Hello all, I'm planning my long anticipated first trip to 1000 Island Lake, for the last week of July this year. This trip has been my holy grail of backpacking trips for over two years now, I just have not been able to make it happen until now. I'm hoping for feedback and advice since I've yet to backpack the high Sierras in the middle of summer.
My trip will be a 4 day loop, starting at Agnew Meadows, taking the High Trail (PCT) to 1000 Island Lake (with a short stop to see Summit Lake). I'll camp at 1000 Island Lake the first two nights (or in that area at least). The third night will be in the area of Garnet Lake or Lake Ediza, after which I'll take the Shadow Creek Trail back to Agnew Meadows. The actual camp sites will be open to change, depending on what I find when I get there. I'm going to try not to be set in stone in that regard in case I happen upon a pretty area I'd like to camp in.
Now down to the packing and conditions. I've always been a "what if" packer. For this reason my backpack often weighs in the 40+ pound area (granted that does include a camera and tripod). I plan on being MUCH lighter this trip as I won't be bringing my winter gear. But that said, I'm not sure what to expect for last week of July temps and rainfall in the 10,000' elevation range.
Given those dates and locations, what is the expectation of rain? I'd love to be able to leave the goretex behind and possibly not even bring a rainfly for my tent if I can get away with it. What nighttime lows can I expect or should I prepare for? My sleeping bags at the moment (I'm going to try not to purchase too much new gear), are either a 0* bag or a 40* bag, and I'm a very cold sleeper. The 0* bag did not keep me warm enough in 20* weather a few weeks ago.
As for clothing, will a base layer, shirt and pants and a softshell (Arcteryx Bravo) be enough? Or will I be needing a warmer jacket?
I'll be putting together a gear list for review once the dates get closer, but these questions will at least be enough to start with I think.
Thanks in advance for any help.
PS- I know that this is bear country and bear season. I've got that covered, I have a Bear Vault and a dog coming with me.