Backpacker (June 2016)

Evaluation: released 9 instances a yr, Backpacker is of wasteland commute, delivering sensible, "you can do it, here's how" suggestion that will help you get pleasure from each journey. jam-packed with the easiest areas, equipment, and data for every kind of climbing and tenting journeys, every one factor promises foldout maps and attractive colour photography.

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If our success was to be measured by mistake-free hiking, the first few days did not go well. I lost my headlamp. Nick yanked the buckle off his pack cover the very first time he tried to cinch it tight in a rainstorm in Tuolumne Meadows. I smooshed a banana inside my pack’s top lid. Nick went overboard with the duct tape and nearly ripped all the skin off his ankle. I found out the lid of my bear canister wasn’t waterproof by leaving the can right-side up in the rain. Perhaps not surprising, our fitness training had been haphazard.

Gov/grca 17 OF #NPS100 In the alpine zone CRACKER LAKE, G L A C I E R N P, M O N TA N A It’s hard to say what you’ll notice first when you reach Cracker Lake—the aqua-blue water or the imposing, gray cliffs that angle thousands of feet upward to the point of 10,003-foot Mt. Siyeh. Three tent sites sit on a grassy slope above the lake’s southeastern shore, offering uninterrupted views of the entire cirque. 3 miles to its namesake, traveling through grizzly habitat, Cracker Flats meadow, and into the deep canyon that drains the lake.

As we bushwhacked, the weather continued to deteriorate, threatening snow. We’d been searching for about 20 minutes when I heard someone call out in the distance. Marc had come upon Jason about 1,000 vertical feet below where he’d fallen. I raced over and stopped abruptly; I could see a trail of blood dotting the snow. Please just let him be alive. Jason was unresponsive and his body was wedged against a bush. His face was all bloody and both eyes were swollen shut. He was writhing in pain and shivering, but he was alive.

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