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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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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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High Sierra Nevada Backpacker and Hiker Geology Sources, Information, NEWS, and Resources sticky icon

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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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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Observing the Changing Global Web of Life, September 2017

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 September 2017

Updated Daily 

September 22

 

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HIGH SIERRA SEASONAL ASSESSMENT 2016-2017

 HIGH SIERRA SEASONAL ASSESSMENT
2016-2017

Evolution from Winter to Spring to Summer Conditions

Hey Hikers.

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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

 

 

January 30

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON TOP

Dr. Arlene Blum talks about the Climbing Life

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Observing the Changing Global Web of Life, August 2017

 

CHANGING WEATHER, 
&

CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 August 2017

LAST Updated  
August 31

 

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

 Latest High Sierra Backpacker's News

Man and Nature during June of 2017

 

June
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. 

LAST Updated
June 30, 2017

 

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Information about Public Transportation to, across, around, and in the High Sierra

Information about Public Transportation to, across, through, around, and in the High Sierra

 

INDEX
This is the index, or center of various tidbits of information about High Sierra Transportation.

 

Quick Links to Sierra Transportation Resources

YARTS

YARTS Merced to Mammoth Schedule

 

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BACKPACKER ALERT: April 1 thru August 22, 2017. (coverage to 9-11)

 

 

BACKPACKER ALERT UPDATE

  NOTE 
The Sierra Calendar draws together
an extensive array of snow, runoff, weather, hazard, and temp information.

 

Last Updated

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April and May 2017 INDEX of High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

April & May
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. 

Last
Updated

May 31, 2017

 

April & May  HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS BELOW

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BACKPACKER ALERT: March 22 2017, PCT High Sierra Spring Status and Disposition factors

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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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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February and March 2017: Watching the New World Weather Emerge

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.

NEXT MONTHS' CLIMATE NEWS

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