Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These Forums cover the TYT-PCT, & JMT and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started. Share your experiences.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide. Train for the long trails.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. This is the perfect playground for expert backpackers in top shape. A Natural Wonderland. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.
May 22, 2016
Unstable weather conditions bringing snow and cold rains down onto the two feet of snow already on the crest bring very dangerous conditions for early season backpackers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The transitions between seasons, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. These changes are reverberating through the webs of life around the planet.
May 25, 2016
News for Backpackers
High Sierra Backpackers
May 23, 2016
The Wolves Circle the Downed Fawn
National Park Service loses early round in Yosemite’s trademarks fight,
Fresno Bee, May 20, 2016.
Spring has come to the eastern Sierras and time to spring clean the first aid kit. Alex has provided excellent information about his first aid kit in the gear list. I am an avid day hiker, so the contents of my bag are a bit different. I also have extensive medical training and access to prescription drugs, so I try to keep stuff to help out others on the trail. This is the time of year I pull the first aid kit from the depths of my day pack and inspect and refill the contents.
I am trying to plan a Tahoe to Whitney walk, along the PCT/JMT, this summer.
I am finding that I can get as far as YNP but WILL BE STUCK THERE due to the Donahue exit quota.
I have found that getting a backcountry permit outside of YNP does not allow me to traverse the park and exit Lyell Canyon/Donahue Pass. Any help here?? Stevo
Carol Crooker Trip Report
Desolation Wilderness Lollypop Loop.
Below we have one element of my trip planning notes from a forty day hike I took from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney during 2002.
I've done Tahoe to Whitney Trips in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2012. Injury is the determining factor in my "backpacking year" scheduling. If I am fit I am backpacking.
QUICK HIGH SIERRA WEATHER
Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range
Focus and Goal of Tahoe to Whitney
These News Forum Pages cover general news from around the world about the patterns of behavior of the Weather, Terrain, Animals, Water and People of interest to those of us who engage Nature directly.
April 8 2016
El Nino's concentration of super-hot waters have significantly moderated:
Sea Surface Temperatures
A Brief History
John Muir's influence on the establishment of Yosemite National Park and an account of the subsequent construction of the John Muir Trail.
This will be the Index for the Fish Forum, when I get it all together.
The Brink of Extinction:
Salmon concerns may affect water deliveries,
Record Searchlight, 1-16-16.
Where I Belong
A Poem by Richard Persike
As the sun sinks in the west and the light fades in the sky
I can see the crimson clouds reflected in your eyes
I can feel a warm breeze blowin, a tingle on my face
I can hear the water flowin, I'm happy in this place
Crickets sing in harmony, like music to my ears
It provides distraction to my mind, all my hopes and fears
Coyotes howling far away, a hawk soars up above
Status of Factors Directing El Nino
Winter Storm Pattern
What are, and how do we select the best Water Filtration, Purification, Treatment, and Usage System for High Sierra backpackers?
The fundamental requirement for me is clean water quickly. By clean I mean taste as well as purity, so chemicals are regaled to emergency status.
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: