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.
In our introduction to planning our Tahoe to Yosemite and Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trips we intergrate developing our fitness and skills through training trips into our plans. Thus our plans reflect and acknowledge both our strengths and weaknesses.
Here's a trail report from Summit City Canyon to St. Mary's Pass. Short story is that we were occasionally a bit befuddled and had to backtrack, but in general the trail/route was not that difficult to follow.
FOURTH OF JULY JUNCTION TO CAMP IRENE: From the Fourth of July junction to the first stream crossing south of Horse Canyon junction, the trail is in great shape.
Start Time: June 26, 2015.
Two buddies for three days from Meeks Bay to Lake Aloha.
Met another buddy at Carson Pass, who accompanied me for six days through the unmaintained segment of trail through Summit City Canyon.
Lake Alpine to Tuolumne Meadows Solo.
This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information. For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.
Weather is the Speed of Life.
We consider the interrelationship between geological and biological processes.
News for High Sierra Backpackers
Previous News Page
May and June 2015
Moved to Mountain Safety Forum
Close Encounter of the Cow Kind
As I was hiking down the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus on the unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail I picked up the enchanting sound of softly clanging cow bells bouncing off the rocky canyon walls until absorbed by the forest.
A nifty segment of the unmaintained segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail climbing into its most difficult elements across the South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness captured on video:
From the North Edge of Clarks Fork Meadow along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
I will assume that you went to college and that you can conduct basic research.
Read what SECOR has to say (author of High Sierra). Read what the UCLA biologiical research has shown.
When people get sick it is a 99% chance that they poisoned themselves due to poor hygene. It is not the water. It is not the water. Really, it is NEVER the water.
The bigger question is why do humans continue to make serious and important group think mistakes?
1) Way Comfortable
2) Lots of compartments - organize gear = safer trip
3) Where Have I used mine - 1000 miles AT, 1000 miles PCT, GLacier NP, Whites, Gila. 20 years duration.
I need to go backpacking post-haste. City life sucks and has about driven me crazy. I will be ready to run screaming into Nature after the Fourth.
How about you?
I have a five to seven day trip planned out of the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead near the top of Highway 108. I need a ride up there between the 5th and 7th, if anyone is driving that way.
But here's the real deal, why I am posting here; I am hiking North on an untrailed segment of the TYT to an unmaintained segment of trail, then down to maintained trail.
What fish ears can tell us about sex, surveillance and sustainability,
University of Southampton, June 15, 2015.
Knowing that fish listen carefully helps us approach silently, and gives us a tool to direct their attention.
According to the above article their ears will also allow us to trace their histories.
What grand fish stories these ears must have heard.
Bumble bees in the last frontier,
Pensoft Publishers, June 15, 2015.
Bees and Wasps are high altitude polinators and predators in the High Sierra.
An informative article from Debra Bird's fine site,
Everything you need to know: Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac,
Earth-Sky, June , 2015.
High Sierra backpackers don't encounter much in the way of poison plants up high, but we can run into poison oak in the foothills.
In the Summer of 2014 a pair of nesting woodpeckers took up residence about twenty feet from Peter's home.
Peter enjoyed the neighbors, as they him. The couple felt comfortable enough to bring three more tiny little woodpeckers into the High Sierra.
Uncle Peter! Uncle Peter!
Tahoe to Whitney
We have disturbing climate news from the top and bottom of the planet.
Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils, University of Georgia, April 25, 2015
Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster, Princton, April 30, 2015.