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.
Here's a couple of examples of very cheap homemade ultralight self-contained alcohol backpacking camp stove systems.
Below we have Aaron's excellent system seen in the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker Camp during the Summer of 2009.
I don't remember seeing anyone using Steripen on the trails in the Sierra Nevada prior to 2009. Since then I've seen a growing group of Steripen users.
They seem satisfied. A few are ticked off because the units just stop working.
Aaron in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacking camp liked his steripen, once he figured out how to keep it going!
Sweetwater was bought by MSR which was eaten up by Cascade Designs.
MSR Sweetwater Water Filter
The new MSR Sweetwater is a different design of the same engineering principals as the orignal white housing Sweetwater Filters, as far as I can tell.
I used the original white housing with red trim Sweetwater Filter in the early 1990s, until frustration drove me to the Hiker Pur, which I've used religiously ever since.
Katadyn Hiker Water Filter
Information and Review
My old Hiker Pur filter is shown below. It is exactly the same as the Katadyn Hiker. Katadyn bought the Pur filter company in 2001, and continues to manufacture exactly the same Hiker Water Filter with interchangable replacement parts.
Katadyn Hiker = Pur Hiker.
It still works like a champ in 2014.
MSR XGK II (Pre Shaker Jet) White Gas Stove backpacker review
About 18 years as of 2014, and I bought it used.
MSR reactor stove system reviews
Winter Conditions 2010, five nights from Tahoe Basin to Round Top and back via Round and Showers Lake.
Fall 2011, four nighs (?) Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop. Cold Temps!
MSR Reactor Stove on Round Top
MSR miniworks water filter review Oct 22 to 26, 2011 in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
"Ari started cursing at it. He was working like a dog to make Noble Lake's crap water filter. He wanted to spend his energy hiking, or at least enjoying the view."
Sawyer Squeeze™ Filter System.
I've seen lots of happy backpackers using this filter system.
The concept behind the system relies on a lightweight synthetic hollow fiber filter material in a small filter cartridge unit that screws onto lightweight mylar sacks of 16, 32, and 64 ounces.
The filter is operated by unscrewing the filter cartridge from it's mylar sack, filling the sack with water, restoring the filter cartridge to the filled sack, and squeezing.
The basic threats in High Sierra water are Giardia Lamblia and Giardiasis. There are a number of soltutions available today for water filtration and purification.
Parameters of use
This trip and its report were executed and authored by Steve Thaw during the Summer of 2014, posted by Alex.
Hetch Hetchy Loop
Jack Main Canyon to Rancheria Creek in Kerrick Canyon and Back
Thursday August 21
I drove to Hetch Hetchy and started from the campground and went across the dam and up to the Beehive trail intersection where I decided to make # 1 camp.
This is the comments and questions page for the Yosemite National Parks Backpacking Permits Page.
This page contains a list of links to all the information you need to understand and navigate the Yosemite Permit system:
This page is for your feedback, tips, advice, and experiences obtaining backpacking permits for Yosemite National Park.
As an active trail the Tungsten Road is listed under the Trails Forum for the East Sierra:
The trail guide reference to the Tungsten Road is here:
This is a placeholder-link page to recognize the Tungsten Road as part of Sierra History, and link to its entries in the forum and guide covering the Tungsten Road as an active trail route.
The Tungsten Road is a dirt mining road East of Sonora Pass off of Highway 108 that still offers four-wheel drive access to Leavitt Lake on the East flank of the Sierra Crest below Leavitt Peak.
This is the backpacker's forum for the Emigrant Wilderness trail guide page centered on crossing over Big Sam.
Big Sam sits between the Pacific Crest Trail junction at the top of Kennedy Canyon and the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail at the Grizzly Peak trail junction crossing the Emigrant Basin.
This is the forum page for planning our 173.83 mile Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed on the trail guide:
There are five sections of trail composing the length of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail and three resupply points along the route.
Below we have one element of my trip planning notes from a forty day hike I took from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney during 2002.
I've done Tahoe to Whitney Trips in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2012. Injury is the determining factor in my "backpacking year" scheduling. If I am fit I am backpacking.
Post up your updates and information about the Pacific Crest Trail between Kennedy Canyon and Dorothy Lake Pass through the comments link below.
Post up a stand-alone article in this forum with images, maps, and videos.
Kennedy Canyon to Dorothy Lake Pass