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Backpacking Gear Selection

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 06 September 2009

Gear Selection is vitally important. Matching your footwear to your load, your insulation layers and your shell to the temperture and weather, and having the correct tent and sleeping bag so  you can enjoy the beauties of the conditions you encounter, and survive the potential conditions that could occure, is the foundation of a successful trip. 

The Winter Gear Video Series that follows deals with the issues necessary for proper gear selection during mid Winter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

These exact same principals apply to your Summertime hike on the Tahoe to Yosemite, Pacific Crest, and John Muir Trails. Do You Know how cold it can get in August in the High Sierra? Do you know the potential for Snowstorms in August? Do you know that weeks of afternoon downpours can happen in July?

 The videos that follow scout out the factors you should know about, including  the nature of your route, it's elevations, mileages, and the degree of exposure and cover available.

The next video checks out the weather history, real-time reports, and forecasts for the region your route crosses.

Finally, after all this scouting, we will begin to lay out the Winter Gear that will suit these factors.

You should go through these steps adjusted for the season of your trip.


Check out the four-season High Sierra Backpacking Gear List on the Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.


Also see the Selecting Winter Backpacking Gear Videos and Pages.


When you get done with all that, it's time for the 5 Day Backpacking Food Supply pages and videos.


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