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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Central Valley Project 2018: Biggest Water Load Captured for Years

 

 

Biggest Water Load Captured for Years

Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 145% of Average

Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 8.9 million acre-feet of storage,
US Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project, October 12, 2017.

Our 2018 Water Supply.

 

Tracking Water

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Death of Wild Fish: More Canaries in Nature's Coal mine

 

 

Death of Wild Fish

More Canaries in Nature's Coal mine 

Fish Blood in Their Veins — But Few Salmon in Their River,
KQED, October 16, 2017.


Killing off Indians & Fish

Fish & Cultural Extinction Events


Killing off Wild Fish & Nature generally

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Who Will Pay for the "Twin Tunnels?"

 

 

Who Will Pay for the "Twin Tunnels?"

The Forces of Irresponsible Greed Rally
Two Articles 

 

The Forces of Irresponsible Growth Rally

Organized Greed is their Golden Key

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Sea Ice Minimum and Arctic Summer of 2017 Information: End of the Summer Melt, 8th Lowest of 13 Measured

 

 

2017 Sea Ice Minimum and Arctic Information

8th Lowest of 13 Measured

U.S National Ice Center Observes 2017 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum and
Ice New Year!
PDF.
US National Ice Center, NOAA Satellite Ops, October 5, 2017.

 

 

NSIDC
National Snow and Ice Data Center

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Bird News: Lead fishing tackle decreasing loon populations

 

 

Birds, Fish, & Humans

Lead fishing tackle decreasing loon populations 

Lead fishing tackle may be threatening loon populations,
WILEY, October 12, 2017.

Human fishing affecting birds.

Despite this fishing lead ultimately affecting birds in Nature, I figured I'd put this article into the fish news section too, as it would be fishermen who'd change behaviors to remove this lead source. 

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Sex pheromone to battle bee-killing Asian Hornet

 

 

The Bee Killer

 Sex pheromone to battle bee-killing Asian Hornet

Battling Invasive Hornet Species

Luring hornets: Scientists unlock sex pheromone of notorious honey bee predator,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO, October 12, 2017.


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Giant Metropolitan Water District of SOCAL Approves Devil’s Straws tunnel project

 

 

Giant Metropolitan Water District of SOCAL

Approves Devil’s Straws tunnel project

Despite some opposition from Los Angeles, giant Southern California water agency approves Delta tunnels project,
Sac Bee, October 11, 2017.

 

Last Devil’s Straws News

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Anthropocene, Devolution or Evolution? The beneficiaries of mass extinction

 

 

Evolution

The beneficiaries of mass extinction

Devolution?

Lobotomizing the Web of Life

Evolution: The beneficiaries of mass extinction,
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, October 10, 2017. 

 

related
Oceans out of O2 by 2030s?

 

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Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino County LNU Complex Fires: Wind Complex Fire News, Smoke News & Fire Information

 

 

Massive Napa-Santa Rosa Fire

INCEPTION
Sunday Evening, the 8th of October

Overnight 30 mph standing winds, with gusts to 50, blows firestorms into the massive "LNU MENDO, and WIND" Complex Fires.

 

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Fate of the North American monsoon is quite Uncertain

 

 

Big League Seasonal Changes

"fate of the North American monsoon is quite uncertain"

How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon,
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, October 9, 2017.


Duststorms replacing Tropical Thunderstorms...

 


Western Wells Drying Out

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Dancing Shoes for Bees: How to do the Bee Dance

 

 

Dancing Shoes for Bees

How to do the Bee Dance

How honeybees read the waggle dance,
SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE, October 9, 2017.


Antennae, communication, and behavior

 

Georgia Tech Bee Dance Video

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Dirty Birds: Our Wonderful Contributions to Nature

 

 

Dirty Birds

Our Wonderful Contributions to Nature

What soot-covered, hundred-year-old birds can tell us about saving the environment,
FIELD MUSEUM, October 9, 2017. 

 

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Devil's Straws for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California?

 

Devil's Straws for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California? 

Once again, Southern California could make or break a major California water project,
Sac Bee, October 9, 2017.


Last Devil’s Straws News

Auditor already finds Waste & Corruption


The Funding Situation

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High Sierra Bears Gorging for Winter

 

 

Gorging for Winter

Many bears not hibernating during Warm Summers

Heightened bear activity in the Sierra Nevada during fall season, (video),
Tahoe Daily Tribune, October 8, 2017. 

 

Bear Tech & Culture

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Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

 

 

Aspens Fire Up in the High Sierra

Alpine trees put on annual show,
Record Courier, October 5, 2017.

 

Have any interesting experiences with trees? My first observations of the slashes of Aspen Colors through the darkening evergreen forests of Fall always shocks me. 

 

Plant Planet: The Plant & Tree Forum

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