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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Climate: "Existential Threat" by 2050

 

 

Climate: "Existential Threat" by 2050

Scripps says climate change may represent "existential" threat to humanity,
San Diego Union-Tribune, September 14, 2017. 

 

Also See

Beyond Catastrophic

 

 

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Another Warm Arctic Winter?

 

 

Another Warm Arctic Winter?

Arctic sea ice once again shows considerable melting,
ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUTE, HELMHOLTZ CENTRE FOR POLAR AND MARINE RESEARCH, September 15, 2017.

 

Subsequent
Arctic Research, Observations, & History 

Summer of 2017 & Sea Ice Minimum,
October 13, 2017.

 

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Twin Tunnels Corruption: Lies & Taxpayer Money to Subsidize our own Demise

 

 

A Political "System" of Cheaters, Liars, and Corruption

Fitzgerald: Feds sneak money to tunnels,
Record Net, September 14, 2017.

 

If their (politicians) lips are moving we have two problems: They are lying, and they are alive...

 

This Article is Very Rare

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The Thinking Squirrel

 

 

The Thinking Squirrel

Squirrels use 'chunking' to organize their favorite nuts,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY, September 13, 2017.


Small Mammal News

 

 

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FALL GEAR CHANGE UPON US

 

 

FALL GEAR CHANGE UPON US

Snow possible next week in higher elevations,
Lake Tahoe News, September 15, 2017.

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Southeast Sierra Status, FALL 2017

 

Southeast Sierra Status

Note Upcoming Campground Closure Dates

State of the Inyo National Forest,
Sierra Wave, September 14, 2017.

 

Crews responding to nine small fires in INF,
Sierra Wave, September 14, 2017.

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Fish Challenged Everywhere

 

 

Fish Challenged Everywhere

Climate change challenges the survival of fish across the world,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, September 13, 2017.

 

Fish-Oceans-Water News

 

End of Fish News

Gasping for Air

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New climate risk classification: "Beyond Catastrophic"

 

 

"Beyond Catastrophic"

New climate risk classification created to account for potential 'existential' threats,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO, September 14, 2017.

 

We humans are one of the existential threats to all life on this planet, including our own:
The Existential Zone

 

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Ash Tree and Antelope Face Extinction

 

 

Warm Enough Now

Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction -- IUCN Red List,
INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE, September 14, 2017.

 

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Identity theft by trademark tramples Yosemite’s history

 

Another National Corporate Disgrace

Our Corporate Masters must be Disempowered or Disembowled

Identity theft by trademark tramples Yosemite’s history,
Sierra Star, September 10, 2017.

I say we should ban DNC from any business or contracts from any arm of "our" government, until they decide we own the place names of historic places in Yosemite, & not them. 

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Not a Planet for Old Fish

 

 

Not a Planet for Old Fish

Old fish few and far between under fishing pressure,
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, September 14, 2017.

Fish News

 

 

All September 2017 General News

 

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FALL CONDITIONS APPROACH, First Snow on Tahoe Rim

 

FALL CONDITIONS APPROACH

First Snow on Tahoe Rim

Lake Tahoe sees first snowfall of 2017-18 season,
Sierra Sun, September 14, 2017.

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No Bristlecone Regeneration: Treeline Moving Upslope

 

No Bristlecone Regeneration
Treeline Moving Upslope

Earth's oldest trees in climate-induced race up the tree line,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - DAVIS, September 13, 2017.

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Oroville Dam: A Symbol of Corruption Crisis Chaos, & the Breakdown of the Free Press

 

 

Oroville Symbolic of Corruption Crisis Chaos and Free Press Breakdown 
The Dangers We Face

Oroville Crisis: Sheriff Called Emergency ‘An Ugly, Shitty Mess.’
KQED, September 11, 2017.

 

Full Monty

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NATURE As Amusement Park

 

NATURE
As Amusement Park

Do roller coaster-like rides belong on Sierra slopes?
Sac Bee, September 8, 2017.

I'm a "thumbs-down" on this one...

...what do you think?

 

 

 

All September General News

 

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Interdependent Global Climate

 

Climate Change News

Wow
THE COMPLEX WEBS WE UNWEAVE
Incredible chain of influences

Ancient tree reveals cause of spike in Arctic temperature,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, September 12, 2017.

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