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NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING!: CA State Parks & Sierra State Parks Foundation Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

The Forlorn Hope Expedition presented a new "Talkumentary" about the Forlorn Hope and Forlorn Hope Expedition at the Donner Memorial State Park, hosted by California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation.

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100 miles from Donner Lake to Johnson’s Ranch across the winter wilderness of the Sierra. More information about the Expedition here


Geek out on the Forlorn Hope with a day-by-day interactive timeline describing the weather, location, important landmarks, key occurrences,direct quotes from multiple resources and more. Watch this brief  video to learn how to navigate, then head over to our timeline here: Forlorn Hope Timeline

Bob Crowley

Extreme distance mountain runner

Tim Twietmeyer

World-class ultrarunner

Jennifer Hemmen

Wilderness and adventure team leader

Elke Reimer

Veteran ultrarunner, backpacker

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