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Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act sticky icon

A backpacker's perspective and support for the

Emigrant Wilderness Historical Use Preservation Act
  H. R. 3606

Bill Information

  Conclusions of Analysis
FULL Support for HR 3606, below

Informative Links

Full Text of HR 3606

Original Post: December 2013

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High Sierra Backpacker Weather: reports, forecasts, predictions, snow, roads, conditions sticky icon

Here's the Best Weather Information available for anyone traveling to, backpacking  through, hiking, skiing, or driving across the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, or the Western United States. All weather reports and forecasts can be expanded to cover California and National weather conditions.

Very Important Weather Information
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Orange-Yellow Fungus Tilden Canyon Yosemite

Fungus, burnt-orange to yellow in Tilden Canyon near Tilden Canyon Creek  along combined TYT-PCT across North Yosemite Backcountry.

Burnt orange to yellow fungus in North Yosemite's Tilden Canyon.

Very dry and hot conditions.

Map Location

Tilden Canyon Creek Map

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2001 Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Trip Plan

Thirty Nine nights on the trail, five nights off, 44 days between the Meyers Trailhead in the Lake Tahoe Basin through the Mount Whitney Portal.

Followed the TYT South from Tahoe Basin to Spicer Meadow Reservoir where I cut up Highland Creek to the PCT at Wolf Creek Pass.

South of Sonora Pass I hiked off the PCT at the top of Kennedy Canyon following the Tungsten Road to the TYT at Grizzly Peak and on to Bond Pass.

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2012 Kennedy Meadows to Whitney Portal Permit and Planning Documents

Detailed permit followed by planning documents for 2012 Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

Permit Cover

Faxed permit from Stanislaus National Forest for hike from Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney.

Page two:
The nightly campsites.

Nightly campsites for Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

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Go Light Going Out of Business: Big Sale

November 19 2014

The GoLight site is announcing bankruptcy and 20%  off all inventory in a going out of business sale. 

On October 13 2014 GoLight filed for Chaper 11 bankruptcy with 103 creditors. On October 24 the court authorized this sale to raise cash.

GoLight's Chapter 11 plan is due 2/10/2015 according to court documents.

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Aaron and Earl's Lightweight Homemade Alcohol Stoves

Here's a couple of examples of very cheap homemade ultralight self-contained alcohol backpacking camp stove systems. 

Below we have Aaron's excellent system seen in the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker Camp during the Summer of 2009. 
Aaron's homemade ultralight-ultra tight and compact alcohol backpacking stove.

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SteriPen UV water purification Backpacker Review

I don't remember seeing anyone using Steripen on the trails in the Sierra Nevada prior to 2009. Since then I've seen a growing group of Steripen users.

They seem satisfied. A few are ticked off because the units just stop working.

Aaron in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacking camp liked his steripen, once he figured out how to keep it going!

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MSR Sweetwater Water Filter backpacker review

Sweetwater was bought by MSR which was eaten up by Cascade Designs.

MSR Sweetwater Water Filter

The new MSR Sweetwater is a different design of the same engineering principals as the orignal white housing Sweetwater Filters, as far as I can tell. 

I used the original white housing with red trim Sweetwater Filter in the early 1990s, until frustration drove me to the Hiker Pur, which I've used religiously ever since.

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