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

This Magazine covers everything Sierra. Its
Forums cover TYT, PCT, & JMT and alt-route hiker input from the Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trails  & the necessary skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney. This evolving Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of hiking Tahoe to Whitney. 

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. Find info. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest.

for Backpackers: Get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Hike the TYT and JMT. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Explore your potential.

for Experts: The information to come 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, and has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.  


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2018 High Sierra Mountain Safety: Backpacker Alert Index

WINTER OF 2018
BACKPACKER ALERTS

So far this year we've achieved

FULL WINTER STATUS & CAUTIONS

on

November 28, 2017:

FULL WINTER
-GEAR-SKILLS-FITNESS-
REQUIRED
From
Now thru the Remainder of the Winter Season

HAZARD STATUS
Two Issues

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HEALTH & FITNESS, West Nile Disease: Memory Loss Preventable? News and Information

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

West Nile Disease

Memory Loss Preventable?

Memory loss from West Nile virus may be preventable,
Washington University School of Medicine, January 16, 2018.

"More than 10,000 people in the United States are living with memory loss and other persistent neurological problems that occur after West Nile virus infects the brain."

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Arctic Ice News: Mid Winter Melt of 2016 & Great Thaws of 2007 and 2012 Analyzed

 

Arctic Ice News
Mid Winter Melt of 2016 & Great Thaws of 2007 and 2012

Analyzed

Weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice,
ETH Zurich, January 16, 2018.

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TREE NEWS, Forest Primeval: Europe Lost 50% of Forest in 6000 Years.

 

TREE NEWS

Forest Primeval

Europe Lost 50% of Forest in 6000 Years

Europe's lost forests -- study shows coverage has halved over 6,000 years,
University of Plymouth, January 16, 2018.

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Fish & Water News, 2017 Delta Fish Survey, Wet year brings no relief for endangered Smelt

 

Fish & Water News
Happy Smelt?

Survival Trumps Feelings

2017 Delta Fish Survey

Will Delta Smelt Have a Happy New Year?
California Water Blog, January 14, 2018.

Wet year brings no relief for endangered Smelt.

Lowest count of Smelt ever!

"collapse"

 

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Bee News, Global Polinator Kings in Trouble, but it's Good to be King

 

Bee News
Bees #1 Polinator

Global Polinator Kings, In Trouble, but it's Good to be King

Worldwide importance of honey bees for natural habitats captured in new report,
University of California - San Diego, January 10, 2018.

 

Tracking Flying Bees

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Geology News, Crapquakes: Toxic Injection Quakes

 

GEOLOGY NEWS
OMG!
Stop Pumping Poisons into the Earth!

Stopping Stupid Behavior Stops Consequences! Amazing!

Further reducing injections of oilfield wastewater can prevent larger earthquakes,
Virginia Tech, January 10, 2018.

Brilliant! Stopping the activity stops the consequences!

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Health & Fitness News, Another Benefit of Natural Engagement: More Attentive Students


Health & Fitness News
Another Benefit of Natural Engagement

More Attentive Students

Students more engaged and attentive following outdoor lesson in nature,
Frontiers, January 11, 2018.

On the other side of the coin, "Mountain Madness."

Mountain Madness is Real

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Astro-Physics News: Black Holes Hungry, Eating Space-Time

 

Astro-Physics News
Eating Space Time

Black Holes Hungggee!

Black hole breakthrough: New insight into mysterious jets,
Northwestern University, January 10, 2018.

An example of monster-level supercomputer modeling on the Blue Waters supercomputer:

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WATER, FISH, & SEA NEWS: Killing the Salmon

 

WATER, FISH, & THE SEA

Killing the Salmon

Two Pieces of News-Research

Pesticide Runoff Killing Salmon & Orca
&
The Anthropocene: Genetic Salmon Genocide

 

Salmon Gene-o-cide

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Water & Climate, Draining the Land & The Sky, Colorado River, Lake Mead, & The Rockies: A BROKEN SYSTEM

 

Water & Climate News
Draining the Land & The Sky

Colorado River, Lake Mead, & The Rockies: A BROKEN SYSTEM

CAP: Lake Mead Low, But Don't Expect a Water Shortage This Year,
Arizona Public Media, January 11, 2018.

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California Water Policy on Trial: Oroville Dam Final Report, Safety a Joke from Constuction to Disaster

 

Oroville Dam Final Report
Bribed Assholes put Private Profits before Public Safety

Oroville Dam Safety a Joke from Constuction to Disaster

Safety wasn’t the only thing on Oroville Dam operators’ minds as they responded to crisis, report shows, Sac Bee, January 9. 2018.

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Climate Change Water News, Freshwater Acidification: Warming Climate Changing Freshwater as well as Ocean Chemistry

 

Climate & Water News
Freshwater Acidification

Warming Climate Changing Freshwater as well as Ocean Chemistry

Rising CO2 is causing trouble in freshwaters too, study suggests,
Cell Press, January 11, 2018.

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Mid Winter High Sierra Weather Transition Report of 2018

 

WINTER of 2018

 

Mid Winter Weather Transition Report

2018

Let me explain how I look at Winter. The Sun just reached its most Southern Point, and is now moving Northward in the Sky, heating the Southern Hemisphere for the second time on its annual trip down to mid-Winter and back.

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Shifting Climate Changing World of Turtles: Warming Climate Changed Aussie Turtles Female

 

OZ in Trouble
Shifting Climate Changing World of Turtles

Warming Climate Changed Aussie Turtles Female

Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female,
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region, January 11, 2018.

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Tree News, The Plants Can't Run: Changing Climate Changing Plant Growth

 

The Plants Can't Run

Changing Climate Changing Plant Growth

How climate change alters plant growth,
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, January 12, 2018.

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Lives of Birds, 2018, Shifting Seasons for Birds and Farmers: Conflicts at the Crack of Spring

 

Lives of Birds
Shifting Seasons for Birds and Farmers

Conflicts at the Crack of Spring

As climate is warming up, more bird nests are destroyed in Finnish farmland,
University of Helsinki, January 11, 2018.

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Water News, Delta Broken: Delta Smelt & Wild Fish in California all Headed for Extinction

 


Fish & Water News
Delta Broken

Delta Smelt & Wild Fish in California all Headed for Extinction

The delta smelt heads for extinction, marking a half-century of failed California water policy, LA Times, January 5, 2018.

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