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Land o Lakes w/ Vicki Petryshyn

  • Thousand Island Lake Thousand Island Lake CA USA (map)

Join us for a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip through the granite peaks and blue basins of the Ritter Range in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.  It'll be as sick as the home football opener, I promise.  Our destination is Thousand Island Lake and we'll be doing an easy pace of less than 10 miles / day.  Bring your floaties and your bear cans and get ready to kick off another school year with Peaks!


Packing List: 

  • sleeping bag (rated to 32 degrees F)
  • sleeping pad
  • mess kit- plate, cup, spoon, knife, & fork
  • clothing 
    • fleece or down are good options
    • do NOT bring cotton
    • comfortable hiking clothes (day temps in the 60s - 70s)
      • synthetic shirt and shorts (think Nike dri-fit & underarmour)
      • down puffy jacket or fleece jacket
      • fleece pants
      • hard shell outer layer (jacket that is wind and waterproof)
      • hat
      • 2 pairs of socks
  • sturdy hiking boots
  • hiking poles
  • headlamp
  • refillable water bottles (2-3L)
  • sunscreen, lip balm, hat
  • optional: Camera

We Will Provide: 

  • tents
  • food
  • stoves
  • water filters
  • warmers


PEAK: Thousand Island Lake

Bc why not!


SCENERY: A lake.  A thousand islands.  Peaks.  

FUN FACT: Thousand Island Lake is named for the tiny islands scattered across its surface.

John Muir called this "Islet Lake."

The Ritter Range is one of the most scenic parts of the Sierra Nevada mountains.


PROFESSOR: Vicki Petryshyn

Dr. Petryshyn is a USC alumna and geobiologist who specializes in reconstructing past climate and its impact on life forms, both tiny and large. She is involved with research at Mono Lake, South Africa, Catalina, and Michigan. Aside from rocks, she loves her dog, coffee, running, and NASA!


TRIP LEAD: Katherine Cheng

Your favorite, washed up, 5th year / super senior, hiker trash Peaks Trip Lead.

Contact Katherine: 

Read her bio here

Read her spotlight here


ADDRESS: Ansel Adams Wilderness


Earlier Event: April 21
Inspiration Point w/ Chi Mak