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.
Hiking South on the combined PCT-TYT down Cold Canyon to Glen Aulin on August 3 encounted a hiker who I identified as trail crew as he approached.
Dan Schweitzer was indeed trail crew, and he was leading the pack hiking up the steep climb from Glen Aulin to the meadows in upper Cold Canyon. Not only was he moving fast and nimbly while climbing, he was only lightly strained. Classic trail crew.
We have a small mammal that's adapted pretty well to the flat expanses of High Sierra meadows by focusing on observation, communication, speed and cover. These are the Belding Ground Squirrels.
Here's a pretty good account of the Corporate shenanigans Delaware North Corporation is using to try to extort 51 million taxpayer's dollars via the National Park Service.
Well, the Devil Needs Cash...and the Devil Never Cares how he gets it...
Backpacking Camp Chairs
I was first personally introduced to backpacking camp chairs by a couple of cool PCT hikers in the late nineties or early this new century, Marie and Susan from Seattle.
Marie was convinced her portable camp chair was totally worth its weight in gold for the relaxation and comfort it brought. She insisted I sit in it, and I agreed.
Hey, I was hesitant. I don't want other folks to carry my comfort. I had not carrried that chair for well over a thousand miles, as she had, so I did not deserve to sit in it.
I met Doc and Elana Kundell at Tuolumne Meadows during the Summer of 2009. I had walked down from Lake Tahoe on my way to Mount Whitney, while the Kundell's father-daughter JMT hiking team climbed up from the Happy Isles JMT trailhead in Yosemite Valley on their way to the Whitney Portal.
That's a steep climb from bottom to top. I advise caution, and a slow start. A climb like that can tear your heart out.. It's a Hard ONE, baby.
Field Astronomy for the High Sierra Backpacker
Resources and Information for precisely tracking the position of the Sun across its diurnal (daily) path. Astronomical references tell us the time and keeps us oriented in the terrain by the known time and compass points of its rising and setting positions.
The same principals apply to the movement of stars across the night sky.
2/3rds of Summertime backpacking is during the day, a third is spent under Night Skies. We are going to locate, record, and use the information about sunrise and set times and compass points as our basic backpacking clock and compass during day and night.
Basic Time and Space Orientation
The basic information establishing the relationship between time and space is available from the Trail Guide's Navigation page.
Matt Bloom and family and friends provide long distance High Sierra backpackers the best of Western Hospitality, food, supplies, laundry and showers along the classic route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail where it crosses Highway 108.
Kennedy Meadows is a standard resupply spot for Pacific Crest Trail hikers.
For visitors driving up on Highway 108, the Sonora Pass Highway Kennedy Meadows offers outstanding food, lodging, horses and horsepacking into the Emigrant Wilderness South of Kennedy Meadows Pack Station or North into the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
See the High Sierra Stove Section for all aspects of Backpacking Stoves suitable for the wide range of conditions we will encounter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the course of a year..
The backpacking stove information and experience you post up informs us all.
The National Forest Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook is a bible for Trail Crew a basic reference and handbook for the Trail Crew Arts.
If you are thinking about a career in Trail Crew this book will basically inform you about the nature of the job and how to observe, plan, and execute trail construction and maintenance tasks.
Below find a comprehensive list of Trail Work References
Bubonic Plague in the High Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
This is typical of the language used on the State of California and County Health Department warnings posted on many Federal High Sierra Trailheads.
DO NOT FEED OR TOUCH RODENTS
CHIPMUNKS, GROUND SQUIRRELS, AND OTHER WILD RODENTS IN THIS AREA MAY BE INFECTED WITH PLAGUE.
High Sierra Vernal Ponds are unique locations that impart a unique feel of serene quiet to the passing backpacker.
Ponds are places where the pace of surrounding life seems to have slowed down, places of quiet solitude.
I distinguish between two types of ponds in the High Sierra, being Black and Blue Ponds.
The look and the future trajectory of forest growth in the Sierra Nevada from the North Yosemite Backcountry down to Silver Divide was changed during one evening in November of 2011.
That evening thousands of trees were blown down by a powerful wind centered near Mammoth Lakes, but which scoured slices of the High Sierra from North Yosemite Backcountry south to the Silver Divide.
I'm talking about fully healthy strong living trees. Just blew them right down!
Fungus, burnt-orange to yellow in Tilden Canyon near Tilden Canyon Creek along combined TYT-PCT across North Yosemite Backcountry.
Very dry and hot conditions.
Thirty Nine nights on the trail, five nights off, 44 days between the Meyers Trailhead in the Lake Tahoe Basin through the Mount Whitney Portal.
Followed the TYT South from Tahoe Basin to Spicer Meadow Reservoir where I cut up Highland Creek to the PCT at Wolf Creek Pass.
South of Sonora Pass I hiked off the PCT at the top of Kennedy Canyon following the Tungsten Road to the TYT at Grizzly Peak and on to Bond Pass.
Detailed permit followed by planning documents for 2012 Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.
The nightly campsites.
November 19 2014
The GoLight site is announcing bankruptcy and 20% off all inventory in a going out of business sale.
On October 13 2014 GoLight filed for Chaper 11 bankruptcy with 103 creditors. On October 24 the court authorized this sale to raise cash.
GoLight's Chapter 11 plan is due 2/10/2015 according to court documents.