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High Sierra Backpacker | The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide's Magazine & its Backpacker Trails & Topics Forums

Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers sharing info about hiking the Sierra between Tahoe and Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything Sierra. Its
Forums cover TYT, PCT, & JMT and alt-route hiker input from the Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trails  & the necessary skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney. This evolving Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of hiking Tahoe to Whitney. 

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. Find info. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest.

for Backpackers: Get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Hike the TYT and JMT. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Explore your potential.

for Experts: The information to come 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, and has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.  


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Link to an Excellent resource for ropework and knotting

The TahoetoWhitney YouTube Channel was subscribed to by Atzlanz. I checked out his channel, which indicated that Atzlanz was a skilled student of the Art of Knotting and Ropework. His channel led to his website, which I found to be a valuable resource for all things knotty.
 

Having basic rope skills is an important backpacking skill.

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Great Nine Minute video of the John Muir Trail!

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 This is the John Muir Trail...in Nine Minutes! This is an excellent glimpse of life down the whole trail by surfbum188 on YouTube. Watching this gets me excited to get on the long trail.

Many thanks to surfbum and crew...

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Introduction to Backpacking Food by AnalyticalSurvival

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 Hey backpackers.

I found this informative video introduction about backcountry food on Analytical Survival's YouTube channel. Though an introduction, this video presents a good context to get you started on thinking about and selecting food items suitable for backpackers.

The rest of the series offers excellent advice on food selection, as well as many personal reviews of products that will save you lots of time and trouble.

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Backpackers: Post your images, trip notes, and videos from Carson Pass to Tuolumne Meadows for inclusion in the Trail Guide!

High Sierra Backpackers: See your pictures and videos on the Best High Sierra Backpacker's website and trail guide on the Web

I am currently deeply engaged with putting together the trail guide section that covers the trails between the Carson Pass and Tuolumne Meadows.

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Video 5: Spring Snow Backpacking, Day 3 to Round Top Lake, Day 4 out at Carson Pass

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Snow Backpacking Trip video #6: Woods Lake to Round Top Lake, and out the next day...

After departing our lunch spot to continue down the snow-covered road towards Woods Lake, we almost immediately cross an equally snow-covered foot bridge to our left. Across the bridge we turn right, South, and begin to look for the blue diamond marked route up through the forest heading South towards Round Top. We are located  just to the East of Woods Lake.

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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 Three: Food, Part Two, Determining your daily Snacks to achieve 3000 calories per Day

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Filling in the Blanks

Now that we've determined the calorie count of our 4 daily set meals, we need to make up the difference between that amount and our goal of 3000 calories per day with snacks.

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

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Establishing the Diet

This video is the first of two parts covering how to establish a proper diet by creating a healthy menu of a reasonable weight that is thick with calories and nutrition. The first thing to do is to establish your daily set meals.

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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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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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Thoughts on Seclusion, Sneering Yuppies, and "The Scraper"

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Seclusion in the High Sierras

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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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