Tom Stienstra recently backpacked the Sierra Nevada from east to west, starting near Mount Whitney, as some early pioneers did.
The Mount Shasta Trail Association (I’m on the board of directors) proudly sponsors a presentation by Tom Stienstra, one of the true biggies of outdoors writing in America. Tom will present photos and a rousing retelling of a recent crossing of the Sierra Nevada from east to west.
Backpacking the Sierra Nevada from East to West
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7PM, Stage Door Coffee House, 414 N. Mt Shasta Blvd
Cost of admission is a donation at the door. For information, call (530) 926-5966.
Tom Stienstra backpacking in the Sierra Nevada
Here’s the press release:
America’s Back Country Sportsman of the Year and Mt. Shasta area resident, Tom Stienstra, will pull into Mt Shasta on April 22 for a rare, one-time only show detailing his recent expedition crossing the Sierra Nevada.
He will also profile the best hikes in the Mt Shasta region and show a short video of the best easy hike in California.
The show, “Sierra Crossing and More,” will take place 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, at the Stage Door Coffee House in downtown Mt Shasta. The Mount Shasta Trail Association is sponsoring the event.
Stienstra is best known as the outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He has twice won the Presidents Award by the Outdoor Writers Association of America as national outdoor writer of the year and is the reining Back Country Sportsman of the Year.
The show Sierra Crossing describes the 70-mile crossing of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from east to west, as the first pioneers and trailblazers would have seen it.
This trek started from the flank of Mount Whitney, at 14,497 feet the highest point in the Lower 48, and ranged over the Sierra Crest, down a 5,000-foot deep canyon, then up and over the Great Western Divide to Sequoia National Park at the foot of the western Sierra.
In the process, the stories and photos describe how three outdoorsmen walked in the footsteps of trailblazers, pioneers, and explorers.
“It’s an experience similar to that required by pioneers 200 years ago, across a pristine landscape that looks much as it did 5,000 years ago,” Stienstra said. “It is a journey into the past, yet one that is still up to date.”
Stienstra will have his new California guidebooks available, including California Camping, the No. 1 outdoor book in America, released in April in its 16th edition. The books California Hiking and California Fishing will also be available for purchase and signing.
He was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2003, and his television show won first place in 2006 for best outdoor recreation show in America.
“The idea of this hiking show is for anybody to feel like they are on the trail with us, along with a seat at our nightly campfires,” Stienstra said. “You end up with a rare glimpse of a little-known land and what it takes to see it.”
Author and Outdoorsman Tom Stienstra