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MSR reactor stove system reviews
Winter Conditions 2010, five nights from Tahoe Basin to Round Top and back via Round and Showers Lake.
Fall 2011, four nighs (?) Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop. Cold Temps!
MSR Reactor Stove on Round Top
MSR miniworks water filter review Oct 22 to 26, 2011 in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
"Ari started cursing at it. He was working like a dog to make Noble Lake's crap water filter. He wanted to spend his energy hiking, or at least enjoying the view."
Sawyer Squeeze™ Filter System.
I've seen lots of happy backpackers using this filter system.
The concept behind the system relies on a lightweight synthetic hollow fiber filter material in a small filter cartridge unit that screws onto lightweight mylar sacks of 16, 32, and 64 ounces.
The filter is operated by unscrewing the filter cartridge from it's mylar sack, filling the sack with water, restoring the filter cartridge to the filled sack, and squeezing.
The basic threats in High Sierra water are Giardia Lamblia and Giardiasis. There are a number of soltutions available today for water filtration and purification.
Parameters of use
This trip and its report were executed and authored by Steve Thaw during the Summer of 2014, posted by Alex.
Hetch Hetchy Loop
Jack Main Canyon to Rancheria Creek in Kerrick Canyon and Back
Thursday August 21
I drove to Hetch Hetchy and started from the campground and went across the dam and up to the Beehive trail intersection where I decided to make # 1 camp.
This is the comments and questions page for the Yosemite National Parks Backpacking Permits Page.
This page contains a list of links to all the information you need to understand and navigate the Yosemite Permit system:
This page is for your feedback, tips, advice, and experiences obtaining backpacking permits for Yosemite National Park.
As an active trail the Tungsten Road is listed under the Trails Forum for the East Sierra:
The trail guide reference to the Tungsten Road is here:
This is a placeholder-link page to recognize the Tungsten Road as part of Sierra History, and link to its entries in the forum and guide covering the Tungsten Road as an active trail route.
The Tungsten Road is a dirt mining road East of Sonora Pass off of Highway 108 that still offers four-wheel drive access to Leavitt Lake on the East flank of the Sierra Crest below Leavitt Peak.
This is the backpacker's forum for the Emigrant Wilderness trail guide page centered on crossing over Big Sam.
Big Sam sits between the Pacific Crest Trail junction at the top of Kennedy Canyon and the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail at the Grizzly Peak trail junction crossing the Emigrant Basin.
This is the forum page for planning our 173.83 mile Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed on the trail guide:
There are five sections of trail composing the length of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail and three resupply points along the route.
Backpacking Planning Notes Test
Below we have one element of my trip planning notes from a forty day hike I took from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney during 2002.
I've done Tahoe to Whitney Trips in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2012. Injury is the determining factor in my "backpacking year" scheduling. If I am fit I am backpacking.
Post up your updates and information about the Pacific Crest Trail between Kennedy Canyon and Dorothy Lake Pass through the comments link below.
Post up a stand-alone article in this forum with images, maps, and videos.
Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass
Backpacking brings many trail encounters. This time I met a father bringing his son up Leavitt Peak on a long dayhike via the shortcut route.
Dad had broke in his son for the physical exertion through backpacking trips and the natural training that entails, and was now adding in challenging scrambles. Thus dad selected the shortcut route up Leavitt Peak, for the challenge.
George and Sue have a nice campsite at the end of a cross country route located on the North shore of Spicer Meadow Reservoir out of Summit Lake.
Medium and Long distance
Carson Iceberg Wilderness
This report on backpacking loops and trips around the Carson Iceberg Wilderness comes from the Tahoe to Yosemite section of the Tahoe to Whitney trail guide at the Jenkins Canyon trail junction alongside Highland Creek above Spicer Meadow Reservoir.