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.
The world is rapidly changing around us as folks put their heads deeper into hand-held digital holes, and see almost none of it, and understand even less. The majority of those who do understand the changes are content to paint their lives, "green," and go on doing exactly the same things that brought us to the destruction of our global ecology.
The requirements of the situation we find ourselves in depend solely upon our values and perceptions as individuals and how we express them as a nation.
This Forum Page covers 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.
Our focus is drawn to the weather by the increasing dangers to backpackers these profound changes are driving through drought, tree death, fire, including serious new threats from the increased range of many species of tropical mosquitoes, and the many very dangerous old and new pathogens they are carrying into North America.
April 8 2016
El Nino's concentration of super-hot waters have significantly moderated:
Sea Surface Temperatures
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.
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.
QUICK HIGH SIERRA WEATHER
Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range
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:
Selecting Backpacking Boots and Footwear from among our many, many Options.
The Range of Choices
We have an extensive selection of types and styles of backpacking footwear available from extremely heavy to virtually none at all. The barefoot and neoprene fads are quite amusing...
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.