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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I need to get outta this place...

Hey Kids,

I need to go backpacking post-haste. City life sucks and has about driven me crazy. I will be ready to run screaming into Nature after the Fourth.

How about you?

I have a five to seven day trip planned out of the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead near the top of Highway 108. I need a ride up there between the 5th and 7th, if anyone is driving that way.

But here's the real deal, why I am posting here; I am hiking North on an untrailed segment of the TYT to an unmaintained segment of trail, then down to maintained trail.

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Fish Listen

What fish ears can tell us about sex, surveillance and sustainability,
University of Southampton, June 15, 2015.

Knowing that fish listen carefully helps us approach silently, and gives us a tool to direct their attention.

According to the above article their ears will also allow us to trace their histories.

What grand fish stories these ears must have heard.

 

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Alaska Bee Characteristics

Bumble bees in the last frontier,
 Pensoft Publishers, June 15, 2015.

Bees and Wasps are high altitude polinators and predators in the High Sierra.

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Apex Ultralight Backpacks

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Everything you need to know: Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac

An informative article from Debra Bird's fine site,

Earth-Sky;

Everything you need to know: Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac,
Earth-Sky, June , 2015. 

High Sierra backpackers don't encounter much in the way of poison plants up high, but we can run into poison oak in the foothills.

 

All Mountain Safety Topics

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White Headed Woodpecker

In the Summer of 2014 a pair of nesting woodpeckers took up residence about twenty feet from Peter's home.
White headed Woodpecker parents. Red spot marks male.
Peter enjoyed the neighbors, as they him.  The couple felt comfortable enough to bring three more tiny little woodpeckers into the High Sierra.
White headed Woodpecker chicks.
Uncle Peter!   Uncle Peter!

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Spring 2015 Shocking Research

We have disturbing climate news from the top and bottom of the planet.

Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils, University of Georgia, April 25, 2015

And

Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster, Princton, April 30, 2015.

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Ticks on the Move

May 7, 2015 
TICK RESEARCH
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Good News and Bad News.

The Good News:

BOULDER--New research has identified correlations between weather conditions and the occurrence of West Nile virus disease in the United States, raising the possibility of being able to better predict outbreaks.

The Bad News:

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2015 WEATHER NEWS: California Drought, Fire, El Nino and Floods?

Last Updated

                       December 30, 2015 

What  
This is the collection point tracking the profound changes in seasonal weather patterns and the resulting chaos in the webs of life that we are experiencing through 2015.

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Tollermom tops Mount Whitney on a very Long Day Hike

Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.

Mount Whitney in a Day

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APRIL 2015 Trip Report: Glacier Point Road to Grouse Lake, Yosemite

P, of M & P who publish BackpacktheSierra, sent in this fantastic trip report of their recent very early Spring backpacking trip off the recently opened (March 28 2015) Glacier Point Road above Yosemite Valley.

Here's M's report on these very unusual Spring conditions:

HI Alex,

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Dave Bewley completes Pacific Crest Trail at 72

Over the years hiking South from Tahoe to Whitney I've had the pleasure to meet a lot of Northbound PCT hikers.

Though many of these encounters are fleeting, they can be deeply rewarding and satisfying. I've met a whole lot of amazing folks over the years.

One of those folks is Dave Bewley, a section hiker out of Florida. Well, let's let Dave tell us about it.

 

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Melika carries pack across the unmaintained TYT from Carson Pass to Lake Alpine

Scott Turner, his pal Rich, and Scott's dog Melika hiked the unmaintained section of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in the Spring of 2014. Check out  Scott's Trail Report

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Carson Pass Region Hiking Map

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Peter finds Excellent Cheap Backpacking Boots: Interceptor Tactical Footwear

Peter is an excellent highly experienced solo cross-country backpacker. His engagement, analysis, observation and decision making skills are reliable and accurate in my estimation.

 Peter found an excellent cheap high quality boot suited for heavy backpacking, cross country scrambling, and even suitable for marginal Spring snow conditions.  

Let's let Peter tell it:

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Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum

Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum

 This is the comments, questions, and supplemental information catch-all page for the  Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum.

Post up your information or your need for information.

Here's some information:

Trail Section Index

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Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal Backpacker Forum

This is the supplemental information, references, and comments page for the Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal section of the Tahoe to Whitney Trails.

In this same forum we will explore the loops and alternative routes along this section of the trail, such as the North-South and Rae Lakes Loops.

This forum and the South end of the guide below Tuolumne Meadows are under construction. The trails above are in draft form.

Tral Guide Index

Miles and Elevations

Maps

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Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Backpacker Resources

I have hit the Whitney Portal four times at the end of John Muir Trail hikes at 2;30 pm, had a Portal Burger at Doug's, then caught a ride down to Lone Pine with Doug three of the four times.

I am going to eat some more in Lone Pine, then either hitch-hike up to the Hot Springs just South of Bishop if I can't get a ride up to spend a night in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacker's camp.

Next time through the Whitney Portal I'm going to spend a night at Doug's Hostel specialized for long-distance backpackers down in Lone Pine.

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