Tahoe Rim Trail 2021 trip report – 8 days, 182 miles

Tahoe Rim Trail 2021 trip report – 8 days, 182 miles

Trip date: June 9-16, 2021.

This was my second thru-hike of the TRT. On my first TRT hike in 2018, I missed out on much of the views due to wildfire smoke. This time around, I headed out earlier in the summer to avoid getting caught in the middle of fire season. The 2020-2021 winter was the third-driest winter on record, so the snow was not a major issue despite the early date.

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Hetch Hetchy backpacking trip (3 days, 31 miles)

Hetch Hetchy backpacking trip (3 days, 31 miles)

Trip date: May 7-9, 2021.

The third time’s the charm. After two unsuccessful plans to hike in Hetch Hetchy (the first one because of an early snowstorm and the second because of COVID closures), I was finally headed to explore the northern parts of Yosemite National Park. I was joined by Brandon and Steve, the same guys I backpacked with in Kings Canyon last summer, certified ultralight nerds and awesome adventurers.

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Tahoe Rim Trail 2021 backpacking: planning and gear list

Tahoe Rim Trail 2021 backpacking: planning and gear list

Although I managed to get in a few great hikes in 2020, like the Kings Canyon trip, I wasn’t comfortable doing a longer hike that required resupplying during the pandemic. As the COVID situation is finally improving in the US, I want to do a proper thru-hike in 2021. I want to spend the better part of two weeks on the trail to get into the long-distance backpacking rhythm.

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30-mile overnighter in California’s Emigrant Wilderness

30-mile overnighter in California’s Emigrant Wilderness

2020 has been a tough year for backpacking in California. Most parks and forests were closed in the early season due to COVID restrictions. After a short summer, the Californa fire season kicked in, forcing most Californians to stay home for almost two months because of unhealthy smoke levels. 

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Awesome 3-night JMT & PCT backpacking trip in Ansel Adams

Awesome 3-night JMT & PCT backpacking trip in Ansel Adams

My previous backpacking trip to Desolation Wilderness had been a nice and leisurely weekend stroll. This time around, I wanted something more physically demanding and adventurous. I wanted to go higher, farther, and off-trail. Ideally, I wanted to go to Ansel Adams wilderness to revisit some of my favorite places along the JMT.

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