The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: Hiking through the heart of the Sierra, you'll negotiate passes above 10,000 feet and finish the 23-day, 212-mile hike with a climb of 14,495-foot Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the Lower 48.
When to go: July to August
Travel advisory: Count on carrying one-third to one-fourth your body weight. A fit 180-pounder will tote about 50 pounds to start, with loads dwindling to 25-30 pounds as food and fuel are consumed between supply drops.