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July and August 2015 High Sierra Backpacker's News of Note

News for  High Sierra Backpackers

Updated
                  August 31

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               May and June 2015

NEWS

Original Article
Grey Swans: Rare but predictable storms could pose big hazards,
Princeton, August 31, 2015.  

 

Two Analysis 
Warm Arctic Brews Severe Winters From U.S. to Asia, Study Says,
Bloomberg, August 31, 2015. 


Worst case scenario: How bad could a tropical cyclone be?
Arstechnica, August 31, 2015.  

Spoiler Alert: BAD!
 

Folsom hiker found alive after 9 days in Sierra National Forest, Sac Bee, August 29, 2015.

 

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2015 Video Short: Fir Maze above Lowest Clarks Fork Ford, Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

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A nifty segment of the unmaintained segment of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail climbing into its most difficult elements across the South end of the Carson Iceberg Wilderness captured on video:

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I need to get outta this place...

Hey Kids,

I need to go backpacking post-haste. City life sucks and has about driven me crazy. I will be ready to run screaming into Nature after the Fourth.

How about you?

I have a five to seven day trip planned out of the Saint Marys Pass Trailhead near the top of Highway 108. I need a ride up there between the 5th and 7th, if anyone is driving that way.

But here's the real deal, why I am posting here; I am hiking North on an untrailed segment of the TYT to an unmaintained segment of trail, then down to maintained trail.

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Fish Listen

What fish ears can tell us about sex, surveillance and sustainability,
University of Southampton, June 15, 2015.

Knowing that fish listen carefully helps us approach silently, and gives us a tool to direct their attention.

According to the above article their ears will also allow us to trace their histories.

What grand fish stories these ears must have heard.

 

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Alaska Bee Characteristics

Bumble bees in the last frontier,
 Pensoft Publishers, June 15, 2015.

Bees and Wasps are high altitude polinators and predators in the High Sierra.

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Apex Ultralight Backpacks

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Apex Mountaineering

Ultralight backpacks

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May 12 2015 BACKPACKER ALERT: El Nino Seasonal Update & MJO Information

 

Tahoe to Whitney
BACKPACKER ALERT
Seasonal Update

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JUNE & MAY NEWS 2015: NEWS of NOTE to BACKPACKERS

News Updated
         June 26

In the Sky

June
Everything you need to know: June Solstice 2015,
Earth-Sky, June 18, 2015.

Star Chart

June 2015 guide to the five visible planets,
Earth-Sky, June 1, 2015.

Dates of sun’s entry into each constellation of the Zodiac, Earth-Sky
May 14, 2015: Sun enters constellation Taurus (53.41o)

Observations

Vega in Lyra,
Earth-Sky

Sea salt on Jupiter’s moon Europa,
Earth-Sky, May 18, 2015.
 

Upcoming Terestrial Events

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Spring 2015 Shocking Research

We have disturbing climate news from the top and bottom of the planet.

 

Fast, Intense Releases of CO2

Warming climate may release vast amounts of carbon from long-frozen Arctic soils,
University of Georgia, April 25, 2015

And

West Antarctic
Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster,
Princton, April 30, 2015.

 

The fact is that the biggest sheet of ice in Antartica, the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is unhooked, and sliding to its ultimate destruction: 

 

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Collapsing,
AAAS Science Mag, May 12, 2014.

 

These facts guarantee that we are in the fast lane of an inevitable trajectory to a completely different planet.
Basic logic brings us to the conclusion that our behavior assures that all we know and rely upon is in the process of going away.

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Tollermom tops Mount Whitney on a very Long Day Hike

Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.

Mount Whitney in a Day

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Peter finds Excellent Cheap Backpacking Boots: Interceptor Tactical Footwear

Peter is an excellent highly experienced solo cross-country backpacker. His engagement, analysis, observation and decision making skills are reliable and accurate in my estimation.

 Peter found an excellent cheap high quality boot suited for heavy backpacking, cross country scrambling, and even suitable for marginal Spring snow conditions.  

Let's let Peter tell it:

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Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum

Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum

 This is the comments, questions, and supplemental information catch-all page for the  Vermilion Valley to Muir Ranch Backpacker Forum.

Post up your information or your need for information.

Here's some information:

Trail Section Index

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Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal Backpacker Forum

This is the supplemental information, references, and comments page for the Muir Ranch to Whitney Portal section of the Tahoe to Whitney Trails.

In this same forum we will explore the loops and alternative routes along this section of the trail, such as the North-South and Rae Lakes Loops.

This forum and the South end of the guide below Tuolumne Meadows are under construction. The trails above are in draft form.

Tral Guide Index

Miles and Elevations

Maps

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Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Backpacker Resources

I have hit the Whitney Portal four times at the end of John Muir Trail hikes at 2;30 pm, had a Portal Burger at Doug's, then caught a ride down to Lone Pine with Doug three of the four times.

I am going to eat some more in Lone Pine, then either hitch-hike up to the Hot Springs just South of Bishop if I can't get a ride up to spend a night in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacker's camp.

Next time through the Whitney Portal I'm going to spend a night at Doug's Hostel specialized for long-distance backpackers down in Lone Pine.

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Muir Ranch Backpacker Resupply

Muir Ranch is one of my favorite resupply spots. This is in large part due to the low-key hospitality of Pat Gray.

Pat runs the backpacker resupply service. In the last ten years Muir Ranch has built a new shed to store the resupply packages, and completely turned around their previously backpacker-unfriendly attitude. 

Pat was not unfriendly prior to this time, but the attitude at Muir was clear:

In past years their policy was, "get your resupply and get the hell out."

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Yosemite Valley to John Muir Trail in Lyell Canyon via Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

Alternative Route
hiking to
Tuolumne Meadows
and the
Southbound John Muir Trail

I call it 25.94 miles.

That is 25.94 miles starting out of Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley to the point 5.6 miles South of Tuolumne Meadows where the end of this alternative route tees-out on the John Muir Trail.

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Trail Index: Reds Meadow to Vermilion Valley Resort

We will find there are more ways to hike the JMT than skin a cat. South of Reds Meadow we can follow the standard JMT to the VVR ferry at Lake Thomas Edison, or we can hike an alternative route down Fish Valley to the great beauties of Iva Bell Hot Springs.

Iva Bell Hot Springs are the Hilton Hotels of High Sierra Hot Springs. Its set up campsites climbing up the end of the Fish Valley to accompany the series of hot springs climbing the mountain are splendid.

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Index of, and Forum for John Muir Trail Backpacking Information

South into the Ansel Adams WildernessCrossing Doonhue Pass South out of Yosemite and into the amazing beauty of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
This is the forum for supplemental information for the JMT and PCT from Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow, where we will pick up our next resupply.

Resupply Information

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