Welcome to the backpacking trails and topics forums for local and long-distance hikers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

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Forums cover the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes. We explore the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required. All backpacking information posted here is linked to our related Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide. These forums are the "backend" of the Guide and Magazine. 

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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I've got your back -- fishes really do look after their mates!

 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.

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Sept-October 2015 High Sierra Backpacker's Observations and News of Note

High Sierra News

September & October News, Events and Observations
2015

Updated
         October 24

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.

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FIRE

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.

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Altitude Sickness, Training, and Safety as Part of Hiking Plan Prep

In our introduction to planning our Tahoe to Yosemite and Tahoe to Whitney backpacking trips we intergrate developing our fitness and skills through training trips into our plans. Thus our plans reflect and acknowledge both our strengths and weaknesses.

Planning Long Distance High Sierra Backpacking Trip

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Andy's 2015 TYT Trip Report

Hi, Alex- 

Here's a trail report from Summit City Canyon to St. Mary's Pass. Short story is that we were occasionally a bit befuddled and had to backtrack, but in general the trail/route was not that difficult to follow.

FOURTH OF JULY JUNCTION TO CAMP IRENE: From the Fourth of July junction to the first stream crossing south of Horse Canyon junction, the trail is in great shape.

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail 2015 Scouting Report

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
Finding Trail and Fishing Our Way to Yosemite

Johnny 13
 

Start
Meeks Bay 
Start Time: June 26, 2015.

Duration
26 days

Hiking Partners
 Two buddies for three days from Meeks Bay to Lake Aloha.

 Met another buddy at Carson Pass, who accompanied me for six days through the unmaintained segment of trail through Summit City Canyon.

Lake Alpine to Tuolumne Meadows Solo.

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High Sierra Nevada Backpacker and Hiker Geology Sources, Information, NEWS, and Resources

This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information.  For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.

Weather is the Speed of Life.
We consider the interrelationship between geological and biological processes.

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July and August 2015 High Sierra Backpacker's News of Note

News for  High Sierra Backpackers

Updated
                  August 31

Previous News Page
               May and June 2015

NEWS

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High Sierra Cow Anxiety in Upper Clarks Fork Canyon

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Close Encounter of the Cow Kind

As I was hiking down the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus on the unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail I picked up the enchanting sound of softly clanging cow bells bouncing off the rocky canyon walls until absorbed by the forest.

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2015 Video Short: Fir Maze above Lowest Clarks Fork Ford, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

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A nifty segment of the unmaintained segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail climbing into its most difficult elements across the South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness captured on video:

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July 2015 TYT Unmaintained Trail Update: Clarks Fork Trailhead to Saint Marys Pass Trailhead

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Tropical Sunset
Fine tropical-influenced sunset from Clarks Meadow hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in July of 2015
  From the North Edge of Clarks Fork Meadow along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

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Don't waste time or money on water purification system

I will assume that you went to college and that you can conduct basic research.

Read what SECOR has to say (author of High Sierra). Read what the UCLA biologiical research has shown.

When people get sick it is a 99% chance that they poisoned themselves due to poor hygene. It is not the water. It is not the water. Really, it is NEVER the water.

The bigger question is why do humans continue to make serious and important group think mistakes?

why "Old School" Loves External Frame

1) Way Comfortable

2) Lots of compartments - organize gear = safer trip

3) Where Have I used mine - 1000 miles AT, 1000 miles PCT, GLacier NP, Whites, Gila. 20 years duration.

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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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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.

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