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Fungus, burnt-orange to yellow in Tilden Canyon near Tilden Canyon Creek along combined TYT-PCT across North Yosemite Backcountry.
Very dry and hot conditions.
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.
Detailed permit followed by planning documents for 2012 Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.
The nightly campsites.
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.
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.
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!
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.