Dauntless wrote:You're suggesting a peeless horse?
I'd be curious about the "Packers Livelihood?' Does that just mean being for hire for tourists, or is there something productive they do? Can't imagine there's a grocery store up there that only gets the goods that way, but I just gotta know. . . .
For many decades packers have taken people, equipment and supplies into the Sierras. The crews who kept the trails clear and maintained are supported by a packer with a horse train. Recently a friend of mine and some others had 3 foldboats and supplies packed in to Thousand island Lake. His wife & 6-year old also rode horses.
The packers also will re-supply groups on the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail.
This last year, packers also brought in materials for new ranger's huts in SEKI.
And, at the beginning of Summer, the Ranger's supplies are also carried in.
They do a lot, but also a lot of environmental damage too.
That's why I'm interested to see what the experts over here have to say.