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Female Trail: High Sierra Backpacking and related health & fitness topics

 Outdoor Women 

This section is dedicated to information pertaining specifically to female's health, fitness, and outdoor activities. It centers as specifically as possible on News, topics and issues concerning women backpacking the High Sierra

 

 

November 7

Brisk Walking-Physical Activity may Lower Risk of Death among Older Women

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

CHANGING WEATHER NEWS

December 2016
and
January of 2017

Last 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.

 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

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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.

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

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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. 

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

LAST MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

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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.

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

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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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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.

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

LAST MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS


 

Last Updated 
May 25, 2016 

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Tahoe to Whitney Permit Nightmare: An Existential Threat to High Sierra Long Distance Backpacking

 shiveringman was the first to report on Wed the 17th (below)  that the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit was refusing to issue permits for end-points, for any destinations exiting the Tahoe Basin that are not on the "PCT corridor."

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Fall Backpacking Safety Warning

Fall Backpacking Considerations in the High Sierra

Fall is a beautiful time for backpacking the Sierra.

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Ticks on the Move

May 7, 2015 
TICK RESEARCH
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Good News and Bad News.

The Good News:

BOULDER--New research has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict outbreaks.

The Bad News:

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2015 WEATHER NEWS: California Drought, Fire, El Nino and Floods?

Updated

                       December 30, 2015 

What  
This is the collection point tracking the profound changes in seasonal weather patterns and the resulting chaos in the webs of life that we are experiencing through 2015.

See 2016 Climate Tracking

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Dave Bewley completes Pacific Crest Trail at 72

Over the years hiking South from Tahoe to Whitney I've had the pleasure to meet a lot of Northbound PCT hikers.

Though many of these encounters are fleeting, they can be deeply rewarding and satisfying. I've met a whole lot of amazing folks over the years.

One of those folks is Dave Bewley, a section hiker out of Florida. Well, let's let Dave tell us about it.

 

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Changing Seasons Doom Traditional Sierra Forests

Independent of the amazing drought of 2011-?, the slow and steady changes in the seasons over the Sierra Nevada have already doomed their forests to a rapid transition between species by fire.

I discuss this in context of the changing times we get changing temps and weather in the Sierra. This information is almost as important for backpackers as the forests and animals within them.

Notes on backpacking weather, changing (changed) seasons and the fate of High Sierra trees:

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Field Astronomy for the High Sierra Backpacker

Field Astronomy for the High Sierra Backpacker
 Resources and Information for precisely tracking the position of the Sun across its diurnal (daily) path. Astronomical references tell us the time and keeps us oriented in the terrain by the known time and compass points of its rising and setting positions.

Sun and Moon rise and set coordinates and times.

The same principals apply to the movement of stars across the night sky. 

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Backpacking Navigation: Time and Space References

2/3rds of Summertime backpacking is during the day, a third is spent under Night Skies. We are going to locate, record, and use the information about sunrise and set times and compass points as our basic backpacking clock and compass during day and night.

Basic Time and Space Orientation
The basic information establishing the relationship between time and space is available from the Trail Guide's Navigation page.

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Backpacking Stove Review: The New MSR Windboiler

Backpacking Stove Review: The New MSR Windboiler.

MSR Windboiler Website

November 30 2014.

This review puts the new MSR Windboiler to the test in contrast to the MSR Reactor.

Section Hiker.

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Forest Service Trail Crew Construction and Maintenance Notebook

The National Forest Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook is a bible for Trail Crew a basic reference and handbook for the Trail Crew Arts. 

If you are thinking about a career in Trail Crew this book will basically inform you about the nature of the job and how to observe, plan, and execute trail construction and maintenance tasks.

Below find a comprehensive list of Trail Work References

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Environmental News May 5 to 7, 2014

Science and Environment News
May 5-7 2014

May 7

As CO2 levels rise, some crop nutrients will fall, Nature, May 7, 2014. 
"Researchers have some bad news for future farmers and eaters: As carbon dioxide levels rise this century, some grains and legumes will become significantly less nutritious than they are today. The new findings are reported in the journal Nature."

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