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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Pacific Crest Trail Association Trail Crew: Hiking the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

Pacific Crest Trail Association Trail Crew, Hiking the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

Pacific Crest Trail Association Trail Crew South of Wolf Creek Pass.

Friday July 24 2009.

South of Wolf Creek Pass, North of Wolf Creek main drainage, hiking South through the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Toiyabe National Forest.

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Juniper, Noble Canyon, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

Juniper, Noble Canyon, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

Junniper at the head of Noble Canyon, Pacific Crest Trail, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

October 2011 Carson-Iceberg Loop.

This tree sits on the exposed terrain as you make the big climb up from Silver Creek towards Noble Lake. It provides great shade, a nice rock to sit on, and a beautiful view. Thus it is a perfect break spot.

 

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High Sierra History NEWS, EVENTS, & FORUM INDEX

 

Welcome to the High Sierra History Forum. If you have general questions or comments this is the place to put them. The comments link sits at the bottom of the page.

The history forum is composed of entries concerned with the history of the locations our trails cross in the mountains between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

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White-Yellow, Flower, Pacific Crest Trail, Mariposa Lily. High Sierra Backpacker Information

Mariposa Lily
Living things in the High Sierra
for
Backpacker's Knowledge and Information

Mariposa Lily
High Sierra Flowers: white, PCT between Wolf Creek and Murray Canyon along the Pacific Crest Trail. 8320 feet. Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Late July. (July 24 2009)

Flower, white, between Wolf Creek and Murray Canyon, Pacific Crest Trail.

Sweet.

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VVR: Vermilion Valley Resort Backpacker Resupply

Note: This is a placeholder page, and will be filled with more information at some future point in time as I complete the Trail Guide's South. Vermilion will also get a feature page on the upcoming South Sierra Trail Guide, though it will feature poor services, poor equipment, and rude staff...

The Old VVR vs The New VVR

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Backpacking Boot Types and Selection

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Backpacking Boots

Selecting the proper backpacking footwear for your trip and for your feet is vitally important to a successful backpacking trip.

First Things First

First and foremost, don't hit the trail with new boots. After selecting the proper boots for your feet and your trip make sure that you have sufficient time to break them in. I say this because this is the leading cause of foot problems on the trail.

Closely following new boots is improper footwear as the second cause of foot problems on the trail.

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East Carson River Trail to Sonora Pass Backpacking the Pacific Crest Trail

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This great bit of trail route from the East Carson River trail junction to Sonora Pass marks our last section of the Ebbetts Pass to Sonora Pass section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

This is the backpacker's form for the trail guide for this section of the trail. Your questions, comments, and experiences are all welcome.

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Hiking PCT South from Boulder Lake to East Carson Trail Junctions: Backpacking South Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

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Backpacking
The High Sierra Crest Across the Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

Connecting the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails
across the
South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness

 

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Murray Canyon to Boulder Lake Trail Junctions: PCT, Ebbetts to Sonora Pass

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This is the backpacker's forum for the Murray Canyon to Boulder Lake trail junctions heading Southbound on the Pacific Crest Trail between Ebbetts and Sonora Passes in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness of the Toiyabe National Forest.

Enough Information? 

Nope. Your experiences will fatten up the trail guide...

 

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Backpacking Tyron Peak to Murray Canyon: Entering the East Carson River

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This is the backpacker's forum, questions and comments page for: Backpacking Tyron Peak to Murray Canyon: Entering the East Carson River Valley. As we bend Southeast Murray Canyon will bring us to the first connector trail with the East Carson River.

Have you been through here? How was it for you?

But first, let's run South from our high vantage point on the side of Tyron Peak down past Asa Lake to the Highland Lakes trail juction at Wolf Creek Pass.

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Hiking Ebbetts Pass to Tyron Peak South on the Pacific Crest Trail

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The 4.92 mile hike South to the high point of the PCT in the saddle on the Southwestern Flank of Tyron Peak brings us across Noble Canyon, past Noble Lake, and finally presents us with grand views of the Western Slope of the Sierra.

This is the backpacker's forum, questions, comments, and experiences page for the Pacific Crest Trail South from Ebbetts Pass tp Tyron Peak.

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Ebbetts Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail

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This is the place for extra information about Ebbetts Pass to supplement the Ebbetts Pass trail guide page, along with your questions, comments, and experiences at Ebbetts Pass.

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Fall Report: Carson-Iceberg loop on PCT and TYT, Oct 2011

 

Looping the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness on the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails

The Trip

This trip was planned to depart the Silver Valley trailhead on the Eastern side of Lake Alpine on Highway 4 Southbound to follow the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route South to Saint Marys Pass on Highway 108.

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Fall 2011 Backpacking: Loop the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Planning and Preparation

October 20-21, 2011

After the early season snow dusting, weather conditions have reverted to tropical heat blowing up from the tropics. Wow. Time to hit the Fall trails. The Sierra Nevada is stunningly beautiful in Fall tones. I mean the softness of the light itself, a product of the steep angles and sharp contrasts that Fall sunlight displays the Sierras.

Route

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Howdy, partner!

There we were, settled in comfortably at idyllic Rutherford Lake high on the approach to Fernandez Pass, and resting after a brief rainshower had encouraged us to race up the last half-mile of the trail and set up our tent. 

 After the sprinkles had disappeared P set to rigging his fly rod, while M napped peacefully in the tent--a scene of domestic bliss in the Sierra.

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Southern High Sierra Weather Information & Resources

 

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Welcome to the forum for questions, comments, and visitors / members to post up resources and information to compliment the Southern Sierra Nevada Weather resources page. 

 

The Southern Sierra Nevada Weather spans from Reds Meadow in the North down to Mount Whitney in the South. This page will connect you to radar, satellite, maps, and forecast information. And more.

 

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Central High Sierra Weather Information & Resources

Hey.

Welcome to the forum for questions, comments, and visitors / members to post up resources and information to compliment the Central Sierra Nevada Weather resources page. 

The Central Sierra Nevada Weather spans from Sonora Pass in the North down to Reds Meadow in the South. This page will connect you to radar, satellite, maps, and forecast information. And more.

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North Sierra Backpacker Weather Information

This is the questions and comments page for the Northern Sierra Weather index and information page.

Find general weather information for the North Sierra on the page linked to above.

Lake Tahoe Basin Weather

Carson Pass Weather

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Review: GoPro Hero 960 HD

Backpacker's Review: GoPro HD Hero 960.

Price: $179.00.

Price includes camera, waterproof case with extra door for improved sound quality, flat and curved adhesive mounts, helmet front mount, and head strap mount. The camera charges from, and uploads to your computer through provided USB cable. TV playpack cables included. Battery included. No memory card.

GoPro 960 in reference to the Other Products in the GoPro Line:

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YOUR FAVORITE-WORSE CAMERA

Interested in High Sierra photography? I've written a brief introduction about the wide selection of camera gear options you have available.

Have a camera that performs tirelessly in the worst backpacking conditions? Have a camera that failed and let you down?

Let us know about your experiences. Write a review of your experiences with the cameras you've encountered.

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