Stacey and Ron invited a bunch of people to go backpacking at Sword
Lake in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness (in the Sierra Nevada) last
weekend. It was a good family mix, with some kids as well as us elderly types.
My pack weighed in around 30lb with all the trimmings, including food, water, and a 4-pack of Boddington’s. I have mixed feelings about my A640 camera, which is heavy as it is for a backpacking point-and-shoot camera, but for photo quality I wish I’d had my EOS-10D dSLR.
The youngest girls were eight and ten, if I’m remembering correctly.
They did very well for their ages, although all three of the young girls
went through some impressive exclamations of despair on the hike out,
which was mostly uphill. As you would expect, they all quickly reverted
to their happy selves once we were back at the trailhead parking.
A splendid time was had by all, and the setting was certainly beautiful. The weather was warm but pleasant, the sunset was simply stunning, and the excellent company was the icing on the cake.
If the ranger tells you that your tent is "borderline" too close to the water, you'd best just move it, since he'll come by again around sunset and tell you that you have to anyway. ;^)
There are dayhikers and the parking at our trailhead was pretty crowded.
sword lake, sierra, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Highway 108