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Backpacking is Dangerous
Is backpacking dangerous?
Interesting formation of rock inclusions in exposed granite along unmaintained segment of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail along Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River
Interesting inclusions exposed on granite outcropping.
South of Northern Boulder Lake trail juction, North of the Southern unmarked junction to Boulder Lake.
Trail Guide Page
Boulder Lake junction to East Carson River
I've seen bears and bear sign here as long as I've been coming here.
Bear behavior has been on a long term trend of increasing familarity with humans, and increasing numbers for the past couple of decades.
Then Vic Bergstrom sold the Little Antelope Pack Station to Joe. Joe's opened up the bear hunting in the Eastern Sierra around the East Carson River. This has changed the trajectory of bear behavior as well as their distribution.
This is a general post about bear encounters on the trails and in the terrain around the upper reaches of the East Carson River.
"What's on the other side of that mountain?"
"Where does that ravine lead to?'
"That might be a really cool shortcut" are very familiar thoughts in my hiking mind.
Steve contacted me about the huge junipers he had encountered along a short but sweet backpacking trip down Noble Canyon in the Eastern Sierra.
This backpacking trip covers what I estimate and 6.5 miles starting at Ebbetts Pass down to the Silver Creek Campground located at the base of Noble Canyon where Highway 4 crosses the end of Noble Creek.
Upon the first publication of this report on June 8th 2014 Peter had just completed an early season snow-hiking trip along the Classic Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route. At that time he sent us very valuable information about early season conditions early in the season, which we first put up here on June 8 of 2014.
An excellent way to approach the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is as a section hiker. This is how Scott, his hiking partner Rich, and their backcountry hiking dog Melika approached the difficult Carson Pass to Lake Alpine section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.
We have three potential backpacking routes to the Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite Trail exiting the Tahoe Basin through the Carson Gap. The Eastern route follows the PCT down to and through Carson Pass to bend West towards Round Top Lake and the TYT via Winnemucca Lake. The other two backpacking routes up to the TYT involve hiking down towards Woods Lake, from where we will pick either the footbridge route or the Lost Cabin Mine Trail route to the trail junction at Round Top Lake.
Here's the deal: NOTHING IS WATERPROOF.
Not even rubber-coated nylon. Anyone who backpacks in rubber-coated fabrics know that the hiker's sweat inside the rubber is as wet as the rain outside. And much nastier...
The classic "breathable" waterproof/water resistant materials can be "waterproof" for up to three days. That's the longest I've ever gotten any "dry" conditions to last. After three days in driving rain everything is wet. Everything.
This Eastern route is the longest of our three possible routes between our Southbound exit from the Lake Tahoe Basin through Carson Gap to the single track of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail route South of Round Top Lake.
This is the forum page for our questions, comments, supplemental information and updates, and most importantly your experience and advice about this particular route.
July 16, 2009.
Encounter with Janice "Pepperoni" Radditz and her fine horse, Harmony.
Backpacking Tent Selection
Nowadays there are two basic schools, or philosophies, of backpacker tent use: Lightweight or None. These are not mutually exclusive catagories.
I typically fit into both categories, depending on the circumstances.
A common event is cold night time temps causing crystal formation in soils.
This effect "scrubs" the trail of tracks. Tracks on the trail are dated from the last crystal-freeze or rain in that area. Wind ages and obliterates tracks. The crystals above formed during early May of 2002 in the open flat of Meiss Meadow.
I guess this topic deals with cold effects on terrain, on water, on lakes and streams.
Here's Wolf Creek flowing as slush during October of 2011:
I was facinated by this. I would have spent the morning watching it revert to liquid water, but I had a hiking partner with time constraints during this backpacking trip that I could not blow off.
In for a penny, in for a pound.
Forest Service Sign at Meiss Cabin in the Meiss Country Roadless Area in the Southernmost part of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Science and Environment News
May 5-7 2014
As CO2 levels rise, some crop nutrients will fall, Nature, May 7, 2014.
"Researchers have some bad news for future farmers and eaters: As carbon dioxide levels rise this century, some grains and legumes will become significantly less nutritious than they are today. The new findings are reported in the journal Nature."
"By now you probably know about the plight of America’s honeybees: the collapsed colonies and dying hives, threatening pollination services to crops and the future of a much-beloved insect.
Sayles Canyon Coyote
By Bill F
I don't know if this is the same coyote as the one I saw at the Sayles Canyon Trail junction along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the Meiss Country Roadless Area. Same coloring, and he is displaying the same calm, quiet intensity as the one I saw.
But, if this is not the same one, I'll bet he knows the coyote I saw.
"Boulder, Colo., USA – In an addition to Geosphere's ongoing themed issue series, "Geodynamics and Consequences of Lithospheric Removal in the Sierra Nevada, California," Craig H. Jones of the University of Colorado Boulder and colleagues examine the seismological study of the entire extent of the U.S. Sierra Nevada range using seismograms collected in the Sierra Nevada EarthScope field experiment from 2005 to 2007.