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Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby peekseeker01 » Mon May 21, 2012 5:34 am

Can anyone provide advise on shipping your backpacking gear before and after a High Sierra Trail Hike. I will be traveling from Atlanta to hike the HST, I plan on shipping my gear out to my hotel in Visalia to be there when I arrive from my flight which lands in Fresno. But I have a concern about how to ship it out after I exit via Whitney Portal. Is there a reliable UPS or FedX in Lone Pine that I can use to ship my pack back to Atlanta? I plan on flying back to Atlanta via Reno by taking the Crest bus from Lone Pine to Reno the day after I end my hike. Any other suggestions welcomed for handling backpacking gear is welcomed.



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Re: Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Mon May 21, 2012 11:03 am

After doing a short web search, the Lone Pine Drug Store does FedEx shipping. If not there, there are a few places north of there, such as in Bishop, which I know for certain ship FedEx and UPS. Perhaps shipping your gear out of Reno might not be a bad idea either.

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Re: Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon May 21, 2012 12:36 pm

Worst case you just put your pack on the bus storage until Reno and ship it out there.
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Re: Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby maverick » Mon May 21, 2012 1:48 pm

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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby peekseeker01 » Mon May 21, 2012 8:22 pm

Thanks to everyone for their helpful replies. I will check out your suggestions.
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Re: Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby lambertiana » Mon May 21, 2012 8:45 pm

I can't add to the other responses for the exit shipping. However, I have a question - how do you plan to get from Fresno to Visalia? If you are going to use a bus or other public transportation, I work in Fresno and live in Visalia, and I'm more than happy to help out a fellow backpacker. If you are arriving in the afternoon/evening on a weekday, that would be a possibility (unless it's on a day when I'll be on the trail myself). You could even ship your gear to my house if there are snags with shipping to the hotel.
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Re: Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby peekseeker01 » Tue May 22, 2012 8:43 pm

lambertiana

Thanks very much for the offer. I am planning on using Amtrak from Fresno to Visalia, it is a train then bus trip and fairly reasonable at $10.50. I am still not sure about how reliable it is to ship to the hotel in Visalia, so I am in the process of confirming that.

As for you offer, unfortunately I am arriving 8/18 in Fresno which is a Saturday. I am picking up my reserved permit Sunday and then starting my hike Monday.
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Re: Shipping backpacking gear before and after HST hike

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed May 23, 2012 8:06 am

I guess I would just bite the bullet and pay for the extra baggage on the return trip. You have no need to carry gas (not allowed on planes) and with all the food gone, you may even be able to get everything inside the pack for one piece of luggage. It certainly would simplify things.
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