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Planning an Excellent Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trip.

Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Planning Information 
Create the best Emigrant Wilderness backpacking plan. Use our Maps, miles, elevations and experience to craft your perfect trip.

 

I recently completed (Oct 8, 2016) the 2016 High Sierra Trails & Trail Culture Review.

This report has planning information for Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trips from Kennedy Meadows to Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.

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Common Rosefinch, (?) Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds

Common Rosefinch, (?)
Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds

Observed
July 16, 2016

Location
Tilden Lake, Yosemite National Park
The North Yosemite Backcountry

I am unclear as to the identity of this bird. You know? Tell me! I just call him "Little Red."

 See the bigger images on the trail guide entry at Tilden Lake.

 

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Fly Catcher (?) High Sierra Birds, Lunch Meadow, Stanislaus National Forest

High Sierra Birds. Fly Catcher (?)  

Observing and attempting to identify High Sierra Birds.

Lunch Meadow, Stanislaus National Forest
Route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows.

September 2, 2010

9000 feet of elevation

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Big Bumble Bees in Upper Lunch Meadow & Bumbler on Moraine Ridge

Big Bumble Bee in Upper Lunch Meadow

Emigrant Wilderness-Stanislaus National Forest

Sept 2, 2010

About 9200 feet of elevation,
above Mosquito Pass trail junction.

 Bumble Bee approaching Brown Bear Pass on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the North Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Trail Guide Information

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Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows

Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows 

July 11 2012

Highway 108 and road to Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

6278 feet of elevation.

Western Tanager along Highway 108 corridor.

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New Pacific Crest Trail signs across North Yosemite

NEW PCT EMBLEMS
 Take off your glasses-you can now find the PCT across Yosemite without them.

Yosemite National Park has installed HUGE new Pacific Crest Trail emblems on their trail  sign posts, at least across the North Yosemite Backcountry, as my personal observations indicate. 

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My Favorite and the Best High Sierra Backpacks: Review External Frame Packs

Member's Favorite External Framed Backpacks

 

Alex                    Classic Camp Trails external framed pack for Summer uses.

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June and July 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016

Updated

July 31

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ON the Trail Again

July 5, 2016

I'll be hitting the trails for a couple of weeks starting today until late July. The site will not be actively monitored during this time. I will return and respond to any inquiries at the end of July.

Those of you hiking North from Tuolumne Meadows during this time may well run into me hiking South towards TM along the TYT-PCT. 

Tuolumne Meadows

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Peter Locates Excellent Cheap Backpacking Boots: Interceptor Tactical Footwear

Peter is an excellent highly experienced solo cross-country backpacker. His engagement, analysis, observation and decision making skills are reliable and accurate in my estimation.

 Peter found an excellent cheap high quality boot suited for heavy backpacking, cross country scrambling, and even suitable for marginal Spring snow conditions.  

Let's let Peter tell it:

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High Sierra Backpacking Shell Marmot Precipt Review

Alex W "Snap Review" of 

Marmot PreCip

 

Gear:

Ultralight Water and Wind Proof ventilated Jacket and Pants.

Use:

Warm-weather environments.

Application(s):

Mostly Summertime on the Sierra Crestline. I have brought it out during both Spring and Fall warm spells. These shells offer zero, or next to zero insulating power. It does get cold on the crest during Summer.

Advantages:

Very Light

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Outer Shell Jackets and Pants: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Member's Choice

Outer Shell

"Members Choices" are derived from members of Tahoe to Whitney's selections for their favorite pieces of various types of gear.

TW members represent a wide range of different types of folks spending  vast amount of time hiking legendary distances collecting up vast amounts of experience across the wide range of harsh and gentle environments the High Sierra can throw down.

Post up the shell gear that best suites you for your particular application in the this Shell Forum. 

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Sleeping Bags: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpakers

Member's Favorites

Sleeping Bags for High Sierra Backpakers 

 Remember, each sleeping bag is tuned to each user's preference during each season. Make sure you get the weight of bag that suites the requirements of your sensitivities in the environment.

Remember, it gets much colder than you think it will, then much hotter...

 

Enlightened Equip Bags & Quilts

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Stoves: MEMBERS FAVORITES for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

High Sierra
Backpacking Stoves

We have considerable range of selections from a wide range of fuels and gasses, delivery systems (below), wind shields and pot supports, not to mention the ability to construct a wide range of homemade alchol stoves.

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Internal Framed Backpacks for High Sierra Backpacking: Member's Favorites

Member's Choice

A Selection of Internal Framed Backpack Choices
of
Experienced High Sierra Backpackers

 

High Sierra Internal Framed Backpacks

Internal framed backpacks are by far the most popular type of pack we see used in the Sierra today. I personally prefer them for cold-weather work, and use external framed packs for the hotter Summertime backpacking conditions.

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Tents: Member Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

Backpacking Tents for High Sierra Backpacking

Experienced Backpacker selections for best High Sierra Backpacking Tents.

What makes a good tent? That depends on your capabilities and standards against your preferences and budget. We discuss these factors in Backpacking Tent Selection.

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Highland's 2014 Upper Clarks Fork Unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report

 

Highlands Reports on the Unmaintained and Untrailed Segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Upper Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River

Highlands

Last year we hiked from 108 over St Mary's Pass to Iceberg Meadow.

We did it in mid-June. There was a good amount of snow at the pass  but we manage our way over and around it. 

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New Unmaintained Section of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South of North Fork of the Stanislaus River

We've been recieving increasing reports of trail deterioration along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail once we cross the North Stanislause River Northbound  climbing the ridge separting the river from Rock Lake.

We get this fine report from Highlands on his 2015 passage:

 

We started at Lake Alpine and stayed at Rock Lake the 1st night. The next day we proceeded to Highland Creek near the bottom of Jenkins Canyon.

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Fly Fishing Setup: Member's Favorite High Sierra Rigs

Member's Favorite

Fly Fishing Rigs

 

shiveringman           bamboo fly rod hopper fly

stanfrench                My Fenwick combo spin-fly rod.

tstockt                        Fly rod

 

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Zpacks Arc Haul

 Member Test:

PeterM is moving through the Ultralight Packs:

"Zpacks Duplex. Making the switch from a Gossmer Gear Mariposa to a Zpacks Arc Haul this year. Excited to see how that pack does."

ZPacks ARC Haul

Gossamar Gear Packs

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