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The correct backpacking gear for your needs in the specifics of the weather is required for safe four season travel in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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My Favorite and the Best High Sierra Backpacks: Review External Frame Packs

Member's Favorite External Framed Backpacks


Alex                    Classic Camp Trails external framed pack for Summer uses.

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Gaiters: Members Favorites for High Sierra Backpackers

 Members Favorites


Reaper            Dirty Girl Gaiters

Run gaiters during Summer? Or just when it's snowy or wet? Tell us about your best gaiters.


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Backpacker's Gear: Gaiters



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Cookware and Utensils: Backpackers Favorites for High Sierra Travel

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Cookware and Utensils

Having the best, simplest setup that serves our food and camp beverage needs keeps everything simple and light.

Surfbum                   Spork 


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Upper Body Insulation & Layering: Members Favorite for High Sierra Backpacking

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Upper Body Insulation for High Sierra Backpackers

Proper layering to remain comfortable on the trail and camp is vital for High Sierra backpackers. Each hiker being different requires different combos of base and insulation layers. Though each hiker is unique, our range of selections to choose from is not.

It behooves us to get the best materials in the proper quanities and combinations to meet our needs for warmth in camp and on the trail.

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Camp and Trail; Members Favorite Gear Bits and Tips for High Sierra Backpacking

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Random Backpacking Gear Bits

There's lot's of little things that make camping in the High Sierra comfortable and pleasurable.




tstockt                 550 cord-paracord 

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Ultralight Backpacks of High Sierra Backpackers: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Travel

 Tahoe to Whitney Members Favorites:
Ultra Light Backpacks

How do you find the correct type of backpack for you, let along the perfect pack?

You survey backpackers to find backpackers like you, with your capacities and preferences, and what they use. Below we find examples of some of the lighest packs available.

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Socks: Member's Favorite Backpacking Socks

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Backpacking Socks

 As High Sierra backpackers display a lot of range in foot wear, so too in socks. Sock companies have reciprociated, producing a wide range of socking solutions.

A Thought: When I test and purchase my boots I bring in the sets of inserts I am going to use, along with what I figure will be the primary sock used with that boot. Summer? A medium to light sock. Winter? Heavy socks with maybe even a liner sock...


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Sleeping Pads: Members' Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

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Sleeping Pads for High Sierra Backpacking 


Air Mattress

mttim                                        Thermarest

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Shirts and Pants: Members Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

Backpacking Shirts and Pants

Best for High Sierra Travel



Ex Offcio

gbrahaney                              Ex Officio Shirts, Pants and underware 

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Treking & Hiking Poles Preferred by Tahoe to Whitney Members

Member's Favorites


Trekking Poles


gbrahaney                    Leki Trekking Poles


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Sleeping Bags: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpakers

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Sleeping Bags for High Sierra Backpakers 

 Remember, each sleeping bag is tuned to each user's preference during each season. Make sure you get the weight of bag that suites the requirements of your sensitivities in the environment.

Remember, it gets much colder than you think it will, then much hotter...




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Stoves: MEMBERS FAVORITES for High Sierra Backpacking

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High Sierra
Backpacking Stoves

We have considerable range of selections from a wide range of fuels and gasses, delivery systems (below), wind shields and pot supports, not to mention the ability to construct a wide range of homemade alchol stoves.

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Zpacks Arc Haul

 Member Test:

PeterM is moving through the Ultralight Packs:

"Zpacks Duplex. Making the switch from a Gossmer Gear Mariposa to a Zpacks Arc Haul this year. Excited to see how that pack does."

ZPacks ARC Haul

Gossamar Gear Packs

Don't waste time or money on water purification system

I will assume that you went to college and that you can conduct basic research.

Read what SECOR has to say (author of High Sierra). Read what the UCLA biologiical research has shown.

When people get sick it is a 99% chance that they poisoned themselves due to poor hygene. It is not the water. It is not the water. Really, it is NEVER the water.

The bigger question is why do humans continue to make serious and important group think mistakes?

why "Old School" Loves External Frame

1) Way Comfortable

2) Lots of compartments - organize gear = safer trip

3) Where Have I used mine - 1000 miles AT, 1000 miles PCT, GLacier NP, Whites, Gila. 20 years duration.

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Go Light Going Out of Business: Big Sale

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.

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Nothing is Waterproof


Not even rubber-coated nylon. Anyone who backpacks in rubber-coated fabrics know that the hiker's sweat inside the rubber is as wet as the rain outside. And much nastier...

The classic "breathable" waterproof/water resistant materials can be "waterproof" for up to three days. That's the longest I've ever gotten any "dry" conditions to last. After three days in driving rain everything is wet. Everything.

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Backpacking Tent Selection

Backpacking Tent Selection
Nowadays there are two basic schools, or philosophies, of backpacker tent use: Lightweight or None. These are not mutually exclusive catagories.

I typically fit into both categories, depending on the circumstances.

No Tent

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Standard Backpacking Water System and Camp Shower: "The Alex"

Complete Camp and Trail Backpacking Water System

backpacking water system in break mode.

Above: Taking a break and lesiurely enjoying filtering water as needed while cooking up some food and coffee. No sitting by the creekside filtering water I'm just going to boil anyway.

Second Use: Fire Suppression

Backpacking Water System

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Solar Charging for Backpackers

Having just received the GoPro Hero 960 I am left with having to make it useful for very long backpacking trips. The GoPro uses a cell-phone style 3.7V 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery. 

This means that battery replacement at the resupply points down the trail is out. I must devise a solar charging set up to keep the GoPro charged up. I need to devise or buy a solar charger capable of charging the Li-Ion battery for the GoPro, as well as the AA batteries for my camera and headlamp.

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