Trip Report and Guide for Backpacking In My Home
For the past 400 days, I’ve had the privilege of backpacking through a previously unexplored destination called My Home. Here’s my guide to this exclusive and wildlife-filled destination.
Distance: 0 miles
Days: 400 days
Elevation gain/loss: 10 feet
Best season: Year-round
Difficulty: Very difficult (mentally)
Physical Difficulty: Very Easy
- Mild year-round temperatures
- Free (mostly) of bugs
- Abundant water sources that appear free from cow patties. I drank without running it through my Sawyer Squeeze filter first!
- Ample wildlife viewing opportunities
- Lacks the epic vistas of other destinations
- Limited spots large enough to set up a tent.
- Difficulty getting tent stakes into the ground
From the trailhead at the front door, you’ll have expansive views of the open valley known by locals as the “Living Room.” Two smaller topographic features lie on the horizon including the Blue Couch to the east and the Grey Couch to the south. A lush and green carpeted valley lies between the two features.
Directly to the east on the route is a narrow slot canyon. With steep high walls of dark brown cabinets on either side, Kitchen Canyon has limited space for multiple people, especially those with backpacks. A year-round water source can be found in Kitchen Canyon, though accessing it can be difficult during times of high dishes.
To the north, you’ll find Flushing Falls. Leave No Trace ethics state that due to sensitive habitat, Flushing Falls is the ONLY place in My Home that you dispose of human waste. Remember: the Solution to Pollution is dilution!
May 6, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).