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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Rabid Bobcat Attacks Hikers Near Tucson

Rabid Bobcat Attacks Hikers Near Tucson

Backpacker Online, Sunday, August 3, 2010

Whoa, this is a damn crazy story!

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Extreme skier Fredrik Ericsson falls to his death scaling K2

Extreme skier Fredrik Ericsson falls to his death scaling K2

 LA Times, August 8, 2010 

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Those who fly so high see things that pass the rest of us by, until they die in those very high places. Sad day. My regards to his family and friends.

Fredrik's Website

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Missing Sierra backpacker found alive

Missing Sierra backpacker found alive

Examiner, August 3, 2010
 

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As a long-distance four-season solo backpacker this reminds me of why I always leave a detailed trip plan with a reliable person.

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Wilderness News: Crazy Bear attack at Yellowstone

Yellowstone bear attack kills 1, injures 2

HeraldTribune.com,  July  29, 2010.
 

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I think we have driven nature crazy.

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High Sierra Trail Culture 2010: Backpacker's Open Thread, Bulliten/Message Board, Information Exchange

This is to collect additional information from hikers featured in this year's sample of High Sierra Trail Culture. But it can also be used as a message board, where you can leave notes for other long distance hikers, so they can get info on you when they get to an internet connection.  

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August Open Thread: High Sierra Trail Condition Reports

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Video: Grizzly Meadow, Emigrant Wilderness. The video above ends when a massive swarm of mosquitoes engulfed me.

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July 21, 2010 Trip Plan: Walker to Kennedy Meadows, to Tuolumne Meadows

 What follows is the trip plan that I am executing tomorrow. It is actually my safety report that I sent to a trusted individual who I will contact at my resupply point and at the end of the trip. If I do not report in a timely fashion, they will report this to the proper authorities.

This report includes route and time estimates for each leg of this two-part trip between Rodriquez Flat, on the Eastern Sierra Flank above the town of Walker Ca, on Hwy 395, to Tuolumne Meadows, in Yosemite National Park.

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The Sewing Basics: Gathering your basic gear and skills for Gear Repair and Construction

 As you can see from these crude repairs on the tattered hem of my old MSR stove sack, and my deteriorting shoulder straps, I have been repairing my gear as best as possible both off and on the trail.

Old and new repairs. Old repairs by hand, new repairs by machine

Notice above how there is a new, machine stitched seam backing up my old crude stitching.

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MJamison, check your email address, it returns as faulty

Hey MJ,

Your registration email will not deliver. Check your email, correct it if necessary, and I will unlock your account. If this presents any problems, contact me through this site via my contact form, or email me at hiker1@TahoetoWhitney.com.

Thanks, and sorry for any inconvenience,

Alex 

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Woods Creek - Rae Lakes Loop

Here is the beginning of a trip I plan to take in July.  I took my family to Grant Grove for the long Father's Day weekend and we day hiked roads end, Cedar Grove, to Mist Falls.  9.2 miles round trip.

Woods Creek - Rae Lakes Loop
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Video IIa: Spring Snow Backpacking trip, Round Lake to Showers Lake, June 6, 2010

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Spring in the Sierras 

Rifts great and small are opening up in the snow cover. Intense streams have cut fantastic shapes through their snow covers as they hurry down the mountain, while the meadow snows are suffering a different fate.

Run off from the mountains surrounding Meiss Meadow is flowing under the great sheets of snow covering the meadow, first undercutting, then collapsing the snow on the meadow.

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Video I: Spring Snow Backpacking trip, South Upper Truckee to Round Lake, June 5, 2010

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 This video takes us from the snow free trail head on South Upper Truckee Road up to Round Lake on June 5, 2010.. Round Lake sits about 5 miles South of the trail head at 8000 feet.

We ran into trails running like streams about a mile and a half up from the trail head, and hit the snow line about two miles past the trail head.

The Snow is heavier, at lower elevations, and persisting later into Spring than typical.

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Video: Spring Snow Scouting trip past Carson Pass, June 5, 2010

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 Scouting the Carson Pass prior to backpacking there from the South Upper Truckee Road trail head. This video will give you a view of snow conditions at Carson Pass on June 5, 2010. Late season storms had deposited significant snow the previous week.

The snow line was at 7500 feet on North facing flanks, and 8000 feet on Southern facing flanks. I expect everything but Northwestern faces to be melted off by June 24, at the latest. Continuing high temps may speed this up.

The heavy snow conditions in the High Sierras in early June are depicted by the following videos:

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Spring Backpacking Scouting Trip: Meiss Country Roadless Area: June 6 through 11, 2010

Part I: The Eastern Sierras

After the first leg of our June Scouting Trip from Walker Ca, through the Little Antelope Pack Station trailhead at Rodriquez Flat, to Sonora Pass was truncated by the heavy runoff through Murry Creek at Falls Meadow on the East Fork of the Carson River, we turned around and worked our way back to the Eastern Sierra trailhead where we had begun.

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Kennedy Canyon Trail Junction Options, from the Southern flank of Leavitt Peak

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Looking South down at the Kennedy Canyon trail junction from the Southern Flank of Levitt Peak. 

Southbound backpackers have the option of continuing South, over Big Sam into the Emigrant Basin. For backpackers continuing South to Tuolumne Meadows, you will cross the Emigrant Basin to enter Yosemite through Bond Pass, below which you will rejoin the Pacific Crest Trail in Jack Main Canyon. Let's check out the maps and trail guide.

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July Open Thread: High Sierra Trail Condition Reports

Have you had recent experiences along the Sierra Crest and flanks between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney? Do you live or work in a location that gives you a view of the High Trails? Post your experiences and observations below.

We are all interested in how quickly  the snows are uncovering the trails, trail conditions, bits of snow cover along the trail, MOSQUITO CONDITIONS, fording conditions, weather, local weather, and anything that you observed or experienced.

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May 31, 2010: Current Backpacking Trail Conditions in the High Sierras at Sonora Pass

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May 31 2010 finds the Sierra Crestline where it comes across Sonora Pass heavily impacted with snow. The snow at Sonora Pass, elevation 9640 feet, measured nine feet.

Sonora Pass May 31, 2010.

Sonora Pass May 31, 2010.

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