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Kennedy Meadows Pack Station Kids & Adult Horse Camps, Summer 2013 & 2014 sticky icon

Kennedy Meadows Pack Station has a Kid's Horse Camp?

UPDATE
2014 brings Kid and Adult horsepacking Schools

I can't think of a better way to show kids the balance of responsibility, fun, trail skills, camp skills, horses, and mules than Kennedy Meadows Pack Station putting on a Kid's Horse Camp. Apparently science agrees too...

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Noble Canyon Backpacking Toiyabe National Forest

Steve contacted me about the huge junipers he had encountered along a short but sweet backpacking trip down Noble Canyon in the Eastern Sierra.

Steve at base of giant juniper tree in Noble Canyon.

 This backpacking trip covers what I estimate and 6.5 miles starting at Ebbetts Pass down to the Silver Creek Campground located at the base of Noble Canyon where Highway 4 crosses the end of Noble Creek.

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Janice "Pepperoni" Raddatz and Harmony near Meiss Meadow

July 16, 2009.

Encounter with Janice "Pepperoni" Radditz and her fine horse, Harmony.

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High Sierra Trail Crew Video

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We hike upon the work of generations of Trail crew. Every Summer the National Forests and Parks, the California Conservation Corps, and various volunteer organizations put trail crews into the High Sierra.

Backpackers fully support these institutional efforts and especially appreciate the folks who do the hard work required to keep up the web of trails that give us access to the high places.

Thanks!

The video pictures trail crew from CCC Stanislaus Backcountry, Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks.

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High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

Fire Information

The gold standard for fire information is CalFire.

CalFire Incident Information

Rim Fire


Another excellent resource for High Sierra Fire information is YubaNet.

YubaNet

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A Great Cross Country American Family Adventure II: National Parks

Meeting Jon and Anne at Hetch Hetchy after a hot hike down Jack Main Canyon during the High Sierra Heat Wave of early July 2013 was a blessing, and the tip of a rather large iceberg.

Jon, Anne, and the kids at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite, 2013.

Jon, Anne, and the kids at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite National Park.

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Pacific Storm, Last Remnant, Relief Reservoir, Emigrant Wilderness

High Sierra Nevada Mountain Weather: Last wisps of Pacific Storm of June 24-25, 2013  die under sunrise of June 26.

 last of Pacific Ocean Storm moisture dissipates over Relief Reservoir.

 

Dynamic cloud dissipates over Tahoe to Yosemite Trail hiking across Emigrant Wilderness.

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Bird, Kennedy Meadows, July 11 2012

Unidentified High Sierra Bird in full mating colors, Highway 108 July 11, 2012.

Bird at junction of Highway 108 and Kennedy Meadows Road, July 2012.

Trail Guide: Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir

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A Great Cross Country American Family Adventure

I was lucky enough to meet Jon and his family at the far end of the tunnel through solid rock that connects the O'Shawnessey Dam creating Hetch Hetchy with its Northwest shore.

John, Anne, and the two kids at Yosemite National Park, Summer 2013.

I was pretty beat by the intense heat of a local heat wave, and the cool tunnel and cool folks were a great back to civilization welcoming committee.

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