Plan & Go | High Sierra Trail

All you need to know to complete the Sierra Nevada’s best kept secret
Plan & Go | High Sierra Trail

Author: Zebulon Wallace
Publisher: Sandiburg Press
Series: Plan & Go Hiking

ISBN: 978-1-943-12602-6
Pages: 166
Retail price: $15.95

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Plan & Go | High Sierra Trail is the ultimate guide to hiking the 72-mile route from the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park to Whitney Portal at the base of Mt. Whitney. In a clear and concise manner, the book describes the highlights and unique characteristics of the ‘HST’ and provides all the essential planning information to save you time and effort with your own preparations. Supported by step-by-step instructions and first-hand recommendations, you will be well-equipped and feel more confident about completing this memorable adventure in the California Sierra Nevada.

The book provides answers to the following questions (and more):

  • How do I prepare for the HST?
  • How many days will it take me?
  • When is the best time to go?
  • How do I obtain a permit?
  • What kind of gear works best?
  • How do I get there and back?
  • What are my camping options?

In addition, Plan & Go | High Sierra Trail offers practical advice on athletic training, which food to pack and in what quantities, how to select appropriate gear, and various other essentials for the trail. The book further includes a detailed elevation profile of the trail along with a comprehensive campsite listing to help you create an itinerary that best suits your personal preferences. The wealth of facts and figures is topped off with the entertaining and motivating account of the author’s own 5-day HST journey.

About the Author

California native and son of a botanist and a biologist/author, Zebulon Wallace was brought up with an appreciation for nature, an enthusiasm for exploring the world outside, and a well-honed ability to sit on the smoke side of campfires for hours at a time. He was camping and riding his parent’s shoulders on hikes through the Sierra Nevada before he could walk.
Zebulon and his family have camped at Rock Creek (near Bishop, California) every year since he was a child – a tradition that they continue to this day. These trips made him a more capable and confident hiker and developed his interest in exploring longer and more challenging trails. Some of his most memorable treks are Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, Africa), High Sierra Trail (California, U.S.), Cactus to Clouds Trail (California, U.S.), Zion Narrows (Utah, U.S.), and Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon (Arizona, U.S.).

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Summary of the Challenge
___a. Requirements
___b. Time
___c. Budget
3. What to Expect
___a. Trails & Navigation
___b. Points of Interest
___c. Weather
___d. Camping
___e. Water
___f. Safety
___g. Flora & Fauna
___h. Other Conditions
4. Long Lead Items
___a. Permits & Regulations
___b. Hiking Buddy
___c. Travel Arrangements
___d. Accommodation
5. Planning & Preparation
___a. Itinerary
___b. Food
___c. Training
6. Gear
___a. Clothing
___b. Hiking
___c. Sleeping
___d. Food & Water
___e. Medical & Personal Care
___f. Other Essentials
7. Personal Experience
___a. Plan
___b. Go
___A. Checklists
___B. Food Suggestions
___C. Elevation & Campsites
___D. Trail Crossings
___E. Side Trips
___F. Naismuth’s Rule
___G. Links & References
___H. Contact Information
___I. List of Abbreviations
About the Author
Special Thanks