No matter your age, backpacking the Sierra and hiking Mt. Whitney (14,505ft) can be a life changing experience. Get inspired to reach you goal with this REI class! Chris Casado, co-founder of the Trans-Sierra Xtreme Challenge has spent countless summers camping in secluded lakes basins, crossing high alpine passes, following rushing rivers, and climbing majestic peaks. Join Chris at REI Saratoga for a digital presentation of his favorite high Sierra adventure, a week-long 75-mile journey across remote sections of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to the summit of Mt. Whitney. Learn the nuts and bolts of planning a multi-day backcountry trek, including gear, permits, weather and safety considerations, Leave No Trace principles, and protecting your food from bears. Find out tips for making a wilderness adventure of this magnitude a rewarding experience for all ages.