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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Crashing Climate News

Polar Vortex Splits Under Warming Stratosphere

The Polar Vortex Has Split,
Weather Channel, February 13, 2018.

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Climate Crash News
Warm Arctic Chills Dixie?

Warming Arctic Channels Frigid Air South

Polar vortex defies climate change in the Southeast,
Dartmouth College, February 13, 2018.

"U.S. warming hole."

"During the winter and spring, the U.S. warming hole sits over the Southeast, as the polar vortex allows arctic air to plunge into the region."

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Climate Change News: Sierra Snowpack Far Below Normal is a Wakeup Call sticky icon

 

California Drought-Water Crisis
KQED Descriptions with No Analysis

Levels of Threat of Corporate Growth Machine of Death Unidentified by Corporate Press

Sierra Snowpack, Far Below Normal, is a ‘Wakeup Call,’
KQED, February 15, 2018.

 

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Water News, Devils Straws Revival: Mordor Wants Our Water sticky icon

 

WATER NEWS
Devils Straws Revival

Mordor Wants Our Water

A ‘water grab’? Southern California water agency eyes possible control of Delta tunnels project,
Sac Bee, February 13, 2018.

Private Water Grab

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High Sierra Winter of 2018

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January 1, 2018

 FALL 2017
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FALL REVIEW
Setting the Scene for the Winter of 2018

Full Fall Reference Page
Through Fall 2017 to Winter of 2018

 

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

Key Quick Reference
  HIGH SIERRA WEATHER RESOURCES
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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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Global Proliferation of Urban Crapholes: The Megacity sticky icon

 

Eco Crash News
Global Proliferation of Urban Crapholes

472 cities above a million, 32 megacities above 10 million

World's biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanized planet,
European Commission Joint Research Centre, February 13, 2018.

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HOW TO CRASH YOUR ENVIRONMENT: Mega City Morons of Mexico City

 

HOW TO CRASH YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Mega City Morons

Mexico City: How to Screw Everything

Floods and Water Shortages Swamp Mexico City,
Circle of Blue, February 16, 2018.

Don't concentrate 21 million anywhere: it's a stupid move, if you've got the quality of life of your people and your environment as your goal. 21 million destroys both.

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Can Quantum Computers Work? One Scientist Says No

 

Astrophysics News
Can Quantum Computers Work?

One Scientist Says No

The Argument Against Quantum Computers,
Quanta, February 7, 2018.


Recent Quantum Research

Quantum Supercomputers

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Geo-Climate News: What Caused Twin Mega-Avalanches in Tibet?

 

CLIMATE CRASH NEWS
literally
Massive Tibet Avalances of 2016

Four Causes Discovered: Climate a Factor in Three

What Caused Twin Mega-Avalanches in Tibet?
NASA Earth Observatory, February 6, 2018.

 

"There were four factors that came together and triggered the collapses."

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Climate Impact and Fine Imagery of Glaciers, Storms, Fires, Clouds, and More

 

CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH
An Awesome Analysis of Degrading Climate and Atmospheric Beauty

Climate Impact and Fine Imagery

What Climate Change Means for Glaciers, Storms, Fires, Clouds, and More,
NASA Earth Observatory, February 13th, 2018.

 

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Invasive Pest Resurfaces in Sierra Foothills: Nutria in Four Foothill Counties

 

Small Mammal News
Invasive Pest Resurfaces in Sierra Foothills

Nutria in Four Foothill Counties

Nutria, an invasive pest thought to be eradicated, spotted in Tuolumne County,
Union Democrat, February 14, 2018.

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High Sierra History Roundup: Three Western Museums Get their Borax Wagons Rolling

 

HIGH SIERRA HISTORY
A High Sierra History Roundup

Three Western Museums Get their Borax Wagons Rolling

American Mule Museum, Laws Museum announce alliance,
Sierra Wave, February 12, 2018.

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Bee News, A Symphony of Bees Buzzing: Water and Sky Harmony Required

 

Bee News
Symphony of Bees Buzzing

Water and Air Harmony Required

The more kinds of bees, the better for humans, Rutgers-led study finds,
Rutgers University, February 15, 2018.

"The larger an area, the more species of wild bees are needed to pollinate crops."

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Astro News, Its Raining Exoplanets: 100 new exoplanets

 

Astronomy News
It's Raining Exoplanets

100 new exoplanets

Kepler scientists discover almost 100 new exoplanets,
Technical University of Denmark, February 15, 2018.

"The Kepler spacecraft was launched in 2009 to hunt for exoplanets in a single patch of sky..."

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Astro News, Extraterrestrial Weather, Storms of Neptune: The Dark Vortex

 

Astro News
News from Neptune
Extraterrestrial Weather

Storms of Neptune: The Dark Vortex

Hubble sees Neptune's mysterious shrinking storm,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, February 15, 2018.

"... first discovered in the late 1980s by NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft."

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Bad Water: Municipal Water Tainted Across America; Interactive Map

 

Health & Fitness degraded by Polluted Water
Bad Water

Municipal Water Tainted Across America: Interactive Map

Millions of Americans drink potentially unsafe tap water. How does your county stack up?
Science, February 12, 2018.

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Perfume & Personal Product Pollution: Now a Dominant Urban Air Pollution Source

 

Air Pollution
Volatile Organic Compounds
VOC
Perfume & Personal Product Pollution Exceeding Auto Pollution

An "Over-Producted" People

Consumer and industrial products now a dominant urban air pollution source,
University of Colorado at Boulder, February 15, 2018.

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