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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.

 


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Backpacking Sky Tracking: When Will the Sierra Open? Start: January and February 2016 sticky icon

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.

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2016 WEATHER & CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS: Tracking Sierra Nevada effects of El Nino, Drought, Fire, and Floods sticky icon

 Updated 
                             Jan 29, 2016 

What  
 This is the collection point tracking the profound changes in seasonal weather patterns and the resulting chaos in the webs of life that we are experiencing into 2016.

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High Sierra Backpacking News and Observations: January and February 2016 sticky icon

High Sierra Backpacker News

January & February
 2016

UPDATED
              January  29, 2016.
 News, Events, Observations, and Analysis

Earlier News
November and December 2015.

Happy Trails through the New Year...

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High Sierra Backpacker Weather: reports, forecasts, predictions, snow, roads, conditions sticky icon

Key
QUICK HIGH SIERRA WEATHER
Resources
Current
 Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range 1 KM National Weather Service Satillte view of Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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Filters and Purification: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

 Member's Favorites

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

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Peter Locates Excellent Cheap Backpacking Boots: Interceptor Tactical Footwear

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:

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Boots and Footwear: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Member's Favorites

Backpacking Boots and Footwear.

INTRODUCTION

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.

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High Sierra Backpacking Shell Marmot Precipt Review

Alex W "Snap Review" of 

Marmot PreCip

 

Gear:

Ultralight Water and Wind Proof ventilated Jacket and Pants.

Use:

Warm-weather environments.

Application(s):

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.

Advantages:

Very Light

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Outer Shell Jackets and Pants: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Member's Choice

"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. 

 

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Sleeping Bags: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpakers

Member's Favorites

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 

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Stoves: Member's Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

Backpacking Stoves

 

lotsbackpacker                   Snow Peak stove 

Baca                                My little snow peak stove

 

gbrahaney                         Primus EtaPower Group Cookset

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Internal Framed Backpacks for High Sierra Backpacking: Member's Favorites

Member's Choice

High Sierra Internal Framed Backpacks

High Sierra Backpacks selected, used, and approved by experienced High Sierra Backpackers.

mjamison                          Lowe Alpina Sirocco II pack

 

Tpack                              Osprey Argon 85 Pack

 

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Tents: Member Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

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. 

 

Backpacking Tents 
Roll Your Own

balzaccom                       Our homemade tent!

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Highland's 2014 Upper Clarks Fork Unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report

Highlands Reports on the Unmaintained and Untrailed Segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Upper Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River

Highlands

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. 

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New Unmaintained Section of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South of North Fork of the Stanislaus River

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.

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