Sunday, May 26, 2024

"Walk With Me" Mindfully (IX) - Đồng Hành Trong Chánh Niệm (IX): Hành Trình đến Tamarack Lake Lake and Beyond

Echo lake. Photo by @PheBach

"Walk With Me" Mindfully (IX) - Đồng Hành Trong Chánh Niệm (IX): Hành Trình đến Tamarack Lake and Beyond

Promoting outdoor activities / hiking / backpacking / meditation for the our youths, GĐPT and family members

What: Celebrating  Summer and for a Great workout
Where: Echo Lake / Lake Aloha Trail 
When: Meeting at Echo Lake in South Lake Tahoe at 9:30AM on June 9, 2024
Why: For the love of outdoor, GĐPT, mindfulness, and Buddhism and Applying Buddhism and GĐPT principles and activities into the real life. It is also for family bonding time.
Coordinators: Htr. Tâm Thường Định - Bạch X. Phẻ, parents: Chị Thư  Amy Trần. 

Participants: Kim Quang Parents and family members
Parking space is very limited, so come early.
Cost: Free of charge, but must have an open heart and mind, smile and kindness along with the ability to walk and breathe. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND WATER. 

Contact: @PheBach or chị Thư. Please RSVP at

The Trail Overview:
Lake Aloha Trail is a 12.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trial located near Echo Lake, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until Octocber. But we'll have picnic and walk about 3 miles or so. Take a water taxi back is optional, but you have to pay. We'll hike only 3-5miles. Here is the direction to get there.

Aloha Lake Trail - Key Facts

Location: Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado County
Trailhead: Echo Lakes on Echo Summit, elevation 7,414 feet
Highest point on trail: 8,340 feet
Elevation Gain: 926 feet
Lake Aloha elevation: 8,116 feet
Hiking Distance: 6.7 miles (using water taxi, 4.0 miles)
Best seasons: Late spring through fall
Campsites: Along Lake Aloha's northeast shore or along the rocks on the southern shore

Please refer to these articles for details:

Essential Gear (only if you want to go sometimes in the future):
Sleeping System:
-Sleeping bag (compact is key)
-Sleeping pad (must have)
-Backpacking Tent ( please bring a 1 or 2 person tent only, please ask Mr. Hiep for gear borrowing. I have one person tent, I will lend it)

Clothing system:
-3x Base layer ( any quick dry clothes, NO cotton)
-1x Mid layer ( any down or synthetic jacket, lightweight jacket that keeps you warm)
-1x Shell (a rain jacket, a rain pant is recommended because we my hike in the water due to high tide)
- 2x hiking pants, quick-dry material 
-A hat ( we will hike directly under the sun, not much shade)
- An optional fleece pant to sleep at night
- At least 2 pair of hiking socks (such as SmartWool Mountaineering Socks, Darn Tough Mountaineering Sock. Good socks will prevent blister)
- Hiking shoes/Hiking boots (water shoes is optional if we must hike in the tide)

Cooking system:
- a bowl or a cup for food or drink tea.
- a water reservoir or water bottles that can carry at least 2L water (osprey hydraulic, Platypus® hydration packs or something like that)
- Cooking stove/ gas canister 
- A Bear Canister 
- Water filter system 

- Snacks for lunch (trail mix, Payday bar, Clif bar, PROBAR, dried fruits, turkey....)
- Some noodles for breakfast but you should keep it compact
-I will be buying backpacking food for you guys, its cheaper than REI!
- No Fruits

- First aid kit
-Toiletries ( sunscreen, bug spray)
- Headlamp / flashlight (must have)
- a small knife (optional)
- hiking poles 
- some toilet paper

After sorting your gear, please weight it! you whole backpack (include food and water) should weigh under 40lbs, under 35lb is recommended, under 30lb is ideal. If your weight is over 40lbs, it will make your trip worse. please leave some unwanted. My philosophy is all about minimalism, the less you carry, the more freedom you will have.

Prepared by: @PheBach

CLOTHING (Only bring what you need)
  • Check from head to toe, get yourself light weight stuff. You only need 2 sets of clothes and one more to be left in the car for changing after the hike.
  • Beanie/face cover/mosquito net/hat
  • Base Layer (2 pieces) - I use Under Armour, Ice Breaker
  • Mid Layer (1 piece) - I use Arc'Teryx Atom Hoody
  • Shell (1 piece) - I use Arcteryx Beta Shell
  • Underwear (2 pieces) - Exofficio or Ice Breaker
  • Short (2 pieces) - Prana Stretch Short
  • Legging (1 or 2 pieces) - Ice Breaker or Patagonia
  • Socks (2 pairs) - I use Darn Tough socks
  • Shoes - Lowa Regegade or Zephyr
  • Knee braces, compressions - Your liking

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