Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney. Forums cover Sierra trails and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and on the trail. Ask questions. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip here. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. 


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Analytical Survival

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Analytical Survival

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to both a new feature on this forum, and to Analytical Survival.

The feature is "Friends of Tahoe to Whitney," and Analytical Survival is the first friend of TahoetoWhitney I would like to introduce you to.

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Introduction: Friends of Tahoe to Whitney

As work continues on this backpacker's forum and  the TahoetoWhitney trail guide, I have had the great pleasure to meet a variety of individuals who share my love of the Sierras, backpacking,  the outdoors, and nature in general.

To all of you, Greetings, and it has been a true pleasure to make your acquaintance. 

Included in this group are experts on specific elements of backpacking skills, as well as the application of backpacking skills to emergency and disaster preparedness. These skills fit together like chocolate and peanut butter...

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Winter Gear Selection IV: Shell, Head, Hands and Feet

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Winter Gear Selection IV: Shell, Head, Hands and Feet.
 

Shell

Now that Winter has brought real temp drops, our medium-weight shell is no longer suitable, and will be stowed until temps again rise as Spring approaches.

I am deploying my North Face Mountain Jacket, along with a set of heavy duty North Face ski pants. Both of these pieces will resist very cold winds. This will allow my insulating layers to work properly.

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Winter Gear Selection III: Gear Tour and Basic Layering

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Gear Tour

After figuring our backpacking route and determining the range of our possible weather conditions, let's take a look at our basic Winter backpacking gear options, and discuss layering that is approiate for our route and the weather conditions we are expecting.

A written-out gear list covering all these gear catagories can be viewed on the TahoetoWhitney.com trail guide.

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Winter Gear Selection II: Figuring Weather History, Current Conditions, and Future Forecasts

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Winter Gear Selection Video II: Figuring the weather history, current conditons, and future forecasts to guide your gear selection.

This video ties together your evaluation of the weather with your gear selection.

This video introduces you to the weather assets I've begun to deploy on the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide. Unfortunatly, I have only completed the Northmost elements of the weather sections.

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Backpacking Gear Selection I: Your Route, Miles, Elevations, and Exposure

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Welcome to the Winter Gear Video Series.

Gearing up for any trip, be it Summer or Winter, requires that you do the scouting to understand the nature of the situation you are getting yourself into.

You must do this for all of your seasonal trips, but this scouting becomes especially important during Wintertime, when it is imperative that you properly gear yourself  for the possible range of conditions.

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Backpacking Gear Construction: Nuckkingfuts's Stuff Sack

I came upon this nice little video about constructing a stuff sack for your backpacking cook set that I thought you'd enjoy.

The embed code for this backpacking gear construction video is not working, but you can watch this video on Nuckkingfut's channel.

This can be adapted to create other custom gear sacks. Developing sewing machine skills will also allow you to repair and customize your gear.

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January Conditions in the High Sierras

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Winter in the Sierras is a special time, presenting the beauties of the Sierras all dressed up as a Winter Wonderland.

 Frozen Aspens make a spectacular display of ice and snow

Frozen Aspens make a spectacular display of ice and snow

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Bump Up your Boots Insulating Power in Emergency Conditions

I received this valuable tip from "In the Sticks," and thought it so valuable that I would pass it along:

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Friends of Tahoe to Whitney

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As work continues on this backpacker's forum and  the TahoetoWhitney trail guide, I have had the great pleasure to meet a variety of individuals who share my love of the Sierras, backpacking,  the outdoors, and nature in general. To all of you, Greetings, and it has been a true pleasure to make your acquaintance. 

Included in this group are experts on specific elements of backpacking skills, as well as applying backpacking skills to emergency and disaster preparedness. These skills fit together like chocolate and peanut butter...

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