Backpacking? ...  in the Desert??

Backpacking trips in the deserts provides a broad array of attractions. The Mojave provides marvelous weather in the winter months with warm days and cool nights. Infrequent clouds add to the beautiful scenery and occasional rain showers are rarely unpleasant due the dry desert air and the warm sun which will soon follow.
In the summer the mountains of the Nevada deserts at elevations of 8,000 to 10,000 feet provide marvelously varied backpacking environments.

The desert geology, plants, and animals are wonderfully strange to anyone without a long experience in traveling the desert back country. These wonders are exposed to view far more than in any other wilderness environment. Cross country travel is limited by mountain geology not dense undergrowth and waterways.

Backpacking groups rapidly become a society of like minded friends even though they come from diverse backgrounds and experience. Through trail conversations and campground camaraderie genial friendships develop. Mutual assistance becomes the normal response to any adversity.

There is a challenge in backpacking to accomplish in comfort several days of vigorous exercise while carrying all of one's needs in a pack. The opportunities for improving on any one individual’s approach to this is limitless. The realization of success, usually with some thought of how to do better next time, is very rewarding.

Well preserved  remnants of long occupation of these lands by Native Americans stirs the imagination to consider their lives and times.


“Water, water, water....There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount , a perfect ratio of water to rock, water to sand, insuring that wide free open, generous spacing among plants and animals, homes and towns and cities, which makes the arid West so different from any other part of the nation."