Palo Alto Resident Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 24, 1999 Palo Alto resident Dick Simpson was among
those receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year.
Simpson received the Special Achievement Award for his work in relocating one of the
Clubs four ski/snowshoe huts in the Lake Tahoe area.
The Bradley Hut was originally built in the Five Lakes Basin (between the Alpine
Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts) in 1957 as a memorial to Josephine Bradley, wife of
former Sierra Club president Harold C. Bradley.
In 1984, Congress designated the Five Lakes Basin as part of the new Granite Chief
Wilderness. Wilderness areas are not allowed to contain any man-made structures. In 1994,
the U. S. Forest Service, which oversees the nations Wilderness areas, asked the
Sierra Club to relocate the Bradley Hut outside the Wilderness area.
Removal of the old hut from within the wilderness area was completed in the fall of
1996. Reconstruction of the hut on a new site on Pole Creek near Squaw Valley about four
miles north of the original hut site was completed in November 1998, in time for the
1998-99 winter season. More than 100 volunteers participated in an estimated 20 work
parties to demolish the original hut and construct the new Bradley Hut. It was the first
Sierra Club hut to be built since the 1950s. The new hut is already a popular destination
for cross-country skiers.
"It is a thrill to have the hut in operation again," said Vicky Hoover, a
member of the Sierra Clubs National Outing Committee. "It could not have
happened without the untiring efforts of Dick Simpson."
Simpson raised more than half the funds for the project, including a $15,000 grant from
Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI).
Simpson has been previously recognized for his work on the Bradley Hut project by the
U.S. Forest Service, which awarded him a certificate of appreciation for his
"leadership and strong commitment to the restoration of the Five Lakes area of the
Granite Chief Wilderness." The Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club also gave
Simpson a Special Recognition Award in May 1998.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has nearly 600,000
The new Bradley Hut provides rustic overnight sleeping accommodations for about 15
people and is available for use from October 15 May 1. Cost is $10 per person per
night. For information on Sierra Club huts in the Lake Tahoe area, visit the Clair Tappaan
Lodge on the web.