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Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country (2nd Edition)

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"Roper knows the Range of Light like few others. His High Route is a vision born of over forty years' exploration, offering the reader the wilderness trek of a lifetime: a 195-mile traverse of the range, all of it above 9,000 feet, passing hundreds of lakes, skirting 14,000-foot peaks, and favoring cross-country travel over the humdrum of maintained trails."
- David Stevenson, Associate Editor, The American Alpine Journal

"No other... range in the world can equal the High Sierra for ease of cross-country travel, and no other author can equal Steve Roper for prose based upon half a century of Sierra experience that flows with the sparkle and clarity of a mountain stream."
- Galen Rowell, wilderness photographer and author

"This is a classic journey written by a classic Sierra wanderer."
- Claude Fiddler, photographer of the High Sierra

Meadowlands, gnarled trees, water, stone, and cobalt sky -these five elements dominate the timberline country of California's Sierra Nevada in the summertime The Sierra High Route - a marvelous 195-mile route that remains in close proximity to timberline, avoids major trails whenever possible, and requires no particular mountaineering skills- is the adventurous hiker's paradise. Author Steve Roper scouted the route for this one-of-a-kind rugged cross-country trek -a low impact alternative to the popular John Muir Trail -and in this new edition he provides all the information needed for seasoned backpackers who want to experience the sub-alpine region of the High Sierra in a unique way.

With access points along the way, the route can be broken down into week-long segments, and hikers can choose segments for their skill levels. The book includes a chapter on the early exploration of the High Sierra -the most comprehensive history ever done -and an expanded introduction with practical information on bears, safety, cross-country travel, low-impact hiking, permits, and more. Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country is an invaluable resource for your trip to the Range of Light.
  • Covers Kings Canyon National Park to northern Yosemite National Park
  • Each route chapter includes points of interest, maps, approach instructions, and directions
  • Features 24 topo maps and 30 black and white photos

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