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Pack station beta

Postby wanderin.jack » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:06 pm

I've noticed that there is a wide range in quality of pack stations across the range. I.e North Lake is great. onion Valley is pretty much impossible to get a hold of.

It would be nice if:
1) There was a way to know what pack stations serviced what backcountry area and
2) some rating system of pack stations.

I'm currently trying to find out what pack station services the upper kern river basin and have no idea how to find that out. Hopefully it isn't the same one that services Onion Valley as I am afraid it might be.


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Re: Pack station beta

Postby oldranger » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:39 pm

Jack,

To get list google eastern Sierra Packers. The Berners have done well for me. I hear they had problems with some employees in 2012. Minarets Pack Station on the west side and Leavitt meadows pack station have also provided commendable service. Both are a little less expensive than most of the east side packers. This is a tough business and some pack stations change hands from time to time. Be clear where exactly you want to be packed and get specific quote for that location.

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Re: Pack station beta

Postby maverick » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:48 pm

The Berners were very helpful when I was putting together the logistics for Larry's
search last Spring, but they are not the easiest folks to get a hold of.
http://easternsierrapackers.com/members.htm
http://highsierrapackers.org/packers.html
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Re: Pack station beta

Postby Jim F » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:22 pm

Hi,

I believe the Rock Creek Pack Station outfit will take you to the Upper Kern River Basin. Investgate rockcreekpackstation.com.

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Re: Pack station beta

Postby balzaccom » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:11 am

On the West side, I have always had good luck with both Aspen Meadows and Kennedy Meadows in the Emigrant Wilderness area.

Best of all, they have told me where they packed in groups of fishermen...allowing me to hike somewhere else!
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Re: Pack station beta

Postby texan » Mon Dec 23, 2013 10:00 am

balzaccom wrote:On the West side, I have always had good luck with both Aspen Meadows and Kennedy Meadows in the Emigrant Wilderness area.

Best of all, they have told me where they packed in groups of fishermen...allowing me to hike somewhere else!


I agree with Balzaccom about Kennedy Meadows. I have used Kennedy Meadows for years and they are the best pack outfit in the Sierras that I have used by far. Good service and the price is the best by far. Leavitt Meadows is a good second choice.

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Pack station beta

Postby wanderin.jack » Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:29 pm

It's looking a lot like I'll have to deal with Onion Valley Pack station and in the past my interaction with them has pretty much been terrible.


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Re: Pack station beta

Postby paul » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:56 pm

Maybe the Cottonwood Pack Station does the upper Kern?
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Pack station beta

Postby wanderin.jack » Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:15 am

Yes, I called cottonwood. It's a 2 mule minimum and 3 days of packing = $1,500. A little out of my price range,


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Re: Pack station beta

Postby rlown » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:34 pm

3 days of packing? what exactly is your proposed plan and need? That almost sounds like you're paying for them to feed you as well.. But 300-400 a day isn't out of wack, given what you're saving on your legs.
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Re: Pack station beta

Postby texan » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:26 pm

Actually that is a decent price. I have taken a spot trips from another pack station and go in over 20 miles in a day and they pick us up about ten days later and its $1900. We are charged for the guide, two horses and three mules. Did the packer tell you which trailhead he would take in? Please let me know. Thanks.

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Pack station beta

Postby wanderin.jack » Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:21 am

Horseshoe Meadows


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