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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2017 Closure of Tuolumne Meadows Resupply Facilities

 

 

2017 Closure of Tuolumne Meadows Resupply Facilities


Tuolumne Store/Grill Now Closed 9/28,
High Sierra Topix, October 1, 2017.

 

 

Seasonal Closures

High Sierra Highway
Closure Dates

 

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Super Hot Summer of 2017: A Year of Weather Extremes

 

 

Super Hot Summer of 2017

What a year: Extreme heat, rain, record number of 100-degree days,
Recordnet, September 29, 2017.

 

Summer of 2017, Another "Hottest."

 

Track Summer of 2017 on the High Sierra Calendar

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2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water

 

 

2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water 

Article

 

Super wet Winter

 

A crazy water year ended Saturday. So did we set any records for rain and snow?
Modesto Bee, October 1, 2017.

This was the craziest snow & spring thaw year in the Sierra in my adult memory, looking like the second wettest year in recorded history?

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Forest Service Closing Up for Winter: Facilities and Campgrounds Closing

 

 

FALL
Forest Service Closing Up for Winter

Facilities and Campgrounds Closing

Stanislaus National Forest Campsites and Day Use Areas close for the season Oct. 1,
Stanislaus National Forest, September 29, 2017.

 

 

 

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Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon Running

 

 

Update

October 9

Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon Running

Lake Tahoe’s kokanee salmon are spawning in Taylor Creek — and you shouldn’t miss it,
Sierra Sun, October 7, 2017.

 

 

October 6

Taylor Creek Kokanee Salmon Running

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Western water wells are going dry

 

 

WATER WOES

Groundwater & Subsidence
Measuring the Big Boys

Western water wells are going dry,
AGU Blogs, September 28, 2017.

  

Our Valley is Sinking

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Galen Rowell's MOUNTAIN LIGHT GALLERY GOES DARK

 

 

MOUNTAIN LIGHT GALLERY GOES DARK

Iconic gallery on Bishop’s Main Street to close after 16 years,
The Sheet, September 30, 2017, PDF, P.4.

An institution in Bishop is closing.


Galen Rowell
Wiki

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ANOTHER DANGER to BACKPACKERS & to OUR FORESTS

 UPDATED
October 4, 2017

 

 

ORIGINAL REPORT
September 29

ANOTHER DANGER to BACKPACKERS & to THE FORESTS

Vast Industrial Operations
Illegal with Illegals

Marijuana growing in state’s national forests,
Mountain Democrat, September 29, 2017.

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Octoberfest in the High Sierra

 

 

PARTY
in
High Sierra
FOREST TOWNS

Octoberfest

Those PCT hikers way up North and those way down South are going to get some potential Octoberfest Exposure.

Mammoth Lakes
The Sheet

Tahoe City
Sierra Sun

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California Water: The "Steal it All" Plan

 

 

Deep Motivations

The "Steal it All" Plan

Plan to pump more water from the Delta gets approved,
Sac Bee, September 27, 2017.

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Big Faults, Large Earthquakes along North end of Olympics

 

 

Deep Earth

Ring of Fire

Study confirms large earthquakes along Olympic Mountain faults,
SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, September 27, 2017. 

 Though this is new and valuable information, it surprises no one who lives on this, "Ring of Fire," wrapping around the Pacific Ocean, including the Sierra Nevada.

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Deep Space: When Galaxies Collide

 

 

Deep Space
When Galaxies Collide

A Starburst Galaxy

Bursting with starbirth,
ESA/HUBBLE INFORMATION CENTRE, September 28, 2017.

Sweet Image of galaxy NGC 4490

 

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Two Reports: Three LIGOS Triangulate on Source of Gravity Wave

 

 

Black Holes Eating Each Other

Two Reports: Three LIGO-style detectors Triangulate on Source of Gravity Wave

New gravitational wave hits Earth -- For the first time, 3 detectors zoom in on location,
PENN STATE, September 27, 2017.

 

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Massive Rockfall off El Capitan

 Massive Rockfalls off El Capitan

UPDATES

October 3

Yosemite scientists probe why rocks fell — and where it will happen next,
Mercury News, October 2, 2017.

 

September 30

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WETTEST YEAR IN MEMORY? Yosemite Falls Still Flowing Fall of 2017

 

 

WETTEST YEAR IN MEMORY?

Yosemite Falls Still Flowing

Yosemite Falls never stopped flowing this summer, and that's not normal,

SF Crate, September 26, 2017. 

 

Water News

 

 

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