Browsing through the books at Wilson's in Bishop, bang! What's this??
Published last summer, the Sierra Crest Route, looks like an adventure. First off, it's a clear step up in difficulty from the Sierra High Route. It sticks much closer to the crest, while staying at or below Class 3. Leonard Daughenbaugh, the author, says you need to carry climbing gear and be comfortable on class 4. Sounds reasonable. Essentially, my first look at the route makes it seem like you climb one peak, descend the ridge, go back up the next one, repeat, repeat for 228 miles. It's within one mile of the crest the entire time. The book is vague, and it'll require a whole lot of your own research to complete.
The book: http://www.tahoemountainsports.com/store/sierra-crest-route.shtml
On the web: http://sierracrestroute.org
RJ Secor's review: http://angeles.sierraclub.org/news/SS_2005-07/SierraCrest.asp
Who's going to be part of the first group? At this point, it's part of my 15 year plan. He's hoping to extend the Crest Route north and south, for a whole long way.