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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Video IV: Spring Snow Backpacking, Day 3: Meiss Meadow out Carson Gap to lunch

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Heading up to the Carson Gap from the North out of Meiss Meadow marks our exit from the Lake Tahoe Basin. From the Carson Gap we can see Round Top and the Sisters sitting before us, our final destination to the South.

From the Carson Gap we can see all of the local features before we drop straight down the South side of the gap to Highway 88. Shortly after crossing the highway we will pick up the blue diamond snow trail from Carson Pass to Woods Lake.

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Backpacking out of the snow-filled Tahoe Basin 2: The Trailhead to the Burnt Area Camp

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Day one: March 18, 2010. Departing the South Upper Truckee trail head for a four night tour of Round Lake, Round Top Lake, Showers Lake and back to Round Lake.

Hot conditions and very soft snow greeted me when I started my trip. Snow shoes were sinking in over six inches per step. I had to adjust my walking rhythm to account for the time it took each step to sink in.

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Homemade High Calorie Backpacking/Survival Bars

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Homemade Backpacking Food

RED'S Video: BUSH BARS

I got a nice note from a backpacker TheRedHawk123, about one of my videos. I checked out his channel and found this cool video on home made trail food.  

If any of you have more info on making your own killer backpacker food, post your recipes, videos, or instructions here! 

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Backpacking out of the snow-filled Tahoe Basin I: To the Trailhead

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After considering the weather, gear, food, and route issues I put together a kit suitable for the conditions and departed from Berkeley for the South Upper Truckee trail head on March 18, 2010. 
 

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Video Two: Food, Part One, Determining your daily Calories and Menu

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Establishing the Diet

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Video One: Basic Backpacking Considerations

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Considerations before taking a High Sierra backpacking trip

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Planning and Preparing for a late Winter-Early Spring snow backpacking trip in the High Sierras

Considerations on Preparing and Planning for a Snow Backpacking Trip in the Sierras

I have constructed this four-part video guide to preparing for a High Sierra backpacking trip. Though it is designed for a Winter-first day of Spring trip, the basic principals discussed are applicable to backpacking during any season.

NOTE: Site Video Links Broken. See these Backpacking Food Prep videos on YouTube.

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Anatomy of a Snow Trip II: Looks Like a Spring Backpacking Trip in the High Sierras!

Note: Alex is out of the city between March 18 and 22, maybe the 23rd.

The Winter is drawing to a close, and I have still not put the snow shoes to backpacking use this Winter. I tried to get it together in mid January, after that big storm came across the Sierras. But that did not work, as financial considerations controlled my behavior.

But that's over now, and I am shortly departing from Berkeley to South Lake Tahoe. Thursday the 18th of March looks like the day of departure.

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Backpacking Considerations on mileage, food, and physicality

 Considering mileage, food, and physicality

Calculations on the trail

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Backpacking to the Meiss Cabin, Round Lake Trail Junction up from the South Upper Truckee, or down from Showers Lake

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Have you any good Backpacking trips through Meiss Meadow? Post it through the COMMENTS LINK below, or REGISTER and post a regular trail note (blog) that will appear in the Meiss Cabin Forum, and can accept your maps, pictures and videos!

Meiss Cabin Trail Junction

Meiss Meadow is the hub of the Meiss Country Roadless Araa.

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Mosquitoes and Seasonal Temperature Shifts: Backpacking the High Sierra.

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  Backpacking the High Sierras 

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Mosquitoes and Seasonal Temperature Shifts

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Backpacking Trail Tips: Fires, Tents, and People in the High Sierras

High Sierra Camp Fires

Making camp fires in the High Sierra is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Besides the long time bans on campfires above certain elevations to preserve the thin biomass, generally at 9000 feet, we are seeing the spread of policies banning all campfires in the National Parks and Forests up and down the High Sierra.

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Comment on Backpacking Showers Lake, Meiss Country Roadless Area

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Alright! We've Backpacked to Showers Lake in the Meiss Country Roadless Area to spend our 5th night on the trail South out of Meeks Bay hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

We've come 7.21 miles South from Echo Summit, and are 4.79 miles North of the Carson Pass. The elevation at Showers Lake is 8680 feet.

Showers Lake on a fine Sierra Nevada Fall morning.

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Comments: Hiking Schneiders Cow Camp Junction to Showers Lake

This is the Comments Page for the Schneiders Cow Camp junction to Showers Lake. Register to Post up pictures, embed videos, and make your own posts under the Echo Summit to Carson Pass Forum.

Have you hiked in through Schneiders Cow Camp? What do you think of this access to Showers Lake?

Trail Notes

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Sayles Canyon, Bryan Meadow Trail Junctions

Sayles Canyon Trail Junction

Sayles Canyon Snow Travel: Finstad Family Daytrip, 2012.

Three and a half miles South of Echo Summit on the combined Pacific Crest-Tahoe to Yosemite-and Tahoe Rim Trails we come to the Sayles Canyon, Bryan Meadow Junction. Though the post at Echo Summit puts the mileage to Bryan Meadow at 4 miles, I have it at 3.49 miles. This accounts for the distance from this junction West to the meadow.

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Jumping Spider at 10,000 feet, Big Sam in the Emigrant Wilderness, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Heading up the Northern Flank of Big Sam I came upon this unusual looking Spider.

Jumping Spider on Big Sam, High Emigrant Wilderness

Note the granite coloring that matches the granitic environment, the beautiful pattern on its back, and who can miss the massive head. Thanks to Professor John Hafernik, San Francisco State University, for the identification.

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Question & Comments: Hiking South to Peak 8906, Sayles Canyon

Hiking South out of Echo Summit? Post your questions, comments,  and experiences  backpacking out of Echo Summit into the Meiss Country Roadless Area.

After departing our fine overlook- rest break-backpacker meeting place (2.14 miles South of Echo Summit) we continue hiking South from Echo Summit towards Showers Lake.

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