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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November 2017 High Sierra News sticky icon

  Latest

High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

November 2017

November
of
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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Climate Crash News, October & November, 2017 sticky icon

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 October & November
2017

Updated Daily 

November 17

 

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

 

 

Tahoe to Whitney
Weather
News,
Probabilities,
&
Predictions

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

See the High Sierra Weather Page for Current Conditions. 

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BACKPACKER ALERT: Tracking Evolution of High Sierra Hazard Status through Fall 2017 sticky icon

 

BACKPACKER ALERT

High Sierra Status and Hazards 

Updated
November 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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Looking into the Mirror of Life II: Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Science News & Research for Good Observers sticky icon

ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS 


Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

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HIGH SIERRA BIRD NEWS and IDENTIFICATION GUIDES sticky icon

High Sierra Plant and Animal Identification Guides

 Quick Reference 
High Sierra Bird Guides

EXCELLENT
INTERNET
IDENTIFICATION RESOURCES

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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.

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All Tree News sticky icon

All Tree News
Generally Covering the Plant World

 

 

All
High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

 


The Brethren

Updated

 

 November 15

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News of Fish, Water, Oceans, Ice, and People sticky icon

This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.

 

November 17

Groundwater Double-Wammy

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News of Health Science, Fitness, the Human Past, Potential & Pitfalls for Backpackers sticky icon

 Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

Updated

November 15

Latest News Below

 

Our goal here is to provide the best information how to deal with internal and external threats to your health. But why?

 

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High Sierra Nevada Backpacker and Hiker Geology Sources, Information, NEWS, and Resources sticky icon

This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information.  For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.

Good
High Sierra Geology Introductory Texts, Links, & Resources

On the Trail Guide

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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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Eco Crash News, Climate Change Threatens Economy. If So, the Corporates will Kill It...er...

 

 

Eco Crash News

Climate Change Threatens Economy

If So, the Corporates will Kill It...er...

Hot and bothered,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SANTA BARBARA, November 16, 2017.

They, being the forces of organized greed running our country today, will kill anything that gets in the way of their power and profits, Nature included, as we can plainly see from the condition of our environment. 

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Eco Crash News, Ma Nature Locked & Loaded: Climate change impacts already locked in

 

 

Climate Crash News

Ma Nature
Locked & Loaded

Climate change impacts already locked in

Climate change impacts already locked in -- but the worst can still be avoided,
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER, November 16, 2017.

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Groundwater Double-Wammy, Two Stories; Groundwater depletion adds CO2, & Groundwater recharge Declines

 

 

Groundwater Double-Wammy

Two Stories

Groundwater depletion adds CO2
&
Groundwater recharge Declines in West under climate change

Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide,
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION, November 16, 2017.

An unrecognized source of CO2 is calculated.

 

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Weather News La Nina Update New Research Predicts Current La Nina to Last

 

 

Weather News

La Nina Update

New Research Predicts Current La Nina to Last

New research could predict La Niña drought years in advance,
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, November 16, 2017.

A strong La Nina is churning along right now. Here’s the Last La Nina Report of November 9:

Last La Nina Report

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Sky News: Solar System Formation; Most Sophisticated Explanation Yet

 

 

Astronomy News

Solar System Formation

Most Sophisticated Explanation Yet

New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water,
FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO, November 16, 2017.

 

 

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High Sierra Weather: Fall Storm Situation Report, November 17, 2017

 

 

Fall Storm Report

November 17, 2017

The increasing instability of Fall this year first brought us a couple of, "dribbles," of Fronts coming across the Sierra on September 14 (calendar). This has been followed by a series of weak fronts, seven in total so far, that have come from both the North and South.

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Health & Fitness News, Energy Drinks Under Attack: They drive you crazy and make you drive crazy

 

 

Health & Fitness News

Energy Drinks Under Attack

They drive you crazy and make you drive crazy

Serious health risks associated with energy drinks,
FRONTIERS, November 15, 2017.


"...which include risk-seeking behavior, mental health problems, increased blood pressure, obesity and kidney damage."

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