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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Freak Weather News: The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, What It Is, Changes it’s Undergoing, Where it's Going sticky icon

 

 

Freak Weather News
The Ridiculously Resilient Ridge

What It Is, How It's Changing, Where It Leads

New insights into the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge & North American Winter Dipole,
Weather West, December 4, 2017.

It's a "...“quasi-stationary,” high-amplitude atmospheric wave pattern..."

"... now occurring more frequently than they did in previous decades."

 

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Health & Fitness News: Assessing Risks of Antibiotic Resistance, Survery of Global Researchers sticky icon

 

 

Health & Fitness News
Assessing Risks of Antibiotic Resistance

Survery of Global Expert-Researchers

The hazards of antibiotic resistances remain high,
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), December 15, 2017.

A Survey of Antibiotic Resistance Researchers

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Vegas-Style: Laying the Odds of Mega-Drought Destruction in Southwest US sticky icon

 

 

Eco-Crash News
Vegas-Style: Laying the Odds of Mega-Drought Destruction

The "Bottom Line"

Climate scientists study the odds of a US megadrought,
Cornell University, December 14, 2017.

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Water News: Lying Liars Lying? What's Going on with Oroville Dam Cracks? sticky icon

 

 

Water News

Lying Liars Lying?

What's Going on with Oroville Dam Cracks?

Oroville Dam: Formerly classified memo describing spillway cracks now public,
Mercury News, December 12, 2017. 

 

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December 2017 High Sierra News sticky icon

Latest 
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 


December 16, 2017

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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Our Crashing Climate News, October thru December, 2017 sticky icon

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 October thru December
2017

Updated Daily 

December 16

 

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What Brings This Winter of 2017-2018? Predictions, Probabilities, and Progress to the Upcoming Winter sticky icon

 

 

Tahoe to Whitney
Weather
News,
Probabilities,
&
Predictions

FALL of 2017
to the
Winter of 2018

This page is concerned with observing the General Trends & Overall Character of this season's transition through Fall to Winter Conditions, rather than the specific weather at any particular time. 

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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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Bird News: Old Growth Forests Protect Birds, Too Bad Not Much Old Forest Remaining

 

 

Bird News
Old Growth Forests Protect Birds

Too Bad Not Much Old Forest Remaining

Complex, old-growth forests may protect some bird species in a warming climate,
Oregon State University, December 15, 2017.

"Wilson's warbler...declining at a rate of about 2 percent per year in the Pacific Northwest."

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Spider News: Life Eats Itself to Survive, Redback Spiders Survive Well

 

 

Spider News
Life Eats Itself to Survive

Redback Spiders Survive Well

Horrific mating strategy appears to benefit both male and female redback spiders,
University of Toronto, December 14, 2017.

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Climate Change News: Changing Timing and Character of Seasons, Dire Consequences Follow...

 

 

Climate Change News
Changing Timing and Character of Seasons

Dire Consequences Follow...

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Corporations Tell America Go Frack Yourself, & we Will Frack Your Kids, Too: Fracking Degrades Infant Health

 

 

Health & Fitness News

Corporations Tell Americans:
Go Frack Yourself,

& we Will Frack Your Kids, Too: Fracking Degrades Infant Health

Impacts of local exposure to fracking sites on Pennsylvania infants,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, December 13, 2017.

Research

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Fish News: Technology to the Rescue? Technology Killed the Salmon!

 

 

Fish News
Technology to the Rescue?

Technology Killed the Salmon

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Eco Crash News: Harvey a Harbinger, A Future of Super Charged Storms Rises

 

 

Eco Crash News
Harvey a Harbinger

A Future of Super Charged Storms is Here, & Rising

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Mountain Madness is Real: Are You Crazy?

 

 

 

High Altitude psychosis
Life in Crazy Town

Mountain Madness is Real

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Health and Fitness News: Grim News for Lyme's Disease, It Survives in Organs after Antibiotic Regime

 

 

Health & Fitness News

Grim News for Lyme's Disease

Survives in Organs after Antibiotic Regime

Study: Lyme bacteria survive 28-day course of antibiotics months after infection,
Tulane University, December 13, 2017.

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Last Cheetahs on Earth: Survey finds 3,600 in their Largest Range

 

 

CRASHING ECOLOGY

Last Cheetahs on Earth

Survey

Southern Africa's cheetah population much smaller than believed,
Duke University, December 12, 2017.

Fewer that 3,600 in all South Africa, in, “....the area with the largest population of free-ranging cheetahs left on Earth."

 

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Water News: Serious Problems on The Big Muddy, Quick or Slow, the River will go Where it Wants

 

 

WATER NEWS

Some Serious Problems on The Big Muddy

Quick or Slow, the Mississippi River Will go Where it Wants to Go

AGU Fall Meeting: Accumulating sediment in Mississippi River threatens course change,
American Geophysical Union, December 12, 2017.

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Geology News: Geo Electro-Magnitism: 3D mapping of the Crust and Mantle

 

 

GEOLOGY NEWS

Geo Electro-Magnitism

3D mapping of the Crust and Mantle

Space weather, EarthScope, and protecting the national electrical grid,
EarthScope National Office, December 12, 2017.


Studying the effects of the, “...electromagnetic characteristics of the ground surrounding power lines when assessing risk to the power grid from space weather events."

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Global Wilderness Maps: Reveals Shrinking Natural Footprint on Planet Earth

 

 

WILD EARTH NEWS

Global Wilderness Maps

Shrinking Natural Footprint

New maps show shrinking wilderness being ignored at our peril,
Wildlife Conservation Society, December 12, 2017.

Want to see some Wilderness?

I suggest you walk from Tahoe to Whitney.

 

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