This is a collection of reports on various hikes a group of not entirely fit Midwesterners have made in the Sierra Nevada. I find reading reports of other people's trips helps and sometimes amuses me, so perhaps others will be similarly assisted by these. I have stopped backpacking. Age does catch up with one.
My own “first summer in the Sierra” dates back to 1972, when I worked at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge in Yosemite National Park. I was slow back then. Forty years did not increase my hiking speed. Still, I enjoyed it, and lured a variety of friends to join me. Most of them are still speaking to me.
August 2012: The Emigrant Wilderness
2011: Cancelled due to snowfall. I was not willing to face the mosquitos.
August 2010: The Hell for Sure Pass area
August 2009: South of Mammoth Lakes
August 2008: The Emigrant Wilderness
August 2007: West of the Minarets
August 2006: The Pioneer Basin
2005: Southern Yosemite
2004: The Silver Divide
2003: The Thousand Islands Lake Area
2002: The Miter Basin
2001: Return to Bear Lakes