The Evolution Loop:
Want to know one of the best trekking options in the Sierra? Ask the locals! You will often find Bishop residents hiking up to Bishop Pass after work to catch the sun set. You might catch others, like Karen Schwartz and Janine Pattitucci running a similar loop in a day! It’s about two hours beyond Yosemite, but a world apart in terms of scenery, geology and vegetation. Annie and Jed (more locals)call this their favorite Eastern Sierra loop. (they’re being generous with the term loop, it’ll actually involve a small car shuttle)
To make the drive worthwhile we’re heading out for four days over a combination of well-maintained trails and alpine cross-country terrain. T he Evolution Basin area is known far and wide for incredible scenery and classic backpacking terrain. We’ll put a SMG- style twist on the long weekend, finishing our loop with some reasonable off-trail travel over high and wild Lamarck Col. Given time and weather conditions, we might even score a side-trip to the summit of Mount Lamarck at 13,417 feet!
Along the way, your SMG guide will impart knowledge and tips, and prepare some of the finest backpacking food you could think of. Even seasoned backpackers enjoy the SMG's 'catered' backpacking experience.
What to bring:
A more extensive gear list will be sent with your confirmation. We have gear available to rent, so let us know if you need anything.
- Sleeping bag rated for 35ºF or colder
- Sleeping pad
- Backpack (60-80 liter, no daypacks)
- Rugged, supporting, waterproofed hiking boots
- Water bottles or Camelbak
- Personal toiletries
- Goretex or other rain jacket and pants
If you are interested in making the trip as easy as possible, we can help you outfit yourself in “fast and light” style. Your back will appreciate it, especially on the uphills! Contact us below for more information on the lightweight option. SMG guides will be cooking up some great meals on the trip. Be ready to eat well as we spend the weekend in the woods, and let us know if you have any dietary considerations. We are happy to accommodate just about any diet. A thorough trip description will be sent with your confirmation. The details will include when and where to meet, what to bring, and more of what to expect.
course will never be cancelled due to lack of
participation. That means
that if you are the only sign up, you get the
guide and the low price
all to yourself!
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