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Spring Backpacking Conditions and Gear.


Spring Backpacking conditions and gear. Much the same as Fall.

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NASA: Super Bloom Fires Up Anza-Borrego Desert State Park sticky icon

BIOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS of EXTREME WEATHER SWINGS

 

Colors of Life
Fires Up the Sands & Terrain of Anza Borrego

NASA Earth Observatory images of Anza Borrego super bloom by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. This image would typically uniformly be shades of the colors of sand, without the super bloom. Landsat comparison.

 

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Wildflower Super Bloom Returns to California,
NASA Earth Observatory, March 18, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

“Thanks to a rainy winter in Southern California, a vast bloom of wildflowers has overtaken...” Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

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MARCH 6, 2019 PCT-JMT-TYT HIKER WARNING sticky icon

 

March 6

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

HIGH SIERRA SNOW STATUS

PCT-JMT-TYT-TWT Hikers Summer Condsiderations

A "Tropical" Winter
With this last storm, the third Tropical Transport Mechanisms since the beginning of Feburary 2019, (4th since the middle of January), the High Sierra Snowpack is right on the verge of equalling the massive snowpack of 2017. (averages)

High Siera Calendar

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Climate Change Triggering Return of New, & Eradicated Mosquitos & diseases

CLIMATE, SKEETERS, & HEALTH

It’s Already Happening...

Could climate change trigger the return of eradicated mosquito-related disease?
University of Bath, November 5, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

New Ranges
“The largest ever study of the mosquito evolutionary tree, going back 195 million years, suggests that present-day climate change could result in the spread and return of dangerous mosquito-borne diseases to new places or areas where they had previously been eradicated.”

Return of the Classics
“...– including malaria, Yellow fever, Zika virus, and Dengue fever – cause millions of deaths each year. While many of these diseases have been eradicated from Europe and are under control in other parts of the world, resurgence is always possible.”

Bonus for the Skeeters
They Like Heat AND CO2
“...the rate at which new species of mosquitoes evolve generally increases when levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are higher. This is concerning because the greater the number of mosquito species, the more potential exists for new ways of vectoring diseases, and perhaps for new variants of those diseases.”

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High Sierra Spring of 2018

High Sierra Spring of 2018
Evolution of Conditions

Page Started
March 20, 2018

 Winter 2017
page:
2018 WINTER REVIEW
Setting the Scene for the Spring of 2018

SPRING 2018 HAZARD STATUS

 

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June, 2018: Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney

Pro Rescue brings Two off Whitney by Helo, One able to Self-Rescue

Inyo, Mono Search and Rescue members aid hikers,
Sierra Wave, June 12, 2018.

 

Accident

When

"...approximately 9:30 am on Sunday June 10th…"

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2018 TRAIL CONDITIONS: Mammoth to Stay Open to Mid-June

 

SNOW & TRAIL CONDITIONS

Mammoth to Stay Open to Mid-June

California skiers, rejoice! Mammoth to stay open well into June,
Free Skier, May 21, 2018.

 

Last Year

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Spring 2018 Mountain Lion Attack A Bit West of PCT at Snoqualmie

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY
Mountain Lion Attack

A Bit West of PCT in North Washington

Mountain lion attack kills 1, injures 1 in Washington state,
LAT, May 19, 2018.

 

The town of North Bend is about 17 miles (as the Crow flies), West of where the PCT in the Cascades crosses Highway 90 across Snoqualmie Pass.

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Global Mosquito Movement, Asian tiger mosquito on the move

 

Global Mosquito Movement

Zika, Dengue, West Nile, & Chikungunya Move with Them

Asian tiger mosquito on the move,
Goethe University Frankfurt, May 18, 2018.

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SPRING of 2018 High Sierra Hazard Alert Status

 

SPRING of 2018
High Sierra Hazard-Alert Status

 

June 13

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Serious Snow Travel Accident on Mount Whitney

Pro Rescue brings Two out by Helo, One able to Self-Rescue

Mountain Safety News

 

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Spring of 2018: Status of the East Flank of the South Sierra

 

HIGH SIERRA CONDITIONS
Spring of 2018

Status of the East Flank of the South Sierra

STATE OF THE INYO,
Sierra Wave, May 6, 2018.

 

Report

Mono Lake Ranger District

Open

Highway 89

Highway 108

Bodie (Hwy 270)

Lundy Canyon (to the resort)

June Lake Loop

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TUOLUMNE MEADOWS CONDITIONS, Update for April 18, 2018

 

TUOLUMNE MEADOWS CONDITIONS

Tuolumne Meadows Winter Rangers

Update for April 18, 2018 (last update for the season)

 

CONDITIONS

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Weather News: Tropical Times, Radically Changing Mountain Weather

 

WEATHER NEWS
Tropical Times

Radically Changing Mountain Weather

No Snow But Over Two Inches Of Rain In Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows Conditions Update for April 11, 2018,
United States Park Service, Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions.

"...2.11 inches of water in the form of rain."

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SKEETER NEWS 2018: Warming Climate Spreading Skeeters, Ticks, & their Diseases

 

SKEETER NEWS

Warming Climate Spreading Skeeters, Ticks, & their Diseases

Climate change promotes the spread of mosquito and tick-borne viruses,
European Commission Joint Research Centre, March 16, 2018.

 

Threat Levels

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Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

 

 

Lost Yosemite Day Hiker from May Identified

Yosemite National Park Identifies Remains of Alexander Sevier,
Yosemite National Park, October 18, 2017.

 

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October 2017 INDEX of High Sierra Backpacker's News of Man and Nature

 Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News

 Man and Nature

October 2017

October
of
2017

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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HIGH SIERRA SEASONAL ASSESSMENT 2016-2017

 HIGH SIERRA SEASONAL ASSESSMENT
2016-2017

Evolution from Winter to Spring to Summer Conditions

Hey Hikers.

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BACKPACKER ALERT: April 1 thru August 22, 2017. (coverage to 9-11)

 

 

BACKPACKER ALERT UPDATE

  NOTE 
The Sierra Calendar draws together
an extensive array of snow, runoff, weather, hazard, and temp information.

 

Last Updated

September 11, 2017 
(This page covers April 1, 2017 to September 11, 2017.)

 

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Tracking
High Sierra
BACKPACKER ALERTS
&
HAZARD STATUS
Post 
September, 11, 2017

 

The Original April 1 Alert (Below)
IS
NO LONGER IN FULL EFFECT:

Ended August 22, Sierra returns to
"Season-Normal Hazards."

 

Latest High Sierra Trail News

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April and May 2017 INDEX of High Sierra Backpacker's News: Man and Nature

April & May
of
2017

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. 

Last
Updated

May 31, 2017

 

April & May  HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS BELOW

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