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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August and September 2016: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS
August and September of 2016

 The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet. 

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

LAST MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

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August and September 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

High Sierra Backpacker News
August and September of 2016

Happenings in Nature and Society affecting the Trail.
 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Of Interest to Backpackers
Current Star Chart and Sky Information

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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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June and July 2016: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS
June and July of 2016
 The transitions between seasons, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through the webs of life around the planet.

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

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June and July 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016

Updated

July 31

Water Crossings

I am going to hike from Sonora Pass to Tuolomne in two weeks. Wondering if anyone has any information of what type of water crossings I may encounter?

Thanks

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Tahoe to Whitney High Sierra News Focus: My Goal

Focus and Goal of Tahoe to Whitney

Scope

These News Forum Pages cover general news from around the world about the patterns of behavior of the Weather, Terrain, Animals, Water and People of interest to those of us who engage Nature directly.  

 

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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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All High Sierra Fish and Water News

This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.

 

 

July 20

 

The Corporate Growth Machine of Death

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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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