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.
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.
Start the Heart of Winter
Below we are tracking specific observations, forecasts, and weather events affecting the trajectory of the Spring Snowpack along this year's specific, unique evolution to open, Summer-condition status for Summertime backpacking.
High Sierra Backpacker News
January & February
January 29, 2016.
News, Events, Observations, and Analysis
November and December 2015.
Happy Trails through the New Year...
QUICK HIGH SIERRA WEATHER
Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range
Water Filtration, Purification, Treatment, and Useage in the High Sierra.
The water filters specified below were named as member/user favorites, with the exceptions of two of the three filters I deployed. The third is my exceptional, and quite old Pur Hiker.
Member's Favorite Water Filters
lotsbackpacker Katadyn Hiker Pro filter
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:
Backpacking Boots and Footwear.
The Range of Choices
We have an extensive selection of types and styles of footwear available from extremely heavy to virtually none at all.
Finding the proper footwear for each of us is the same game as the rest of our gear selections; it is dependent on our own body-design, our own capacity for cold, and our own tastes and preferences.
Alex W "Snap Review" of
Ultralight Water and Wind Proof ventilated Jacket and Pants.
Mostly Summertime on the Sierra Crestline. I have brought it out during both Spring and Fall warm spells. These shells offer zero, or next to zero insulating power. It does get cold on the crest during Summer.
"Members Choices" are derived from members of Tahoe to Whitney's selections for their favorite pieces of various types of gear.
TW members represent a wide range of different types of folks spending vast amount of time hiking legendary distances collecting up vast amounts of experience across the wide range of harsh and gentle environments the High Sierra can throw down.
Post up the shell gear that best suites you for your particular application in the surrounding Shell Forum.
Sleeping Bags for High Sierra Backpakers
Remember, each sleeping bag is tuned to each user's preference during each season. Make sure you get the weight of bag that suites the requirements of your sensitivities in the environment.
lotsbackpacker Marmot Pinnacle sleeping bag
SandyNevada Marmot Helium
Backpacking Tents for High Sierra Backpacking
Experienced Backpacker selections for best High Sierra Backpacking Tents.
Our member's favorite backpacking tents appear below, as cited by them.
Roll Your Own
balzaccom Our homemade tent!
Highlands Reports on the Unmaintained and Untrailed Segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Upper Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River
Last year we hiked from 108 over St Mary's Pass to Iceberg Meadow.
We did it in mid-June. There was a good amount of snow at the pass but we manage our way over and around it.
We've been recieving increasing reports of trail deterioration along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail once we cross the North Stanislause River Northbound climbing the ridge separting the river from Rock Lake.
We get this fine report from Highlands on his 2015 passage:
We started at Lake Alpine and stayed at Rock Lake the 1st night. The next day we proceeded to Highland Creek near the bottom of Jenkins Canyon.