Donner Pass & Big Chief (Trad & Sport) - Truckee

  • July 11, 2014 · 9:45 PM
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Hey guys.

It's time yet again for another Donner pass AND Big Chief weekend filled with my fave area for easy trad. 1, 2 to 3 multi pitch routes (school rock, snowshed, & grouse slabs - Saturdau) Or some fun sport climbing at Big Chief (Sunday) or even top roping at Green Phantom. See link below for beta.

Things you will need:

*Camping gear (tent, pad, bag, headlamp, stover or boiler, food - Optional, wood etc)
*Gear - See as follows

Trad - Rope, Rack (alpine draws, biners locking/non locking, webbing, rack and or doubles as needed. Nut tool helpful

Sport -Rope, quickdraws, webbing enough for 2 basic anchors, carabiners (locking or non locking or both)

Helmet, shoes, harness, etc

*Sunscreen and bug spray as needed
Food & water 

-Friday - On you own for dinner

-Saturday day - snack food & water. 

Saturday night - cook at campsite or eat out)

Sunday -  snack food & water. 

Carpools eccouraged - I plan in taking off early Friday so I can up to Truckee early and beat traffic. Coming from Nob Hill, San Fran

We prefer you camp Fri-Sun

Accommodations: 

Lakeside Campground:

Sites 21 & 23 - 6 per site, 1 car per site, rest in overflow. Camp assignment will be posted soon. We prefer you camp Fri-Sun

Directions: 

From Truckee, take Interstate 80 to Highway 89. Turn onto Highway 89 and travel north for about 5 miles, then turn right at the Prosser sign. Continue just over a mile to the campground.

Partner info:

*Trad - Ideally we would like 5 to 6 trad leaders

*Sport - We would like 4 to 6

*Followers (trad) - we would like4 to 6

*Top ropers - we would like 2 to 3 who can built safe basic anchors

*we will match partners soon

Route info:

Donner Pass

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/donner-pass/105733935

Big Chief:

http://www.mountainproject.com/v/big-chief/107807068

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  • Michael D.

    Hey Guys. Thanks for a near perfect weekend of fun. You guys rock ;) Hey I have 2 campsites for Aug 1-3 in case you want to do Donner again…do stuff you didn't get to do. I have 7 spots left. See here: http://www.meetup.com/Get-Your-Climb-On/events/194771222/ And a little bird told me that our beloved, beautiful, compassionate, calming and bad ass chica (Tracey) will be free this weekend. maybe we can convince her to let us grill again, do charades, swim in the VIP lake and more :)

    July 14

  • Oliver K

    Fantastic meetup! Thank you Michael for organising everything and Tracey for being such a generous host!

    2 · July 14

  • Martin

    Best outdoor experience for me to date!

    1 · July 14

  • Martin

    What an epic time! Special props to both Michael and Tracey for being super cool! Great meeting all you fantastic people. :-)

    1 · July 14

  • Michael D.

    Hey all. I left my tent and camping supplies at home so I'm staying at cabin of Tracey Pomeroy. You can stay at any campsite #21 and #23 with walter, endria, Ahmed, Oliver, Denise and nephew.

    July 11

    • Michael D.

      So once you come dowm 89 and turn right into Prosser owned "Lakeside" you drive 1 mile turn left and a trailer on left will read "host" pass the trailer for a few yards and bear right and you will drive right into #21 see on picnic table. You will see walters grey tent. Call or text me if you need me[masked]

      July 11

  • Martin

    Stoked about meeting everyone tomorrow! BTW, should we designate a time / place to meet before hitting the crag? Campground perhaps?? I do not have a cellphone, so please forward info to the 'cabin group' to Tracey.

    1 · July 11

    • Michael D.

      Just posted where to meet Martin at wild cherries cafe ;)

      1 · July 11

  • Oliver K

    How are we doing for ropes at the moment, with the various people dropping out? It looks like I might not be able to get my rope in time for the trip.

    July 10

    • denilou

      I will have a couple of ropes and plenty of gear

      July 11

    • Michael D.

      Walter and i are passing auburn but not before we get some pie at Ikedas..mmmmm. we have plenty of ropes ;)

      July 11

  • Michael D.

    Hey guys, let's get this party started. Let's not let a few people dropping out impact our fun. It will be kick ass. (I made them pay or buy me dinner next time they sign up for a meetup. haha. Okay well the dinner part no but its good idea). My pal Denise and her nephew will be joining us for Saturday as my guests so Denise presence alone and her radiance make up any losses. So let's do this :)

    July 10

    • denilou

      Ah, shucks! I'm blushing! :-)

      July 11

  • Michael D.

    hey guys. meet at wild cherries cafe tomorrow near downtown between 830 and 9:15. Here is link and address http://www.wildcherriescoffeehouse.com/contact.html

    1 · July 11

  • Michael D.

    Has anyone seen Endria chime in?

    July 11

  • Michael D.

    Hey guys - here are accommodation & camp assignments
    Tracy's Place: Tracey, Diana, Oky, Martin

    "Lakeside" Campsites
    #21 - Me, Alwin, Ahmed, Denise & nephew
    #23, Endria, Walter, OIiver, Anthony

    *These are subject to change

    Here are climbing styles:

    Trad/sport lead:
    Michael, Alwin, Oliver, Denise

    Sport lead (and assuming these folks can follow if we do trad):
    Diana, Oky, Tracey, Ahmed, Martin, Endria

    Top roping:
    N/A

    Let me know if I missed anything, anybody or need to modify list.
    Thanks guys :)

    July 11

  • Alwin

    Anybody driving up Saturday morning from or will be passing by Sacramento? I need a ride from Sac & back on Sunday plsssssssss

    July 11

  • kousuke

    I don't know the detail of this meetup, so I want to make sure if it can work. Here is my plan. I will start to drive from SF to Truckee Friday afternoon after my work, and will reach camp site the night, and climbing with you guys on Saturday, and will be back to SF on Sunday by my car(not sure what time, morning or afternoon). Does this work? and I will bring one rope and some gears

    July 10

    • kousuke

      one more question, It's first time to use campsite so I don't know. What else should I bring except climbing gear?

      July 10

    • Michael D.

      tent, sleeping bag and head lamp and toiletries :)

      July 10

  • Michael D.

    Hey guys - here are accommodation & camp assignments
    Tracy's Place: Tracey, Diana, Oky, Thomas & Martin

    "Lakeside" Campsites
    #21 - Me, Alwin, John, Ahmed
    #23, Endria, Walter, OIiver, Anthony

    *These are subject to change

    Here are climbing styles:

    Trad/sport lead:
    Michael, Alwin, Oliver, Thomas, Anthony, John

    Sport lead (and assuming these folks can follow if we do trad):
    Diana, Oky, Tracey, Ahmed, Martin, Endria

    Top roping:
    N/A

    Let me know if I missed anything, anybody or need to modify list.
    Thanks guys :)

    July 9

    • Thomas V.

      Hi everyone. I unfortunately have to bail from this trip. I was looking forward to this, but work obligation managed to ruin my weekend. I will try meet you guys on another meetup in the future. tracey was my ride and I have informed her.Have fun!

      July 10

  • Michael D.

    Hi all. going forward if you need to cancel please cancel a week in advance (unless it is an emergency). we have camp fees (out of my pocket), lodging-accommodations and carpools that are all impacted by last minute cancellations. Feel free to paypal me $9 to help defray the costs: [masked] - this will help me.
    Thank you kindly

    1 · July 8

  • Kate

    Hey guys, Something came up and I can't make it this weekend. I look forward to joining you guys in the future though! Have fun!

    July 8

  • Michael D.

    Meal Suggestions

    Friday
    *Dinner - on your own - everyone will get there at different times but if you guys get there early enough we can head down to down truckee & get good grub (mexican, gourmet burgers, pizza, jazz bistro )
    Saturday
    *Breakfast - campsite - make your own OR head to Wild Cherries Cafe on way to donner climb area. Awesome coffee, great breakfast and pastries (yummy cinnamon rolls)
    *Lunch - On your own - get water & snacks food for all day
    *Dinner - grill at Tracey Pomeroy's cabin so we should all purchase something to bring (meat or soy, veggies or fruit, dessert or salad or casserole, drinks (booze or no booze) bread and the like. Address deets soon
    Sunday
    *Breakfast - campsite or downtown Truckee - like 4 cafes and breakfast nooks. TBD
    *Lunch- On your own - get water & snacks food for all day
    *Dinner - On your own

    July 8

  • Tracey P.

    Leanne is not cpming

    July 8

  • Michael D.

    Hey guys. Text me your digits if I don't have them yet. [masked]

    July 8

  • Michael D.

    hey guys - here are accommodation & camp assignments
    Tracy's Place: Tracey, Diana, Leanne, Oky, Thomas & Martin

    "Lakeside" Campsites
    #21 - Me, Alwin, Kate, John, Ahmed & Brad
    #23, Endria, Meghan, Walter, OIiver, Anthony & Brad

    *These are subject to change

    Here are climbing styles:

    Trad/sport lead:
    Michael, Alwin, Oliver, Oky, Thomas, Anthony, John

    Sport lead (and assuming these folks can follow if we do trad):
    Diana, Tracey, Ahmed, Martin, Brad Walter, Endria, Kate

    Top roping:
    Meghan, Leanne

    Let me know if I missed anything, anybody or need to modify list.
    Thanks guys :)

    1 · July 7

    • Michael D.

      Oops I listed Brad twice and Meghan may or may not go.

      July 8

  • Michael D.

    Does everyone have a ride?

    July 7

  • Michael D.

    Walter and Alwin, can you chime in so we know who is going and who isn't? Alwin, I need your trad leading skills ;)

    Hey guys if you havent sent me pay pal $9 for camping for 2 nights please do or if you dont have an account sign up for one or Ill collect cash the minute I see you :)
    paypal.com
    email to send: [masked]

    July 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey folks,

    So I totally just signed up. I assume I'll be contacted by the organizer at some point about if I'm accepted or not?

    I noticed people are coordinating rides and gear. If I do end up coming I have a rope and draws, but I would need a ride. Looking forward to hearing back and (possibly) meeting some of you folks. :)

    July 5

    • Michael D.

      Hey John, welcome text or call me to chat about our soon to be awesome trip :)[masked]

      July 6

  • Tracey P.

    Diana can go with you Michael. I thought she needed a ride. I'm flexible so let me know what works best for everyone.

    July 4

    • Michael D.

      Thanks Tracey we worked it out. It just that I can't be without Diana and i have to drive with her greatness and fabulousness. :)

      July 4

  • Michael D.

    Hey guys. Time to pay your host a camping fee $9 each for 2 days, a great bargain. feel free to pay me at paypal.com - my email address is [masked] or if you dont have a pay pal account is is free and easy to get and a great way to buy things at many online stores, send or receive cash :)

    Also besides me, Shin and Alwin who has experience leading trad? I envision spending Saturday doing some trad if we can and top roping and a few lead routes in Donner pass area but if we do not have enough trad leader I will focus only on TR and sport with ya all. Sunday will be alllll sport at Big Chief, one of my favorite places to lead ;)

    Who has a rope besides me (I have 2), Shin, Adal Linda, Alwin, Tracey, Walter, Diana? We need 9. Looks like we have 8. Anyone else?

    July 3

    • Oliver K

      I will have a rope by next Friday and I have some experience leading trad. I'm still quite slow at it, but my placements are solid. I'd love to do some trad leading on this trip.

      July 4

    • Michael D.

      cool. and I have 3 Alwin 1, Diana 1, Walter 1 and Tracey 1 so were good ;)

      July 4

  • Oliver K

    I no longer have a ride for this trip. Does anyone have space in their car for me? Please let me know if you can help! I'm on [masked]

    July 3

    • Michael D.

      Thanks Diana. So I am driving Ahmed and I to Diana's to park my car so we can ride in her awesome SUV. I begged Diana to drive because my car is hella old and i adore her ;) Oliver text me your whereabouts and of course.

      July 4

    • Michael D.

      [masked]

      July 4

  • Tracey P.

    Hi Thomas and Leanne, I'd be happy to give you both a ride! Would you be ok with staying in my cabin at Donner Friday night so we don't have to look for the campground in the dark? It's free and has 2 bedrooms, 1 with 2 double beds and the other with 1 double and 3 singles. So far it's just the 3 of us, so there is plenty of room. You are welcome to stay Sat night too. I'm thinking about leaving SF from where I work at Clay and Webster in PAC heights around 6pm, but I'm flexible. I usually drive across the GG Bridge because it's much faster then the Bay Bridge.

    2 · June 15, 2014

    • Diana A.

      That works for me. I'll be coming from Oakland on Bart so I might be a few minutes late. Are you sure it won't be too crowded? Oh, and my number is[masked]

      July 2

    • Tracey P.

      I have a Subaru forester, so it will work with 3 in the back seat. I put the rocket box on top so there is room for gear. do you want me to pick you up at one of the BART stations in SF?

      July 4

  • Leanne

    Ah, so sad I will miss this weekend. Turns out, I will be in Tahoe both weekends sandwiching this one so hopefully there are other climbers up there. I paid the $9 already but keep it for whatever is needed! sigh.

    July 3

  • Michael D.

    does everybody have a ride?

    July 1, 2014

    • Adal B.

      Hey Oliver, I'm so sorry but we have to bail from this meetup because my parents will be visiting town (which is quite rare). So I need to stay in the city for this weekend. Boohoo. Worst even, it means that you'll have to find another ride arrangement. Best, Adal

      July 3

    • Oliver K

      Crikey! Thanks for letting me know.

      July 3

  • Phil

    Hi all,
    Unfortunately have to bail on this. Hope everyone enjoys themselves and climbs safe.

    July 3

    • Michael D.

      Sorry to hear that. May we ask why?

      July 3

  • Leanne

    Hey All,

    As it turns out...my family is gathering this weekend and I will not be able to make it for the weekend. Tracey, I already let you know that I won't make it this time but here is the official announcement. It looks like you won't have a problem filling my spot in your car pool! Happy days to all and looking forward to the next climb!

    July 3

  • Kate

    Hey guys. Does anyone have extra room in their car?

    June 27, 2014

    • Tracey P.

      Yes! I have room in my car for you. We are leaving SF at 6pm Friday from Clay and Webster. So far it's you, Thomas and Martin in my car. Does that work for you?

      July 1, 2014

    • Kate

      Tracy, I'll come with you. I just got your text!

      July 1, 2014

  • Oky

    Is anyone climbing on friday? Can I join you if you are?

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Michael D.

    Hey guys. If you havent chimed in or let us know your going you will be put on wait list. Ropes: me (2), Adal (1), Diana (1), Phil?, Oky (1), Ahmed (1), Shin (1), Alwin (1). Look like we have potentially 8 ropes so that is awesome. Saturday - Donner Pass
    My thought is to start out in donner pass area at School Rock for those who want to do trad. Routes range from easy 2 to 3 pitch 5.4 to one 5.9 routes. Best place to learn. Across from school rock under a bridge is Green Phantom all top roping routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.11a. One sport route. easy anchor point access. Then down the rode away is Snowshed which offers single pitch trad routes form 5.7 to 5.11ish, 2 or 3 TR routes[masked] and one hard 5.11a sport lead route.

    Sunday - Big Chief
    All sport climbing ranging from 5.8 to 5.12. All protected and fun routes. There are 2 classic 5.9's everyone should lead called Warpath and warpaint - http://www.mountainproject.com/v/center-wall/105734183

    2 · June 26, 2014

    • Diana A.

      I don't have a rope :(

      1 · June 29, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Diana honey. I have 2 so your good ;)

      June 29, 2014

  • Martin

    Super excited! Can't wait to meet and climb w/ u guyz!

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Martin. still going? have a ride?

      June 26, 2014

    • Martin

      Hi Michael.. Yes, I'm going, staying at Tracey's cabin.. I am driving, since I live in Monterey.

      June 26, 2014

  • Kate

    Hi there, I just took the last spot so I'm joining a little late. I could use a ride. Or if no one has room, I could borrow a car and then offer a ride too!

    June 26, 2014

  • Walter M.

    Michael, I'm on for this trip too. I've previously sent you my gear list.

    June 26, 2014

  • Peter B.

    This looks like fun! I could lead trad ~5.10, if someone else brings a rack :P. It's a bit early to commit, but I'll keep an eye on this

    1 · June 15, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Hey Peter. we have one more slot. you might wanna take it sooner than later ;)

      June 17, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Peter? you still interested?

      June 26, 2014

  • Leanne

    Micheal Dorame...do you still have a space open in your ride or are you full? Leanne

    June 26, 2014

    • Michael D.

      hey Leanne, I am carpooling with Ahmed & Phil. think he has a truck. Might be crowded but its his car so email him ;) It looks like Tracey below offer a ride? maybe Diane Au?

      June 26, 2014

  • Tracey P.

    Hi all, I'd like to invite you all to my cabin for dinner Sat. night! I have a BBQ, so bring what you'd like to cook and I'll put together some salads and rice for everyone. The address is 15251 South Shore Drive, Truckee. It's on the back side of Donner lake. It's a gold A frame with brown trim. There is not a ton of parking, so carpool if possible. It will be really fun to have you all there!

    4 · June 21, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Woo hoooo. Thanks Tracey. I'll bring lots of desserts

      June 22, 2014

  • Leanne

    Hey, I have a ride with Tracey but I think it will work out better if I give that ride to someone who wants to stay with Tracey. I would prefer to camp. So, if there is someone else going up Friday who is camping Friday and Saturday and leaving Sunday....let me know. Otherwise, Tracey, I will stay with you because it makes transport easier!!! thanks! See you all next Wednesday eve!

    June 18, 2014

    • Tracey P.

      Leanne-I think Michael is looking for another person to camp so you are welcome to do that. Do you have a ride with someone else? Let me know what works best for you.

      June 21, 2014

  • Tracey P.

    I have a cabin at Donner Lake with room for 4 people to stay and I have space for 3-4 people in my car leaving SF Friday night and returning Sunday night.

    1 · June 14, 2014

    • Homam

      I think I was invisible Tracy, Thanks. :)

      June 19, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Homam. Do you still need a ride?

      June 19, 2014

  • Oliver K

    So it look like I'm going to be in California again in time for this trip! Mind if I come along? I have no transport, but I have a tent and a semi-decent trad rack. I'd love to try my first non-British trad leads...

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Michael D.

      Of course Oliver. It will be great to hear that witty english accident again. :)

      June 18, 2014

    • Oliver K

      That's great Adal. Please save me that seat! I'm really looking forward to this, Michael. I'm still in London at the moment, but I plan to be in SF from the 1st of July until the 17th of September. That's lots of weekends to spend on cliffs :)

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Michael D.

    hey guys. for those who are camping it would be great if you could pay pal me $9 before the first for campsite & tax cost. Before July 11th would be awesome. :) paypal email address: [masked]

    June 18, 2014

  • Michael D.

    Oliver, you must be back from UK? happy to have you on board. You too Oky from SoCal - are you driving up here dude to flying :)

    June 17, 2014

    • Oky

      Ill be driving

      1 · June 18, 2014

  • Leanne

    Hey Tracey, Thanks for the ride and the place to stay. We can catch up again close to July but hoping to meet up before then at MC . In the meantime, text me and let me know when you will be at the gym again. [masked]

    June 15, 2014

  • Michael D.

    hey guys. This looks like it will be an epic trip. :) We still have slots open and I am going to open it from 12 to 16 so tell your friends about this great meetup. Invite them. We could use some trad and or sport leaders :)

    June 15, 2014

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