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Alex Wierbinski's blog
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.
CHANGING WEATHER NEWS
January of 2017
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.
January 31, 2017
Environments of Land and Sea Transforming
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.
Common Rosefinch, (?)
Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds
July 16, 2016
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.
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.
Trail Guide Information
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.
Favorite and Best High Sierra Backpack?
I say, "My Favorite" and "The Best" of High Sierra Backpacks because these two catagories are not necessairly the same. First, my style of backpacking requires different solutions than the packs that may be considered "best." The other is cost. There are some fine packs out there that I could never afford.
News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016
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.
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.
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:
BACKPACKING BOOTS & FOOTWEAR
Selecting Backpacking Boots and Footwear from among our many, many Options.
The Range of Choices
We have an extensive selection of types and styles of backpacking footwear available from extremely heavy to virtually none at all. The barefoot and neoprene fads are quite amusing...
Alex W "Snap Review" of
Ultralight Water and Wind Proof ventilated Jacket and Pants.
Mostly Summertime on the Sierra Crestline. I have brought it out during both Spring and Fall warm spells. These shells offer zero, or next to zero insulating power. It does get cold on the crest during Summer.
"Members Choices" are derived from members of Tahoe to Whitney's selections for their favorite pieces of various types of gear.
TW members represent a wide range of different types of folks spending vast amount of time hiking legendary distances collecting up vast amounts of experience across the wide range of harsh and gentle environments the High Sierra can throw down.
Post up the shell gear that best suites you for your particular application in the this Shell Forum.
Sleeping Bags for High Sierra Backpakers
Remember, each sleeping bag is tuned to each user's preference during each season. Make sure you get the weight of bag that suites the requirements of your sensitivities in the environment.
Remember, it gets much colder than you think it will, then much hotter...
High Sierra Internal Framed Backpacks
Internal framed backpacks are by far the most popular type of pack we see used in the Sierra today. I personally prefer them for cold-weather work, and use external framed packs for the hotter Summertime backpacking conditions.
But that's just me. I tend to carry heavy loads. I enjoy an air-space between pack and back during Summertime, and none during Winter.
Backpacking Tents for High Sierra Backpacking
Experienced Backpacker selections for best High Sierra Backpacking Tents.
What makes a good tent? That depends on your capabilities and standards against your preferences and budget. We discuss these factors in Backpacking Tent Selection.