Heavy Lifting: Backpacking Sequoia National Park
By Michael Lanza
I stare at the backpack on the ground in front of me. At 85 liters, with every milliliter of it stuffed with about 60 pounds of gear and food, it looks like something that should be lowered by a crane into a container ship rather than attached to a person’s back. If it had legs, teeth, and an appetite for meat, I wouldn’t stand a chance.
In fact, standing at the Sawtooth Trailhead at 7,820 feet in Sequoia National Park, looking up at the ascent we’re about to begin to 9,511-foot Timber Gap, I’m thinking the chances that I’ll have an easy time of it are very, very slim.
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