High Sierra Trail
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The High Sierra Trail is a 72 mile long trail that runs East-West across the width of the Sequoia and Kings National Parks. A SEKI park ranger put out this beautiful video that talks about this trail. This trail is typically done West to East from Crescent Meadows in Sequoina National Park to Whitney Portal. You get to summit Mt. Whitney along the way.
Who are we?
We are a group of four, who are planning to do this trail early September, 2019. This page tracks our planning, our experience of hiking this trail and photos from the trail, hopefully a lot of them.
- Durgi, is our fearless leader and backpacker we look forward to. He is the one we will blame if something goes wrong. He is also a fantastic photographer and a level headed guy who will hopefully keep us sane.
- Z who doesn't have a social media presence, so instead of linking his LinkedIn page, I will refer to him as Z. He is the sanest of the lot, doesn't carry stupid stuff like a big camera and lenses or multiple useless gadgets on the trail. He keeps it simple and is insanely fast. If we need someone to head back to trailhead and get help, it will be Z.
- Santha, another photographer who shoots Nikon and a newbie backpacker, like me. He will also say things like "I am going to carry seven sets of clothes for HST", but I suspect if we see a bear, he will be the second fastest to get off.
- Anand Kumar (me), journeyman backpacker and a photographer. The HST would be the physically toughest thing I will attempt and I sincerely hope my knees will handle them.
These are the official camp sites along the trail and their distances from Crescent Meadow.
A portion of the trail, above Hamilton lake fell off in what the Internet has fondly named as the Hamilton blowout. It is either the easiest thing on earth (like pulling yourself from a swimming pool or the end of you, based on your fear of heights).
If this portion is impassable, there are alternate routes, that add 8 miles and nearly 5,000 feet (and an extra day), but that also bypasses precipice lake and Kaweah gap, one of the most scenic portions of the trail, so it is less preferred.
I am a total gearhead, so much of the planning of the gear, acquiring it, testing it was as much fun as the actual hike itself. Here is my really heavy gear pack in not so lighterpack. As you can see, I do prefer comfort over weight and size.
Osprey Atmos 65 AG
- two webbings on both straps to hold the Peak Design Capture clip. The straps are too thick to hold the capture clip otherwise.
- A loop at the top of the bag under the brain so I can keep my tent above the bag and fasten it.
- Expanded water pouches (fantastic job here, and it is a shame Osprey's original design is crap) so you can hold big water bottles