Sierra Nevada Path Working Guidebook

Returning to the Sierra

It seems you’ll be able to go residence once more. And it may be even higher than remembered –  particularly once you return to California to path run within the Sierra Nevada.

I grew up in California and spent virtually 20 years within the Jap Sierra, ten of these dwelling in Bishop. These are the mountains the place I discovered to climb, ski, run, and be a photographer. I by no means imagined leaving them. However in some unspecified time in the future the will to see different locations grew to become too sturdy. I moved to the Italian Dolomites for 5 years earlier than settling within the Swiss Alps for one more 9. All this time plus intensive journey within the Himalaya, Kyrgyzstan, and the Andes has supplied me with an appreciation for various mountain ranges of the world. 

Within the winter of 2020/2021, I spent 6 weeks again within the Sierra for a climbing and working challenge for Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line. These weeks jogged my memory that my coronary heart is within the Sierra. I needed to return. 

Krissy Moehl got here to play

Sierra Path Working Information

The concept to do a path working information to the Excessive Sierra got here to me on the identical journey. It’s a lot wanted, and it’s the right purpose to remain in California for chunks of time.

Better of all, we’d get to run all around the Sierra in each well-remembered areas and on new trails, and cross nation routes, needing some exploration. 

Excessive Sierra time

I used to be apprehensive that going again could be unimaginable, that I might solely be let down, pissed off in any respect the change and rising crowds I saved listening to about. I had an excessive amount of to check all of it to and could be sporting rose coloured glasses from the previous.

As a substitute, we slotted proper again into our previous residence like we’d by no means left.

I used to be reminded of all that I miss concerning the US as an expat dwelling in Switzerland. The unimaginable friendliness of individuals we met alongside the best way, sunny days, the nice and cozy excessive nation, and the unmatched closeness of the Bishop group. Amongst these pleasant encounters have been an entire lot extra runners we met within the excessive nation. Apparently it’s not simply the Alps which can be seeing a growth in path working.

That is the second guidebook we’ve performed on path working, the primary being a information to working within the Swiss Alps. Our staff is the standard solid of characters, plus one. Janine is figuring out all of the runs, Kim is managing the content material, I’m in command of burritos and slicing limes to place within the Negra Modelos, and Bishop native Hjördis Rickert, is writing. We’re all working each step of each route, we’re all photographers and we’re all past stoked at what we’re discovering.

Dan sustaining management of burrito distribution

Should you’d wish to get to know the mountains you like, I extremely suggest doing a guidebook. You’ll be compelled to go locations you by no means thought-about, and also you’ll come to intimately know each little nook of what you thought you knew. However in case you have zero curiosity in producing a guidebook, you could be involved in utilizing ours as soon as it’s revealed by the superb of us at Wolverine Publishing.

The staff lounging round in the lounge

The Sierra Nevada is undoubtedly one of many nice path working ranges. Excellent climate, comparatively easy accessibility, 12 months spherical enjoyable, rising numbers of taco vans, and a great deal of trails all make for a dream working vacation spot. However, figuring out which trails are nice and which trails are rocky minefields is vital. We plan to assist with that. However grasp tight, there’s work to be performed.

In case I haven’t bought the Sierra sufficient, here’s a gallery from our summer time. We’re simply getting began.

By Dan Patitucci

A HUGE because of the manufacturers which can be serving to make all of this occur: Patagonia, La Sportiva, MSR/Cascade Designs, Path Butter, CLIF Bar, Drymax Socks, Black Sheep Espresso, and Oofos.