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An entry that applies to backpacking across, or a rule or condition that pertains to all of our High Sierra Nevada National Forests.

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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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The World of Insects and the Spiders that Eat Them

We've got worlds of wonder in the High Sierra looking in any direction. The ground and sky are full of vibrant insect communities. Some, like the mosquitoes, are winged devils. Others are winged delights. On the ground we find spiders trying to catch and eat them all.

This forum started out as the Spider Forum, but has been expanded to include the various insects we encounter that are not Bees, Butterflies, and Mosquitoes, which have their own dedicated pages.

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High Sierra Plant and Animal Identification Guides

 Quick Reference 
High Sierra Bird Guides

EXCELLENT
INTERNET
IDENTIFICATION RESOURCES

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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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All Tree News
Generally Covering the Plant World

 

 

All
High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

High Sierra Tree Identification Resources

Tree Forum

 


The Brethren

Updated

 

 

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This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.

 

2018 Water and Fish News

Last Updated
December 28, 2017

Nestle Water Heist Update

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Bee News 

BEE WORRIED

 

Latest Bug News

 

BEE NEWS

Updated

February 15

A Symphony of Bees Buzzing

Water and Air Harmony Required

 

 

 

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This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information.  For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.

Good
High Sierra Geology Introductory Texts, Links, & Resources

On the Trail Guide

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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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2018 News of Health Science, Fitness, the Human Past, Potential & Pitfalls for Backpackers

 

 

Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

Updated
February 21

 

January 1, 2018:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  

 

Latest News Below

 

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December 2017 High Sierra News

Latest 
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 


December 31, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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 humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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High Sierra Weather: Fall Storm Situation Report, November 17, 2017

 

 

Fall Storm Report

November 17, 2017

The increasing instability of Fall this year first brought us a couple of, "dribbles," of Fronts coming across the Sierra on September 14 (calendar). This has been followed by a series of weak fronts, seven in total so far, that have come from both the North and South.

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November 2017 High Sierra News

  Latest

High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

November 2017

November
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 humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles: We Blow Up & Die, We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

 

 

FIRE

The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles

We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

PG&E helped stall effort to map risky power lines prone to wildfires,
The Mercury News, October 23, 2017.

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Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

 

 

Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

Alpine trees put on annual show,
Record Courier, October 5, 2017.

 

Have any interesting experiences with trees? My first observations of the slashes of Aspen Colors through the darkening evergreen forests of Fall always shocks me. 

 

Plant Planet: The Plant & Tree Forum

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Our Crashing Climate News, October thru December, 2017

 

 

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 October thru December
2017

Updated Daily 

December 20

 

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Super Hot Summer of 2017: A Year of Weather Extremes

 

 

Super Hot Summer of 2017

What a year: Extreme heat, rain, record number of 100-degree days,
Recordnet, September 29, 2017.

 

Summer of 2017, Another "Hottest."

 

Track Summer of 2017 on the High Sierra Calendar

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2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water

 

 

2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water 

Article

 

Super wet Winter

 

A crazy water year ended Saturday. So did we set any records for rain and snow?
Modesto Bee, October 1, 2017.

This was the craziest snow & spring thaw year in the Sierra in my adult memory, looking like the second wettest year in recorded history?

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October 2017 INDEX of High Sierra Backpacker's News of Man and Nature

 Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News

 Man and Nature

October 2017

October
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 humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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