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Note: Alex is out of the city between March 18 and 22, maybe the 23rd.
The Winter is drawing to a close, and I have still not put the snow shoes to backpacking use this Winter. I tried to get it together in mid January, after that big storm came across the Sierras. But that did not work, as financial considerations controlled my behavior.
But that's over now, and I am shortly departing from Berkeley to South Lake Tahoe. Thursday the 18th of March looks like the day of departure.
Considering mileage, food, and physicality
Calculations on the trail
Seclusion in the High Sierras
High Sierra Camp Fires
Making camp fires in the High Sierra is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Besides the long time bans on campfires above certain elevations to preserve the thin biomass, generally at 9000 feet, we are seeing the spread of policies banning all campfires in the National Parks and Forests up and down the High Sierra.
Heading up the Northern Flank of Big Sam I came upon this unusual looking Spider.
Note the granite coloring that matches the granitic environment, the beautiful pattern on its back, and who can miss the massive head. Thanks to Professor John Hafernik, San Francisco State University, for the identification.
Going Crazy working on a backpacking guide. Need to Backpack. I made a small amount of money. I have an REI voucher from the refund from all of their equipment I completely trashed this last Summer.
Money and a voucher? It's too much to handle. I can't help but begin to put together a late-January snow shoe backpacking trip out of the Tahoe Basin.
January 19, 2010
Welcome to Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney. This backpacker forum is now officially open for business. There are as many routes and experiences in the High Sierras as there are people who hike there. This site is designed to gather and provide information on every type of High Sierra backcountry visitor and traveler.
The Back way into Vermilion Valley Resort through Fish Valley...
I had to turn around to take this picture, because I was coming down from Goodale Pass out of the John Muir Wilderness to visit Vermillion Valley Resort, which sits a couple of miles past the Wilderness boundary. Heck, I had been off of the John Muir Trail for three days, doing my own custom route.
A few miles after passing out of the John Muir Wilderness (see entry above) into its parent National Forest, Sierra, you will hit the trail head, a dirt road by two campgrounds, and come upon this sign:
You have reached backpacker disney land, Vermillion Valley Resort.
Departing Vermillion Valley Resort by Ferry to spur trail at end of Lake Thomas Edison leading to John Muir Trail.
Above: Loaded from Directory in Drupal
Below: John Muir Trailers will see this sign when they arrive at the ferry pick-up point.
With this upgrade the Tahoe to Whitney site now supports content with Google Maps, UTube videos, hiker uploaded images, and any pages you have authored or commented on can inform you by email when it is commented on. And site development is barely half-way done!
Stay tuned for upgrades to the hiker's account page, offering a wide range of helpful links for the four-season high altitude traveler. And there's more!
This blog was created to test video embedding from UTube
The video is of a bear I spotted running South through the Carson Gap, the gap that divides the Truckee River headwaters and Tahoe Basin from the Carson drainage.
You should know that this site and its sister site, TahoetoWhitney.com, are not in their finished forms, not by any means. What you see here now is not the finished product, not by a long shot.
The final layout of the .com site is simple: A geographic/linear series of pictures, mileages, and elevations organized into 7 trail sections by their natural resupply points.
I think it was in 2006 while I was walking down the John Muir Trail that I had the very simple thought, that, "I can relate this beautiful experience to the world." It sounded fairly simple.