Though I prefer not to backpack, I had many reasons to do so recently:
- I wanted more red blood cells, and backpacking in the Sierra is a good way to stay above 10,000 feet for most of a week.
- I also wanted to trim a bit of body fat, and backpacking is a great way to starve.
- With only 1.5 hands, I am limited to 4th class and easier terrain, putting some of my summer objectives out of reach.
- There are certain “ugly” peaks on the SPS list that are hard to reach as dayhikes, but not intrinsically interesting.
- I only really enjoy backpacking off-trail, and the Sierra are the best place to do that.
So I loaded up with some food:
|Trail mix||9600||4 lbs|
|Summer Sausage||2000||20 oz|
|7 protein bars||2000||1+ lbs|
|Instant potatoes||1500||1 lb|
|Protein powder||900?||(3.5 cups)|
|Flax seed||2000?||14 oz|
|Olive oil||3000||(1 pint)|
and did this. Stats (and links to narratives):