The Donner Party
Weathering the Storm
This unique look at the 1846-47 winter of entrapment the Donner Party suffered in the snowbound Sierra Nevada focuses on the extremely harsh conditions of that long and legendary winter. McLaughlin, a weather expert known as The Storm King, discusses the actions that delayed the party and caught them on the wrong side of the Sierra just as one of California’s harshest winters on record bore down on them. He fleshes out the main characters, and covers the month-by-month events of those trapped near Donner Lake and the rescuers who endangered their own lives to come help.
Later chapters discuss recent archaeological evidence and the importance of historical climatology, plus the fates of the Donner Party survivors. With excellent photos illustrating Sierra weather as well as historical photos.
2007 (3rd printing, revised), 192 pages, 6” x 9”, full-color cover, 81 black & white photographs, 6 maps, 15 other illustrations, bibliography. Published by Mic Mac Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9657202-5-0 trade paper