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for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and on the trail. Ask questions. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip here. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide.
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Kennedy Meadows Pack Station has a Kid's Horse Camp?
I can't think of a better way to show kids the balance of responsibility, fun, trail skills, camp skills, horses, and mules than Kennedy Meadows Pack Station putting on a Kid's Horse Camp.
Well, imagine that, they've gone and done it!
Man, I wish I was a Kid!
Matt should put on a mule-packing camp for old backpackers!
History of the Toiyabe National Forest, A Compliation
A Must Read!
At least the first few pages. Here we find one of the best summations of the early history of Western trappers, explorers, settlers, and government surveyors exploring and probing the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
This informative History of the Sierra Nevada gives all hikers an excellent general historical context.
The following Toiyabe Nationa Forest history compilation is an interesting and very informative document that is as obscure as informative.
Comprehensive Four-Season HIGH SIERRA Weather Resources for BACKPACKERS, DAY HIKERS, TRAIL CREW, HORSEFOLK, SKIERS, and all BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS
Weather Information for anyone traveling to, through, or across the High Sierra Nevada Mountains.
I think it was in 2000 walking down the John Muir Trail I had the very simple thought that, "I can relate this beautiful experience to the world." I thought that the evolution of technology, of lightweight digital cameras, and of the web would make it possible to relate the unique terrain, culture, and experiences of hiking from Tahoe to Whitney accessable to a big slice of the public.
Josh Meyers at Smedberg Lake July 29 2010.
Josh is a professional outdoor photographer that was shooting background images for an upcoming set of articles in Backpacker Magazine. Josh is also a fine arts outdoor photographer. You can view Josh's work on his website, linked to below.
Fungus on tree at campsites on West shore of Smedberg Lake.
Trail Guide Page: Seavy Pass to Bensen Pass
Erin Anders North Yosemite Backcountry Trail Crew, September 2001 at Bensen Lake.
Date: September 27 2001.
Location: Bensen Lake.
Trail Guide: Seavy Pass to Bensen Pass.
HIking South down Jack Main Canyon during August of 2012 I noticed the trail washouts were recently repaired and cleaned out, a sure sign of trail crew.
Hiking further down I percieved the subtle tinking of hammer on stone bouncing off nearby rock, and dancing on the breeze. Another sign trail crew is very close.
Hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite route up the Switchbacks to Tilden Lake I knew I would encounter some Yosemite Trail Crew.