Have you been reading the latest BPL articles by Ryan Jordan and Will Rietveld and you're tired of them having all the fun with SUL packs? Do you have a pretty good UL system down and you're curious just how much lighter you can go? Just want an excuse to hang out with your fellow California BPLers? Then join in on this group trip to Emigrant Wilderness on the weekend of July 13th and 14th where we will see how little gear we can can get away with bringing and still have Type I fun.
If you don't have SUL gear, don't worry! A 20x40" piece of 1/8" Thinlight and a white plastic grocery bag will be provided to all who need it. Participants will be strictly limited to 11 individual pieces of gear and a 6 lb base weight. We will have a digital scale at the trailhead, and any offenders will be asked to hike as a separate group. Just kidding, anyone and everyone is welcome on this trip though the focus will be on bringing the fewest number of items and using the lightest gear that we already own as an educational experience.
We will be starting at Sonora Pass and hiking south on the PCT to the Emigrant Lakes. If we have enough people to do a car shuttle, we will exit at Kennedy Meadows via Brown Bear Pass. Roughly 25 miles total. Either drive up Friday night and camp near the trailhead, or enjoy the lack of traffic and get there early Saturday morning. Emigrant was chosen so that there are no permit issues and because bear canisters are not mandatory - so hang your food (properly!), use an Ursack, or borrow my Bearikade Weekender if you'd like. Conditions will likely be moderate mosquitos, some chance of afternoon thunderstorms, elevations from 6,000-11,000 ft and temperatures most likley not to fall below 32F overnight. Right now there are 4 people including myself interested in going, I will let those people chime in themselves once they are in for sure.