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Spring 2018 Mountain Lion Attack A Bit West of PCT at Snoqualmie sticky icon

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY
Mountain Lion Attack

A Bit West of PCT in North Washington

Mountain lion attack kills 1, injures 1 in Washington state,
LAT, May 19, 2018.

 

The town of North Bend is about 17 miles (as the Crow flies), West of where the PCT in the Cascades crosses Highway 90 across Snoqualmie Pass.

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SPRING of 2018 High Sierra Hazard Alert Status sticky icon

 

SPRING of 2018
High Sierra Hazard-Alert Status

 

May 17

WINTER CONDITIONS & ACCIDENTS

Two High Altitude Fatalities in Sequoia

 

 SPRING SNOW TRAVEL HAZARD WARNING in EFFECT

SPRING FORDING HAZARD WARNING in EFFECT

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High Sierra Mountain Safety. Hazards & Alerts: Winter of 2018 sticky icon

 

 

Hazards & Alerts: High Sierra Winter of 2018

 Also See
General
Observation & Analysis

THE WINTER of 2018
 

Previous Report
Fall 2017 Hazards & Alerts

 

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Safety First! First Aid Kit for High Sierra Backpackers 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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INDEX: ALL Mosquito and Tick News and Information for High Sierra Backpackers sticky icon

Tick and Mosquito News
Mosquitoes are a major issue in the High Sierra,

ticks less so the higher you go.

 

 Updated
May 21, 2018

 

LATEST MOSQUITO NEWS BELOW

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History of California Water-Development Corruption: Saint Francis Dam Failure of 1928

 

History of California Water-Development Corruption
We Have Been, and are Being Robbed

Historical Political Scam Disasters

90 years later, St. Francis Dam failure parallels Oroville Dam crisis,
Chico Enterprise Record, March 11, 2018.

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March 2018 Snowboard Powder Suffocation

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
Snowboard Powder Suffocation

Snowboarder dies hours after China Peak ski resort reopens,
Sierra Star, March 2, 2018.

"...he fell head-first into about 5 feet of fresh snow and suffocated when he couldn't free himself."

 

Also happening today

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Oroville Dam History: Same Curse of Corruption Then as Now

 

OROVILLE WATER-CORRUPTION CRISIS
DEJA VU, ALL OVER US AGAIN

Same Criminals Now as Then, Just a Lot More of Them

David Little: An Oroville newsman tried to warn us,
Chico ER, February 18, 2018.

 

Little, David fires his Old Beebe vs. the Oroville Goliath

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February 2018: Missing Hiker Found Safe In Yosemite

 

LOST BACKPACKER FOUND

Above Wapama Falls?

Missing Hiker Found Safe In Yosemite National Park,
Yosemite, NPS, February 23, 2018.

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Jan 2018 ALERT: Missing in Yosemite, Camp 4, Yosemite Valley

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety

ALERT

Missing in Yosemite, Camp 4, Yosemite Valley:

Maximillian "Max" L. Schweitzer

Missing in Yosemite,
Sierra News Online, January 6, 2018.

 

National Park Service
Missing in Yosemite

 

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Climate Change induced Increases in Organic Runoff further Desanitizing Lakes

 

 

Mountain Safety-Health & Fitness News

Another Filth Magnifies its Own Effect

Climate Change induced Increases in Organic Runoff further Desanitizing Lakes

Climate change could decrease sun's ability to disinfect lakes,
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, November 1, 2017.

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Backpacker Alert: Winter Gear Warning, November 3, 2017

 

 

November 3

Mountain Safety News

High Sierra
BACKPACKER ALERT

 

Moderate/Weak-strength storm bringing up to 2 feet of snow to the Sierra Crest over this upcoming weekend. 
Winter Gear, Skills, Fitness, & Sensibilities Required.

Woo-Hooo!

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Lost Hikers Rescued Mount Tallac Helli-evac

 

 

Mountain Safety News

Lost Hikers Rescued

Mount Tallac Helli-evac

Lost hikers spend night on Mount Tallac, rescued by helicopter, (video),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, October 25, 2917. 

 

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Firefighter Tribute: Mikey Hallenbeck Memorial near Echo Summit

 

 

Firefighter Tribute

Signs near Echo Summit honor fallen firefighter Mikey Hallenbeck,
Mountain Democrat, October 20, 2017.


The Gordian Knot of drought, radical climate change, irresponsible development, and tradegy are putting all of us at risk, but especially wildland firefighters.

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Sierra News: October Mountain Safety Report, ANNUAL FATALITY REPORT, SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON

 

 

HIGH SIERRA NEWS

October 2017

SEKI Mountain Safety Report

INCIDENTS IN SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS,
September 25 - October 8, 2017,
Kaweah Commonwealth, October 13, 2017.


Backpacker Relevant


Heli-Injury evacuation, Mineral King

Lost, Injured, self-rescued backpacker, Kern Hot Springs

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Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

 

 

Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier,
Yosemite National Park, October 18, 2017.

 

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Mountain Safety: Significant Fall Snowfall, Second Trans-Sierra Highway Closure of 2017

 

 

Second Trans-Sierra Highway Closure of 2017

On the 3rd

It's a Sierra surprise; snowstorm closes Sonora Pass,
Union Democrat, October 4, 2017.

 

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