Food and Kitchen tips:
Sabrina and Humphrey Basins are not mandatory bear can areas. However, you still have to use some means of bear proofing. It is legal to counter balance your trash and food or you have to put them into a bear proof can. We supply bear proof mini barrels for your trip (13” x 15” with a bolt down lid, you will need a 8” crescent wrench to open). The marmots and squirrels are the biggest problem in the two basins. We haven’t had a bear problem yet because everyone is doing a great job bear proofing. Evolution Valley Loop trip is a mandatory bear can area.
Packing Your Gear:
Small and loose items are easier for us to deal with than large items. Duffel bags should be used for your personal items, maximum size 14”x 32”. We limit 130lbs to 150lbs per pack animal. Remember that bulk takes over weight a lot of the time, especially with the modern lightness of the gear on the market. “Mike always says that 150lbs of foam pads could not be loaded on 40 pack animals”. Food items that do not need to be in your ice chest, can be brought to us in grocery store bags and we can transfer them into bear proof cans. If you have any breakable or fragile items we need to know about them. It is very important that you do not hide them from us. For example: cameras, anything glass like wine & whiskey bottles, fuel bottles, lanterns, fishing reels etc……. Mike has seen it all you can’t stump him or his crew.
Mosquitoes and Weather:
Active mosquito season is usually late June and July; it depends on snow and wet conditions in the area. It is highly recommend that you take a net tent for peace while eating in camp. When they are active they could ruin your trip if you are not prepared. Please make sure to bring plenty of insect repellent. Active mosquito season is probably the best time for photography and fishing (at ice out on the lakes). Mike has always told people that you could find a mosquito on top of Mt. Whitney on the 4th of July.
Our camp sites are around 11,000ft so the weather could be very unpredictable. The temperatures at night could range from 30 to 40 degrees and the days could range from 55 to 75 degrees. Be prepared for all kinds of weather.
PLEASE have your gear at the pack station at North Lake by 7:00 a.m. SHARP.
For all trips going into Sabrina Basin we need your gear at the pack station, not the trail-head, by 7:00 a.m.
We have free parking at the pack station at North Lake for your convenience.
There is camping at the pack station for the night before. There is lodging in 3 different locations on Bishop Creek and numerous campgrounds in the area. The town of Bishop is loaded with various lodging opportunities as well as many restaurants options.
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