Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers sharing info about hiking the Sierra between Tahoe and Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything Sierra. Its
Forums cover TYT, PCT, & JMT and alt-route hiker input from the Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trails  & the necessary skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney. This evolving Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of hiking Tahoe to Whitney. 

Purposes: Expand Knowledge, Explore Potential

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape, and onto the High Sierra Trails. Find info. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest.

for Backpackers: Get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Hike the TYT and JMT. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Explore your potential.

for Experts: The information to come from anywhere in the US or world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. The Sierra Nevada is the ultimate wonderland for expert backpackers in top shape. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, and has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.  

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Pushing Limits of Modern Technology
Hunting for Dark Matter Particles

Last Looks for Elusive WIMPS?

UH scientists investigating mysterious dark matter,
University of Houston, March 15, 2018.

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Health, Fitness, & Humans
Ancient Technological Breakthroughs

320,000 BC Stone Age Revolution

Scientists discover evidence of early human innovation, pushing back evolutionary timeline,
University of Utah, March 15, 2018.

"...The first evidence of human life in the Olorgesailie Basin comes from about 1.2 million years ago."

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Western Water Crisis Continues

New Weather Patterns Steadily Diminishing Rio Grand & Colorado River Flows

Low Rio Grande & Colorado Flows Anticipated

Grim Forecast for the Rio Grande Raises Concern,
Water Deeply, March 15, 2015.

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Key Quick Reference
Current Visible Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range 1 KM National Weather Service Satillte view of Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Raven Communication

'Haa haa haa': Raven food calls disclose their age and sex,
BioMed Central, March 12, 2018.

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History Event

Program: The History of Corrupted Scumbags

‘Mulholland … the Final Chapter’ this Saturday in Independence,
Sierra Wave, March 13, 2018.

"The subject of the history program is of one of the largest disasters to have taken place in California..."

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Women's World

Fitness Protects from Dementia

Physically fit women nearly 90 percent less likely to develop dementia,
American Academy of Neurology, March 14, 2018.

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Climate-Disease Linkage

Two Interesting Cases

Seal Pups & Starfish

South American Seal Pups

Die-off of fur seal pups attributed to mites, pneumonia and changing sea, temperatures,
Morris Animal Foundation March 13, 2018.

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Global Warming Avalanches

Here Comes the Himalayan Ice

Global warming increases the risk of avalanches,
Université de Genève, March 14, 2018.


Major Changes at High Elevation
The End of Cold

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Global Warming Will Fry the Whole Middle East

Eastern Mediterranean summer will be two months longer by end of 21st century,
American Friends of Tel Aviv University, March 14, 2018.



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Threat to the Foundation of Life

Global Warming Killing Phytoplankton

Breaking the Planatary Engines of Life

Key biological mechanism is disrupted by ocean acidification,
University of California - San Diego, March 14, 2018.


Threat to the Foundation of Life

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East Flank & Pine Nuts

Bears wake after quiet winter,
Record Courier, March 13, 2018.

"As I was coming down Kingsbury, I saw some very fresh bear tracks," Nevada Department of Wildlife Human-Bear Conflict Specialist Heather Reich said. "It's about mid-March when the males start coming out."

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Astrophysics News
Supernova First Light

Rare Sight of Fierce First Light

Amateur astronomer captures rare first light of massive exploding star,
W. M. Keck Observatory, Feburary 21, 2018.


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Astrophysics News
The Early Solar System

New Moon Formation Theory

The moon formed inside a vaporized Earth synestia,
University of California - Davis, February 28, 2018.

"A new explanation for the Moon's origin has it forming inside the Earth when our planet was a seething, spinning cloud of vaporized rock, called a synestia."

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Atmospheric Mechanics of Jupiter

NASA Juno Findings - Jupiter’s Jet-Streams Are Unearthly,
NASA, March 7, 2018.

Juno providing deeper insights into the nature of Jupiter's Banded Weather, as well as the turbulent vortices circling the central cyclones marking both of Jupiter's poles.

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Altering Childhood Sexual Development

Endocrine Disrupting Compounds Everywhere: Food & Environment

Babies fed soy-based formula have changes in reproductive system tissues,
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, March 12, 2018.

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Health, Fitness, & Human Culture
Science Catches Up!?

Neanderthal Compassion Quantified

Compassion helped Neanderthals to survive, new study reveals,
University of York, March 12, 2018.

"...compassionate and knowledgeable response to injury and illness."

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Mountain Lion Behavior

Necessity Drives Urban Penetration

Hunger guides mountain lions' actions to enter residential areas,
Colorado State University, March 12, 2018.

"... the animals are generally fearful of and avoid humans, hunger can dampen that fear."

"...a point when a mountain lion is hungry enough that it may use back yards to hunt for food, similar to what takes place in the wild."

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Climate Changed News
Polar Vortex Effect

Further Quantified

Warm Arctic means colder, snowier winters in northeastern US, study says,
Rutgers University, March 12, 2018.

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