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Forums cover the TYT-PCT, & JMT and  general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started. Share your experiences.

for Intermediates: To get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Find your next-step trip. Post your stories, pictures, and videos of your favorite trips to widen the perspective and enrich the trail guide. Train for the long trails.

for Experts: All the information you need to come from anywhere in the US or the world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. This is the perfect playground for expert backpackers in top shape. A Natural Wonderland. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.

 


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Markskor's View of Tuolumne Meadows Facilities in Operation

Markskor's View of Tuolumne Meadows Facilities in Operation

A typical day at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, a MarcSkor Watercolor.

 Markskor's View of Tuolumne Meadows Facilities in Operation;

Tuolumne Meadows Store, Post Office, and Grill all reside under the big top tent.

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Markskor's Yosemite Pencil: Royal Arches & Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall in Fall

Markskor's Yosemite Pencil: 
  Royal Arches & Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall

  Royal Arches & Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall in Fall

Markskor's Yosemite Pencil: Royal Arches & Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall in Fall?

Royal Arches on Backpacking Map of Yosemite Valley

 

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Markskor Yosemite Watercolor: Royal Arches & Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall in Fall

Markskor Yosemite Watercolor: Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall in Fall

 Arch 

Sweet.

I enjoy the subtle colors, transitions and shapes all indicative of the feelings of Fall Ansel has captured in this view.

Royal Arches on Wikipedia

Markskor on
HIGH SIERRA TOPIX

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North Dome Watercolor, markskor High Sierra Art.

North Dome Watercolor, markskor High Sierra Art.

North Dome, Yosemite National Park, watercolor by MarcSkor. 

 See  larger and differently lit versions of North Dome on the guide.

 

Marcskor on

High Sierra Topix

 

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Markskor Yosemite Art, Yellow Sky North Dome

Yellow Sky-North Dome-Yosemite by markskor.

Yellow Sky over North Dome, Yosemite.

I was struck by this image when I first saw it hanging in the Tuolumne Meadows Store.

The style and approach reminds me of one of my favorite artists, Roger Dean.

 

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Markskor High Sierra Nevada Watercolors

Markskor Gallery of High Sierra Experiences and Art

Markskor, also known by his trail name of Ansel, is a longtime resident of Mammoth Lakes who's life is centered on engaging,  reflecting, and sharing experience in the Sierra Nevada.

 Marc's reflections of Sierra Experience are multi-dimensional, including creating community and sharing knowledge, information, and wisdom through founding HST, High Sierra Topix, teaching Art, creating good social and community relationships, and creating Art.

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Planning an Excellent Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trip.

Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Planning Information 
Create the best Emigrant Wilderness backpacking plan. Use our Maps, miles, elevations and experience to craft your perfect trip.

 

I recently completed (Oct 8, 2016) the 2016 High Sierra Trails & Trail Culture Review.

This report has planning information for Emigrant Wilderness Backpacking Trips from Kennedy Meadows to Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park.

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Common Rosefinch, (?) Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds

Common Rosefinch, (?)
Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds

Observed
July 16, 2016

Location
Tilden Lake, Yosemite National Park
The North Yosemite Backcountry

I am unclear as to the identity of this bird. You know? Tell me! I just call him "Little Red."

 See the bigger images on the trail guide entry at Tilden Lake.

 

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Fly Catcher (?) High Sierra Birds, Lunch Meadow, Stanislaus National Forest

High Sierra Birds. Fly Catcher (?)  

Observing and attempting to identify High Sierra Birds.

Lunch Meadow, Stanislaus National Forest
Route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows.

September 2, 2010

9000 feet of elevation

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Big Bumble Bees in Upper Lunch Meadow & Bumbler on Moraine Ridge

Big Bumble Bee in Upper Lunch Meadow

Emigrant Wilderness-Stanislaus National Forest

Sept 2, 2010

About 9200 feet of elevation,
above Mosquito Pass trail junction.

 Bumble Bee approaching Brown Bear Pass on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the North Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.

Trail Guide Information

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Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows

Western Tanager near Kennedy Meadows 

July 11 2012

Highway 108 and road to Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

6278 feet of elevation.

Western Tanager along Highway 108 corridor.

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New Pacific Crest Trail signs across North Yosemite

NEW PCT EMBLEMS
 Take off your glasses-you can now find the PCT across Yosemite without them.

Yosemite National Park has installed HUGE new Pacific Crest Trail emblems on their trail  sign posts, at least across the North Yosemite Backcountry, as my personal observations indicate. 

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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. 

 

Updated
  August 5, 2016 

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August and September 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

High Sierra Backpacker News
August and September of 2016

Happenings in Nature and Society affecting the Trail.
 

Of Interest to Backpackers
Current Star Chart and Sky Information

All Astronomical Data

All High Sierra Weather

 

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My Favorite and the Best High Sierra Backpacks

Favorite and Best High Sierra Backpack?

I say, "My Favorite" and "The Best" of High Sierra Backpacks because these two catagories are not necessairly the same. First, my style of backpacking requires different solutions than the packs that may be considered "best." The other is cost. There are some fine packs out there that I could never afford.

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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.


Updated
 July 31, 2016 

Boy, 12, dies after hike during triple-digit temperatures in Phoenix,
Guardian, July 23 2016.

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June and July 2016 High Sierra Backpacker's News

News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016

Updated

July 31

Water Crossings

I am going to hike from Sonora Pass to Tuolomne in two weeks. Wondering if anyone has any information of what type of water crossings I may encounter?

Thanks

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Tahoe to Whitney High Sierra News Focus: My Goal

Focus and Goal of Tahoe to Whitney

Scope

These News Forum Pages cover general news from around the world about the patterns of behavior of the Weather, Terrain, Animals, Water and People of interest to those of us who engage Nature directly.  

 

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May 22 2016 Backpacker Alert

May 22, 2016

BACKPACKER ALERT

Current Conditions:
Unstable weather conditions bringing snow and cold rains down onto the two feet of snow already on the crest bring very dangerous conditions for early season backpackers in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

All High Sierra Rain & Snow Forecasts

All Current High Sierra Radar

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