Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers to share info about the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything High Sierra. The
Forums cover hiker input about the TYT, PCT, & JMT and their associated and alternative routes from the Trail Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trail itself & the necessary backpacking skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney, while this Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of High Altitude Living. 

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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Fantastic View of Nearby Fornax Galaxy Cluster

 

 

Planet with a View

Revealing galactic secrets,
ESO, October 25, 2017.

Check out the European Southern Observatory's amazing images of Fornax Galaxy Cluster shot with their VLT (Very Large Telescope) from the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

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The Money Shot 

 

 

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Hiding in Plain Sight: GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

 

 

Hiding in Plain Sight

Weird is Normal

GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses,
AP, October 23, 2017.

The weather already changed, but most people in California are from someplace else, so they have no frigging idea what's normal and what's not.


Hotter & Hotter

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Firefighter Tribute: Mikey Hallenbeck Memorial near Echo Summit

 

 

Firefighter Tribute

Signs near Echo Summit honor fallen firefighter Mikey Hallenbeck,
Mountain Democrat, October 20, 2017.


The Gordian Knot of drought, radical climate change, irresponsible development, and tradegy are putting all of us at risk, but especially wildland firefighters.

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High Sierra Bug News: Invasive White Satin Moth Infests Eastern Tahoe Basin

 

 

High Sierra Bug News
Non-Native Invasive Moth

Tahoe Basin Invasion

Invasive White Satin Moth Infests Eastern Tahoe Basin

Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park moth infestation diminishing fall foliage,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, October 22, 2017.

 

A Native Sierra Nevada Moth

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Rising sea levels creating first Native American climate refugees

 

 

Ma Nature's Wild Ride
Modern Environmental & Cultural Destruction

Rising sea levels creating first Native American climate refugees,
GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, October 23, 2017.

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Eco News: Lake Loss, World's Saline Lakes Disappearing

 

 

Great Salt Lake

Scientists warn that saline lakes in dire situation worldwide,
S.J. & JESSIE E. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY, October 23, 2017.

"massive environmental problems"

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Oroville Dam Area Residents Perceive Government as Greater Threat than Terror

 

 

Government Perceived as Greater Threat than Terror

Oroville Dam Area Residents

Gallagher survey: Respondents worry more about DWR than terrorists,
Appeal-Democrat, October 22, 2017.

Smart folks.


Main resident concerns

Failure Causes: concern (govt liars)

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Neanderthal Social Bonds Stronger than Modern American

 

 

Neanderthal Society

Did they Cheat Each Other, too?
No, old corpse reveals amazing social cohesion

Older Neandertal survived with a little help from his friends,
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, October 23, 2017.

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bears Bridging Islands of Wildlife

 

 

Grizzly Bears Bridging Islands of Wildlife

Routes out of isolation for Yellowstone grizzlies,
ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, October 23, 2017.

Goal: linking Yellowstone & Northern Continental grizzlies.

 

 

 

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The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles: We Blow Up & Die, We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

 

 

FIRE

The Power companies Flex their Political Muscles

We Burn & We Die & Then We Pay

PG&E helped stall effort to map risky power lines prone to wildfires,
The Mercury News, October 23, 2017.

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East Flank: Little Antelope & Carson Valleys, The Valley Pioneer Families

 

East Flank

Little Antelope & Carson Valleys

The Valley Pioneer Families

Event, Annual,

Cemetery tour relives Valley history,
Record Corurier, October 14, 2017.

 

 

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Sierra News: October Mountain Safety Report, ANNUAL FATALITY REPORT, SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON

 

 

HIGH SIERRA NEWS

October 2017

SEKI Mountain Safety Report

INCIDENTS IN SEQUOIA-KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS,
September 25 - October 8, 2017,
Kaweah Commonwealth, October 13, 2017.


Backpacker Relevant


Heli-Injury evacuation, Mineral King

Lost, Injured, self-rescued backpacker, Kern Hot Springs

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The Trend Continues: Everything Melting, The End of Cold

 

 

The Trend Continues: Everything Melting

The End of Cold

Mountain glaciers shrinking across the West,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, October 20, 2017.


Mont Blanc, too.

Antarctic Melting

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Does Mother Nature have a right to life?

 

 

Killing Nature

Does Mother Nature have a right to life?
Vegas Sun, October 16, 2017.


The real question is, “Do you exist without Nature?”

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Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

 

 

Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier,
Yosemite National Park, October 18, 2017.

 

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