About Caroline

Caroline began exploring the Eastern Sierra in 2013 with a PCT thru hike. Since then she has covered about 2000 miles on foot in the High Sierra including the SHR and JMT. She's summited 5 area 14ers, not including "enjoying" 8 overnighters on Mount Whitney. Caroline has a background in nursing, and built the Sierra Mountain Center website in 2016. View more of her work at

How to Find your Public Lands

Currently there are lockdowns preventing local lodging from hosting guests coming to the area to recreate. At the same time public lands are open. Without getting into the politics of it, we’d like to show you an easy way to ensure that where you are camping for the night is… copacetic. This is handy information for any time -- not just when there are lockdowns! The Eastern Sierra is a delicate ecosystem, and is the watershed for most our participants coming from the South. So please, read below about how to properly go to the bathroom (poop) outdoors when there is no toilet. Local land agencies have been having particular [...]

By |2022-07-26T21:06:16-07:00January 18th, 2021|SMC Blog|

Heart Set on Whitney?

On June 24th, a strong 5.8R earthquake struck near the foot of everyone’s favorite California 14er, causing massive rock falls and naturally, road and trail closures. Even without road and trail closures, getting permits by lottery to climb Whitney is difficult. Sometimes Whitney… just isn’t an option. SMC wants to know: are you heart-broken because you were set on climbing Mount Whitney? Can we help? […]

By |2022-07-26T21:08:57-07:00June 30th, 2020|Hiking, SMC Blog, Whitney|

How to Prepare for a Whitney Summit

We often get asked how a person should get ready to climb up the high peaks of the Eastern Sierra, especially Mount Whitney. This can be a tricky question to answer, because each person has factors which influence how well they will do, and their own judgement on what is comfortable or "acceptable." Nobody can predict what will happen at elevation where the air is thin. Sometimes fit hikers fail to summit, while less fit hikers do well. Such a difficult endeavor lays open to surprises. There are things a person can do to plan ahead and prepare, and head off some surprises. Obviously if a hiker has never hiked [...]

By |2022-07-26T21:14:36-07:00December 20th, 2019|Alpine Climbing, Hiking, Whitney|