The High Sierra Trail, a west-east route through California’s southern Sierra Nevada, is not significantly extensive at only 49 miles from the western trailhead at Crescent Meadow to where by it intersects with the John Muir Path, but it is magnificent alongside the total route. A great deal of the trail is properly above treeline, the horizon stuffed with soaring granitic peaks rendered with avalanche chutes and dotted with turquoise lakes. It is identified as the Superior Sierra Trail for a rationale, crossing the Great Western Divide at the lung-searing 10,700-foot Kaweah Gap. Right after the JMT junction, the trails merge and carry on a further 13 miles to the summit of Mt. Whitney at 14,505 (or so) feet. It can be completed in a 7 days, all through which the hiker will achieve some 13,000-toes in elevation.
It is certainly 1 of the world’s biggest treks.
The path itself was created in the 1920s, a planned hiking route connecting the Giant Sequoias near Kings Canyon with the summit of Whitney. There had been no roads at the time, no acknowledged way above the Good Western Divide, so the NPS decided to carve this stunning path. It took five decades and some speedy-imagining engineering to develop the detail. Considering that it was a prepared climbing route from day one particular, it purposely skirts ridges and valleys and winds beneath amazing peaks for most alpine sights.
A new short movie from director and hiker Chris Smead referred to as, honestly sufficient, “The Significant Sierra Trail,” is a charming trip-together as Smead and his buddy John haul by themselves and 14 kilos of digital camera gear along the backbone of the Sierra. Narrated to avuncular perfection by longtime National Park Company employee William Tweed, the film is equivalent sections travelogue and historical documentary. Did you know about the Kaweah Colony? The utopians from San Francisco who tried out to carve out a back again-to-the-land existence in the Sequoias in the 1880s? Or the bolometer experiments on Whitney’s flanks in the 1870s that tried using to measure radiant warmth from the sunshine? You will just after this film.
This isn’t a movie about achieving some stupendous aim or overcoming fantastic odds, although, Smead broke a toe the working day ahead of the hike began, and nevertheless hiked all 72 miles in good spirits. Alternatively, “The Higher Sierra Trail” is a celebration of the attractiveness of the trail by itself, and a reminder of how deep in the backcountry, particularly on extended, isolated backpacking excursions, relationships invariably deepen.
The film premiered before this 12 months and has previously taken dwelling an armload of movie festival awards. It’s at the moment on a multi-town tour, with plenty of in-keep screenings at REI destinations, significantly in Northern California. Finally, it will be produced available on-line as very well.
View the trailer under and go on scrolling down for a record of stay screenings. Then get prepared to plot your personal thru-hike of one particular of America’s very best wilderness trails.
July 7th, 2018 Springfield, KY. The Springfield Opera Property
July 19th, 2018 Campbell, CA. The Athletics Basement
July 19-22, 2018 San Francisco, CA. San Francisco Frozen Movie Pageant
Aug 17th, 2018 Lincoln, CA. The Switchback Showcase, Starbright Theater
Sept 5th, 2018 Corte Madera, CA. REI Corte Madera
Sept 11th, 2018 Santa Rosa, CA. REI Santa Rosa
Sept 13th, 2018 San Carlos, CA. REI San Carlos
Sept 18th, 2018 Fremont, CA. REI Fremont
Sept 20th, 2018 Berkeley, CA. REI Berkeley
Sept 25th, 2018 San Jose, CA. REI Saratoga
Fall 2018 Southern, CA. The Switchback Showcase, spot TBD.