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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Backpacking Fitness: Legs and Lungs

Backpacking Fitness: Legs and Lungs.

This is the comments and questions page for the Legs and Lungs section of the Backpacking Fitness section of the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide. Post your questions or comments through the commnets link at the bottom of this page.

If you have information or experiences that exceed the scope of questions and comments, Register and post your own article in this Backpacking Fitness Forum about how you keep your legs and lungs together for High Sierra backpacking.

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Backpacking Fitness: Injury Recovery

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Backpacker Injury Recovery

This page is set up for your comments and questions from the Trail Guide's physical fitness section about injury recovery and starting a fitness program.

Post comments through the link at the bottom of this page. If you are a registerd member, you can post your own Forum Topic in this the Mountain Conditioning Forum.

Stretching and Flexibility

Pohono & illilouette falls next weekend??

 I am looking to see if anyone is interested in doing a 3-day hike from the Wowona tunnel (or Bridal Veil lot), up the Pohono Trail and camping night one maybe Taft Point area. Second day head down somewhere into the illilouette falls basin area. Then head down to the valley on the last day, lunch and a beer, then out of the park. I am looking at Friday-Sunday July 15-17. Anyone interested can ping me. I am a pretty experienced backpacker, typically pretty fast in my stride and have logged anywhere from 5 to 20-mile days. This shouldn't be that bad of a hike mileage wise.

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Introduction: Welcome to the Backpacking Physical Fitness Forum

Introduction: Welcome to the Backpacking Physical Fitness Forum 


I believe that the most average person, male or female, possesses inherent physical and perceptive capabilities that are nothing short of amazing.

The average person can run all day long, observe the most minute details of the terrain as they pass through, and monitor their status and alter their plans on the hoof in response to changing internal and environmental circumstances.

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Questing Veterans: June 29, New Plans: To the Coast?

Jean and her crew have hit the wall of snow at the Southern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

It appears from the communication below that these harsh conditions are going to force them South, then West out of the Sierra.

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Questing Veterans Update: June 28, 2011: New Plans?

Questing Veterans Update, June 28 2011

Jean's latest report confirms on foot what our seasonal observations the snowpack data has been showing in abstract:  The Sierra is fully packed with snow that is finally rapidly depleating.

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Welcome to the Map Forum

Welcome to the Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Topo Maps Forum

This page is set up for your general questions and comments about the maps depicted on this site, and as an index for map, miles, and navigation information.

Comments or Questions?


Quick Lists of High Sierra Maps

Digital High Sierra Trail Guide Maps

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High Sierra Backpacking Camp and Trail Skills Introduction

Welcome to the Camp and Trail Skills Forum

This page here is for general comments and quesitons from the Camp and Trail Skills section of the Trail Guide.

If you have tips and tricks helpful for a backacker's Camp and Trail Skills, Register and post 'em  up as a note or topic in this forum. 

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Problem Trail: Raymond Peak, Mokelumne Wilderness, Pacific Crest Trail

East Flank of Raymond Peak

Backpacking Mokelumne Wilderness

Trail Guide Page: North Side of Raymond Peak

Forum Page: North Side of Raymond Peak

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Spider, 11,154 feet, Lake Helen

Most years I walk the Tahoe to Whitney routes I scramble up to Lake Helen on the Northwest side of Banner Peak.

In 2009 I encountered this lady kicking it in the shattered rock bowl around the Lake. She was shocked to see me, and was not inclined to retreat.

Spider with egg sack near Helen Lake on the Northwest side of Banner Peak.

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Spider, Jumping, Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness

Sometimes I follow the Pacific Crest Trail South from Sonora Pass over Leavitt Peak on my way South to Yosemite.

I take the option of continuing South on the South side of Leavitt Peak to head over Big Sam into the Emigrant Wilderness to pick up the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, rather than turn East at Kennedy Canyon to follow the PCT.

Trail Guide: On Big Sam North of High Emigrant Meadow

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Questing Veterans update: June 18, 2011.

Questing Veterans Update:

June 18, 2011

Questing Veterans

 From Jean's Website, Questing Veterans:

Questing Veterans is an expedition around the United States via foot and horseback. The purpose of the ride is to provide Veterans a buffer zone and time between Military and Civilian lives.


Howdy y'all!

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TNT Repair Is Bully on Vintage Singer Machines!

TNT Repair

PO Box 5829
Pago Pago
American Samoa, 96799

Terry's site will inform your Set up,  Maintenance, and  supply your Sewing Machine Repair needs. Focusing on Singer and Brother Sewing Machines.


Information at a Glance

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Tahoe to Yosemite Trail General Notes, Information, and Resources

Backpacking The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is presented here on the Forum as part of the Tahoe to Whitney High Sierra Trail Guide, along with the Pacific Crest Trail to explore the potential routes you can hike between between Lake Tahoe and Tuolumne Meadows.

The Tahoe to Yosemite Forum offers additional information to that given on the trail guide, and asks for your questions, comments, and experiences along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

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Questing Veterans update: June 12, 2011. Jean's broken hand, VA fun, Horse Story.

Questing Veterans Update: June 12, 2011  

Who is Questing Veterans?

From Jean's Website, QuestingVeterans:

Questing Veterans is an expedition around the United States via foot and horseback. The purpose of the ride is to provide Veterans a buffer zone and time between Military and Civilian lives.



Hey Y'all!

It's been a fairly quiet 2 weeks since last Major update.

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Spring Snow May 2011: Doc's trip from Little Yosemite Valley to Sunrise Lakes

Doc sent us this report and photos about his Late May Spring Snow trip from Little Yosemite Valley up to Sunrise Lakes and back. Doc's original goal was Tenaya Lake, but the storm held him a little short. Disgression is the better part of valor!

Doc's trip began on Thursday the 26th, and was turned back by the weekend storm we experienced on the 28th and 29th.

This report will inform Pacific Crest Trail hikers as well as early season John Muir Trail hikers as to the deep snow at elevation in the Sierra Nevada.

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Spanish Highs Mountain Guides: The Spanish Sierra Nevada Mountains

Richard, from Spanish Highs Mountain Guides, sent this nice note about the Spanish Sierra Nevada Mountains.

These stunning mountains are the orginal Old World Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our New World Sierra in California is the namesake of the Spanish Sierra Nevada Mountains.


Hey Alex

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Questing Vets Trail Report: May 28, 2011, Jean fractures her hand

Questing Vets Trail Report: May 28, 2011, Jean fractures her hand

(These updates are the complete text of Jean's emails from the trail)


Howdy y'all!

Today started out good; Ryan and I with the horses headed down the PCT 2 miles to a bridge to see if the mare would cross it. She didn't of course. She did great without the easy boot though. Jabiru and I worked out such fine comunication that I could get him to place his feet all around the rocks on the trail. We even got around a block in the trail.

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The Spanish Sierra Nevada

The Spanish Sierra Nevada


California's Sierra Nevada is the namesake of the original Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, located in Southern Spain. Located in Granada and Almería in Spain, the Spanish Sierra Nevada contains Mulhacén, Spain's highest point at 11,411 ft.

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Spring Snow Trip Meiss Roadless Area March 2010: Showers to Round Top Lakes

Hey, I'm really sorry, but I have not put the rest of this series of snow backpacking videos up yet. I have snow shoed these routes many times, and the required information is available on our sister site, TahoetoWhitney.com, the trail guide.

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