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

This Magazine covers everything High Sierra. The
Forums cover hiker input about the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes from the Trail Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trail itself & the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney, while this Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of High Altitude Living. 

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. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.

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

for Experts: All the information to bring yourself 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, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us. 

 


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BACKPACKER ALERT: Tracking High Sierra Status and Hazards into Fall sticky icon

 

BACKPACKER ALERT

High Sierra Status and Hazards 

Updated
September 17

Tracking the changing nature of hazards and potential hazards the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is currently experiencing, to the best of my abilities. Beyond these observations we link to relevant sources of information for Fire, Smoke, Weather, Flood, & Lightening Hazards.

 

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The Observant High Sierra Backpacker's News of Man and Nature: September 2017 sticky icon

 

LATEST 

High Sierra Backpacker's
NEWS

Man and Nature 
Updated Daily

 

September 21

 

SEPTEMBER
HIGH SIERRA
TRAIL NEWS,
below

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Observing the Changing Global Web of Life, September 2017 sticky icon

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 September 2017

Updated Daily 

September 19

 

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Safety First! sticky icon

 Spring has come to the eastern Sierras and time to spring clean the first aid kit. Alex has provided excellent information about his first aid kit in the gear list. I am an avid day hiker, so the contents of my bag are a bit different. I also have extensive medical training and access to prescription drugs, so I try to keep stuff to help out others on the trail. This is the time of year I pull the first aid kit from the depths of my day pack and inspect and refill the contents.

Tahoe to Whitney Permit Nightmare???? sticky icon

I am trying to plan a Tahoe to Whitney walk, along the PCT/JMT, this summer.

I am finding that I can get as far as YNP but WILL BE STUCK THERE due to the Donahue exit quota.

I have found that getting a backcountry permit outside of YNP does not allow me to traverse the park and exit Lyell Canyon/Donahue Pass. Any help here?? Stevo

 

ALSO SEE:
Tracking Weird High Sierra Permit Restrictions

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High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information sticky icon

High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

 

Also See
All Tree News

 

 

California State
Managed Fires

CalFire

CalFire Incident Information

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WEATHER for High Sierra Backpackers: REPORTS, FORECASTS, PREDICTIONS, SNOW, ROADS, CONDITIONS sticky icon

Key Quick Reference
  HIGH SIERRA WEATHER RESOURCES
Below  
Current Visible Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range 1 KM National Weather Service Satillte view of Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Above:

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First Trans-Sierra Snow Road Closure, 2017, Tioga Road & Pass

 

FIRST TRANS-SIERRA HIGHWAY SNOW CLOSURE 

Fall-Winter of 2017

Tioga Pass Road Closed Due To Snow,
Sierra News Online, September 21, 2017.

 

ALL CALTRANS INFORMATION

ALL HIGH SIERRA FORECAST ZONES

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Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

 

 

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia,
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, September 20, 2017. 

 

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How Life Works: Fish Repopulation after Ice Age

 

 

How Life Works:
Fish Repopulation after Ice Age

10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes,
UMEA UNIVERSITY, September 20, 2017.

 

 

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Bird Repopulation in the Scum-o-scene: Could condors return to northern California?

 

 

Bird Repopulation in the Scum-o-scene?

Could condors return to northern California?
AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY PUBLICATIONS OFFICE, September 20, 2017. 

Taking their fish, too.

Last Salmon Fishermen?

 

Bird identification and news

 

 

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Gravity waves influence weather and climate

 

 

Atmospherics

Interesting Weather Dynamic

Gravity waves influence weather and climate,
GOETHE UNIVERSITY FRANKFURT, September 20, 2017. 

 

High Sierra Weather 

 

 

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In Our Galactic Neighborhood: Is the Milky Way "normal?"

 

 

In Our Galactic Neighborhood

Is the Milky Way an 'outlier' galaxy? Studying its 'siblings' for clues,
YALE UNIVERSITY, September 20, 2017.

 

Our local assumptions are not universal standards? We are not at the center of it all?

 

Maps of the Universe

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Stellar ENGINES OF LIFE Blowing a Bubble

 

 

STELLAR ENGINES OF LIFE
Blowing a Bubble

...Of the building blocks of life

Aging star blows off smoky bubble,
ESO, September 20, 2017. 

 

Image

 

Astro-phys news

 

 

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Fixing a Corrupted System Lessons From Oroville Dam: New Report Calls For Changes

 

 

Fixing a Corrupted System?

How?

Lessons From Oroville Dam: New Report Calls For Changes,
CPR, September 19, 2017.

 

MORE THAN OROVILLE IS BROKEN

Oroville is a symbol of a deeper problem

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Did Westlands Kill the Devil's Straws? End of the Twin Tunnels?

 

 

GREAT NEWS
Did Westlands Kill the Devil's Straws?

Takes one to Kill one

Farming district says it won’t pay for Delta tunnels in a vote that could kill the project,
Sacto Bee, September 19, 2017.

 

Our Corrupted System

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4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat

 

 

No Reductions in Wild Lands

Please

4 US monuments to be scaled back hold artifacts, key habitat,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, September 19, 2017. 

 

 

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Changing Seasons affect all aspects of our weather

 

 

Subtle and Extreme Changes

Changing Seasons affect all aspects of our weather

Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle consequences,
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION, September 19, 2017.

 

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