Official Brochure Trip #: 13125A

Start: 5 PM, Sunday, July 14, 2013
End:   2 PM, Saturday, July 20, 2013

Trip Followup new
Itinerary with some pictures

Participant submissions:
Erin's Blog

Susan's | John's

Save Peter Grubb Hut fundraiser:
The Sierra Club needs $50,000 - $100,000 to reopen Peter Grub Hut.
The Hut sees an average of about 1,000 visitor-nights reserved every winter.
In addition many  PCT hikers use it in the Summer.
It saved the life of a skier in 2004.

Save the Peter Grubb Hut! (
About Peter Grubb Hut (

More Information for things we discussed on our outing:

Blisters (I'm still updating this)
Search for lost snowshoer between Peter Grubb hut and Sand Ridge Lake 
Water Purification
Bear Safety
Backpacks 8/7/13
Camp Stoves
Sierra Nevada Dangers (Blisters is now #1 on my list)
Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, American Experience | Sierra Club Productions
  - Ansel Adams page at

Update 1
Update 2 - Gear - Equipment List
Update 3 - Food
Update 4 - Contacts, Carpooling, Transportation

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 saelsner(at)
Don McBride Martinsville, NJ (732) 535.7552 (home and mobile)
Penny Pan Altadena, CA


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, 2012 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.)
Joy of Backpacking: Your Complete Guide to Attaining Pure Happiness in the Outdoors, Brian Beffort
The Backpacker's Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills by Rick Curtis
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 23 July 2013