Area

Clair Tappaan Lodge (CTL) information and directions Sleeping Accommodations Directions to the lodge Transportation from Reno at Transportation from Reno Transportation from San Francisco Donner Area Activities and Tahoe Information (In case you come a day early or stay a few extra days)
Emergency contacts in the Donner Tahoe area Previous Trips 2010, 2011 Other Backpacking Information: Gear Rental REI Expert Advice: Backpacking for Beginners Camping & Hiking Don's Hiking and Camping advice web page General Equipment List (Future trip correspondence may have an updated list) Useful Information from the Sierra Club Knapsack committee ( (Wilderness medical techniques, Water treatment, Getting in shape, ...) Equipment List at

Historic Snow Depth (Note: This is from the Soda Springs CSS Lab, snow will linger on the north side of peaks and in shady areas for a month or more after it has melted at the Lab.)
The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills by Rick Curtis
Joy of Backpacking: Your Complete Guide to Attaining Pure Happiness in the Outdoors, Brian Beffort
Backpacker & Hiker's Handbook, by WIlliam Kemsley Jr.
The Complete Walker, Colin Fletcher, Chip Rawlins

Sierra Club Outings Reference:
The following links to useful information on the Sierra Club Web site was included in the approval form page.

See about the Sierra Club for more information on it.
Don McBride 732 560-0369

last updated 28 Aug 2012