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The repository of Bear news and stories we come across.

I've written about my experiences with High Sierra Black Bear Behavior in the Trail and Camp Skills section of the Trail Guide. Remember, bears act differently in different locations, and can be quite unpredictable in most situations.

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Bee News 

BEE WORRIED

 

Latest Bug News

 

BEE NEWS

Updated

February 15

A Symphony of Bees Buzzing

Water and Air Harmony Required

 

 

 

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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

December 21

 

Latest News Below

 

2018 Health & Fitness News

 

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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ASTRONOMY, PHYSICS
&
Really Big and Really Small Scale Sciences

The Fundamental Nature of Reality Big to Small... 

We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.

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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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The Existential Zone

 

 

 The Existential Zone

 Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, May 11, 2017.

 

 

ISSUE:

“The Supernova Kill Zone,”

“Big Rock from Space,”

along with

Super-Volcanos and Humans:

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Dam Life: The Life & Times of Oroville Dam

Dam Life: 
The Life & Times of Oroville Dam

This is written to give greater context to the costs identified in the opinion piece:

Editorial: Taxpayers deserve transparency on Oroville expenses,
Mercury News, March 13, 2017.

A Tour de Force of Irony...

March 14, 2017

From March News 

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December 2016 and January 2017: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS

December 2016
and
January of 2017

Last Updated
January 31, 2017

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

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Planning an Excellent Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trip.

Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Planning Information 
Create the best Emigrant Wilderness backpacking plan. Use our Maps, miles, elevations and experience to craft your perfect trip.

 

I recently completed (Oct 8, 2016) the 2016 High Sierra Trails & Trail Culture Review.

This report has planning information for Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trips from Kennedy Meadows to Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.

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Common Rosefinch, (?) Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds

Common Rosefinch, (?)
Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds

Observed
July 16, 2016

Location
Tilden Lake, Yosemite National Park
The North Yosemite Backcountry

I am unclear as to the identity of this bird. You know? Tell me! I just call him "Little Red."

 See the bigger images on the trail guide entry at Tilden Lake.

 

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Fly Catcher (?) High Sierra Birds, Lunch Meadow, Stanislaus National Forest

High Sierra Birds. Fly Catcher (?)  

Observing and attempting to identify High Sierra Birds.

Lunch Meadow, Stanislaus National Forest
Route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows.

September 2, 2010

9000 feet of elevation

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Big Bumble Bees in Upper Lunch Meadow & Bumbler on Moraine Ridge

Big Bumble Bee in Upper Lunch Meadow

Emigrant Wilderness-Stanislaus National Forest

Sept 2, 2010

About 9200 feet of elevation,
above Mosquito Pass trail junction.

 Bumble Bee approaching Brown Bear Pass on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the North Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Trail Guide Information

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Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows

Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows 

July 11 2012

Highway 108 and road to Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

6278 feet of elevation.

Western Tanager along Highway 108 corridor.

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New Pacific Crest Trail signs across North Yosemite

NEW PCT EMBLEMS
 Take off your glasses-you can now find the PCT across Yosemite without them.

Yosemite National Park has installed HUGE new Pacific Crest Trail emblems on their trail  sign posts, at least across the North Yosemite Backcountry, as my personal observations indicate. 

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My Favorite and the Best High Sierra Backpacks: Review External Frame Packs

Member's Favorite External Framed Backpacks

 

Alex                    Classic Camp Trails external framed pack for Summer uses.

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June and July 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016

Updated

July 31

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ON the Trail Again

July 5, 2016

I'll be hitting the trails for a couple of weeks starting today until late July. The site will not be actively monitored during this time. I will return and respond to any inquiries at the end of July.

Those of you hiking North from Tuolumne Meadows during this time may well run into me hiking South towards TM along the TYT-PCT. 

Tuolumne Meadows

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Filters and Purification: MEMBER's FAVORITES for High Sierra Backpacking

 Member's Favorites

What are, and how do we select the best Water Filtration, Purification, Treatment, and Usage System for High Sierra backpackers?

The fundamental requirement for me is clean water quickly. By clean I mean taste as well as purity, so chemicals are regaled to emergency status.

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Peter Locates Excellent Cheap Backpacking Boots: Interceptor Tactical Footwear

Peter is an excellent highly experienced solo cross-country backpacker. His engagement, analysis, observation and decision making skills are reliable and accurate in my estimation.

 Peter found an excellent cheap high quality boot suited for heavy backpacking, cross country scrambling, and even suitable for marginal Spring snow conditions.  

Let's let Peter tell it:

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