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Otto would like to invite those who love to backpack or would like to experience backpacking for the first time to join him as he and Richard venture into the wilds of California! By wilds, I am referring to these four areas for the time being: Sierra National Forest, Yosemite Wilderness, Henry W. Coe State Park, and Red Rock Canyon State Park.

Richard and I do not take easy trips. Our trips are Gut Busters because we: encounter high altitudes; encounter drastic changes in altitude; take on peak bagging which involves arduous traverses across slabs of rock and which involves negotiating steep ascents (scary for me); travel along trails that at times are treacherous, steep, strewn with rocks and loose dirt, talus, and scree; encounter cold, wet weather which can be scary and uncomfortable; encounter hot, dry weather which leads to dusty conditions; encounter numb fingers and limbs due to the cold or sweaty bodies due to the heat; choose to sleep on the cold, hard ground, which may be infested by creepy crawlers (I use a mat and mostly ants and mosquitoes, lol); choose to awake very, very early so that we can see as much as possible or be able to bag a peak before storms form with their killer lightening (I only do alpine starts, which are starts at dawn--no exceptions).

If you think you are able to complete gut busting trips, then you will be in for very big surprises. The backcountry of the Golden State is full of natural wonders and vistas. So get into shape, strap on your hiking shoes, get snug in your backpack and join Richard and I as we explore in depth the sublime wonders of the Golden State.

Membership Requirements:

1) Must post a recent, real, full body picture of yourself; No exceptions.

2) Must pass a fitness test by hiking with me on a ten mile trail in Merced or near Lake Millerton; No exceptions.

3) Must have all necessary backpacking gear.

4) Must participate in trip every 3 months or you will be dropped.

5) Must be willing to participate in Alpine starts; No exceptions, especially in the Sierra Nevada Range.

6) Must be able to press on under challenging circumstances and when wildly uncomfortable. Richard and I take trips during which we are wildly uncomfortable: get very cold, suffer with numb fingers, attacked by mosquitoes and other insects, get very hot, sweat up a storm, encounter rain day and night, experience fatigue, thirst, travel on very rough trails, wanna give up, experience aches and pains, sore feet, wet feet, wet clothes, and on and on.

7) Must have no abnormal physical limitations. I have physical limitations by my very age; however, I am still able to do amazing things.

Richard and I are bat-shit crazy and take on some arduous journeys. These journeys, at times, are risky. So, we only want to spend time with determined and in-shape backpackers.

Upcoming events (2)

Trip to Cliff Lake located in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

This is a short overnight trip to Cliff Lake. It is around 5 miles to the lake from the trailhead. The total change in elevation is about 1,000 ft. The first part of the trail drop about 200 ft. in 1.4 miles. If you want to try your hand at catching small trout, bring your bait, rod and reel. I will do some bushwhacking above the lake. There is a back way to get to the summits of the 3 Sisters or the summit of the Lil' Brother. I may even attempt to summit the larger of the Three Sisters. I plan on leaving Fresno at 6 am. I will stop at the Ranger Station in Prather to pick up the wilderness permit. The weather will be cool to cold. The days will be warm, but the nights will be chilly. Bring a warm bag, warm clothes, gloves and head gear. No guest are
allowed.

Trip to Cliff Lake located in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness

This is a short overnight trip to Cliff Lake. It is around 5 miles to the lake from the trailhead. The total change in elevation is about 1,000 ft. The first part of the trail drop about 200 ft. in 1.4 miles. If you want to try your hand at catching small trout, bring your bait, rod and reel. I will do some bushwhacking above the lake. There is a back way to get to the summits of the 3 Sisters or the summit of the Lil' Brother. I may even attempt to summit the larger of the Three Sisters. I plan on leaving Fresno at 6 am. I will stop at the Ranger Station in Prather to pick up the wilderness permit. The weather will be cool to cold. The days will be warm, but the nights will be chilly. Bring a warm bag, warm clothes, gloves and head gear. No guest are
allowed.

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