This is my 12th season as a backpacker and — I hate to admit it — the first season I haven’t had a pack on my back. Several trips started out with packs packed, but turned into camping / day hiking-into-the-wilderness-trips, covering sections of the PCT. Still, I am hoping for one more chance to keep my string of backpacking years unbroken. It all depends on our Northern California weather holding out until early November. I’m thinking Snow Mountain Wilderness where we’ll have the the whole place to ourselves (and hopefully no snow).Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.