RSVPs will say 'FULL' but sign up anyways, and pls answer the questions. After approval, I will move you to the 'going' list. Group limit is 15.
Where: Weaver Lake, Jennie Lakes Wilderness, off Big Meadows Rd, in Sequoia NF.
Total Miles: 7.6 Miles per day: 3.8
Starting elev: 7600' Ending elev: 8707' Total gain: 1100'
Why here? Lovely Weaver Lake is very popular for beginner backpackers, or a quick overnighter for the experienced, to test run your gear for those bigger trips this summer. At the lake, I will offer instruction for Map/Compass, basic camp skills, and we'll navigate for prizes. Hopefully some of us can catch trout for dinner (bring fishing license) during Happy Hour, and others roast them over the fire, but bring your dinner in case the fish are too smart. I'm bringing smores to share and extra fish foil & seasonings; food is b.y.o. During a leisurely morning, we can practice navigating over to a small lake nearby, before hiking the short 3.8 miles down to the TH and cars.
TH (Trail Head) start time: 9:00 am. The trailhead is about 1.8 hrs from Visalia going through Orange Cove to Squaw Valley and up. It's about 20 minutes from the Wye near the Park entrance station on Hwy 180.
Be prepared: The biggest mistake beginning BPers make is bringing too much food and stuff. 1.3-1.8 lbs of dried food per day is generally enough. For an overnighter, your pack with food, fuel, and water should be well under 30 lbs or you'll be unhappily heavy. Mine is 17-20 lbs which makes me very happy. Except for Happy Hour items which I happily add to my weight. Don't go out and buy the expensive stuff until you really research what's best for you. You can rent gear at REI, Herb Bauer, Sport Chalet and other places. If you share a tent, stove, water filter, make sure you hike with that person. If you need gear or have extra to loan, you can let us know below. Bring bear canisters or stuff to counterbalance food to protect the bears from our food. If you are not sure what to bring on a backpack trip, check out REI's Backpacking Checklist (http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html). It has many items I would never carry, but is good for a reference. You can also check out Keio's BPing Checklist. I am happy to check anyone's pack before the trip if you like, probably a good idea if this is your first time. Feel free to email me with any questions you have.
Is this trip for you? This overnight backpack trip is suitable for first-time beginner backpackers. If you are a moderate level experienced backpacker, you are welcome, just know for you it will be a very relaxed trip, with plenty of time at the lake to fish, explore Shell Mt., or just get belly up and recharge. If you want to learn and practice Map & Compass, this is your chance. Dogs are allowed, if kept in control, in the National Forest.
Carpools and fees: Sierra Club outings begin and end at the trailhead. You can arrange carpooling in the conversation section below. There is a $20 entrance fee for Sequoia NP, even though the trailhead is in the national forest, unless someone in your vehicle has an annual pass. Please give generously to your driver.
Screening participants: If you sign up, please answer the sign up questions. If you use a phone to rsvp, you will not see the questions, so please get on a computer to answer them. I must screen everyone. If you don't, I can't, and you'll lose your spot! Thanks.
RSVPing and the Wait List: When you sign up, you will be placed on the wait list until I hear from you. After you are approved, I will add you to the 'Going' list. Better read the fine print..
THE FINE PRINT - PLEASE READ! **Every participant must sign a liability waiver before any Sierra Club outing.** Please read this entire outing write-up thoroughly.**The Club will not assume responsibility for carpools, and carpool transportation is at the sole risk of the participants.** You must be appropriately in condition, experienced, and geared up, for this trip, and must be leader approved. If not, you might not be allowed on this outing.** This outing is led by a Sierra Club Outings Leader; you must be willing to follow the leader's directions.** Sierra Club members AND non-members welcome!** We advocate conservation (http://action.sierraclub.org/), Leave No Trace (http://lnt.org/learn/7-principles) ethics, and carrying the 10 essentials (http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html).** Please be considerate. If you can't go, change your RSVP to "NO", plenty in advance, so those on the wait list can go. "No Shows" will lose preference for future spots.** Please check the night before that the hike is still on.** CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.
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