Backpacker’s Guide to Tracking California Wildfires

Backpacker’s Guide to Tracking California Wildfires

  • November 08, 2018
  • by Inga

Fires one year; huge amounts of snow the next.  You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw our way. I’ve never spent as much time immersed in fire data trying to figure out where smoke-free backpacking routes might be as I have the past few years. If the predictions of experts hold true, …

Favorite Backpacking Snacks

  • September 18, 2018
  • by Inga

Is it just me or has there been an explosion of healthy snacks in the last couple of years? When I think back to the days when we thought Power Bars were revolutionary, I realize how many wonderful choices we have now. I had the opportunity to test some new products this year and thought …

Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore

  • August 01, 2018
  • by Inga

I had the opportunity to go backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore twice this year. Since I only live about an hour away, it’s surprising that I’ve never hiked the trails there. I have wonderful memories of walking along Limantour Beach and having big bonfires in high school but haven’t been out to the coast …

Sonora Pass to Yosemite on the PCT: Daily Trip Report

  • May 26, 2018
  • by Inga

After a restful day hanging out with Casey Cox from Sonora Pass Resupply at the midpoint of our section hike from Tahoe to Yosemite, we were ready to move on to Sonora Pass to Yosemite on the PCT. Please see the previous article, “Tahoe to Sonora Pass,” to learn about the first 76 miles of …

Tahoe to Sonora Pass on the PCT: Daily Trip Report

  • March 28, 2018
  • by Inga

This trip report represents the first half of our Echo Lakes to Yosemite hike: Tahoe to Sonora Pass on the PCT. My last trip report turned into a book, literally (see Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail), so I tried to limit myself to the bare-bones facts to provide a quick review of …

Tahoe to Yosemite PCT Section Hike-Itinerary, Maps and Apps

  • January 25, 2018
  • by Inga

Once you’ve decided which direction you’re traveling in and where you’re starting, you’re ready to dig into the planning a section hike of Tahoe to Yosemite on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail).  See “Tahoe to Yosemite PCT Section Hike-Permits and Planning” for additional information. 15 Day Itinerary-Tahoe to Yosemite on the PCT When Steve examined …

Tahoe to Yosemite PCT Section Hike-Permits and Planning

  • January 21, 2018
  • by Inga

Tahoe-to-Yosemite on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)  is a 150-mile route that starts at Echo Lakes and ends at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. The start can begin in a number of different locations along the PCT in the Tahoe area, including Sierra City,  Highway 80/Donner Pass (Truckee) or a number of trailheads in Desolation Wilderness. …

Packing for a hut to hut Tour of Mont Blanc

  • October 07, 2017
  • by Inga

The Tour of Mont Blanc, a 110-mile hike through the Alps in France, Italy and Switzerland, meanders through villages and is connected by an extensive system of refuges (huts), hostels and inns. Though some carry full backpacking gear for a mountain expedition, many carry daypacks and take advantage of the many shelters. Once the decision …

Backpacking to Morris Meadow on the Stuart Fork Trail in the Trinity Alps

  • August 20, 2017
  • by Inga

I’ve been curious about backpacking in the Trinity Alps of Northern California for a long time but trips to the Sierra kept taking precedent. This year, with the huge layer of snow that blanketed the Sierra, I decided it was high time I checked out Trinity. While Trinity gets a lot of snow as well, …

A Backpacking Meal Plan with 4000 Mostly Healthy Calories

  • July 25, 2017
  • by Inga

Many people have trouble coming up with a relatively healthy meal plan that has adequate calories and protein for backpacking. This can be a real challenge for those with a high metabolism who have significant calorie needs. How to determine calorie needs is a complex topic. There are formulas but they are, at best, only …

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