Welcome to the backpacking trails and topics forums for local and long-distance hikers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

These
Forums cover the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes. We explore the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required. All backpacking information posted here is linked to our related Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide. These forums are the "backend" of the Guide and Magazine. 

Purposes: Expand Knowledge, Explore Potential

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape, and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.

for Backpackers: To get you in longer, deeper, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Find your potential.

for Experts: All the information to bring yourself from anywhere in the US or world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. The Sierra Nevada is the ultimate wonderland for expert backpackers in top shape. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us. 


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May 22 2016 Backpacker Alert

May 22, 2016

BACKPACKER ALERT

Current Conditions:
Unstable weather conditions bringing snow and cold rains down onto the two feet of snow already on the crest bring very dangerous conditions for early season backpackers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

All High Sierra Rain & Snow Forecasts

All Current High Sierra Radar

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April and May 2016: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

The transitions between seasons, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. These changes are reverberating through the webs of life around the planet.

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

LAST MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS


 

Last Updated 
May 25, 2016 

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April and May 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

News for Backpackers
Everywhere
&
Especially
High Sierra Backpackers

Our Purpose

 

Latest Update
 May 23, 2016 

The Wolves Circle the Downed Fawn

National Park Service loses early round in Yosemite’s trademarks fight,
Fresno Bee, May 20, 2016.
 

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April 8 Backpacker Alert

BACKPACKER ALERT

April 8 2016


Weather Status

Current Situation

El Nino's concentration of super-hot waters have significantly moderated:
Sea Surface Temperatures

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John Muir, the establishment of Yosemite Nation Park, and construction of the John Muir Trail.

A Brief History
John Muir's influence on  the establishment of Yosemite National Park and an account of the subsequent construction of the John Muir Trail.

From Green, Yosemite, Park and Resources.

 

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Favorite Piece of Gear

What's your favorite piece of gear?

I figure everyone has something they really like. I want to hear yours.

Members Favorite Gear

 

AlexW          I like the piece of gear perfectly selected for the perfectly anticipated conditions.

Rocky          Balaclava, Down puffy coat, multi tool knife

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Tahoe to Whitney Permit Nightmare: An Existential Threat to High Sierra Long Distance Backpacking

 shiveringman was the first to report on Wed the 17th (below)  that the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit was refusing to issue permits for end-points, for any destinations exiting the Tahoe Basin that are not on the "PCT corridor."

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Carol Crooker Trip Report Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.

Carol Crooker Trip Report
Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.
Member Profile

 

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Where I Belong - by Richard Persike

  Where I Belong

A Poem by Richard Persike

 

As the sun sinks in the west and the light fades in the sky

I can see the crimson clouds reflected in your eyes

I can feel a warm breeze blowin, a tingle on my face

I can hear the water flowin, I'm happy in this place

 

Crickets sing in harmony, like music to my ears

It provides distraction to my mind, all my hopes and fears

Coyotes howling far away, a hawk soars up above

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FEB 1 2016 BACKPACKER ALERT: Winter to Spring Status under El Nino

Backpacker Alert

Status of Factors Directing El Nino
and
Winter Storm Pattern

 

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Filters and Purification: MEMBER's FAVORITES for High Sierra Backpacking

 Member's Favorites

What are, and how do we select the best Water Filtration, Purification, Treatment, and Usage System for High Sierra backpackers?

The fundamental requirement for me is clean water quickly. By clean I mean taste as well as purity, so chemicals are regaled to emergency status.

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Peter Locates Excellent Cheap Backpacking Boots: Interceptor Tactical Footwear

Peter is an excellent highly experienced solo cross-country backpacker. His engagement, analysis, observation and decision making skills are reliable and accurate in my estimation.

 Peter found an excellent cheap high quality boot suited for heavy backpacking, cross country scrambling, and even suitable for marginal Spring snow conditions.  

Let's let Peter tell it:

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Boots and Footwear: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Member's Favorites
BACKPACKING BOOTS & FOOTWEAR

Selecting Backpacking Boots and Footwear from among our many, many Options.

INTRODUCTION

The Range of Choices
 We have an extensive selection of types and styles of backpacking footwear available from extremely heavy to virtually none at all. The barefoot and neoprene fads are quite amusing...

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High Sierra Backpacking Shell Marmot Precipt Review

Alex W "Snap Review" of 

Marmot PreCip

 

Gear:

Ultralight Water and Wind Proof ventilated Jacket and Pants.

Use:

Warm-weather environments.

Application(s):

Mostly Summertime on the Sierra Crestline. I have brought it out during both Spring and Fall warm spells. These shells offer zero, or next to zero insulating power. It does get cold on the crest during Summer.

Advantages:

Very Light

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Outer Shell Jackets and Pants: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Member's Choice

Outer Shell

"Members Choices" are derived from members of Tahoe to Whitney's selections for their favorite pieces of various types of gear.

TW members represent a wide range of different types of folks spending  vast amount of time hiking legendary distances collecting up vast amounts of experience across the wide range of harsh and gentle environments the High Sierra can throw down.

Post up the shell gear that best suites you for your particular application in the this Shell Forum. 

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Sleeping Bags: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpakers

Member's Favorites

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...

 

 MARMOT

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Stoves: MEMBERS FAVORITES for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

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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Internal Framed Backpacks for High Sierra Backpacking: Member's Favorites

Member's Choice

The Internal Framed Backpack Choices of Experienced High Sierra Backpackers

High Sierra Internal Framed Backpacks

Internal framed backpacks are by far the most popular type of pack we see used in the Sierra today. I personally prefer them for cold-weather work, and use external framed packs for the hotter Summertime backpacking conditions.

But that's just me. I tend to carry heavy loads. I enjoy an air-space between pack and back during Summertime, and none during Winter.

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