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Summer Backpacking Conditions and Gear.


Summer Backpacking conditions and gear.

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ALL July 2018 High Sierra TRAIL NEWS sticky icon

 

Basic Sources of July 2018 High Sierra Trail News

 

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Mountain Safety

 

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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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Summer 2019 MONO & INYO SAR High Sierra Mountain Safety Information and Index

 

Summer of 2019 High Sierra Safety Intro and Reports
The Intro, Index, and Analysis Page

A Selection of Typical High Sierra Mountain Safety Incidents
by
INYO & MONO SAR

Covering
June 19 to September 29, 2019 Over Three Pages

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

 

The Index, Introduction, and Analysis Page
Below

SAR INCIDENTS INDEX

Purpose
To make ourselves aware of the wide range of external and internal threats we confront when departing the safety sphere of civilization entering the HIgh Sierra Wilderness.

More precisely, we use these SAR reports to see how & why people are requiring SAR assistance to better avoid hurting or killing ourselves while engaging the wilderness and wild beauties of the High Sierra.

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HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY: Summer 2019 SAR Incidents & Accidents, Page I

 

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
SAR Incidents & Accidents

Summer of 2019 Mountain Safety Review

REPORTS INDEX

 

Page I

 

August 11, 2019
to
September 20, 2019

 

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12 Rescues of Note

 

Deceased Hiker on PCT above Leavitt Lake

Foot injury, Cooney Lake

Leg Lacerations, Lundy Canyon

Lower Leg Injury, Crystal Lake

Lower Leg Injury, Incredible Hulk

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HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY: Summer 2019 SAR Incidents & Accidents, Page II

 

 

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
SAR Incidents & Accidents

Summer of 2019 Mountain Safety Review

REPORTS INDEX

 

Page II

 

July 22, 2019
to
August 10, 2019

 

 Support SAR

 

11 Rescues of Note

 

AMS-HACE, Devils Postpile

Bouldering Accident, Open Fracture, The Dreamers

Unknown, Little Slide Canyon

Injury, Barney Lake

Body Recovery, Minarets

E-Ledges Tumble, Mount Whitney Mountaineer's Route

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HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY: Summer 2019 SAR Incidents & Accidents, Page III

 

 

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
SAR Incidents & Accidents

III

Summer of 2019 Mountain Safety Review

REPORTS INDEX

Page III
May 20, 2019
to
July 14, 2019

 

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10 Rescues of Note

 

Technical Nightime Search & Rescue, Incredible Hulk

Lost Bristlecone Bathroom Breaker

Broken Ankle, McLeod Lake

Injured Hiker, Mt. Whitney

Evolution Traverse Fall

Cramps, Sherwin Lakes Trailhead

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2019 Season High Sierra Fire, Smoke, and Mountain Safety Information

 

 

 

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of
2019

FIRE & SMOKE INFORMATION

 

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September of 2019 All High Sierra Backpacker, Hiker, Outdoors, & Nature News Index

 

Last Updated
September 30, 2019

 

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 Man and Nature

 
September
, 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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August of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

Updated
August 28, 2019

 

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 Man and Nature

 
August
, 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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July of 2019 All High Sierra Outdoors & Nature News Index

 

Updated
July 31, 2019

 

LATEST HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS
BELOW

 

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BELOW

 

AUGUST ALL HIGH SIERRA NEWS

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 Man and Nature

 
July
, 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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Minaret Summit Road, Highway 203, Reds Meadow to Open Thursday, July 4, 2019

 

HIGH SIERRA ROADS

Backpacker Access to the High Sierra

Minaret Summit Road Shuttle
Minaret Summit Road Shuttle to JMT at Reds Meadow and PCT at Agnew Meadow.
Only access to and from JMT to Reds Meadow, PCT to Agnew Meadow, & Devils Postpile

Minaret Summit Road, Highway 203

Reds Meadow Pack Station, Devils Postpile, JMT-PCT Trailheads Access into the sweet hiking, scrambling, and climbing terrain of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Reds Meadow to open Thursday, July 4,
Sierra Wave, July 1, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"...made the decision to open the area to the public with the provision of the mandatory shuttle and the placement of restroom facilities for day-use visitors."

"The Reds Meadow Shuttle is scheduled to operate seven days/week through Wednesday, September 4, 2019."

"Backcountry hikers can purchase shuttle tickets from the bus driver in the valley."

"Due to the winter storm impacts and required infrastructure repairs, no campgrounds are open in the Reds Meadow area."

Shuttle Service Information

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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, briefly up through the beauties of Seavy Pass before plunging down into what I call, "The Bensen Hole," only to make the precipitiously steep climb back out past the beauties of Smedberg Lake and finally over Bensen Pass, on our way back to Twin Lakes where we split off the PCT-TYT in the bottom of Matterhorn Canyon, North, to climb up through Matterhorn Canyon through Burro and Mule Passes, from the point where the PCT-TYT begin their climb East out of Matterhorn Canyon to Miller Lake, on our way back to our starting trailhead at Twin Lakes.

Check out Tim's fine description of this classic High Sierra hike, accompanied with the maps, mileages, and his excellent images of this challenging route below...
 

Time & Distance

Eight Nights

Around 54 miles

 

All Photos

 

Trail Guide

Barney Lake in the Hoover Wilderness
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Inyo Sheriff June 2019 Temple Crag Rescue

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY CLIMBER RESCUE

Temple Crag Rescue,
Inyo Sheriff, June 17, 2019.

Temple Craig
LOCATION
The Palisades
Map
John Muir Wilderness in Inyo National Forest
East of Bishop Pass, West of Big Pine, Permits

MAIN POINTS

Rockfall Accident
"On June 15 at around 5:45pm, a male and female party of two were "simul-climbing" (a climbing technique where all climbers climb at the same time while tied into the same rope) the technical rock route “Sun Ribbon Arete” on Temple Crag in the Palisades region of the Sierra Nevada. At about 12,600’ (about 200' from the summit) a rock broke causing the second climber to fall about 20-30’ before being caught by their rope. The team sent a distress signal via their Personal Locator Beacon, and ultimately Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified."

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Tioga Road Limited Opening June 21, 2019

 

HIGH SIERRA TRAIL NEWS: ROAD ACCESS

First Highway 120 Opening for 2019 Season

Yosemite National Park Announces Limited Access on Tioga Road Beginning on Friday, June 21, 2019,
Yosemite National Park, June 19, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Limited Access
"...open to all vehicles, including bicycles, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm."

No Parking
"...no visitor parking available at either end of the road closure."

Tuolumne Meadows Closed
"There are no visitor services available along Tioga Road. The Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, Wilderness Center, and the Tuolumne Meadows Campground remain closed."

"Opening dates for the 2019 season have not been determined."

CLOSED
"The road will remain closed outside of these times to allow for continued roadwork and snow clearing."

BIKES
"Cyclists traveling over Tioga Road will need to be prepared to cross over the full length of Tioga Road during daylight hours. Tioga Road is closed to overnight camping."

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July 2015 TYT Unmaintained Trail Update: Clarks Fork Trailhead to Saint Marys Pass Trailhead

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Tropical storm brings heavy hail, lightening to Saint Marys Trailhead, just below the Sierra Crest, July 8 2015.

  

Status Update

MAY 2019
Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Forest Roads Closed in Aftermath of the Donnell Fire

 

Post-Storm July Tropical Sunset
Fine tropical-influenced sunset from Clarks Meadow hiking the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail in July of 2015
  From the North Edge of Clarks Fork Meadow along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

Clarks Fork Trailhead 
to
Saint Marys Pass Trailhead
on
Highway 108
11.25 miles along the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
 The Iceberg, sitting across Iceberg Meadow from the Clarks Fork Trailhead at the end of Clarks Fork Road.
Above: The Iceberg sitting across Iceberg Meadow from the Clarks Fork Trailhead at the end of Clarks Fork Road.

July 2015 TYT Status Report
The Trail

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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

 

Status Update

MAY 2019
Carson Iceberg & Emigrant Forest Roads Closed in Aftermath of the Donnell Fire

 

 

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

The Team:
Rich, Melika and I were dropped off by my wife at Silver Creek Trailhead near Lake Alpine on August for a 7 day trip up to St. Mary’s Pass. We can't do these trips without family support crews. Thanks to all!

Meet The Team

Rich and Scott after route-finding their way South to Saint Marys Pass Rich and Scott found their route up the untrailed Tahoe to Yosemite Trail to Saint Marys Pass.
American Farmers

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Desolation Wilderness, One of the Busiest Wilderness Areas, Seek Volunteers

 

HIGH SIERRA FORESTS & PARKS

Northwest Desolation Wilderness on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
East Desolation Wilderness and Mount Tallac looking down at Jobs Sister and Freel Peak from Phipps Pass
View Southeast from Phipps Pass across Northeast Desolation to NE tip of Fallen Leaf Lake, with the Southeast end of the Tahoe Rim beyond.
Closer, we see Mount Tallac rising highest on Right, with Maggies Peaks blocking the body of Fallen Leaf Lake. Jobs Sister and Freel Peak are the highest points from L to R in the furthest distance on the Tahoe Rim, sitting SE of the South end of Lake Tahoe. From Phipps Pass, on the Trail Guide. Map.

 

Tending Desolation, One of the Busiest Wilderness Areas

Lake Tahoe Basin Mgmt Unit seeks Desolation Wilderness volunteers,
LTBMU-Desolation, May 8, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

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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

 

 

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SEASONS
of
2018

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