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Lodges and Huts

Letters of Peter Grubb
March 4, 1935

Dear Grandpa,

I just got back from my second trip to Norden at the Sierra Club Ski Lodge. We had a grand time skiing. I made two one mile runs on a 30 degrees grade in five minutes with only one fall. As you probably have heard from Mama, on the first day I broke my skis which I used over New Years, the ones which I made at school, luckily though they broke exactly in the center so I sawed them off to about 3 feet each and used those successfully the rest of the trip, the only disadvantage being that they sank further then ordinary skis in the soft powder snow of which we found very little this trip. As you have probably heard, this is the heaviest winter in California since 1906-1907 (300) inches then 146 inches so far snow.

I am saving up now to buy a new pair of skis for two trips which I expect to make later this year. I am including a diagram of the lodge which is just about completed. I do not know if you have heard yet about the group of small ski huts which they plan to start this year, thus making a John Muir trail of the winter, starting at five lakes near Tahoe and ending up in the grand country into which the High Trip goes this year. (The Kings River Country). I do not know if you have heard of the unsuccessful attempt of Lewis Clark, Bester Robinson, Bob Rotaliff and others to scale Mt. Lyell in mid winter.

One of the most exciting events to date of the Sierra Club is going to be the attempted assault on Mt. Wellington situated in the Selkirks of Western Canada. You probably remember the grand pictures of it in the London Illustrated News lately. The party is going to consist of: Dick Leonard and Jules Eichorn. In charge of the rock climbing Bester Robinson and Don Woods. In charge of the ice climbing plus Jack Reiguthuth, Ken May and two more so as to make a climbing party of six while two remain at the base camp. I have been talking to Dick quite often about the plans of the trip which are quite detailed and interesting.

I have not missed a rock climbing meeting now in six months. A couple of days ago I received a new schedule. It is one of the best ones we have had, as there are five over night trips; Pine Canyon, Mt. Diablo Mar.16-17 Pinnacles National Monument April 12-13 Clair Tappan Lodge April 12-21 Mt. Hamilton May 4-5 Yosemite May 30 - June 2 The Yosemite trip which you see mentioned here is going to be grand as I expect to climb up Tenaya Canyon (bivouc - without beds) which has only been done about 3 times. We are all fine and I hope you are too.

Love from Peter

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