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2019 Glacier Point Road Opening May 10th sticky icon

 

HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS: ROAD ACCESS

Glacier Point Update, May 17: Closed Through Sunday, May 19, 2019

Glacier Point Update, May 14: Glacier Point Road Closed for Storm of 5-15

All High Sierra Road Info

Through the Snowy High Sierra
Through the Snowy High Sierra  Driving to Sonora Pass, Hwy 108, June 2010
Driving to Sonora Pass, Hwy 108, June 2010

 

Yosemite Road News & Status of Trans-Sierra Highways

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park to Open for the Season on Friday, May 10, 2019,
Yosemite National Park, May 8, 2019.

Main Points

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Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Forest Roads Closed in Aftermath of the Donnell Fire sticky icon

 

SPRING 2019

During the Donnell Fire
Bringing Water to Fire

FEO Engine 344 on Groveland Ranger District, by Josiah Dewey.
Photo by Josiah Dewey, FEO Engine 344 of Groveland Ranger District. More.

 

Aftermath of the Donnell Fire

Stanislaus National Forest, Recent Forest Orders,
Stanislaus National Forest. Alerts & Notices.

Donnell Fire

Donnell Fire Timeline

Donnell Fire Initial Report

Evolution of the Donnell Fire

 

Stanislaus National Forest
Extensive Areas in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness Area Closed
&
Many National Forest Road Closures due to Donnell Fire

 

KEY
RECENT ORDERS

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

 

Updated
May 20, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
May
, 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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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...

 

   Latest Update

 

 October 26, 2018

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

 

 

 

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SPRING 2019: Yosemite Extends Glacier Point Winter Access

SPRING THAW of 2019

Seasonal News of Note

Massive Snowpack on the Sierra Nevada

Yosemite National Park Announces Glacier Point Road and the Surrounding Trails to Remain Open for Extended Winter Season,
Yosemite National Park, March 28, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

“Yosemite National Park is pleased to announce that Glacier Point Road and the surrounding trails will remain open for winter recreational use through Sunday, April 14, 2019, conditions permitting.”

“Due to the significant snow pack, the current trail conditions are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the area surrounding Glacier Point Road. Typically, winter recreational use in this area ends at the end of March when the park closes Glacier Point Road to begin seasonal plowing operations.”

 

Last Yosemite News

Yosemite Announces Delayed Facility Openings

Note the Snow will Affect High Trail Access, & Damages will Affect Trails Too

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Daily Lottery for Camp 4, Yosemite Valley

 

TRAILHEAD YOSEMITE VALLEY

The Rules Have Changed at Camp Four
The Rules of Camp Four, Yosmeite Valley, 2012.
The Rules Posted on Camp 4, Yosemite Valley's Backpacker (really climber) Camp, 2012.

 

Oh, My Aching City...in the Wilderness

Yosemite National Park Announces the Launch of a Pilot Daily Lottery for Camp 4 Campground,
Yosemite National Park, April 16, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Lottery Reservations
“Yosemite National Park announces that a new pilot lottery program for Camp 4 Campground will launch on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Daily Lottery
“This daily lottery system will be operated through Recreation.gov and will help improve the visitor experience at Camp 4 Campground.”

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April of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

Updated
April 30, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
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NEXT MONTH'S NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
April
, 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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Into the Darkness: Massacre Rim Named Dark Sky Sanctuary

ASTRO-PHYSICS

Observing: Looking into the Void

Dark Night Skies
Night Sky Page Header, National Park Service
National Park Service, big image, from NPS, Night Skies

 

Let There Be Darkness

(Makes it Easier to See the Light...)

Public lands at Massacre Rim named International Dark Sky Sanctuary,
Dark Sky Organization, April 1, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Where
“The 101,000-acre Massacre Rim WSA is 150 miles north of Reno and 160 miles east ofRedding, Calif. It is nearly 100 miles north of Gerlach Nev. featured in writer Oliver Roeder’s “The Darkest Town in America,” a chronicle of his search for the darkest place on the continent.”

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March of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

Updated
March 31, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
March
, 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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February of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

LAST
Updated

February 28, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

NEXT MONTH'S NEWS

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 
February, 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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January of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

LAST
Updated

January 31, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

NEXT MONTHS' NEWS

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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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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December 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

Updated
December 27, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

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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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

 

High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

 

ALL
SMOKE INFORMATION

 

ALL
FIRE & SMOKE INFORMATION

All Federal Fires
Managed Fires
Parks, Forests, and Lands

INCIWEB 

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

 

NATIONAL INTERAGENCY FIRE CENTER, note fire lists by states...

 

 

All California State Fires
Managed Fires
CALFIRE Incident Information

  

 

 

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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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