Lodges and Huts
Letters of Peter Grubb
July 30, 1936
Art Blake and myself are just about at the end of the trail as we go out over Kearsage Pass to Independence and S. F., tomorrow and the next day.
We left the city on the 3rd of July (3 of us) Dick Johnson, Art Blake and myself. We drove down the east side across Sonora Pa
ss to Bishop. Just out of Bishop we rented 2 pack mules and a packer. We then crossed Piute Pass and started our trip (the 5th). Camps were at: Golden Trout Lake below Piute Pass, Hutchinson Meadow, Colby Meadow. At Colby the packer and stock turned back. (the 9th) For 3 days we climbed, hiked and explored around there.
Then we packed on our backs about 70lbs of food and equipment to Evolution Lake. Then on to Muir Pass for 2 nights. Then down Le Conte Canyon to little Pete Meadow where 2 weeks ended and Dick left, over Bishop Pass for S. F. The next day Art and myself knap sacked to Deer Meadow where we met his brother and his son and nephew. Art and I then took two, 3 day trips. One to the upper Basin below Middle Palisade and two, to the Palisade Basin, from there we went over Bishop Pass, picked up the car and drove to Independence.
We packed in from there over Shepards Pass and joined the Sierra Club for one day in Milestone Creek. Yesterday we knapsacked over Forester Pass, (a new and wonderfully built Pass connecting the Kern with the Kings). It crosses the divide west of Junction Peak and east of Stanford coming in at Center Basin. Last night we camped in Center Basin. And tomorrow cross Kersarge Pass and start for home.
Out of approximately 30 days we have been in the mtns about 15 of those days it rained, hailed or snowed. One afternoon at Colby meadows it snowed about 3 or 4 inches.
In answer to your report about wild life, we have all made notes on every bird and mammal we have seen and as soon as I return to the city I will collect and compare notes and send you full lists of all the wildlife noted.
Among the peaks I have climbed are:
Humphreys (13,972) with Dick
Hermit (12,352) with Dick
Two unclimbed Peaks near (12,514) with Dick
Magee (12,200) with Dick
Darwin (13,841) by myself
North Palisade (14,254) with Art
On all of these I carried and used a rope.
If you are wondering how we cooked 5 meals on Muir Pass (12,050 ft). We carried a little Primus Stove run by Benzine.
At present (about 11 O'Clock am) we are sitting under ponchoes in front of a fire in the pouring rain and hail while the thunder and lightening roars and flashes outside. I am writing this letter now because I realize that we will be rushed in Independence and will only have time to mail this letter.
I hope you are feeling much better and I hope to come down some time next fall to see you. I expect by that time to have a number of pictures taken on Shasta in September besides my 80 odd pictures taken this summer.
Again I hope you are all feeling well.
Love from, Peter