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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OCT 31 2015 BACKPACKER ALERT: First Winter Storm Watch

BACKPACKER ALERT

First Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Crest.
FALL 2015 

Issued: Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:40 AM GMT-0700

North Sierra

"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"

 South Sierra 

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Aggressive nonnative mosquitoes spreading across state carry disease risk,

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.

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Oct 1 2015: Cayenne's View Forward

Cayenne just posted a note adding her perspective to the Fall Backpacker's Alert. I thought is was worth sharing more broadly, so here it is:

Fall is in the air in the Tahoe Basin

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Killer Bees in North California

‘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.

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Bubonic Plague Information Index

See & Read:
Standard Sierra Plague Warning 
Bubonic Plague in the High Sierra

 

2015 Drought Outbreak

Plague Persists,
August 2015

Tuolumne Meadows Campground Closing
August 2015

Mono County Warns of Plague
August 2015

 

Plague History

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Large trees -- key climate influencers -- die first in drought

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. 

Large trees -- key climate influencers -- die first in drought, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory,  September 29, 2015.

Also see the Backpacker News Forums.

 

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Extreme Pacific sea level events to double in future

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? 

 

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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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