Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These Forums cover the TYT-PCT, & JMT and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.
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. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started. Share your experiences.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide. Train for the long trails.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. This is the perfect playground for expert backpackers in top shape. A Natural Wonderland. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.
News for Backpackers
High Sierra Backpackers
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.
April 8 2016
El Nino's concentration of super-hot waters have significantly moderated:
Sea Surface Temperatures
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.
Carol Crooker Trip Report
Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.
This is the Fish News.
March 24, 2017
Klamath River salmon season faces closure due to ‘unprecedented’ forecast,
Times-Standard, March 23, 2017.
Blast from the Past:
Disappearing Salmon in 2008
March 15, 2017
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
Status of Factors Directing El Nino
Winter Storm Pattern
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.
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:
BACKPACKING BOOTS & FOOTWEAR
Selecting Backpacking Boots and Footwear from among our many, many Options.
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...
Alex W "Snap Review" of
Ultralight Water and Wind Proof ventilated Jacket and Pants.
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.
"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.
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...
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.
Backpacking Tents for High Sierra Backpacking
Experienced Backpacker selections for best High Sierra Backpacking Tents.
What makes a good tent? That depends on your capabilities and standards against your preferences and budget. We discuss these factors in Backpacking Tent Selection.