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April & May
of
2017

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by human and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

Updated
April 28, 2017

 

LATEST TRAIL NEWS BELOW

LATEST GENERAL NEWS BELOW

 

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Dam Life: The Life & Times of Oroville Dam

Dam Life: 
The Life & Times of Oroville Dam

This is written to give greater context to the costs identified in the opinion piece:

Editorial: Taxpayers deserve transparency on Oroville expenses,
Mercury News, March 13, 2017.

A Tour de Force of Irony...

March 14, 2017

From March News 

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Bear News and Research

 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.

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February and March 2017 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

 High Sierra Backpacker News


February
and 
March of 2017

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by human and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

LATEST NEWS BELOW

Last Updated
March 31, 2017

 

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December 2016 and January 2017 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

High Sierra Backpacker News

December 2016
and
January of 2017

Happenings in Nature and Society affecting the Trail and our Path through Life.

Last Updated
January 31, 2017

 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS



Of Seasonal Interest to Backpackers 

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October and November 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

High Sierra Backpacker News

October 
and
November of 2016

Happenings in Nature and Society affecting the Trail.

Last Updated
December 2

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Tioga Road closed for a week between 11-1 and 11-8

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August and September 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

High Sierra Backpacker News
August and September of 2016

Happenings in Nature and Society affecting the Trail.
 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Of Interest to Backpackers
Current Star Chart and Sky Information

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June and July 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016

Updated

July 31

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Tahoe to Whitney High Sierra News Focus: My Goal

Focus and Goal of Tahoe to Whitney

Scope

These News Forum Pages cover general news from around the world about the patterns of behavior of the Weather, Terrain, Animals, Water and People of interest to those of us who engage Nature directly.  

 

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April and May 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

News for Backpackers
Everywhere
&
Especially
High Sierra Backpackers

Our Purpose

 

Latest Update
 May 23, 2016 

The Wolves Circle the Downed Fawn

National Park Service loses early round in Yosemite’s trademarks fight,
Fresno Bee, May 20, 2016.
 

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High Sierra Backpacking News and Observations: January and February 2016

High Sierra Backpacker News

January & February
 2016

UPDATED
                Feb 18, 2016.
 News, Events, Observations, and Analysis

Earlier News
November and December 2015.

Happy Trails through the New Year...

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November & December 2015 High Sierra Backpacker's News, Events, and Observations of Note

High Sierra News

November & December
2015

UPDATED
         December 31, 2015.
 News, Events, Observations, and Analysis

Happy Trails through the New Year...

Astronomy
Picture of the Day
NASA

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July and August 2015 High Sierra Backpacker's News of Note

News for  High Sierra Backpackers

Updated
                  August 31

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               May and June 2015

NEWS

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DNC tries to steal public names of National Park Historical Landmarks

Here's a pretty good account of the Corporate shenanigans Delaware North Corporation is using to try to extort 51 million taxpayer's dollars via the National Park Service.

Well, the Devil Needs Cash...and the Devil Never Cares how he gets it...

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High Sierra Roads and Trails: Spring Evolution, April-May 2014

2014 Season Introduction
April 13
2014 has brought a serious amplification of the multi-decadal trend towards shorter, drier Winters in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. This is the least precipitation I've ever seen during Fall and Winter.

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High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

The gold standard for California jurisdiction fire information is CalFire.

CalFire Incident Information

For Federal events we look to Inciweb

Inciweb


 

Smoke Information

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Safety: Survival Expert Successfully Crosses Death Valley In Summer

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 Above: Thomas shows us his pack and gear before departing Badwater Basin at Sunset.

 

The Trip 

Thomas Coyne just hiked from Badwater Basin at the bottom of Death Valley to the top of Mount Whitney during mid-Summer. 

This route goes from the lowest point in the US in Death Valley to the highest point in the US at the top of Mount Whitney.

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