Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These 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.
Markskor's View of Tuolumne Meadows Facilities in Operation
Markskor's View of Tuolumne Meadows Facilities in Operation;
Markskor's Yosemite Pencil:
Royal Arches & Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall
Markskor's Yosemite Pencil: Royal Arches & Royal Arches Cascade Waterfall in Fall?
Yellow Sky-North Dome-Yosemite by markskor.
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.
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.
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.
Common Rosefinch, (?)
Observing and Idenifying High Sierra Birds
July 16, 2016
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.
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.
Trail Guide Information
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.
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.
August 5, 2016
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.
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.
July 31, 2016
Boy, 12, dies after hike during triple-digit temperatures in Phoenix,
Guardian, July 23 2016.
News of Man and Nature
June and July of 2016
Focus and Goal of Tahoe to Whitney
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.
May 22, 2016
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.