AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 At $250, it’s more than reasonably priced for the quality and will keep you snug and balmy even in the coldest temperatures the Sierra can yield this fall. With storms a strong possibility and bitter cold likely, backpacking without a tent isn’t a great idea. When choosing a tent, the lighter the better. The Lightning by Sierra Designs weighs in at less than four pounds (less than some sleeping bags) and includes the rain fly. This tent is made for two people and is their lightest in the line. Price is $250. A simple weekend trip doesn’t require a large overnight pack. For women, Kelty’s Illusion 3500 is ideal for the backpacker who wants to pack fairly light, yet still have the perks of a well-designed bag. For men, the Tornado 4200 is a lightweight pack with an embedded, three-liter hydration system. Each pack will last a lifetime and be able to handle any trip of four days or less in the Eastern Sierra. Each runs $160-$170. Brunton offers several smaller gadgets that are perfect for backpacking. The Firelight ($40) is a windproof butane lighter with an integrated led light that will enable one to make a fire even in a windstorm. The Raptor ($40) is a butane canister stove, and MY-Ti ($20) is a set of titanium utensils that are light and strong. A Therm-A-Rest is a must for hikers who want to sleep in comfort. These self-inflating mattresses are light, specifically designed for men and women and compact. Stick with the “Trek and Travel Series,” and you’ll find yourself happy in the backcountry. Price $69-$79. When heading into the backcountry, keep in mind that you are climbing into areas well above 10,000 feet, which means single-digit nighttime temperatures are standard. REI offers backpackers two sleeping bags that can fend off the chilly weather and keep you comfy even when ice is forming on lakes. The REI Zenith is a synthetic bag that weighs less than four pounds and is rated to zero degrees. At $169, it’s affordable for a lightweight bag, but it;s a tough choice over REI’s Kilo Plus down bag. This bag is feather-like and weighs a little less than three pounds. A water purifier is a necessity unless you have the time and means to boil water every time you get thirsty. MSR’s MIOX Purifier ($130) is fairly new. It requires no pumping, works off batteries and can clean roughly four liters at a time. Merrell’s Chameleon II Gore-Tex Mid ($110) and Switchback GTX ($150) are ideal for backcountry expeditions. The Switchback is waterproof, durable and tough backpacking boot, but it’s comfortable; the Chameleon II is a cross-trainer that can handle a weekend backpacking trip without problem. Adventure Medical Kit’s .7 is a medical kit designed for two that will last up to four days. At $25, it’s cheap, light and waterproof, and it has enough nifty stuff to get you through blisters, headaches, cramps, scratches and cuts. Black Diamond’s Contour Trekking Pole is a must for hikers looking to take some of the pressure off their joints and knees while climbing up and down high mountain terrain. The poles are well worth the $99 price tag and come with Flick-Lock adjustable technology. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Heading into the backcountry during the fall can be a rewarding experience. Crowds are small, fall colors blanket the landscape, fishing can be great, and the crisp air is refreshing. But autumn expeditions can be dangerous if you aren’t prepared. Fall brings below-freezing temperatures and surprise snowstorms, but if you come equipped with the proper gear, the trip of a lifetime is attainable.