Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These 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.
Very Scary Stuff:
Mutagenic chain reaction could knock malaria out of mosquitoes for good,
Nov 23, 2015, Ars Technica.
I don't like mosquitoes, but releasing a self-replicating, self-modifying gene-sequencing device into mosquitoes in the wild does not seem like a good idea. Franken foods are bad enough without Franken-skeeters.
This also begs the question, what would a world without mosquites look like?
We follow Astro-physics and Science for fun, because the Nature of Life itself is pretty darn entertaining on its own merits. Understanding the Nature and construction of our reality is a pragmatic move for all its "operators," but especially for backpacker's finding context in, and navigating the terrain to both ascertain & clarify our place in the Universe.
The whole web of life is being distorted by the changing character of the seasons on and around the the vastness of the North Pacific Ocean.
The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is a significant element in the complex relationship of the North Pacific Ocean weather patterns with the North American continent.
This is not good news for everyone who lives at lower lattitudes than BC, which includes the whole vast population of the United States.
What we have done, we must un-do.
More Good News:
New disease-carrying mosquito arrives in B.C.,
Nov, 8, 2015, Simon Fraser University.
Dengue has been surging out of the expanding tropical areas of the world as tropical conditions push North and South from the Equator.
The mosquitoes carrying Denge and a whole host of other diseases, and the diseases themselves have ridden the warm currents of climate warming into California, the Sierra, and the Northern Lattitudes.
The attention of pharmacutical companies will increasingly turn to these diseases as richer populations sicken as greed's transformation of our world accelerates.
Huge Impact of Slight Changes in Temperatures:
West Nile virus killing millions more birds than previously thought, UCLA researchers find, November 2, 2015, University of Texas at Dallas.
Aedes japonicus mosquitoes found in western Canada, November 2, 2015, Entomological Society of America.
High Sierra News
November & December
December 31, 2015.
News, Events, Observations, and Analysis
Happy Trails through the New Year...
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Watch Out for the Green Water
Do not drink, or allow your animals or children to drink from or play in water containing cynobacteria, otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae. Review the information below and at the bottom of the page for identification and safety information.
Rising heat and declining waters are creating conditions even more favorable for cynobacteria,otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae.
First Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Crest.
Issued: Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:40 AM GMT-0700
"WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING."
"SIGNIFICANT EARLY SEASON SNOW POSSIBLE LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING FOR THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS"
Aggressive nonnative mosquitoes spreading across state carry disease risk,
Oct 24, 2015, LAT.
We've seen a steady progression of tropical insects and diseases enter the US over the past twenty years as warming accelerates its effects.
The entry of the Asian tiger mosquito and Aedes aegypti into California presages the entry and spread of a number of terrible tropical diseases we are not going to enjoy at all.
‘Killer bees’ found in the Bay Area for the first time,
SF Gate, Sep 28, 2015. We are going to have to develop "killer-bee safety plans" that address potentially dangerous interactions with "killer bees" on the trail. It's just a matter of time and more heating.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Sept. 29, 2015--In forests worldwide, drought consistently has had a more detrimental impact on the growth and survival of larger trees, new research shows.
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Extreme Pacific sea level events to double in future,
University of Hawaii at Manoa, September 25, 2015.
This team of scientists recently asked, how will future greenhouse warming affect the El Niño sea level seesaws?
I've got your back -- fishes really do look after their mates!
ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, Sep 24, 2015.
New research from the ARC Centre has found that pairs of rabbitfishes will cooperate and support each other while feeding.
Co-author, Prof. Bellwood, "Our findings should further ignite efforts to understand fishes as highly developed organisms with complex social behaviours," he says.
Here's my typical approach to Fall:
High Sierra News
September & October News, Events and Observations
News from across the world of science spanning topics based on individual experience, such as personal health and fitness, to geological insights into just how our environment was constructed, up to the most current information on how we are smasing that environment.
I always say that "everything will happen to you on the trail if you are on the trail long enough."
I've added another "happening" that was harrowing but informative. I frigging caught on fire. Let me set the scene.