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Orange-Yellow Fungus Tilden Canyon Yosemite

Fungus, burnt-orange to yellow in Tilden Canyon near Tilden Canyon Creek  along combined TYT-PCT across North Yosemite Backcountry.

Burnt orange to yellow fungus in North Yosemite's Tilden Canyon.

Very dry and hot conditions.

Map Location

Tilden Canyon Creek Map

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2001 Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Trip Plan

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.

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2012 Kennedy Meadows to Whitney Portal Permit and Planning Documents

Detailed permit followed by planning documents for 2012 Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

Permit Cover

Faxed permit from Stanislaus National Forest for hike from Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney.

Page two:
The nightly campsites.

Nightly campsites for Kennedy Meadows to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

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Go Light Going Out of Business: Big Sale

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.

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Aaron and Earl's Lightweight Homemade Alcohol Stoves

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. 
Aaron's homemade ultralight-ultra tight and compact alcohol backpacking stove.

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SteriPen UV water purification Backpacker Review

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!

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MSR Sweetwater Water Filter backpacker review

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.

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Katadyn (Pur) Hiker backpacker water filter review

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.

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MSR XGK II (Pre Shaker Jet) White Gas Stove backpacker review

MSR XGK II (Pre Shaker Jet) White Gas Stove backpacker review
MSR XKG II operating during Winter at high elevation.
USE:

About 18 years as of 2014, and I bought it used.

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MSR reactor stove system backpacker review

MSR reactor stove system reviews

Spring:

Winter Conditions 2010, five nights from Tahoe Basin to Round Top and back via Round and Showers Lake.

Fall:

Fall 2011, four nighs (?) Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop. Cold Temps!

MSR Reactor Stove System in Winter Trial.
MSR Reactor Stove on Round Top

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MSR miniworks filter review Ari

MSR miniworks water filter review Oct 22 to 26, 2011 in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness.

Citation:

 Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop: Gear

Quote:
"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."

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Sawyer Squeeze Bag Water Filter Review

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.

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Best Backpacking Water Filter Options, with a close look at Filtration and Purification Basics

We are going to identify the best backpacking water filter or system of chemical purification for you. To do that we need to identify two things. Your needs as a backpacker and the threats.

 

Patterns of Use

Selection Criteria

Water Filters

Water Purification Chemicals

Bladders-Squeeze Bottles

UV

 

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Steve's Fantastic North Yosemite Backpacking Loop

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.

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Yosemite National Park Backpacking Permits

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:

Yosemite National Park Permits

This page is for your feedback, tips, advice, and experiences obtaining backpacking permits for Yosemite National Park.

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Tungsten Road History

As an active trail the Tungsten Road is listed under the Trails Forum for the East Sierra:

Tungsten Road

The trail guide reference to the Tungsten Road is here:

Latopie Lake to Kenndy Canyon

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.

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The Tungsten Road in Toiyabe National Forest and Emigrant Wilderness

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.

History of Tungsten Road

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PCT Kennedy Canyon trail junction to Jack Main Canyon via TYT at Grizzly 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.

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Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip

Planning the Tahoe to Yosemite Backpacking Trip

Applicable to The Pacific Crest and John Muir Trail Routes, too...

This is our discussion and resources for planning our 173.83 miles covering the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail backpacking trip as discussed and described on the Tahoe to Whitney trail guide:

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