Tahoe to Whitney
Why Support Tahoe to Whitney?
Let's examine our goals to see if they run parallel with yours.
Where we Are and Where we are Going
The purpose of Tahoe to Whitney is many-faceted.
The first and foremost is to actualize my dream of sharing the
experience, beauty, and many benefits of engaging Nature on its own terms.
Specifically, we aim to logically prep every aspect of you to hike from Tahoe to Whitney.
This begins with presenting and engaging folks with information through the
trail guide, grows into exchanging information through the forums,
and will come to full fruition with the launch of the High Sierra
All of these efforts are in the construction phase.
Back to the Future
Each of these aspects of my efforts possesses a bit of something
old, such as a "classic" approach to trail guide writing, and
something new, such as a whole new way to present a classic trail
guide in the Digital Age. Let's examine each aspect of my goals
The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide is my attempt to evolve trail
guide writing into the digital age.
Tahoe to Whitney is establishing a permanent, free, web-based
full feature "classic" literary trail guide using all the powers
of the internet to fully present all aspects of the High Sierra
Imagery, maps, videos, and all classic literary aspects of the
Wilderness experience are being brought together and offered up
in a digital trail guide presentation as never seen before.
The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide is as close to a digital "coffee
table book" as the internet and the nature of the task allows.
Tahoe to Whitney was made to be viewed on the biggest screen
possible for the widest view of the Sierra we can capture.
Tahoe to Whitney is a coffee table book that talks back to you.
The Tahoe to Whitney Forum is being constructed to give the trail
guide "legs" beyond our contemporary time and current
While the trail guide will present "snapshots" of the classic High Sierra
Trails at points in time, the Trails Forum allows hikers to communicate and post
updates about current conditions and reports as conditions change
Over time the slow build up of trail changes requires
the guide be significantly updated. The Forum will keep us up to
date between guide updates and eventually provide a record of
incremental changes to trail and terrain over time.
We will watch the evolution of routes, terrain, weather, and how
backpackers respond over time.
In the meantime you all have found the real, human resource behind Tahoe to Whitney, ME, has unselfishly shared my time, knowledge, and consultations to all backpackers who venture a query.
Using the web as a personal portal to real engagement is a rare thing nowadays in our depersonalized age of digital gratifications.
Tahoe to Whitney is the way out.
The Guide and Forum are just the beginnings, the foundations supporting Tahoe to
Whitney's main goal Our long-term literary goal is that the guide and forum be the foundations of knowledge and personal resources from which to launch a new backpacking magazine titled,
"The High Sierra
The Sierra Backpacker Magazine will center its coverage on the annual
cycle of High Sierra backpacking, our weather, gear, environment,
policy and politics affecting Nature, and everything of influence and interest to High Sierra backpackers and backpackpackers
Science, History, Art,... and Dirt and Rock.
The Web of Life, and how to keep it alive and get it back to growing.
These are our goals:
To create a real-time vortex of backpacker knowledge and experience that anyone can draw on or add to. The
magazine will draw these libraries of trail knowledge
and experience together into an informative and entertaining presentation of real-time conditions, historical understanding, all pointing to direct engagement.
This is going to be a hell of a lot of fun, once I finish working
myself to death building it.
That's even become fun, because of you-all, and the beauty and power of the subject.
At that point I hope to have the magazine, guide, forum, and
audience and advertizers sufficient to fund and launch a perpetual self-funding non-profit organization to fund and run the real goal, which is establishing the,
"Tahoe to Whitney School of Pack."
The School of Pack
Tahoe to Whitney believes that Nature, Natural experience and
engagement is the "Missing Link" necessary to provide meaning,
context, and balance to the social world.
Tahoe to Whitney seeks to create a trail guide and magazine
revenue sufficient to support 20 3 week "scholarships" to urban
and city kids who would not otherwise have any Natural
I know a great range of artists, musicians, scientists, atheletes, students, trail crew, and other professionals and kids who will be trained as counselors.
I will gather the tools when the time comes.
The School of Pack will be free to most working-class and poor kids, with a few "buy-
ins." It will have an application process requiring physical and
intellectual engagement to qualify for a scholarship.
Successful applicants will be required to focus their academic and physical
efforts to qualify for the School of Pack.
Successful students of the School of Pack will subsequently be trained, tracked, and motivated to find their potentials in society and Nature. Graduates of the School of Pack will be utilized as future SOP conselors, and tracked into healthy productive lives.
Those are my goals, this is my mission.
Tahoe to Whitney is the device to reach them.
Potential sponsors will be solicited as progress continues.
Contact Alex for details.
I will eventually need vans, packs, sacks, clothes, gear, and volunteers.
Thanks for your support by being here, if not contributing.
Join me on this long, necessary journey.
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