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June 15-17, 2012 at the Sierra Club's Clair Tappaan Lodge on Donner Pass.
I have been giving this workshop in the beautiful High Sierra for a number of years. The weather this year promises to be beautiful, though there was snowfall yesterday.
We gather for a short time Friday evening (June 15) to get acquainted and review what you need for our hikes (this is a hands-on, hike the woods and hills course, not a sit-around and get lectured-at course!). Saturday starts with how to wander the woods and hills with nothing other than your eyes, ears, and brain. Then we introduce maps, followed by use of the compass. Use of altimeters is added. Sunday concentrates on use of handheld GPS receivers, with hikes to Lytton Lake, the old Warming Hut, and some huge old-growth red firs. The lodge manager tells me that a major GPSR manufacturer is supplying loaner units, plus I have a small set to loan. Bring your compass, altimeter, and (if you have one) your own GPSR.
Clair Tappaan charges a fee which covers 2 nights lodging and all meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch), with a discount for Sierra Club members. You do need to bring your own sleeping bag, boots for hiking, water bottle, layers for the cool mornings and evenings.
The Lodge is located on old US40, taking the exit from I80 at Soda Springs.