Athletes to retrace Sierra escape of Donner Party survivors | Nation

The Donner Get together families traveled 2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) west in a wagon educate in 1846, largely from Missouri and Illinois, to assert cost-free land in California in advance of the discovery of gold in what was then the Mexican Territory.

Difficulty began when they took an unproven “shortcut” and have been delayed in Utah and Nevada. Eighty-just one men, girls and small children attained the Sierra in late Oct and had been trapped in the snow prior to some constructed cabins at what is now Donner Lake.

Since the 1980s, archaeologists and many others have investigated a variety of stretches of the Forlorn path that starts with a 1,000 foot (304 meter) elevation climb close to what is now the I-80 corridor, but the comprehensive route topping 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) has remained a matter of speculation.

7 a long time back, Crowley and Twietmeyer begun collecting accounts from diaries and historic journals to look at and contrast a variety of descriptions of the escape party’s day by day movements throughout the 33-working day journey that ultimately saved the lives of about 40 other people.

They finally determined at minimum six distinctive theories about the route. Scouring satellite imagery and topographic maps, they set out on the ground to gather 1st-hand observations on every trail segment just before settling on the two most possible.

Judy DePuy, longtime member of the Truckee Donner Railroad and Donner Summit historic societies, explained earlier efforts to detect the route relied on aerial pictures and diaries that had been under no circumstances reality-checked on the ground.