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News and Information about critical changes in weather, seasons, terrain conditions, river levels, insects and disease important to the safety of High Sierra Backpackers during 2017.
3 10 9 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
2017 News for all backpackers, and especially High Sierra Backpackers, hikers, horsemen, sportsmen, and other Nature Lovers.
8 11 4 weeks 7 hours ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Tracking global responses to the radical change in seasonal weather patterns around the world.
3 3 3 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
History and Historical Markers and Monuments in the Sierra Nevada
17 25 1 year 28 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
John Muir, Miwok and Piutes, sheepherders and developers following the surges of miners across the Sierra Nevada all found the formation of Yosemite.
5 5 1 year 14 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Pursuing maximum engagement with the Natural Reality around us.
4 4 1 year 29 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Exploring the fundamental Nature of Reality.
2 2 1 year 30 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Backpacking trip plan for part of 2009 Tahoe to Whitney hike.

All issues concerned with planning our Tahoe to Whitney Backpacking Trip. Right now the Snow section has a sample five day menu approach demonstrating menu sufficient for a hard five day trip.
This can be scaled up or down, and works as well in the Summer as the Winter, with your personal adjustments for season, your weight, and metabolic calorie requirements.

2 2 37 weeks 1 day ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Chuck Wagon rolling by with two horse-power at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station and Resort, 2010.

The literal and metaphoric Chuck Wagon crosses Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

This section of the Backpacking Topics Forum deals with the Principals and Practices of Planning the itinerary of our Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney backpacking trip.

Specifically, this requires we understand the resources available and match them with our personal requirements, not necessairly our expectations, to best utilize the 8 potential resupply points we can access between Tahoe and Whitney. 

11 27 11 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Forty Days from Lake Tahoe to the Mount Whitney Portal
4 4 2 years 31 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Permitting Authorities from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney.
8 15 1 year 4 weeks ago
by Dennis (not verified)

Five days of waterproof backpacking food ready to go for 5 day Winter snow trip, March 2010 .

A five day food supply plan that can be adjusted to your personal Winter & Summer backpacking food needs. This approach to menu planning also works for setting up long-distance Summer backpacking resupply packages. Add your menu and food planning tips and information too, please!

5 5 7 years 13 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Have a recipe you want to share? Dehydration and Menu tips for do it your-selfers? Cool snacks? Reviews of food products? Inform us!
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 Post on your favorite self-made dehydrated meals, recipes for backpacking foods, and your do-it-yourself menus.

1 1 7 years 13 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

 How to plan a basic backpacking menu. Set daily meals, calorie counts, snacks, and packing properly for long distance High Sierra backpacking.

1 1 7 years 1 day ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Forum on Safety Issues in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains.
18 18 32 weeks 6 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Record of accidents, rescues, and disasters in High Sierra mountain terrain.
1 1 1 year 29 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Information on water quality, sources of contamination, and courses of action for High Sierra Backpackers
7 9 1 year 33 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Research and news on High Sierra Parasites
1 1 1 year 38 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
News and Information about Mosquitoes and Ticks in the High Sierra.
11 28 46 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
The Arts of Backpacking
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Backpacking physical fitness
5 6 5 years 34 weeks ago
by Unidentified Hiker

The Art of Walking extends from the bottom of  your feet through your heart, lungs, and mind, to the extent of your vision, 

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Efficient and effective camping

2 4 6 years 6 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Rope and Knot craft 

2 2 6 years 28 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

 Time and Space in the Wilderness

4 4 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

 Map tech for backpackers

1 1 6 years 6 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Delightful view of Meiss Meadow from my snow camp.

 

Post information about your favorite snow camping trips here. Above: Meiss Meadow inside mountains ringing Tahoe basin from my delightful campsite.

3 3 3 years 27 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Sierra Nevada Snow camping in the Fall demands respect for potential Winter conditions.
1 1 2 years 2 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Longer days, higher temps, and less fierce storms bring ideal Spring Snow Camping conditions to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
8 9 2 years 12 weeks ago
by Unidentified Hiker (not verified)
Winter in the Sierra Nevada requires Heavy Gear, excellent navigation and survival skills, and a deep appreciation of the special beauty Winter bestows on the High Sierra.
4 4 4 years 23 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Identify the Natural World of the Sierra Nevada around you. Birds, bugs, plants, geology, geography, or people. Post up your images and relate your experiences as you use and expand this reference.
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Concerning the physical nature and geological history of the terrain we tred.
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The nature of the physical world.
1 1 1 year 44 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Rocks consolidated into Boulders by volcanic cements.
2 2 3 years 13 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Rock inclusions in granite are unique and interesting
2 2 2 years 47 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Remarkable features creating the Sierra's environments.
1 1 3 years 7 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Cold effects on terrain.
2 2 3 years 6 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Delightful bits of natural beauty and character.
1 1 2 years 28 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Created historical terrain feature responsible for many high altitude Sierra lakes.
1 3 1 year 22 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Snuck up on this bad boy in Spring of 2010, Poison Flat, Carson Iceberg Wilderness.

Living things encountered in the Sierras

1 1 5 years 15 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Skruffy bear rooting Falls Meadow, East Carson River, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, 2003.

Above: Skruffy bear rooting Falls Meadow, East Carson River, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Fall 2003.

Bear encounters in the High Sierra Nevadas

12 14 13 weeks 1 day ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Birds of the High Sierra Nevada Mountains
7 7 36 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Kitty tracks far off the PCT route as I take my own way South from Latopie Lake.

Above: I encounter Kitty tracks far off the PCT route as I take my own route South from Latopie Lake.

Cat encounters and signs in the Sierra Nevada.

3 3 4 years 29 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

chipmunk at Relief Reservoir campsites, Emigrant Wilderness.

Images and descriptions of encounters with small High Sierra Mammals.

5 5 2 years 23 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Cold Blooded Creatures of the High Sierra Nevada Mountains
4 4 35 weeks 1 day ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Frog at Grizzly Peak Lake in Emigrant Wilderness.

Above: Frog at Grizzly Peak Lake in Emigrant Wilderness.

Frogs encountered in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

5 5 3 years 47 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Snakes encountered along the High Sierra Nevada Trails
2 2 3 years 47 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Coyote sniffing about on frozen surface of Round Top Lake, Carson Pass Management Area.

 

High Sierra Coyotes. Coyote sniffing about on soft-frozen surface of Round Top Lake in the Carson Pass Management Area.

4 4 3 years 7 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Tilden Lake Trout, Yosemite National Park.

 

High Sierra Fish.

10 10 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Sierra Nevada Plants, inclucing Fungus and Mosses, encountered by backpackers and hikers.
1 1 7 years 6 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
News at the speed of trees. Rapid changes in forest and tree health and distribution are following the rapidly changing seasons.
3 3 1 year 18 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Action shots of fine specimens of our favorite trees and views of their forests. Post up your favorite tree shots.
7 7 1 year 30 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Fungus in the Mokelumne Wilderness along the Pacific Crest Trail.

 

Fungus in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains.

7 7 2 years 30 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Sierra Nevada Wild Flower backpacker identification by color. Photos, location maps, trail guide pages.
3 3 33 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
4 4 4 years 16 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
5 5 4 years 18 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
6 6 4 years 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
10 10 33 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
1 1 4 years 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
5 5 4 years 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Jumping spider at 10,000 feet on Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness, blends in with granite terrain.

Post up your pictures, videos, and High Sierra Spider encounters here. Butterfly at 10,000 feet on Big Sam in Emigrant Wilderness.

6 6 33 weeks 4 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Fly trying to avoid death far above snowline, Round Lake, Meiss Roadless Area.

Above: Fly trying to avoid death far above snowline, Round Lake, Meiss Roadless Area.

Pictures, Information, and Insect Stories.

2 2 4 years 10 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Butterfly at 10,000 feet on Big Sam in Emigrant Wilderness.

 

Butterflies. Butterfly at 10,000 feet on Big Sam in Emigrant Wilderness.

20 20 35 weeks 1 day ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Beautifuld fluorescent Purple Beetle on South flank of Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness.

Above: Beautifuld fluorescent Purple Beetle on South flank of Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness.

Beetles encountered in High Sierra Nevada between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney

5 5 3 years 47 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Mayfly, a skimmer in Stubblefield Canyon, Yosemite National Park. 

Mayfly in Kerrick Canyon, North Yosemite Backcountry, PCT & TYT route.

10 10 38 weeks 5 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness Watercolor by David Maxim.

Music, poetry, drawings, artists or every sort, photographers and musicians who reflect the natural beauty of the High Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

6 7 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Sierra Nevada Fine Art Watercolors by David Maxim
8 8 4 years 12 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Fine art of markskor reflecting the Spirit of Life and Experience in Yosemite and the High Sierra.
7 7 36 weeks 4 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Instruments of Pleasure.
1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Guides to animals, stars, geology, and the natural history of the Sierra Nevada, with some classics of outdoor adventure thrown in for motivation.
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News and Updates from and about the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide.
1 1 3 years 12 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Interesting things happen in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to backpackers. Here's a forum for these accounts.
1 1 1 year 4 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Post your favorite Car Camping Sites in the Sierra Nevada.
3 5 1 year 27 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Spend a night at Sonora Pass before hitting the trail.
1 1 4 years 51 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

 Real time weather reports linked from maps depicting the main High Sierra Trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

1 1 5 years 37 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Weather Stations along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through Desolation Wilderness. 

1 1 7 years 21 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Spring Sunset from Round Top and the Sisters above Carson Pass in the CPMA.

Weather reporting stations between Showers Lake and Blue Lakes, with the Carson Pass in the middle. Above: Spring sunset from Round Top and the Sisters above Carson Pass in the Carson Pass Management Area.

1 1 7 years 21 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
High Sierra Backpacking Weather resources centered along the Highway 4 Corridor where the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails cross.
1 1 2 years 27 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Weather information and resources for backpackers crossing Highway 108 across the Pacific Crest and Tahoe to Yosemite Trails.
1 1 2 years 27 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Gear types and topics discussed. Winter Gear Selection Video Series featured below gear topics.
10 10 1 year 16 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Internal & External Frame Backpacks, Ultralight Backpacks, Day Packs, Butt Packs and Hauling.
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Selecting the best backpack for you depends on a few important factors such as application, season, your body type and your personal preferences.
1 1 4 years 32 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Classic Old School External Framed Backpacks.
2 2 46 weeks 4 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Innovation allows load closer to center of gravity. Less weight capacity, warmer in Winter.
1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Little or no framing, much less weight capacity, lifespan, and durability.
3 3 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
AT the forefront of Innovation
2 2 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Essential for scramblers. Sometimes good for short trips.
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Optional gear puts camera, maps, snacks, journal in reach.
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Other types of Packs and hauling solutions, such as shelved packframes.
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Stoves, Utensils, Cooking Gear, Food Storage and Protection, Water Filters and Purification. Campsite Gear.
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Hard and Soft Water Filters & Water Purification.
8 9 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Al system is the simplest, cheapest, most efficient, and expandable backpacking water system available.
2 2 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
All about backpacking stoves. Add your experiences with stoves here.
13 19 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Pots, Pans, Pot Holders, Sporks and snow supports.
1 1 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Plastic bags, zip-locks, ditty bags, and gear to keep food fresh and dry.
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Cans, Sacks, rock vaults, and Cord + Tree defenses from Bears.
1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
What do you like to have in your backpacking campsite?
2 2 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Tents, Bivey Sacks, Tarps, Sleeping Bags.
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Standard Protection Gear for Backpackers.
1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Many types and styles of tents are available. Which is best for your needs and comfort?
1 1 3 years 4 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Sleeping Bags, Pillows, Sleeping Pads and mattresses.
2 2 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Minimalist sleeping bag covers.
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Some love them, some hate them.
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Head, Hands, Feet, and Body Gear.
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Backpacker's Shell and Insulation layers for Head and Face.
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Insulation and shell layers to keep your hands working.
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 Classic and unique solutions to finding the best backpacking pants and shirts.

1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Shell and Insulation layers for upper and lower body.
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Shells generally come in three weights, Winter, Medium, and Ultralight. Most shells are matched jacket and pants, with pieces available individually or as sets.
2 2 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Upper body insulation layers required for Four Season High Sierra Backpackers.
2 2 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Lower body insulation layers required for Four Season High Sierra Backpackers.
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Variety of Boot weights, hiking shoes, Sandals, and less with the advent of neoprene footwear.
2 2 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Excellent, clean and dry socks are always necessary in the High Sierra. Sometimes we need insulation and/or padding. Post up your best sock stories...
1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
What works for you? Relate your experiences with boots to help us select our next pair.
2 2 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Stick Walkers!
1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Are you capable of, or interested in making your own gear and gear repairs? Post your observations, experiences, techniques, and tips on gear construction here.
3 3 6 years 1 week ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Personal Care and Safety Gear.
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Cover the backcountry basics and your specific needs.
1 2 22 weeks 7 hours ago
by Steve21 (not verified)
Proper gear to care for your ass and the natural environment.
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Shave, Soap, Shampoo, Skin, Snot, Lips, Hair, and Teeth care gear for long distance backpackers.
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Compass, Maps, and GPS for backpackers.
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Maps for Planning and Maps for Hiking.
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The classic backpacker navigation device.
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Modernity in the Mountains.
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Astronomical Information makes the cosmos your compass. Astronomical, Map reading, and Navigational Skills.
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Camera, Flashlight, GPS, Solar Chargers.
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Notes on camera selection and use
4 4 5 years 38 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Let there be Light!
1 1 1 year 19 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Trail electrics require energy, Solar Chargers are a solution.
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Solio Classic solar charger test for long distance backpackers
1 1 4 years 34 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Review of Sunpak 2000 compact solar charger.
1 1 4 years 34 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Fine cloud formations during Sonora Pass Sunset.

Sonora Pass to Reds Meadow, with Yosemite in the middle.

All High Sierra Weather Information

3 3 2 years 27 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Rain showers falling into the Ionian Basin to the Southwest across Lake Wanda.

Above: Rain showers falling into the Ionian Basin beyond Lake Wanda.

Reds Meadow to the Whitney Portal.

High Sierra Weather Information

1 1 5 years 37 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski

 Concerning trail interactions between Day Hikers, bikers, Cowboys, Ranchers, Rangers, Trail Crew, Hunters, Scientists, and Backpackers. 

8 8 5 years 30 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
An annual look at Trail Culture along the Tahoe to Yosemite, Pacific Crest, and John Muir Trails along the Sierra Crest, as well as a number of hikers on unique routes. We also look at the different aspects of trail culture we encounter at our resupply interfaces with road access and along the long trails down the Sierra Crest.
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Reports about humans in the wilderness and on the interface between society and Nature during 2016.
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A cross section of backpacker trail culture in the High Sierra. Post up your observations and participation.
3 7 1 year 18 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Women and girls, the sex female, have trail strength that never cease to amaze me, like everyone else, once they get beyond the limits of our own self and social definitions. This forum is dedicated to the observed and experienced female reality on the trail. Nature loaded up the chicks with profound powers which are quite amazing in their original Natural context. I observe and learn.
1 1 1 year 27 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Trail Crew is the ground level of trail culture in the Wilderness. The trail is the physical monument of their culture, thus we feature Trail Crew and their work. The Next Level is composed of Forest, Park, and Concession Staff who manage the interface between Wilderness Trails across our access and resupply points.
4 4 2 years 27 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
2 2 6 years 16 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Tahoe to Yosemite Trail across Western Sierra Flank.
1 1 3 years 46 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Carson Iceberg and Emigrant Wilderness
2 4 5 years 48 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Eastern flanks of Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness.
3 3 5 years 31 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Recording fine workers doing classic trail work in the Wilderness. Meeting, greeting, and hanging out with Yosemite Park workers and concession staff.
6 6 36 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski

Lyell the Kings Canyon horsepacker and his trusty steed Cameron, at Rae Lakes.

High Sierra Horseman, women, and their horses. Above we have Lyell the Kings Canyon Horsepacker and Cameron, his amazing horse. Look at those two faces...

4 5 3 years 2 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Encounters with hiking families and hiking kids, including Scouts and other Kid-centered organizations.
8 10 5 weeks 3 days ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Dogs are a part of trail culture.
8 12 2 years 11 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Love fishing? Post up articles about your favorite fishing spots and trips in this forum.
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Lots of pristine classic High Sierra fly fishing rivers and streams are at the end of the trail.
1 1 1 year 20 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Are you part of a High Sierra science team? Have you encountered working scientists in the Sierras? Tell us about your work or encounter here.
4 4 6 years 16 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
Good people representing the best of our country live in the Eastern Shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Kingsbury Grade to Lone Pine.
1 2 3 years 11 weeks ago
by Cayenne
Jean Stricklee is leading a team of Vets North across the Sierra Crest along the Pacific Crest Trail.
6 6 5 years 51 weeks ago
by Alex Wierbinski
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