Backstroke is the trail name alter ego of Cameron McNall. I am an architect, avid distance-swimmer and dedicated yogi living in Los Angeles. I started backpacking in Boy Scouts, solo-walked Hadrian's Wall when I was 15 and the Tour du Mont Blanc at 18. I have always carried a light pack but in recent years have adopted ultralight backpacking "UL" techniques with a pack base-weight that varies between 9 to 11 pounds; Alan has one of the better overview websites about UL: ( In 2017 I completed the Sierra High Route starting in mid-July while there was a lot of snow covering the talus rocks; spent a week to exploring the Kaweah Basin; and did some relaxed trail hiking in SEKI (Sequoia-Kings Canyon). All contemporary photos on this site were taken with an iPhone 6, which is an amazing camera. I might have to pony up for that iPhone X.

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