A private group of backpackers who love the Sierra high country.

We are serious about backpacking. We know our own limits and respect them. We practice Leave No Trace. We participate as we wish, post hikes when we want company, and hold no other person responsible for ourselves. Accidents and emergencies happen; there is never a guarantee of prompt medical attention in the backcountry, and while we would certainly do everything in our power to help, ultimately the sole and total responsibility for your safety rests with you.

We have a lot of fun out there. :)

PLEASE NOTE: military rucks, day hikes, car camping, marathons, biking, running, etc. are not backpacking. When filling out your profile questions only overnight trips in the backcountry, aka WILDERNESS, count - what I am looking for are people who have the skills and the gear to enjoy our trips, as well as people who understand pacing - it is very difficult to make a group of strangers happy when there is no pre-planning or foreknowledge of the skills and expectations of the others signing up for the hike. I expect groups I am with to be a team, stay together, and stay safe. I want to avoid a lot of unpleasantness associated with mismatched teams - if your normal pace is .02 miles per hour and you only want to go 2 miles in a day, DO NOT sign up for 90 miles in nine days! If I'm asking for info up front - it's for your own good. Everyone can see your profile, and if you post an outing, I recommend at least a phone conversation with other participants before you go - about expectations and backpacking styles. It's not fun to get going and realize you're a tortoise with a bunch of rabbits who won't slow down.

Go here: http://www.meetup.com/sierrapackers/pages/E...

If you have 0 backpacking experience, this is not the right group for you. If you only have a weekend or two of wearing a backpack, it's probably still not the right group for you. The point is NOT to find the fittest, the fastest or the elite - the point is that YOU understand YOUR limits before you come join this group, and you won't be able to do that without more nights out. There are plenty of groups out there to get backpacking experience with. Come back later after you've gotten some. It matters that you are able to match your needs to the trip, or to post trips clearly enough to allow others to assess whether it matches theirs. We really are not some secret clubhouse with special people in it - we are backpackers, endstop, and until you have more experience with which to understand whether you are able to do some of the week long adventures without suffering or becoming a liability to the group, we would prefer that you get more experience under your hipbelt. A really good clue - if you read about a trip and question what you should bring, you aren't there yet. It's nothing to be ashamed of. We are all beginners until we're not. But this is not a class and it's not the right place to come in saying "I need more experience, I've had one overnight."

Any member can post a trip and invite the group. All here are event organizers posting to an audience of those who need minimal organization. You are welcome to post ideas and toss them around with others who want to go.

DO NOT POST EVENTS THAT REQUIRE TECHNICAL GEAR. This is for backpacking only. Crampons, ice axe, ropes - NO. There are other groups for that. Go there. I will delete trips that include mountaineering. Unless you have a guiding service attached to it - NO NO NO NO NO you may not post it.  Hope that is clear enough.

Happy hiking!

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Founded Oct 16, 2010

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