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January of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index sticky icon

 

Updated
January 18, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
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LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
January, 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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December 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index sticky icon

 

Updated
December 27, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
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NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
December, 2018

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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ALL July 2018 High Sierra TRAIL NEWS sticky icon

 

Basic Sources of July 2018 High Sierra Trail News

 

All July 2018 Trail News

 

 

Mountain Safety

 

Fire Information

 

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Bear News and Research sticky icon

 

The repository of Bear news, research, and stories we come across.

I've written about my experiences with High Sierra Black Bear Behavior in the Trail and Camp Skills section of the Trail Guide. Remember, bears act differently in different locations, and can be quite unpredictable in most situations.

Most times we can figure out what they want, and that typically boils down to two things: Food, and/or to be "left alone." Bears have personalities and feelings, which make them almost as unpredictable as that most deadly of beasts, humans. Almost...

   

 October 26

BEARS

How to Get Along with Bears

Conservationists predict bear/human conflict hot-spots

 

 

 

 July 10

 

Yosemite Bear Activity

Summer 2018

Yosemite Bear Facts, June 17 – June 30, 2018

 

 

 

July 6

 

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2018 ADVENTURE: Two Explorers Set Out to Cross Antarctica

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TRACKING RUDD

Pre-Start Article, below

Started November 3rd

12 miles to South Pole on Dec 12

Completed on 12-28-18, 56 Days across Antarctica via South Pole

Tracking Captain Lou Rudd, from Shackleton Clothing, London.

 

National Geo End of Trip Article, 12-28-18

 

 

TRACKING O'BRADY

Pre-Start Article, BI, November 4, below

Started November 3rd

3 miles to South Pole on Dec 11

Completed on 12-26-18, 53 Days across Antarctica via South Pole

“...follow his GPS tracker in real time or check his posts on Instagram.”

 

WaPo End of Trip Article, 12-27-18

 

 

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November 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

Updated
November 29, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

NEXT MONTH'S NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
November, 2018

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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2018 Season High Sierra Fire, Smoke, and Mountain Safety Information

SUMMER & FALL
FIRE-BACKPACKING
SEASONS
of
2018

 

For more updated details, see the,
September, October, & NOVEMBER Fire Page


High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

ALL
SMOKE INFORMATION

 

 END
of
High Sierra & Major California Fires
2018

 

Wrapping Up the Summer & Fall
of
2018

LAST REPORT

November 26

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Status of the High Sierra, October 16, 2018

STATUS
Status of the Season

October 16, 2018

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BRIBED POLS PUSHING 2018 PGE BAILOUT THROUGH

BRIBED POLS PUSHING PGE BAILOUT THROUGH

‘Bailout in sheep’s clothing’ for PG&E? Advocates slam California wildfire plan,
Sac Bee, August 29, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

“...the California Legislature’s solution for wildfires includes a “bailout in sheep’s clothing” for PG&E that could for the first time leave customers picking up the bill for the utility giant’s negligence.”

Political System of Corporate Bribery
“Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spent millions of dollars this year imploring state legislators to change wildfire law and reduce the San Francisco energy company’s financial obligations for property damages.”

The Gov & Dems Bowed Down to Bribery, Again…
“governor and legislative leaders established a two-house wildfire conference committee in July...(which set) new standards for fire prevention, forest management and utility liability damages that can be recovered from ratepayers, among other major changes.”

Rushing the PGE Ripoff Through
“...submit the final language 72 hours before the legislative session concludes Friday. Some lawmakers on the committee and outside groups complained that they were not given adequate time to review the report before the hearing began Tuesday.”

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Donnell Fire Controversy Begins before Fire's Out

 

DONNELL FIRE CONTROVERSY BEGINS

This Incident and Forest Management Policy, Generally

Donnell Fire estimated 20 percent contained,
Union Democrat, August 13, 2018.

 

DONNELL FIRE INFORMATION PAGE

 

MAIN POINTS

Kennedy Meadows
"The Donnell Fire had grown to more than 44 square miles as of Monday afternoon and it was estimated to be about a half-mile from Kennedy Meadows Resort & Pack Station..."

Kennedy Meadows
"A key for the continued survival of the historic Kennedy Meadows resort is the fire has so far remained north of Highway 108 on the east edges of the fire, while the resort and pack station are south of the paved road."

Today's Fire Map, the 14th, (Facecrook)

Carson Iceberg Wilderness Backpacking Map

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Rapid Safety Analysis of Yosemite Rockfall Consequences

  

 

GEOLOGY NEWS

Yosemite Rockfalls

Rapid Safety Analysis of Potential Rockfall Consequences

Rapid 3D analysis of rockfalls in Yosemite,
Geological Society of America, June 28, 2018.

Everything in Motion

"Although the cliffs of Yosemite Valley may appear static, rockfalls from these cliffs are common, with a rockfall occurring every four to five days on average."

Big Moves

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SPRING OF 2018 TRAIL CONDITIONS in the SOUTH SIERRA

 

SOUTH SIERRA
SPRING OF 2018 HIGH SIERRA TRAIL CONDITIONS

Sequioa & Kings Canyon

Road to Cedar Grove out to Roads End OPEN April 27, 12 Noon,
Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.

 

Main Points

"Winter" conditions above 8500 feet.

The South Fork Kings River Bridge above Paradise Valley is STILL OUT.

 

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The Southeast Sierra in Spring of 2018: State of the Inyo National Forest

 

The Southeast Sierra in Springtime

State of the Inyo National Forest,
Sierra Wave, April 20, 2018.

 

Mono Lake Ranger District

"Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Hwy 120 E (Benton), Bodie (Hwy 270) Lundy Canyon (to the resort), June Lake Loop, Parker Lake Rd. (expect snow and very muddy conditions)."

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Squaw, March, 2018: Caught in a Massive Avalanche, and Surviving

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY
Caught in a Massive Avalanche

And Surviving...

Squaw Valley worker emerges from avalanche wrecked, but alive,
Truckee Sun, March 15, 2018.

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Shrimp Through the Ages: Human-Changed Conditions Threaten Extinction

 

Oceans
Shrimp Through the Ages

Human-Changed Conditions Threaten Extinction

'We're sleepwalking into a mass extinction' say scientists,
University of Bath, March 21, 2018.

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Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat: 2018 Yosemite Firefall

 

Astro-Geo-Water News
Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat

Yosemite Firefall

With only a trickle of water, Yosemite's 'firefall' still puts on show,
SFCrate, February 21, 2018.

 

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High Sierra Hiking Dogs: "Ace,"Another Lucky Dog, Survives Wilderness Adventure

 

High Sierra Hiking Dog

"Ace,"Another Lucky Dog, Survives Wilderness Adventure

ACED IT
Crowley Lake dog survives 12 nights in Long Valley Caldera
,
The Sheet, February 17, 2018, PDF, p.8.

 

Ace's Big Adventure

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