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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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High Sierra Cow Anxiety in Upper Clarks Fork Canyon

Close Encounter of the Cow Kind

As I was hiking down the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus on the unmaintained Tahoe to Yosemite Trail I picked up the enchanting sound of softly clanging cow bells bouncing off the rocky canyon walls until absorbed by the forest.

I figured I'd meet some cows. The narrow canyon certainly makes "our" shared route along the visible bits of route along the unmaintained trail the best solution for both grazing stock and passing backpackers to reach our respective goals. It's cozy. No problem. I like cows.

My goal is always to get past cows with as little trouble as possible. I've dealt with cows many times before, and always gotten myself through quickly, sometimes employing sweet talk, and other times threatening a re-branding if cow-cooperation is found lacking.

I will go freeking cowboy on their huge cow asses.

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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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Megacity Thieves, Grouse, and Ranchers Fight over Diminishing East Sierra Waters

ECO-CRASHING CONSEQUENCES

Megacity Thieves, Grouse, and Ranchers Fight over Diminishing Waters

Los Angeles reduces Eastern Sierra water deliveries because of climate change. At risk, ranchers say, is a way of life,
LA Times, September 24, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

Ranchers Out
“...LADWP has for seven decades provided several lessees in the area about 5 acre-feet of water per acre per year, which made their pastures nutritious through the summer and added luster to the area’s hiking, biking and angling hotspots. (An acre-foot of water equals about 326,000 gallons, more than enough to supply two households for a year.)”

“...new 20-year leases for 10 longtime ranchers in area, the department says lessees should anticipate that little to no water will be available for them.”

Grouse Lifeline

“...it would continue diverting about 1,000 acre-feet of water per year to protect the estimated 600 sage grouse in the area, a segment of a subspecies only found along the California-Nevada border.

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September 2018 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

Updated
September 27, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
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 Man and Nature

 


September, 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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High Sierra Backpacking Trip Report: Twin Lakes-Benson Lake Loop, July 14 to July 21, 2018

 

Trip Report
Bensen Lake Loop

July 14 – 21, 2018

Editor's Note
This trip begins and ends at the Twin Lakes Trailhead in the Toiyabe-administered Northern section of the Hoover Wilderness. It climbs precipitiously to, then over the Sierra Crest, into the heart of the very difficult backpacking terrain of the North Yosemite Backcountry.

Intercepting the routes of the unified PCT-TYT along Rancheria Creek in Kerrick Canyon, our route turns South with them, down through the beauties of Seavy Pass before plunging down into the Bensen Hole, only  to climb back out and over Bensen Pass, on our way back to Twin Lakes by splitting off the PCT-TYT to climb up through Matterhorn Canyon, on our way back to our starting trailhead at Twin Lakes.

Check out the maps, miles, and description of this fine route below...
 

Time & Distance

Eight Nights

Around 54 miles

 

All Photos

 

Trail Guide

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

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August 2018 All High Sierra News Index

 

Updated
August 31, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

NEXT MONTH'S NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 


August, 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, Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated (Injury Update)

Injury Update, August 17

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated

MONO SAR Report

Many come to aid of climber trapped between granite slabs,
Sierra Wave, July 30, 2018.

"On July 29, 2018, at approximately 1:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) received a call from a pair of climbers in the area of the north ridge of Mount Conness."

"The pair explained that they could hear someone screaming for help approximately 1/2 to 3/4 miles northeast of their location. They were unsure of the exact location of the voice but provided SAR with an approximate GPS location..."

"The approximate location of the victim was around 11,400 feet elevation near the base of the Conness Glacier."

"Twelve (12) SAR personnel responded and readied at the Saddlebag Lake trailhead, and the SAR Team then began the hike into the area to attempt to locate and assist the injured person. CHP Helicopter H40 was requested to the area to conduct an aerial search of the area as well."

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Great Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave of 2018: Two Articles: Sweden Shrinking, Europe Frying

ECO-CRASH NEWS

The Great Northern Hemisphere Heat Wave of 2018

Two Articles: Sweden Shrinking, & Europe Frying

1>Sweden Shrinking

Sweden's Highest Peak Melts Away as Record Temperatures Hit Arctic Circle,
Time, August 3, 2018.

Main Points

Arctic Circle Heatwave
"A summer heatwave in the Arctic circle has claimed a victim in Sweden’s highest point, a glacier on Kebnekaise mountain in the north of the country."

"Melting fueled by the heat has caused the peak to lose 13 feet in height."

"Just a month ago, the glacier reached 6,893 feet above sea level. At the latest measurement on Tuesday, it was just 6,879 feet high...it is now no longer the highest point in the country."

“We know that it has melted because it is very hot."

Arctic Circle at 90F
"Northern Europe has been sweltering in a heatwave that scientists fear is a result of climate change. Banak in Norway, over 350 miles into the Arctic Circle, reached 90 degrees on Monday."

 

More

2>Euros, and even the Northern Euros, are Baking

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August 2018: NASA Observes Widespread Smokey Skies from Western Fires

Widespread Smokey Skies from Western Fires

A Serious Mountain Safety Concern

Smokey Skies in North America,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 17, 2018.

"In mid-August 2018, deadly blazes across the western United States and Canada continued to destroy structures and disrupt the lives of millions of people. But you did not have to be close to the fires to witness its effects. These images show just how far across North America winds have carried the thick plumes of smoke."

 

Recently

Smokey Oregon,
NASA Earth Observatory, August 15, 2018.

“On August 15, 2018, nine large fires were burning in Oregon...”

 

NASA Images

Fire Season in the Western United States

 

 

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July 2018 All High Sierra News Index

 

Updated
July 31, 2018

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA GENERAL NEWS
BELOW

 

LAST MONTHS' NEWS

NEXT MONTH'S NEWS

 

Latest
High Sierra Backpacker's News
 Man and Nature

 


July, 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. 

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Mount Whitney Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY

MOUNTAIN MORON SAFETY

Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

HIKER WANTS HELICOPTER RIDE TO HIS CAR,
The Sheet, June 23, 2018, p.9, PDF.

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Problem Tahoe Bear Surprised by Aggro Human

 

BEAR NEWS

Problem Bear Surprised by Aggro Human

Man fights off bear in Fallen Leaf Lake cabin,
Sierra Sun, July 2, 2018.

Surprising the human survived...

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Railroad Fire does Historical Damage

 

 

Railroad Fire

Historic "Bug Lab" Burned

Loss Of A Gem: History Burns In Railroad Fire,
Sierra News Online, October 3, 2017.

 

Railroad Fire 

Bug News

 

 

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Late Summer 2017 Trip Report: TYT from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

LATE SUMMER 2017

This is a trip report for the TYT from Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows on 8/12 to 8/19. This was the first time I have backpacked on the TYT, and the longest trip I have taken. I went with my brother-in-law and my 13 year old nephew.

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BACKPACKER ALERT: Tracking Evolution of High Sierra Hazard Status through Fall 2017

 

BACKPACKER ALERT

High Sierra Status and Hazards 
FALL 2017

This Page's Final Update
November 28, 2017

Next
WINTER of 2018

SPRING OF 2018

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Observing the Changing Global Web of Life, August 2017

 

CHANGING WEATHER, 
&

CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 August 2017

LAST Updated  
August 31

 

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Trip Report: Rich, Scott, & Melika report on Unmaintained Clarks Fork of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail, 2016

Published
June 18, 2017

 

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
TRIP REPORT

 

Unmaintained Trail Report

 

This Report:
Section Hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

This Section

Lake Alpine to St. Mary’s Pass

Trip Start Date 
August 7, 2016

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

 Latest High Sierra Backpacker's News

Man and Nature during June of 2017

 

June
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
June 30, 2017

 

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