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MSR XGK II (Pre Shaker Jet) White Gas Stove backpacker review

MSR XGK II (Pre Shaker Jet) White Gas Stove backpacker review
MSR XKG II operating during Winter at high elevation.
USE:

About 18 years as of 2014, and I bought it used.

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MSR reactor stove system backpacker review

MSR reactor stove system reviews

Spring:

Winter Conditions 2010, five nights from Tahoe Basin to Round Top and back via Round and Showers Lake.

Fall:

Fall 2011, four nighs (?) Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop. Cold Temps!

MSR Reactor Stove System in Winter Trial.
MSR Reactor Stove on Round Top

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MSR miniworks filter review Ari

MSR miniworks water filter review Oct 22 to 26, 2011 in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.

Citation:

 Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop: Gear

Quote:
"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."

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Sawyer Squeeze Bag Water Filter Review

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.

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Steve's Fantastic North Yosemite Backpacking Loop

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.

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Yosemite National Park Backpacking Permits

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:

Yosemite National Park Permits

This page is for your feedback, tips, advice, and experiences obtaining backpacking permits for Yosemite National Park.

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Tungsten Road History

As an active trail the Tungsten Road is listed under the Trails Forum for the East Sierra:

Tungsten Road

The trail guide reference to the Tungsten Road is here:

Latopie Lake to Kenndy Canyon

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.

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The Tungsten Road in Toiyabe National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness

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.

History of Tungsten Road

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PCT Kennedy Canyon trail junction to Jack Main Canyon via TYT at Grizzly 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.

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Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

This is the forum page for planning our 173.83 mile Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed on the trail guide:

Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

There are five sections of trail composing the length of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail and three resupply points along the route.

High Sierra Resupply Points

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Backpacking Planning Notes Test

Backpacking Planning Notes Test 

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In through the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead

This is the forum for members to post up reports about backpacking trips out of the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead.

This page is for anyone to post up comments about hiking the Leavitt Meadow Trailhead.

 Backpacking Maps

Highway 108 Trailheads

Sonora Pass to Bensen Lake

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Forty Day Backpacking Plan: Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney 2002

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.

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High Sierra guide books and Literature

This is the comments page of the High Sierra Books and Stories page of the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide.

Have you any guide books to suggest? I break guide books into two basic types, being the Nature and Trail guides.

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Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass on the PCT

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.

Supplemental Information

Trail Guide
Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass

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Latopie Lake backpacking to Kennedy Canyon

This is the place for questions, comments, trip ideas and updates on the trails, terrain, and situation from Latopie Lake to the Kennedy Canyon trail junction.

Here's the guide information:

Trail guide
Latopie Lake to Kennedy Canyon

Maps
Sonora Pass to Kennedy Canyon

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First Peak: Dad brings Son up Leavitt Peak

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.

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George and Sue Cross Country to Spicer Meadow Reservoir Campsites

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.

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Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Loops and Trips

Medium and Long distance
Backpacking Loops
and trips
in the
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.

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