Greetings Intro to Backpacker's,
At this time we have 9 people registered and 7 who are approved. And interestingly, of the 9, only 2 are from outside California! Which I believe is the opposite of last year, when only 2 participants were from out of state.
Some of you have a regular fitness routine that gives you a good start on conditioning for the trip, some of you should be getting serious about establishing a routine that will get you ready for the trip. And for those who are not used to hiking at 7,000-8,000 feet keep in mind that your level of fitness will greatly effect your cardiovascular ability and impact how challenging the hikes are for you.
I checked with the staff at the lodge on snow conditions this year and it shouldn't be a factor for us this summer. This means we will probably hike use the same trails and camp areas as last year:
I'll send another group update in 3-4 weeks with additional information: a suggested packing list, list of participants, more encouraging for conditioning . Don has a web site with a lot of information about the area, the lodge, travel information, trails etc and here's a link to it donsnotes.com/ctl/ . Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.