Sierra High Route 2012

When Andrew Skurka says a trail is tough, it’s tough.

The Sierra High Route (SHR) is a 195-mile trekking route that runs north-south across the heart of the Sierra Nevada Range, through Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, John Muir Wilderness, Ansel Adams Wilderness, and Yosemite National Park.

It is a rugged alternate to the John Muir Trail (JMT)– it boasts about 100 miles of cross-country travel, numerous Class III scrambles, and endless miles of boulder hopping. SHR hikers are rewarded with pristine alpine settings, long stretches of solitude, and a sense of true adventure.

I hiked the SHR in early-July 2008 with famed ultra runner Buzz Burrell, who at 56 years young is still going really strong. We were both taken back by the immensity of the High Sierra — its alpine regions are vaster than any other place we’d been in the Lower 48, in both length and girth, which is not necessarily the impression given by the JMT. I would have to imagine that this trip with Buzz will be just the first of several trips on the SHR. We comfortably did the entire route in 8 days and 4 hours, an average about 23 miles a day. …

Skurka’s site links to the best guidebook and Andrew’s personal Mapset & Databook.

I’m going to want GPS coordinates and a SPOT Satellite Messenger device.

Leave a comment if you might be interested in doing this trip summer 2012.

5 Replies to “Sierra High Route 2012”

  1. Rick,
    Your post has both caught my interest and inspired me to do some serious homework on this. 2012? Hmmmm………..

  2. If I may, I would like to point out that Andrew now leads trips on the SHR, although this years trip in September is full.

    Yesterday we finished his 7 day Wind River trip; I would like to say Andrew is very professional and does his utmost to both instruct the various techniques of backpacking, and to lead very enjoyable trips.

  3. A little late, but I love reading your blog and subscribe via Google Reader. I got to meet Andrew in Colorado about 2 months ago now. I plan on doing the SHR in 2012. Ideally, I hope to (along with a friend of mine) start around Tahoe and take the Sierra Crest Route ( south while peak bagging for almost a month to get in shape–and then turn around and fly back north via the SHR as fast as possible. Looking forward to a fun trip!

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