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High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine with the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide's Trails, and Topics Forums

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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Warming Arctic Spreading Seal Diseases sticky icon

 

ICE, WATER, WARMING, & DISEASE

Ribbon Seal
An adult male ribbon seal lays on the ice, NOAA Fisheries, Polar Ecosystems Program.
An adult male ribbon seal lays on the ice, NOAA Fisheries, Polar Ecosystems Program.

 

Warming Arctic Spreads Disease

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Linked to Emergence of Deadly Virus in Marine Mammals,
University of California - Davis, November 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

The Problem
"Scientists have linked the decline in Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus that could threaten marine mammals in the North Pacific..."

"Phocine distemper virus (PDV), a pathogen responsible for killing thousands of European harbor seals in the North Atlantic in 2002, was identified in northern sea otters in Alaska in 2004, raising questions about when and how the virus reached them."

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ICE BIRDS IN TROUBLE

Emperor Penguins
Emperor Penguins under Climate Extinction Threat, Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The fate of emperor penguins is largely tied to sea ice, making them particulary vulnerable to warming. Photo by author, Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

 

Antarctic Snow, Ice & Penguin Decline

Unless Warming is Slowed, Emperor Penguins will be Marching Towards Extinction,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, November 7, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Bye Bye Birdie
"...a warming climate may render them extinct by the end of this century."

"If global climate keeps warming at the current rate, we expect emperor penguins in Antarctica to experience an 86 percent decline by the year 2100."

"At that point, it is very unlikely for them to bounce back."

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GROWING TO PHYSICAL & PERSONAL DESTRUCTION: Megacity Morons of Mexico City sticky icon

UPDATED!
Pollution feeds Childhood Brain Degradations

 

GROWING TO PHYSICAL & PERSONAL DESTRUCTION

Megacity Morons of Mexico City

Air pollution in Mexico City is associated with the development of Alzheimer disease,
IOS Press, December 21, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

Relentless Alzheimer's Pathology
“...concerns over the evolving and relentless Alzheimer's pathology observed in young Metropolitan Mexico City (MMC) urbanites.”

THIRD WORLD SHITHOLE
“Metropolitan Mexico City is an example of extreme urban growth and serious environmental pollution and millions of children are involuntarily exposed to harmful concentrations of PM 2.5 every day since conception.”

Alzheimer’s in Two Decades
“Non-P-Tau exhibited significant increases with age, an important finding in a young population where axonal changes are present and AD hallmarks are evolving steadily in the first two decades of life. Non-P-Tau is potentially an early biomarker of axonal damage and AD axonal pathology in highly exposed young populations.”

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WEATHER for High Sierra Backpackers: REPORTS, FORECASTS, PREDICTIONS, SNOW, ROADS, CONDITIONS sticky icon

  ALL
HIGH SIERRA WEATHER RESOURCES


QUICK INDEX

FULL INDEX

NEW
GOES-17-WEST

TWO VIEWS
of the
NE PACIFIC, CALIFORNIA COAST, & THE HIGH SIERRA
NOW

THE WIDE VIEW

The NOAA VIEWER
Northern Pacific GeoColor
The Last 11 Hours over the Northeastern Pacific
New GOES-17, "West," last 11 hours over the North Pacific GeoColor View by NOAA.

The Big South East Pac View
From the South
Good for Observing-Tracking Tropical Transport Mechanisms

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ECO-CRASHING NEWS: INTERNATIONAL FRAUDS

Grow, China, Grow!
Grow, USA, Grow!
Modern Industrial Infrastructure
A Power Plant
 Last of the Mohicans, if Paris is going to, "work?" Credit Carnegie Inst. Sci.
One of the, "Last of the Mohicans," if Paris is going to, "work?" Credit Carnegie Inst. Sci.

 

Not Targeting the Sources, Nor even the Symptoms!

The Truth behind the Paris Agreement Climate Pledges,
Universal Ecological Fund, November 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

It Studies Itself
This study, "...examines in great detail the 184 voluntary pledges under the Paris Agreement, the first collective global effort to address climate change."

"Simply, the pledges are far too little, too late."

It Concludes Disaster Approaches
They Keep Saying, "If,"
"Failing to reduce emissions drastically and rapidly will result in an environmental and economic disaster from human-induced climate change."

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December 1, 2019

Tioga Road & Pass Closed for Season

Yosemite National Park Announces Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are Closed for the Season,
Yosemite National Park, November 27, 2019.

Highways 4 & 108 closed across Sierra Crest.

CalTrans

 

 

 November 27, 2019

The 26th
RISING PM SHOWERS
WINTER STORM
FIRST of the YEAR 

The 27th
Crestline Reporting Stations
24 hour Snow Accumulation and Temperatures

All
High Sierra Snow Status & Forecasts

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BIRDS

Vulturine guineafowl
Vulturine guineafowl, James Klarevas, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.
Vulturine guineafowl move in highly cohesive groups. This cohesion allows them to coordinate their actions as they move together through the landscape, and therefore maintain stable group membership over extensive periods of time. James Klarevas, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

 

Some Smart Dino-Birds...

Complex Society Discovered in Birds,
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, November 4, 2019

MAIN POINTS

"Multilevel societies have, until now, only been known to exist among large-brained mammals including humans, other primates, elephants, giraffes, and dolphins."

The Vulturine guineafowl
"...the birds can keep track of social associations with hundreds of other individuals--challenging the notion that large brains are a requirement for complex societies and providing a clue as to how these societies evolved."

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Child Brain Degraded by Screen Time
Child Brain Degraded by Screen Time, by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
This lateral brain image of a child exposed to significant screen time shows lower level levels of white matter structural integrity. These effected areas are in blue. Image by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

 

Creating Dull, Stupid Consumers

Screen-Based Media Associated with Structural Differences in Brains of Young Children,
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, November 4, 2019.

Bottom Line

"...study documents structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based media use."

Manufacturing Morons
"...children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and other emergent literacy skills."

"...include imagery and executive function - the process involving mental control and self-regulation."

"...also have lower scores on language and literacy measures."

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Keep Moving for Health, Department of Running

Any Amount of Running Linked to Significantly Lower Risk of Death,
BMJ, November 4, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"Any amount of running is linked to a significantly lower risk of death from any cause, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence..."

"...any amount of running was associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running."

"...associated with a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and a 23% lower risk of death from cancer."

"Even small 'doses'--for example, once weekly or less, lasting less than 50 minutes each time, and at a speed below 6 miles (8 km) an hour, still seemed to be associated with significant health/longevity benefits."

Caveat Emptor
"...the researchers caution that the number of included studies was small and their methods varied considerably, which may have influenced the results."

Nonetheless
"Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity."

 

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CLIMATE, WATER, & WEATHER: US SEPTEMBER

Extremes of US Temperature & Precipitation Continue

Assessing the U.S. Climate in October 2019,
NOAA NCEI, November 6, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Record Cold in NW with Record Heat in Southeast
"Below-average temperatures were observed from the High Plains to the Pacific Coast, while above-average temperatures blanketed the eastern third of the contiguous U.S. Parts of southern Florida were record warm."

October Temperatures
NOAA October US Mean Temperature Percentiles.
October US Mean Temperature Percentiles
 

Extreme Cold Event in Northwest
"An early-season snowstorm and associated bitter cold temperatures affected Rockies and Midwest...All-time record low temperatures for Oct were set across the West.

Extreme October Temperature
Wow
"Peter Sinks, UT, often one of the nation’s coldest locations, dropped to −46°F early on October 30, according to the Utah Climate Center. This temperature may be the coldest October temperature on record across the contiguous U.S."

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ECO-CRASHING NEWS

NOAA Tracking Our Devolving Climate & Weather

Assessing the Global Climate in October 2019,
NOAA, November 18, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Second Warmest October Ever,
Second Warmest Year to Date, within range of records…
"The global land and ocean surface temperature departure from average for October 2019 was the second highest for the month of October in the 140-year NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880. "

Second Hottest Year to Date
The year-to-date temperature for 2019 was also the second warmest on record for the January–October period."

Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles Sept 2019
NOAA Global Land & Ocean Temp Percentiles for September 2019 showing the second hottest October ever.

NOAA charting the heat distribution of the second hottest October ever...

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Summer of 2019 High Sierra Safety Intro and Reports
The Intro, Index, and Analysis Page

A Selection of Typical High Sierra Mountain Safety Incidents
by
INYO & MONO SAR

Covering
June 19 to September 29, 2019 Over Three Pages

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

 

The Index, Introduction, and Analysis Page
Below

SAR INCIDENTS INDEX

Purpose
To make ourselves aware of the wide range of external and internal threats we confront when departing the safety sphere of civilization entering the HIgh Sierra Wilderness.

More precisely, we use these SAR reports to see how & why people are requiring SAR assistance to better avoid hurting or killing ourselves while engaging the wilderness and wild beauties of the High Sierra.

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HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
SAR Incidents & Accidents

Summer of 2019 Mountain Safety Review

REPORTS INDEX

 

Page I

 

August 11, 2019
to
September 20, 2019

 

Support SAR

 

12 Rescues of Note

 

Deceased Hiker on PCT above Leavitt Lake

Foot injury, Cooney Lake

Leg Lacerations, Lundy Canyon

Lower Leg Injury, Crystal Lake

Lower Leg Injury, Incredible Hulk

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HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
SAR Incidents & Accidents

Summer of 2019 Mountain Safety Review

REPORTS INDEX

 

Page II

 

July 22, 2019
to
August 10, 2019

 

 Support SAR

 

11 Rescues of Note

 

AMS-HACE, Devils Postpile

Bouldering Accident, Open Fracture, The Dreamers

Unknown, Little Slide Canyon

Injury, Barney Lake

Body Recovery, Minarets

E-Ledges Tumble, Mount Whitney Mountaineer's Route

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HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
SAR Incidents & Accidents

III

Summer of 2019 Mountain Safety Review

REPORTS INDEX

Page III
May 20, 2019
to
July 14, 2019

 

Support SAR

 

10 Rescues of Note

 

Technical Nightime Search & Rescue, Incredible Hulk

Lost Bristlecone Bathroom Breaker

Broken Ankle, McLeod Lake

Injured Hiker, Mt. Whitney

Evolution Traverse Fall

Cramps, Sherwin Lakes Trailhead

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November of 2019 All High Sierra Backpacker, Hiker, Outdoors, & Nature News Index sticky icon

 

Last Updated
December 1,  2019
Except
For the November, "Catch-Up"

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

OCTOBER ALL HIGH SIERRA NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
November
, 2019

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

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Resources
SUMMER & FALL
BACKPACKING SEASONS
of
2019

FIRE & SMOKE INFORMATION

 

Latest
FIRE
Report---Analysis

 

Smoke & Air Quality Resources

 

ALL
FIRE & SMOKE
INFORMATION & RESOURCES

FIRE

All FEDERALLY
Managed Fires

Parks, Forests, and Federal Lands

INCIWEB 

Inciweb has been downgraded in services and quality by their redesign. For a list of National and California Fires, now see:

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Important Note
For our Public, Personal, and Financial Safety and Stability
We Must
Convert PG&E into to a Ratepayer-State Owned Public Utility
 

 

CORPORATE CAPTIVES on FIRE

Bribed Dems Make Us Pay PG&E to Burn Us Down

Newsom Authorizes $21 Billion Fund to Protect Utilities From Fire Costs,
SF Chron, July 12, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Demon Corporate Rats
"AB1054, which overwhelmingly passed both chambers of the Legislature..."

Public Funded Private Profits
"...a new wildfire fund for claims associated with future blazes started by power lines, mandates safety investments from the major utilities and changes crucial aspects of how the state regulates them, among other provisions."

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ECO-CRASHING NEWS-CLIMATE ISSUES INTERSECT IN ALASKA

The Incredible Rapidly Shrinking-Disappearing Alaskan Winters
Length of the snow season (gray bars) in Alaska each year from 1997-2018, by Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate and Policy.
Length of the snow season (gray bars) in Alaska each year from 1997-2018. Orange slanting bars show the trend: the date when the state becomes 50 percent snow covered is arriving a week later in October than it used it, and the spring "snow-off" date—when half the winter snow has melted—is arriving nearly two weeks earlier. Image by Rick Thoman, Alaska Center for Climate and Policy.

 

Full Range of Rapid Changes Across the Arctic Felt in Alaska

New Report Highlights Alaska’s last Five Years of Dramatic Climate Change,
NOAA Climate, October 15, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"Alaska’s climate is changing, thanks to human-caused global warming, and the effects are widespread and sometimes dangerous."

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October of 2019 All High Sierra Backpacker, Hiker, Outdoors, & Nature News Index sticky icon

 

Last Updated
October 31,  2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

NOVEMBER ALL HIGH SIERRA NEWS

SEPTEMBER ALL HIGH SIERRA NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
October, 2019

Happenings in the relationship between Man and Nature affecting our hike down life's trail through both worlds. We study both the reality created by humans and the uncreated reality reflected in, and tended by Nature. 

The vast majority of our reporting on Nature comes from the American Association of Scientists summarizations of each day's bounty of the peer-reviewed research published by academic institutions and journals around the world.

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