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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Climate Change, Heat and Critters March North: Opossums Pushing North to the Limits of Frostbite

 

Climate Change Disaster News
Heat and Critters March Relentlessly North

Opossums Pushing North to the Limits of Frostbite

Climate change, urbanization driving opossum's northward march,
University of Michigan, February 7, 2018.

"...ongoing northward range expansion of the common Virginia opossum..."

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Bat News, How Bats Navigate: Sophisticated Evolutionary Incorporation of Physics

 

Bat News
AMAZING NATURE
How Bats Navigate

Sophisticated Evolutionary Incorporation of Physics

Fruit bat's echolocation may work like sophisticated surveillance sonar,
University of Washington, February 7, 2018.

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Bird News, Secrets of Bird Navigation: Chemical-Light Perception of Magnetic Bearings

 

Bird News
Secrets of Bird Navigation

Chemical-Light Perception of Magnetic Bearings

Here is the perfect spot for a birds' inner compass,
University of Southern Denmark, February 7, 2018.

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Health & Fitness: Psycho Skies, Shitty Skies, Shitty People

 

Health & Fitness
Psycho Skies

Shitty Skies, Shitty People

Polluted air may pollute our morality,
Association for Psychological Science, February 7, 2018.

Creating the Crappy "Box" we Live Within:

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Health & Fitness, Chemical Creation of Contextual Memories: How we Navigate

 

Health & Fitness
Chemical Creation of Contextual Memories

How we Navigate

Study reveals molecular mechanisms of memory formation,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 7, 2018.

"Neuroscientists have long known that the brain encodes memories by altering the strength of synapses, or connections between neurons."

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Health News, Corporate Elite Killing Whitey: Mass Immigration & Industrial Offshoring

 

Health & Fitness News
How the Corporate Elite is Killing Whitey

Mass Immigration & Industrial Offshoring

How to Destroy Societies

Drugs, alcohol and suicides contributing to alarming drop in US life expectancy,
BMJ, February 7, 2018.

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AMAZING NATURE: Wisdom of Shark Design, Denticles for Less Drag and More Lift

 

AMAZING NATURE
Wisdom of Shark Design

Denticles for Less Drag and More Lift

Using shark scales to design better drones, planes, and wind turbines,
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, February 6, 2018.

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Eco-Crash News: Ozone Progress and Problems

 

Eco-Crash News
Ozone Progress and Problems

More Problems than Progress

Ozone at lower latitudes is not recovering, despite Antarctic ozone hole healing,
Imperial College London, February 6, 2018.

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Bird News, Irresponsible Growth Killing Everything: Western Grebes

 

Bird News
Irresponsible Growth Killing Everything

Western grebes

Is an iconic bird of California heading for its last dance?
Sac Bee, February 5, 2018.

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Health & Fitness News, DEEP WOUNDS: New Wound Healing Technology

 

Health & Fitness News
DEEP WOUNDS

New Wound Healing Technology

Good for Vast Wounds & Ineffective Antibiotics

New technology for accelerated wound healing discovered,
Uppsala University, February 5, 2018.

"We have developed a drug candidate, a next-generation biologic medical product...where wound healing was strongly accelerated in mice."

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DEEP SPACE: Trappist-1 Habitable Planets? Closer View does not Eliminate Life

 

DEEP SPACE
Trappist-1 Habitable Planets?

Closer View does not Eliminate Life

Two Analysis

TRAPPIST-1: Findings show exoplanets made of rock and water,
European Research Council, February 5, 2018.

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Climate Change News: Nature Losing its Integrated Timing; Life no longer supporting itself

 

Climate Change News
Nature Losing its Integrated Timing

Life no longer supporting itself

Changing weather patterns throwing ecosystems out of whack,
University of South Florida (USF Health), February 5, 2018.

"...the timing of nature's calendar is starting to fall out of sync."

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Eco-Crash News: New Global Warming Problem; A Tidal Wave of Permafrost Mercury

 

CLIMATE CHANGE DISASTER
New Global Warming Problem

A Tidal Wave of Permafrost Mercury

Scientists find massive reserves of mercury hidden in permafrost,
American Geophysical Union, February 5, 2018.

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Health & Fitness News, Enduring Lyme Disease: Why we Avoid Ticks

 

Healt, Fitness, & Ticks
Enduring Lyme Disease

Why we Avoid Ticks

Severe and lingering symptoms occur in some after treatment for Lyme disease,
Johns Hopkins Medicine, Feburary 1, 2018.

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Geo News: Last Ice Age Ended, & Extended, with a Bang, Younger Dryas Cosmic Impacts

 

GEOLOGICAL HISTORY
Last Ice Age Ended, & Extended, with a Bang

Younger Dryas Cosmic Comet Impact ~12,800 Years Ago

New research suggests toward end of Ice Age, human beings witnessed fires larger than dinosaur killers,
University of Kansas, February 1, 2018.

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Water News: Too Many Thieves Doom Abalone & Wild Fish in California

 

Water News
Theives of Nature

Too Many People, Too Many Thieves Doom Abalone & Wild Fish in California

Jail sentences for North Coast abalone poachers highlighted as state braces for closure of fishery,
Press Democrat, January 31, 2018.

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Planet Earth Should be Much Cooler Right Now: Humans Skew Planet Geophysical History

 

Eco-Crash News
Planet Earth Should be Much Cooler Right Now

Humans more than a "blip" on Planet Geophysical History

Most of last 11,000 years cooler than past decade in North America, Europe,
University of Wyoming, January 31, 2018.

 

What

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New Simulation of Universe Evolution: Now Including Supermassive Black Holes & Dark Matter!

 

Astrophysics News
New Simulation of Universe Evolution

Now Including Supermassive Black Holes & Dark Matter!

How black holes shape the cosmos,
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), January 31, 2018.

"A new computer model"

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