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March 22 2017 Backpacker Alert: Spring Status and Disposition factors sticky icon

THIS YEAR
2017

March 22

Hey Hikers.

We face the Spring Thaw. Below I discuss where we are and what I see as the most important factors controlling how Spring will play out into Summer. I link to the resources necessary to track these factors.

The questions we address here are first, fording conditions and safety, then trails, specifically, "when will the trails open for PCT hikers and hikers geared for Summer travel?"

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February and March 2017: Watching the New World Weather Emerge sticky icon

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS

February
and 
March of 2017

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

 

Updated
March 23

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

 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

Updated
March 23, 2017

 

Of Seasonal Interest to Backpackers 

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BACKPACKER ALERT: February 20, 2017

 Hey Hikers,

Alex here, from Tahoe to Whitney.

Sorry about the delay contacting you. I have had a series of distracting personal events while Nature has cut loose. Nonetheless, I have been tracking the wild weather across the Backpacker News Pages on the Forum and the Backpacker's Calendar on the Trail Guide. I hope you've checked them out and found them useful and informative.

Recent Backpacker News
http://tahoetowhitney.org/content/backpacker-news-february-march-2017

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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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December 2016 and January 2017: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS

December 2016
and
January of 2017

Updated January 31, 2017

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.

January 31, 2017

Hot Planet 
Environments of Land and Sea Transforming

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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.

Updated January 31, 2017



Of Seasonal Interest to Backpackers 

High Sierra Calendar

Mid-January:
Venus in Western Sky during Evening, Jupiter greeting dawn in SE with Morning.

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FORDING: Thoughts and Guidelines

FORDING
Thoughts and Guidelines

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Purple and White High Sierra Wildflower: Williamson's Clarkia

Purple and White High Sierra Wildflower:
Williamson's Clarkia 
Williamson's Clarkia, a Purple and White High Sierra Wildflower.

June 30, 2013

5400 feet.

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SPIDERS & Other Mountain INSECT NEWS

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 forum pages.

Spider News
March 14, 2017

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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.

Updated December 2

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

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October and November 2016: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS

 October
and
November
of
2016

The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet.


Updated
 December 2, 2016

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HIGH SIERRA BIRD NEWS and IDENTIFICATION GUIDES

High Sierra Plant and Animal Identification Guides

Quick
High Sierra Bird Guide

Graeme Colmer's
Handy List of Images-Identifications of Sierra Birds

A Handy Thing

 

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August and September 2016: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS
August and September of 2016

 The transitions between seasons, their basic character, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through and disrupting webs of life that wrap around the whole planet. 

 

Updated
  August 5, 2016 

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June and July 2016: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS
June and July of 2016
 The transitions between seasons, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. The directions from which the seasonal winds blow have changed. These changes are reverberating through the webs of life around the planet.


Updated
 July 31, 2016 

Boy, 12, dies after hike during triple-digit temperatures in Phoenix,
Guardian, July 23 2016.

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High Sierra Backpacking Stories List

 I have a long trail of some pretty weird and unique experiences over the course of a life probing Nature. Given enough time, you will find yourself in similar circumstances.

My hope is that you are observing carefully, and not be distracted, when things happen.

 

I'm Not a Cow

High Sierra Cow Anxiety in the Clarks Fork

 

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Rapidly Changing Natural World: Climate Change in the Sierra

The world is rapidly changing around us as folks put their heads deeper into hand-held digital holes, and see almost none of it, and understand even less. The majority of those who do understand the changes are content to paint their lives, "green," and go on doing exactly the same things that brought us to the destruction of our global ecology.

The requirements of the situation we find ourselves in depend solely upon our values and perceptions as individuals and how we express them as a nation.

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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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May 22 2016 Backpacker Alert

May 22, 2016

BACKPACKER ALERT

Current Conditions:
Unstable weather conditions bringing snow and cold rains down onto the two feet of snow already on the crest bring very dangerous conditions for early season backpackers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

All High Sierra Rain & Snow Forecasts

All Current High Sierra Radar

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April and May 2016: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

The transitions between seasons, their timing, temp, and humidity transitions have all changed. These changes are reverberating through the webs of life around the planet.
 

Updated 
May 25, 2016 

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