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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Bad Water: Municipal Water Tainted Across America; Interactive Map

 

Health & Fitness degraded by Polluted Water
Bad Water

Municipal Water Tainted Across America: Interactive Map

Millions of Americans drink potentially unsafe tap water. How does your county stack up?
Science, February 12, 2018.

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Perfume & Personal Product Pollution: Now a Dominant Urban Air Pollution Source

 

Air Pollution
Volatile Organic Compounds
VOC
Perfume & Personal Product Pollution Exceeding Auto Pollution

An "Over-Producted" People

Consumer and industrial products now a dominant urban air pollution source,
University of Colorado at Boulder, February 15, 2018.

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High Sierra Geology: The Genesis of Lake Tahoe: Ancient Lava Dams

 

High Sierra Geological History
Geological History of Lake Tahoe

The Genesis of Lake Tahoe

Ancient Lava Dams

Shifting Shorelines At Lake Tahoe Caused By Ancient Lava Dams,
The Geology Society of America, February 13, 2018.

Lake Tahoe occasionally fills way up, to six hundred feet above its present Level:

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Global Proliferation of Urban Crapholes: The Megacity

 

Eco Crash News
Global Proliferation of Urban Crapholes

472 cities above a million, 32 megacities above 10 million

World's biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanized planet,
European Commission Joint Research Centre, February 13, 2018.

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Supermassive Black Holes: Ring of Gas found rotating Supermassive Black Hole

 

Astrophysics News
Supermassive Black Holes

Ring of Gas around the Black Hole

Rotating dusty gaseous donut around an active supermassive black hole,
National Institutes of Natural Sciences, February 13, 2018.

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High Sierra News: Coyote with Head in Plastic Jar Captured

 

Coyote News and Information

"Feeling Lucky?"

Captured Coyote with Head in Plastic Jar Recovering

Coyote update,
Mountain Democrat, February 12, 2018.

I'd name that Coyote, "Lucky," only half-ironically.

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MEGACITY FILTH; Plumes of Atmospheric Filth Punching Holes in Nature's Face

 

MEGACITY FILTH
Plumes of Atmospheric Filth

Human Heat & Smog Concentrations Punching Holes in Nature's Face

Urban heating punches city-shaped holes in fog over India,
AGU Blogosphere, February 8, 2018.

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High Sierra Health & Fitness: 2018 Winter Mosquitoes, Owens Valley

 

Winter Mosquitoes 2018

Owens Valley

Skeeters Rise in Unseasonable Heat

Warm weather awakens mosquitoes,
Sierra Wave, February 11, 2018.

"...an increase in reports from residents seeing mosquitoes this February due to the unseasonably warm weather..."

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2018 Trans-Sierra Highway News: Tioga Pass, Caltrans at Crest in February

 

High Sierra Highways

TEST RUN ON TIOGA,

Caltrans District 9 clears SR 120 to Tioga Pass—but it’s just a test,
The Sheet, February 10, 2018, PDF, p. 13.

Caltrans at the Crest in February

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Geo Tour: Moon, Sierra, and the Alabama Hills

 

Geology News
Geo Tour Extrodaire

Moon, Sierra, and the Alabama Hills

A spectacular display of Earth science in the Alabama Hills,
AGU Blogosphere, February 8, 2018.

A Tour of the Geological Worlds revealed in a Glance.

 

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Geology News 2017: YEAR IN YOSEMITE ROCKFALLS

 

 

Geology News
2017: YEAR IN YOSEMITE ROCKFALLS

Yosemite Records 85 Rockfalls

Yosemite records 85 rockfalls during 2017,
Sierra Sun, February 5, 2018.

 

 

2017 Yosemite El Capitan Rockfalls

 

 

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2018 SEKI Permit Restrictions: Professional Four & Two Leg Guide Permit Woes

 

SEKI
2018 Permit Restrictions

Professional Four & Two Leg Guide Permit Woes

SEKI LIMITS STOCK PERMITS,
The Sheet, February 10, 2018, PDF, p. 6.

Mule Packers

"... instituting new, lower quotas for user days, for commercial stock, and for back-country pack stations."

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Water News, Nestle in San Berdo Nat Forest; Selling Us our Own Water

 

High Sierra Water News
Nestle in San Berdo Nat Forest

Selling Us our Own Water

Bottled water giant Nestlé tells California regulators it’s entitled to keep piping water,
Desert Sun, February 9, 2018.

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Climate Change News: Higher Faster, Sea level rise accelerating

 

Climate Change News
Sea Level

Higher Faster

Sea level rise accelerating,
University of Colorado at Boulder, February 12, 2018.

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Beewolf Antibiotic Medicine: 68 Million Years of Antibiotic Effectiveness

 

Bee News
Ancient Beewolf Antibiotic Medicine

68 Million Years of Antibiotic Effectiveness

Beewolves have been successfully using the same antibiotics for 68 million years,
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, February 12, 2018.


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Death of Herbicides, Weeds Going Out of Control

 

Tree & Plant News
Death of Herbicides

Weeds Going Out of Control

Weeds out of control,
Rothamsted Research, February 12, 2018.

"Herbicides can no longer control the weeds that threaten crop productivity and food security in the UK because the plants have evolved resistance..."

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Planatary Plant Timing Changing: One Way, Accelerate Seed Dispersal

 

Climate Change
PLANT & TREE NEWS
Planatary Plant Timing Changing

One Way: Accelerate Seed Dispersal

Global warming could cause key culinary crops to release seeds prematurely,
Cell Press, February 12, 2018.

"Climate change is threatening crop yields worldwide..."

How Climate Change Affects Brassicaceae family

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Health & Fitness News: BPA in 86% of Global Teenagers

 

HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS
BPA in 86% of Global Teenagers

Generations Lost to Chemically-Distorted Sexual Development:

Denied Natural Sexuality

Exposure to chemical found in plastics 'hard to avoid' in everyday life,
University of Exeter, February 5, 2018.

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Plastic Poisoning our Planet and People: True Nature and Extent of Plastic and Microplastic Threats Explored

 

HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS
Plastics and Micro-Plastics Poisioning our Planet and People

True Nature and Extent of Plastic Threat Explored

An underestimated threat: Land-based pollution with microplastics,
Forschungsverbund Berlin, February 5, 2018.

Our Plastic Reality

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TREE NEWS, Super Wood, "Densified Wood"

 

TREE NEWS
Super Wood

"Densified Wood"

Super wood could replace steel,
University of Maryland, February 7, 2018.

"This new way to treat wood makes it 12 times stronger than natural wood and 10 times tougher."

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