Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers sharing info about hiking the Sierra between Tahoe and Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything Sierra. Its
Forums cover TYT, PCT, & JMT and alt-route hiker input from the Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trails  & the necessary skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney. This evolving Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of hiking Tahoe to Whitney. 

Purposes: Expand Knowledge, Explore Potential

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape, and onto the High Sierra Trails. Find info. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest.

for Backpackers: Get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Hike the TYT and JMT. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Explore your potential.

for Experts: The information to come from anywhere in the US or world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. The Sierra Nevada is the ultimate wonderland for expert backpackers in top shape. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, and has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.  


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Delta Smelt & Wild Fish in California all Headed for Extinction sticky icon

 

Delta Fish & Water
Latest Smelt News

A Third of Samples Not Really Smelt

When Every Fish Counts Genetic Tools Can Ensure Accuracy of Identification,
UC Davis, February 21, 2018.

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Focusing The Nature of Reality: Hubble Telescope Sharpens Hubble Constant sticky icon

 

DEEP SPACE
What is Reality Doing?
Hubble Telescope Sharpens Hubble Constant

What's Really Happening Here?

Improved Hubble yardstick gives fresh evidence for new physics in the universe,
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, February 22, 2018.

 

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Bad News for Trees: Rocky Mountain Forests Damaged, Maybe Doomed sticky icon

 

Bad News for Trees
Rocky Mountain Forests Damaged, Maybe Doomed

Rocky Mountain Spruce and Fir Trees

Drier conditions could doom Rocky Mountain spruce and fir trees,
University of Colorado at Boulder, February 22, 2018.

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Twin Tunnels hearing lunges forward: Stealing When There's Nothing Left to Steal sticky icon

 

BAD WATER NEWS
Twin Tunnels hearing lunges forward

Stealing When There's Nothing Left to Steal

Tunnels hearing lunges forward,
Recordnet, February 21, 2018.

 

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WEATHER for High Sierra Backpackers: REPORTS, FORECASTS, PREDICTIONS, SNOW, ROADS, CONDITIONS sticky icon

Key Quick Reference
  HIGH SIERRA WEATHER RESOURCES
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Current Visible Satellite View of the Whole Sierra Nevada Range 1 KM National Weather Service Satillte view of Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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High Sierra Winter of 2018

Page Started
January 1, 2018

 FALL 2017
below, bottom of page:
FALL REVIEW
Setting the Scene for the Winter of 2018

Full Fall Reference Page
Through Fall 2017 to Winter of 2018

 

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Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat: 2018 Yosemite Firefall sticky icon

 

Astro-Geo-Water News
Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat

Yosemite Firefall

With only a trickle of water, Yosemite's 'firefall' still puts on show,
SFCrate, February 21, 2018.

 

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Health, Fitness, & Oceans: Microplastic Madness Everywhere, Plastic and its by-products Contaminate Marine Environment, Food Chains sticky icon

 

HEALTH & FITNESS
&
Fish & OCEANS

Microplastic Madness Everywhere

Plastic and its by-products are Everywhere in our Environment

High levels of microplastics found in Northwest Atlantic fish,
Frontiers, February 16, 2018.

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Climate Change News: Sierra Snowpack Far Below Normal is a Wakeup Call sticky icon

 

California Drought-Water Crisis
KQED Descriptions with No Analysis

Levels of Threat of Corporate Growth Machine of Death Unidentified by Corporate Press

Sierra Snowpack, Far Below Normal, is a ‘Wakeup Call,’
KQED, February 15, 2018.

 

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Ancient Human Travel Guide: DNA

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & HUMANITY
Ancient Human Travel Guide: DNA

Observing Waves of Physical & Cultural Influences

Ancient DNA tells tales of humans' migrant history,
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, February 21, 2018.

"...illuminating the world before the dawn of written history..."

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Winter 2018: DROUGHT DISASTER APPROACHES, The Age of Self-Induced Drought

 

DROUGHT DISASTER APPROACHES
We Have Grown Ourselves to Destruction

The Self-Induced Age of Drought

Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights,
AP, February 21, 2018.

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HEALTH & FITNESS, Drunken Fatties Rule! Health & Fitness Surprises!

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Drunken Fatties Rule!

Health & Fitness Surprises!

15-year UC study finds alcohol more effective than exercise for long life,
SFCrate, February 21, 2018.

A counter-intutive set of results!

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ANTHROPOCENE: Ecosystem Loss at Rising Sea level, Say Bye to the California Coastline

 

ANTHROPOCENE
Ecosystem Loss at Rising Sea level

Saying Goodby to the California Coastline

Under projected rates of sea level rise, a bleak future for Pacific coast tidal wetlands,
American Association for the Advancement of Science, February 21, 2018.

 

IT'S ALL GONE

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Climate Change News, Wildflowers, Mountain High Elevation Ecosystem Loss

 

ANTHROPOCENE
Wildflowers

Mountain High Elevation Ecosystem Loss

Climate warming causes local extinction of Rocky Mountain wildflower species,
University of Colorado at Boulder, February 21, 2018.

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Climate News: Cape Town gets a Break, "Day Zero" Posponed

 

KARMA COMES RAPIDLY
Global Weather Changes

Cape Town gets a Break

Cape Town dreads "Day Zero" when taps will run dry,
Reuters, February 21, 2018.

"Zero Day," the day water runs out, has been moved from June 4 to July 9.

"...restrictions make it compulsory for residents to use no more than 50 litres per person per day..."

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Lobotomizing the Web of Life: Killing the Keys to Complexity

 

ECO-CRASH NEWS
Lobotomizing the Web of Life

Killing the Keys to Complexity

Biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction cascades,'
University of Exeter, February 19, 2018.

"...loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of "extinction cascades", where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions."

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Unexpected: Active Black Hole not Suppressing Galaxy Star Formation

 

DEEP SPACE
Unexpected Observations

Active Black Hole not Suppressing Host Galaxy Star Formation

No relation between a supermassive black hole and its host galaxy!?
National Institutes of Natural Sciences, February 20, 2018.

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DEEP SPACE: Furthest, Brightest, Oldest Supernova News

 

DEEP SPACE
Furthest, Brightest, Oldest Supernova News

Ancient Magnatar Remnants Light Up Contemporary Understanding

Astronomers reveal secrets of most distant supernova ever detected,
University of Pennsylvania, February 20, 2018.

"...the most distant supernova ever detected, a huge cosmic explosion that took place 10.5 billion years ago..."

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