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High Sierra News
September & October News, Events and Observations
News from across the world of science spanning topics based on individual experience, such as personal health and fitness, to geological insights into just how our environment was constructed, up to the most current information on how we are smasing that environment.
I always say that "everything will happen to you on the trail if you are on the trail long enough."
I've added another "happening" that was harrowing but informative. I frigging caught on fire. Let me set the scene.
In our introduction to planning our Tahoe to Yosemite and Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trips we intergrate developing our fitness and skills through training trips into our plans. Thus our plans reflect and acknowledge both our strengths and weaknesses.
Here's a trail report from Summit City Canyon to St. Mary's Pass. Short story is that we were occasionally a bit befuddled and had to backtrack, but in general the trail/route was not that difficult to follow.
FOURTH OF JULY JUNCTION TO CAMP IRENE: From the Fourth of July junction to the first stream crossing south of Horse Canyon junction, the trail is in great shape.
Weather is the Speed of Life.
We consider the interrelationship between geological and biological processes.
News for High Sierra Backpackers
Previous News Page
May and June 2015
Moved to Mountain Safety Forum
Close Encounter of the Cow Kind
As I was hiking down the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus on the unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail I picked up the enchanting sound of softly clanging cow bells bouncing off the rocky canyon walls until absorbed by the forest.
A nifty segment of the unmaintained segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail climbing into its most difficult elements across the South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness captured on video:
From the North Edge of Clarks Fork Meadow along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
I need to go backpacking post-haste. City life sucks and has about driven me crazy. I will be ready to run screaming into Nature after the Fourth.
How about you?
I have a five to seven day trip planned out of the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead near the top of Highway 108. I need a ride up there between the 5th and 7th, if anyone is driving that way.
But here's the real deal, why I am posting here; I am hiking North on an untrailed segment of the TYT to an unmaintained segment of trail, then down to maintained trail.
What fish ears can tell us about sex, surveillance and sustainability,
University of Southampton, June 15, 2015.
Knowing that fish listen carefully helps us approach silently, and gives us a tool to direct their attention.
According to the above article their ears will also allow us to trace their histories.
What grand fish stories these ears must have heard.
Bumble bees in the last frontier,
Pensoft Publishers, June 15, 2015.
Bees and Wasps are high altitude polinators and predators in the High Sierra.
Tahoe to Whitney
We have disturbing climate news from the top and bottom of the planet.
Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils, University of Georgia, April 25, 2015
Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster, Princton, April 30, 2015.
Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.
Mount Whitney in a Day
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: