Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers to share info about the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything High Sierra. The
Forums cover hiker input about the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes from the Trail Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trail itself & the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney, while this Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of High Altitude Living. 

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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Round Lake, Meiss Country: Questions, Comments, Experiences

This is your page for comments, questions, or your experiences at and around Round Lake. If you have pictures, videos, or maps that would highlight your experiences in the Meiss Country Roadless Area, Register.

This place is great for your first High Sierra Backpacking Trip!

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Q&A with your experiences Big Meadow Trail Junction, Meiss Country

This is the place for your questions, comments, and experiences with the trail from Big Meadow that joins our trail .58 of a mile below Round Lake, and .28 of a mile above the Dardanelles Lake trail junction.

Big Meadow trail junction beween the South Upper Truckee trailhead, Round Lake, and the Big Meadow trailhead.

Information:

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Dardanelles Lake and Big Meadow trail junctions Meiss Country Roadless Area

Backpacker Comments
Supplemental Information
 Dardanelles Lake and Big Meadow trail junctions in the Meiss Country Roadless Area.

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Comments: South Upper Truckee River trailhead through Burnt Area

This is the place for your Questions-Comments-Experiences:
The lower section of the South Upper Truckee Trail South out of Meyers in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Register to post your own page in this forum about your experiences and advice for other hikers on this trail.

This page is the feedback page for the two trail guide pages between the lower South Upper Truckee trailhead and the Dardanelles trail junction pages on the trail guide. 

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Questions-Comments-Experiences: Locate the South Upper Truckee Trailhead, Meyers

Questions-Comments-Experiences: Locate the South Upper Truckee Trailhead in Meyers. This page is the feedback page for the South Upper Truckee Trailhead page on the trail guide.

Looking up the drainage of the South Upper Truckee River from Echo Summit

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Favorite Campsite in the Meiss Country Roadless Area

Though I call out Showers Lake as the best campsite between Echo Summit and the Carson Gap in the Meiss Country Roadless Area, I want to hear about your favorite places to camp in Meiss Country.

Post up your impressions, opinions, and experiences below. Comments and Questions are welcome too.

Showers Lake Sunset, P.Skaff. 2009.

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Comments and questions: Echo Summit to Carson Pass backpacking & Hiking Maps, Miles and Elevations

Comments and questions:

Backpacking from Echo Summit to Carson Pass, & Hiking Maps, Miles and Elevations.

Miles and Elevations

This page was constructed for backpackers and hikers feedback on the miles and elevations figures I give for the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest trail mileages thorugh the Meiss Country Roadless Area:

Echo Summit to Carson Pass miles and elevation

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Climate change causing demise of lodgepole pine in western North America

Climate change causing demise of lodgepole pine in western North America 

Oregon State University

Public release date: 28-Feb-2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Lodgepole pine, a hardy tree species that can thrive in cold temperatures and plays a key role in many western ecosystems, is already shrinking in range as a result of climate change – and may almost disappear from most of the Pacific Northwest by 2080, a new study concludes.

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Great Trail work in the High Sierra: Slab & Fill near Echo Summit

Great Trail work in the High Sierras. Fine placement of slab creates a framework to backfill with large rock: Trail bed secured! 

This is hard work, not just setting up the massive slab safely and securely, but fitting the fill in between the slab and boulder.

This is a little over two miles South of Echo Summit on the combined Tahoe to Yosemite, Pacific Crest, and Tahoe Rim trails.

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Bear Note: Trail Posts as itching sticks, and cranky bears

It appears to me that there is such a thing as "cranky bears."

  Most times the bears are breaking trail posts by using them as itching sticks. If you follow the trail guide for any length at all, you will see examples of broken trail posts along the trail.  But there are other times it appears that the bears are intentionally taking them down. These are the bears I designate as "cranky bears."

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Scientists uncover surprising features of bear hibernation

Scientists uncover surprising features of bear hibernation

Metabolism independent of body temperature

Article: University of Alaska Fairbanks

It's good to know as much as we can about our furry friends. This facinating research enhances our knowledge about bear phisiology, which may also explain why bears are cranky in Spring: It takes them weeks to fully wake up!

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Climate Record Suggests Longer Droughts, Drier Wet Periods for Pacific Northwest

Pitt-Led Researchers Report 6,000-Year Climate Record Suggests Longer Droughts, Drier Wet Periods for Pacific Northwest

Article from University of Pittsburgh

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Considerations on planning your trip: Overall and Daily Hiking Plans

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Considerations on planning your backpacking trip

If you are pulling a trip down the long trails down to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite from Lake Tahoe, you've already figured out your resupply plan.

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LINK to TRAIL GUIDE MILES and ELEVATIONS Index

This forum section is set up as a Point of Responce , comments and questions about the mileage and elevation figures I laid out on the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide. It is presently incomplete.

 

Check out the Miles and Elevations Index Page on the Trail Guide for the figures for each section of the trails.

 

As I continue to progress on the construction of the Trail Guide, this forum section will be completed.

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JP's Experimental Backpacking Stove Manufacturing and Development Process

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JP's Experimental Backpacking Stove Manufacturing and Development Process 

If you are curious about how things are made, you will be facinated by JP's fabrication of a multi fuel stove on his computer numerical control lathe.

We follow JP's development process as he cuts out a series of stoves to manipulate the performance characteristics of his stove.

To fabricate this stove, JP programmed the lathe's computer with a series of instructions that guide the cutting tool, set the RPM of the spindle, and control the lubricant flow.

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Lightweight backpacking stove by Grousetales: How-to aluminum can Alcohol stove - step by step

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Lightweight backpacking stove by Grousetales: How to make an aluminum can Alcohol stove - step by step.

There are many ways to make an aluminum can alcohol stove. Grousetales has a good design, well laid out on the video, and effective (I've seen similar designs work well in the field for years). Grousetales video walks you carefully through the whole construction process. 

Check out the video, gather your tools, drink a few canned beverages, and then get to work.

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High Sierra Fun

Richard's guide to the Northern Sierras he so enjoys:

High Sierra Fun

More coming soon... 

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BackpackTheSierra.Com

Backpack the Sierra

BackpacktheSierra is hiked and written by M and P, a married hiking team who's relationship includes the Sierra. We are lucky that they share this deep relationship with us.

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JP's Experimental Backpacking Stoves

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JP subscribed to the TahoetoWhitney YouTube channel, and when I checked out his channel I found some interesting work on lightweight backpacking stove development.

This video appears to sum up his devolepment  work as of Jan 13, 2011.

Check out JP's YouTube Channel.
 

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Backpacking Stoves: Some Basic Information

Every year when I hit the long trails, I see a wide variety of stoves in use. From old school MSR all fuel devices, to the modern  stoves that  seal the heat source within a custom titanium pot.

From Jet Boils to Beer Can stoves, eveyone has a stove they love and a stove they hate. The stove that's right for you is a product of your preferences and applications.

In my case my old MSR white gas-any gas-stove became my #1 stove after one of those Blu-gaz stoves failed to work properly at 11,000 feet on a real cold night.

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