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Friends of Tahoe to Whitney

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As work continues on this backpacker's forum and  the TahoetoWhitney trail guide, I have had the great pleasure to meet a variety of individuals who share my love of the Sierras, backpacking,  the outdoors, and nature in general. To all of you, Greetings, and it has been a true pleasure to make your acquaintance. 

Included in this group are experts on specific elements of backpacking skills, as well as applying backpacking skills to emergency and disaster preparedness. These skills fit together like chocolate and peanut butter...

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Meeks Bay to Echo Summit USGS backpacking maps: comments and questions

INDEX: Meeks Bay to Echo Summit Backpacking Maps

Howdy. Welcome to the  comments and questions page for my set of Meeks Bay to Echo Summit USGS backpacking maps.

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Late December, 2010

Massive snow storms blowing South out of the Tropics, rather than out of the Northwest, as are traditional in the Sierras and along the Northwestern United States, have dumped record snows from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney.

  I'm heading for the Tahoe Basin for a 4 or 5 day trip ASAP. I'm heading from the basin to Round Top Lake, South of Carson Pass, via Round and Showers Lakes. I'll give a  detailed report on conditions when I return.

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Incense Cedar, North Fork of the Mokelumne River, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Incense Cedar, North Fork of the Mokelumne River, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

Incense Cedar in remote untracked forest alongside the North Fork of the Mokelumne River in the El Dorado National Forest

The forest between the lower ford of Summit City Creek and Camp Irene is very densely packed with very young and very old trees. It is a striking juxtaposition, caused by a striking event.

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Sugar Pine, North Fork of the Mokelumne, El Dorado National Forest, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Sugar Pine, North Fork of the Mokelumne, El Dorado National Forest, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Sugar Pine in the "Enchanted Forest" along the North Fork of the Mokelumne River.

This Sugar Pine grows in the "Enchanted Forest" along the North Fork of the Mokelumne River.

Its isolated location is within the difficult section of terrain between the lower ford of Summit City Creek and Camp Irene.

 

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December Trail Conditions Update: 2010. Looking Ahead, Looking Behind

Looking back, Since my last High Sierra Trail update in early October, I have been closely tied to this computer, working ceaselessly to compile, organize, layout and present the vast amount of digital and literary information I've collected about the trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

This work on the content of the trail guide has pulled me away from reporting on current conditions, let alone experiencing them.

In the meantime, Fall has deepened, and Winter conditions have established themselves across the Sierras.

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WuDang Mountains, China

Though I strive to keep this forum focused on backpacking, and centered on the High Sierras, the indescribable beauty of nature does not confine itself within my artificial limits.

This beautiful video of Chines Wildlife was produced by what appears to be a Chinese Citizen living in the US. I may be mistaken. This video was relayed to me by a third party.

 

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Kenya Video, wildlife, Africa, 2011

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Though I strive to keep this forum focused on backpacking, and centered on the High Sierras, the indescribable beauty of nature does not confine itself within my artificial limits. 

This beautiful video of Kenyan Wildlife was produced by a French company that specializes on car camping expeditions.

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Purple, Iris, Carson Gap, Lake Tahoe Rim

I always look for the Iris pads in the Carson Gap, even when they are not blooming.

Iris pads at the Carson Gap pump out beautiful blooms

Iris, Carson Gap, July 16, 2009

Trail Guide: Carson Gap in Summer

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Coyote News: Coyotes kill Canadian folk singer, bbc, 10-28-09

Coyote News: Coyotes kill Canadian folk singer, bbc, 10-28-09

The animals have been acting strange for awhile now. Coyotes packing up and taking down a folk singer is as strange as mountain lions eating yuppies in the Angeles National Forest.

Not anymore. Get used to the changes we have carved into the face of nature coming back to haunt us in eventful and frightening ways.

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