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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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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Tents: Member Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

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.

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Highland's 2014 Upper Clarks Fork Unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report

 

Highlands Reports on the Unmaintained and Untrailed Segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Upper Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River

Highlands

Last year we hiked from 108 over St Mary's Pass to Iceberg Meadow.

We did it in mid-June. There was a good amount of snow at the pass  but we manage our way over and around it. 

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New Unmaintained Section of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South of North Fork of the Stanislaus River

We've been recieving increasing reports of trail deterioration along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail once we cross the North Stanislause River Northbound  climbing the ridge separting the river from Rock Lake.

We get this fine report from Highlands on his 2015 passage:

 

We started at Lake Alpine and stayed at Rock Lake the 1st night. The next day we proceeded to Highland Creek near the bottom of Jenkins Canyon.

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Fly Fishing Setup: Member's Favorite High Sierra Rigs

Member's Favorite

Fly Fishing Rigs

 

shiveringman           bamboo fly rod hopper fly

stanfrench                My Fenwick combo spin-fly rod.

tstockt                        Fly rod

 

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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

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Favorite Backpacking Guitar: Baby Taylor Guitar.

Members Favorites

Favorite Backpacking Guitar

 

Member:
Jimdog                           Baby Taylor Guitar

ptskaff                           Martin Backpacker Guitar

Jimdog says,

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Art of Olena Shmahalo

"Like you, Olena Shmahalo is an Operator:
a polyfunctional compound, a homo universalis."

(Yea Olena, that's all true for my head. But my feet are planted squarely in the local values of my own country.-A.)

Olena Shmahalo Website

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Golden Trout Climate and Creature Threats

 Golden Trout  News

Golden Trout research shows stresses from grazing and climate change.

Weather Effects
CA's state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside meadows,
1-13-16, USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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January and February 2016 Backpacking Sky Tracking: When Will the Sierra Open?

Start the Heart of Winter
 Below we are tracking specific observations, forecasts, and weather events affecting the trajectory of the Spring Snowpack along this year's specific, unique evolution to open, Summer-condition status for Summertime backpacking.

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