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.
We've been recieving increasing reports of trail deterioration along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail once we cross the North Stanislause River Northbound climbing the ridge separting the river from Rock Lake.
We get this fine report from Highlands on his 2015 passage:
We started at Lake Alpine and stayed at Rock Lake the 1st night. The next day we proceeded to Highland Creek near the bottom of Jenkins Canyon.
"Like you, Olena Shmahalo is an Operator:
a polyfunctional compound, a homo universalis."
(Yea Olena, that's all true for my head. But my feet are planted squarely in the local values of my own country.-A.)
Golden Trout News
Golden Trout research shows stresses from grazing and climate change.
CA's state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside meadows,
1-13-16, USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.
Start the Heart of Winter
Below we are tracking specific observations, forecasts, and weather events affecting the trajectory of the Spring Snowpack along this year's specific, unique evolution to open, Summer-condition status for Summertime backpacking.
March 21, 2017
High Sierra Backpacker News
January & February
Feb 18, 2016.
News, Events, Observations, and Analysis
November and December 2015.
Happy Trails through the New Year...
Happy New Year.
With the advent of the new year many of our thoughts are turning towards planning Summertime backpacking trips.
Just when Summertime conditions emerge along the Sierra Crest is of great importance to large numbers of John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail hikers.
History of Tahoe National Forest: 1840-1940,
A Cultural Resources Overview History
My two favorite parts of this history are the pre gold rush era and the late gold rush era.
Pre-Gold Rush History of the Northern Sierra Nevada Region.
December 11 2015
Our goal here is to track each stage of the Fall-Winter-Spring transition to Summer conditions. Our main goal is to determine when trails will open to Summer conditions.
As Fall comes to a close certain patterns have manifested themselves. These have set the stage for the advent of Winter. We've seen that the remnants, the tail ends of the tropical fronts hitting the Sierra have put a reasonable Fall coat of snow on the Sierra.
FORCES at PLAY
1> Spin and Cold of the Arctic Circle
2> Central and North-East Pacific High Pressure Zone
3> Location of Fierce El Nino Waters and Thunderstorms
Results So Far
1> Weak Arctic: Low pressure zones are meandering around the Bearing Straight and Gulf of Alaska. Arctic has not chilled down fiercly and spun-up. It's weak.
Health and Fitness
News and Science
Our goal here is to provide the best information how to deal with internal and external threats to your health. But why?
Our greater goal is to attain "Field Conditioning," the status where we can move and operate across great backpacking distances during long time-frames over all types of terrain under all seasonal conditions while carrying the gear and food load required to reach our distant goal.
High Sierra Safety News
Every year the Sierra experiences a different transition from Winter through Spring into Summer conditions. Every year there is a different pattern of "overlap" between the seasons, with bits of warm happening early, and bits of snow and rain happening late.
Contact with nature may mean more social cohesion, less crime,
Nov. 25, 2015, American Institute of Biological Sciences.
The scientific evidence is building that Nature is Good for Man.
How about that!
The Original Character of our Nation's Founders was ascribed to their closer contact with "Nature" by both adherents of the European Enlightenment and their Conservative Opponents.
Fish could have emotions and consciousness,
Nov. 30, 2015, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
I've seen fish, specifically High Sierra Trout, express curiosity, fear, frustration, and anger.
Very Scary Stuff:
Mutagenic chain reaction could knock malaria out of mosquitoes for good,
Nov 23, 2015, Ars Technica.
I don't like mosquitoes, but releasing a self-replicating, self-modifying gene-sequencing device into mosquitoes in the wild does not seem like a good idea. Franken foods are bad enough without Franken-skeeters.
This also begs the question, what would a world without mosquites look like?