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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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2018 High Sierra Mountain Safety: Backpacker Alert Index

WINTER OF 2018
BACKPACKER ALERTS

So far this year we've achieved

FULL WINTER STATUS & CAUTIONS

on

November 28, 2017:

FULL WINTER
-GEAR-SKILLS-FITNESS-
REQUIRED
From
Now thru the Remainder of the Winter Season

HAZARD STATUS
Two Issues

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Jan 2018 ALERT: Missing in Yosemite, Camp 4, Yosemite Valley

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety

ALERT

Missing in Yosemite, Camp 4, Yosemite Valley:

Maximillian "Max" L. Schweitzer

Missing in Yosemite,
Sierra News Online, January 6, 2018.

 

National Park Service
Missing in Yosemite

 

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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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Climate Change induced Increases in Organic Runoff further Desanitizing Lakes

 

 

Mountain Safety-Health & Fitness News

Another Filth Magnifies its Own Effect

Climate Change induced Increases in Organic Runoff further Desanitizing Lakes

Climate change could decrease sun's ability to disinfect lakes,
RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, November 1, 2017.

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Lost Hikers Rescued Mount Tallac Helli-evac

 

 

Mountain Safety News

Lost Hikers Rescued

Mount Tallac Helli-evac

Lost hikers spend night on Mount Tallac, rescued by helicopter, (video),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, October 25, 2917. 

 

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Sierra News: October Mountain Safety Report, ANNUAL FATALITY REPORT, SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON

 

 

HIGH SIERRA NEWS

October 2017

SEKI Mountain Safety Report

INCIDENTS IN SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS,
September 25 - October 8, 2017,
Kaweah Commonwealth, October 13, 2017.


Backpacker Relevant


Heli-Injury evacuation, Mineral King

Lost, Injured, self-rescued backpacker, Kern Hot Springs

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Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

 

 

Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier,
Yosemite National Park, October 18, 2017.

 

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Mountain Safety: Significant Fall Snowfall, Second Trans-Sierra Highway Closure of 2017

 

 

Second Trans-Sierra Highway Closure of 2017

On the 3rd

It's a Sierra surprise; snowstorm closes Sonora Pass,
Union Democrat, October 4, 2017.

 

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Massive Rockfall off El Capitan

 Massive Rockfalls off El Capitan

UPDATES

October 3

Yosemite scientists probe why rocks fell — and where it will happen next,
Mercury News, October 2, 2017.

 

September 30

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Mountain Safety: Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 22, 2017.

Fall injury Sawtooth Pass

Fall injury Little Claire Lake

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Difficult, Delayed Water Recovery

 

Difficult, Delayed Water Recovery

CRASH VICTIMS RECOVERED FROM KINGS RIVER,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 9, 2017.

Previous Reports

Last

Whole Story

 

Mountain Safety News

 

 

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Kings Canyon Victim Recovery & Identity

 

Victim Recovery & Identity

VICTIMS OF BACKCOUNTRY FATALITIES IDENTIFIED,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 5, 2017.

Plans to recover four foreign national victims trapped in two autos in Kings River may move forward. JMT hiker fatality on Golden Staircase identified.

 

Tragic Tourist Auto Accidents

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Safety Incidents & Rescues at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, August 2017

 

SEKI

 

Incidents at Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks,
Kaweah Commonwealth, September 1, 2017.

 

Broken leg assisted rescue

Heil-evac from Crabtree Ranger Station

Stroke heli evac

Hamstring heli-evac from McClure Meadow

Climber above Bishop Pass: complex rescue

 

High Sierra Moutain Safety News

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Rescue and Disaster Log Index

Also See
High Sierra Safety News 

THE SETTING
Every year the Sierra experiences a different transition from Winter through Spring into Summer conditions. Every year there is a different pattern of "overlap" between the seasons, with bits of warm happening early, and bits of snow and rain happening late.

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