Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These Forums cover the TYT-PCT, & JMT and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.
for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide. Train for the long trails.
for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. This is the perfect playground for expert backpackers in top shape.
June 1, 2015
This is the collection point for 2015 Drought News. Post up links to interesting news or resources you find through the comment link below.
See the Weather Page for specific current High Sierra weather forecasts, resources, and information.
Here's the Best Weather Information for everyone traveling to, backpacking through, hiking, skiing, or driving across the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, or the Western United States.
All weather reports and forecasts here are focused on the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, but many resources cover, or can be adjusted to cover weather conditions around California, Nevada, and the whole country. This is good backpacking weather information for all US backpackers.
In the Summer of 2014 a pair of nesting woodpeckers took up residence about twenty feet from Peter's home.
Peter enjoyed the neighbors, as they him. The couple felt comfortable enough to bring three more tiny little woodpeckers into the High Sierra.
Uncle Peter! Uncle Peter!
Tahoe to Whitney
We have disturbing climate news from the top and bottom of the planet.
Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils, University of Georgia, April 25, 2015
Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster, Princton, April 30, 2015.
May 7, 2015
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Good News and Bad News.
The Good News:
BOULDER--New research has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict outbreaks.
The Bad News:
Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.
Mount Whitney in a Day
P, of M & P who publish BackpacktheSierra, sent in this fantastic trip report of their recent very early Spring backpacking trip off the recently opened (March 28 2015) Glacier Point Road above Yosemite Valley.
Here's M's report on these very unusual Spring conditions: