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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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Tents: Member Favorites for High Sierra Backpacking

Members Favorites

Backpacking Tents for High Sierra Backpacking

Experienced Backpacker selections for best High Sierra Backpacking Tents.

What makes a good tent? That depends on your capabilities and standards against your preferences and budget. We discuss these factors in Backpacking Tent Selection.

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Highland's 2014 Upper Clarks Fork Unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Report

Highlands Reports on the Unmaintained and Untrailed Segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail through the Upper Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River

Highlands

Last year we hiked from 108 over St Mary's Pass to Iceberg Meadow.

We did it in mid-June. There was a good amount of snow at the pass  but we manage our way over and around it. 

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New Unmaintained Section of Tahoe to Yosemite Trail South of North Fork of the Stanislaus River

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.

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Fly Fishing Setup: Member's Favorite High Sierra Rigs

Member's Favorite

Fly Fishing Rigs

 

shiveringman           bamboo fly rod hopper fly

stanfrench                My Fenwick combo spin-fly rod.

tstockt                        Fly rod

 

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Zpacks Arc Haul

 Member Test:

PeterM is moving through the Ultralight Packs:

"Zpacks Duplex. Making the switch from a Gossmer Gear Mariposa to a Zpacks Arc Haul this year. Excited to see how that pack does."

ZPacks ARC Haul

Gossamar Gear Packs

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Favorite Backpacking Guitar: Baby Taylor Guitar.

Members Favorites

Favorite Backpacking Guitar

 

Member:
Jimdog                           Baby Taylor Guitar

ptskaff                           Martin Backpacker Guitar

Jimdog says,

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Art of Olena Shmahalo

"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.)

Olena Shmahalo Website

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Golden Trout Climate and Creature Threats

 Golden Trout  News

Golden Trout research shows stresses from grazing and climate change.

Weather Effects
CA's state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside meadows,
1-13-16, USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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January and February 2016 Backpacking Sky Tracking: When Will the Sierra Open?

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.

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WEATHER & CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS: Emergence of a New Weather Pattern, Jan-March 2016

 This Page Last Updated 
                               March 17, 2016 

What  
  This is the collection point tracking the latest steps in our path of profound changes in seasonal weather patterns and the resulting chaos in the webs of life that we are experiencing into 2016.

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Bee News

Bee News 

BEE WORRIED

Updated
February 24, 2017

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High Sierra Backpacking News and Observations: January and February 2016

High Sierra Backpacker News

January & February
 2016

UPDATED
                Feb 18, 2016.
 News, Events, Observations, and Analysis

Earlier News
November and December 2015.

Happy Trails through the New Year...

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Jan 1, 2016 Backpacker Alert: Tracking Opening of 2016 Backpacking

Hey Hikers,

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.

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History of Tahoe National Forest: 1840-1940

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.

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Winter to Spring to Summer 2015-16: Depths of Drought to Depths of Flooding?

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.

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December 2015 Backpacker Alert: Central-West Pacific Conditions Change

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.

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Health and Fitness and Human Potential NEWS Information INDEX

 Health and Fitness
News and Science

Updated February 18, 2017

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, February 16, 2017.

For mosquito repellents, stick with the spray
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, February 16, 2017.

February 15, 2017

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Rescue and Disaster Log Index

 THE SETTING
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.

THE TRAP(S)
 TRAP 1> These are the times backpackers get, "caught-out," when "unexpected" conditions exceed their gear or fitness or capacity to take cold while exhausted. These are the times when miscalculations converge.

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Contact with nature may mean more social cohesion, less crime

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.
 

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Fish could have emotions and consciousness

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.

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