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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
February 19, 2018

 

LATEST MOSQUITO NEWS BELOW

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

 

 

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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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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Massive Rockfall off El Capitan

 Massive Rockfalls off El Capitan

UPDATES

October 3

Yosemite scientists probe why rocks fell — and where it will happen next,
Mercury News, October 2, 2017.

 

September 30

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Mountain Safety: Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 22, 2017.

Fall injury Sawtooth Pass

Fall injury Little Claire Lake

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Difficult, Delayed Water Recovery

 

Difficult, Delayed Water Recovery

CRASH VICTIMS RECOVERED FROM KINGS RIVER,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 9, 2017.

Previous Reports

Last

Whole Story

 

Mountain Safety News

 

 

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Kings Canyon Victim Recovery & Identity

 

Victim Recovery & Identity

VICTIMS OF BACKCOUNTRY FATALITIES IDENTIFIED,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 5, 2017.

Plans to recover four foreign national victims trapped in two autos in Kings River may move forward. JMT hiker fatality on Golden Staircase identified.

 

Tragic Tourist Auto Accidents

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