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

This Magazine covers everything High Sierra. The
Forums cover hiker input about the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes from the Trail Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trail itself & the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney, while this Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of High Altitude Living. 

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. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.

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

for Experts: All the information to bring yourself 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, has been, and will be here much longer than any of us. 

 


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High Sierra Bears Gorging for Winter

 

 

Gorging for Winter

Many bears not hibernating during Warm Summers

Heightened bear activity in the Sierra Nevada during fall season, (video),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, October 8, 2017. 

 

Bear Tech & Culture

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Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

 

 

Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

Alpine trees put on annual show,
Record Courier, October 5, 2017.

 

Have any interesting experiences with trees? My first observations of the slashes of Aspen Colors through the darkening evergreen forests of Fall always shocks me. 

 

Plant Planet: The Plant & Tree Forum

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Diet & Health: A need for bananas?

 

 

Diet & Health

A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries,
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM, October 5, 2017. 

 

 

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Amazing Nature: The Lord Howe Island stick insect lives?

 

 

Amazing Nature

Thought Extinct

The Lord Howe Island stick insect lives: A story of survival,
OKINAWA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (OIST) GRADUATE UNIVERSITY, October 5, 2017.

 

 

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Amazing Nature: Are we at a tipping point with weed control?

 

 

Amazing Nature

Losing Control of Weed Control?

Are we at a tipping point with weed control?
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, CONSUMER AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, October 4, 2017. 

 

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Mountain Safety: Significant Fall Snowfall, Second Trans-Sierra Highway Closure of 2017

 

 

Second Trans-Sierra Highway Closure of 2017

On the 3rd

It's a Sierra surprise; snowstorm closes Sonora Pass,
Union Democrat, October 4, 2017.

 

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Ancient Changes in Weather Triggered Human Migrations

 

 

Ancient Changes in Weather Triggered Human Migrations

Ancient humans left Africa to escape drying climate,
University of Arizona, October 4, 2017.



Human History

Stone Age Kid reveals Humanity 

 

 

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Incredible Shrinking Fish: Swimming Thermometers shrinking!

 

 

Incredible Shrinking Fish

Swimming Thermometers shrinking as ocean temperatures rise 

Fish shrinking as ocean temperatures rise,
Louisiana State University, October 4, 2017.

 

Recent Fish News

Native Fish Support?

SOCAL "Steal it All" plan

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Central Arizona Project: Big Bribes Decide Water Policy Questions

 

 

Big Bribes Decide Water Policy Questions

Buying “Influence” over Water Policy

CAP lobbying costs under scrutiny,
Tucson.com, October 2, 2017.

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Railroad Fire does Historical Damage

 

 

Railroad Fire

Historic "Bug Lab" Burned

Loss Of A Gem: History Burns In Railroad Fire,
Sierra News Online, October 3, 2017.

 

Railroad Fire 

Bug News

 

 

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Genetically-Modified (Plenish) soybean oil vs. conventional soybean oil and coconut oil

 

 

Compare Cooking Oils

Genetically-modified (Plenish) soybean oil vs. conventional soybean oil and coconut oil

GM soybean oil causes less obesity and insulin resistance but is harmful to liver function,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - RIVERSIDE, October 2, 2017. 

 

That cover Oil?

About Sugar and Subsitutes

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"Warm Little Pond" RNA Emergence on Earth Calculated

 

 

Running the Calculations of Life

RNA Emergence

Evidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds,
MCMASTER UNIVERSITY, October 2, 2017. 

 

The theory of Life on Earth originating in RNA compiling in warm little ponds has gotten a boost from this interesting bit of research.

How about off-planet?

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All the Water Players Hunker Down: Delta tunnels Doomed?

 

 

All the Water Players Hunker Down

In 1939, the feds made a Central Valley water deal. It may doom the Delta tunnels,
Sac Bee, October 2, 2017.

What we can see now is that all the main participants in Jerry Brown's own "Owens Valley," his own plan to subsidize massive growth East of LA, across the deserts to Arizona, are now pulling back, demurring from paying the vast costs of this vast project.

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