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High Sierra Spring Snow Backpacking II: Round Top to Round Lake Coyote, June 8, 2010

Spring Backpacking

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Coyote Video, Meiss Country Roadless Area,
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Next Video: Spring Snow Backpacking trip, Round Lake to Showers Lake, June 6, 2010

South Tahoe Basin & Roundtop Review
These are two of the many videos I took of a grand snow shoe loop from Meyers to Showers Lake, from Showers Lake out of the Lake Tahoe Basin to Round Top Lake, then back into the Basin via Round Lake to exit the snow at Meyers, where we first started.

Spring Fun
This was a delightful Spring Snow backpacking trip, full of fun navigation challenges, route finding, terrain reading, and other Spring Snow delights.

Gotcha
On the fourth day, as we were working our way from Meiss Meadow down to Round Lake, I heard a coyote coming through the underbrush, and even caught a glimpse of her before she heard or saw us.

I signaled for complete stop and silence, then pointed to my estimated point of emergence from the underbrush of the coyote, who soon popped through the spot I anticipated.

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Spring Snow May 2011: Doc's trip from Little Yosemite Valley to Sunrise Lakes

Doc sent us this report and photos about his Late May Spring Snow trip from Little Yosemite Valley up to Sunrise Lakes and back. Doc's original goal was Tenaya Lake, but the storm held him a little short. Disgression is the better part of valor!

Doc's trip began on Thursday the 26th, and was turned back by the weekend storm we experienced on the 28th and 29th.

This report will inform Pacific Crest Trail hikers as well as early season John Muir Trail hikers as to the deep snow at elevation in the Sierra Nevada.

Here's Doc's Report:

 

Well, this old fart did make it to Sunrise.


Day 1: Started the hike on Thursday and camped a couple miles up from the Clouds rest junction on the jmt, along Sunrise Creek.

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March 2018 Snowboard Powder Suffocation

 

 

HIGH SIERRA MOUNTAIN SAFETY
Snowboard Powder Suffocation

Snowboarder dies hours after China Peak ski resort reopens,
Sierra Star, March 2, 2018.

"...he fell head-first into about 5 feet of fresh snow and suffocated when he couldn't free himself."

 

Also happening today

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2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water

 

 

2017 Sierra Nevada Water Year Blows Average out of the Water 

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Super wet Winter

 

A crazy water year ended Saturday. So did we set any records for rain and snow?
Modesto Bee, October 1, 2017.

This was the craziest snow & spring thaw year in the Sierra in my adult memory, looking like the second wettest year in recorded history?

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Bear, Black, Tracks, High Sierra, Carson Iceberg Wilderness

Bear, Black, Tracks, High Sierra, Carson Iceberg Wilderness 

April 24, 2004

Bear Tracks standing above snow level, East Fork of the Carson River.

 The weight of the walker, in this case a bear, compresses the snow as they pass, leaving tracks.

As the snow mass melts the compressed snow creating the tracks melts much slower than the surrounding snow, pushing the tracks above the receeding snow.

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Spring Snow May 2011: Doc's trip from Little Yosemite Valley to Sunrise Lakes

Check out Doc's Spring Snow May 2011 trip from Little Yosemite Valley to Sunrise Lakes in the Snow Section.

This article features a look at the tremendous Sierra Snow pack that is sitting on the mountains on June 1, 2011.

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Winter Backpacking Gear Video and Notes: Selection thoughts, Worse Case Scenario, First Aid Kit

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Now that we've checked out our Winter layering options, we now have to tailor our selections to the weather conditions we are anticipating from our route and weather conditions research and balance this with our own personal level of cold tolerance.

Then we have to throw in the extra layer necessary to deal with worse-case scenarios.

Check out the Tahoe to Whitney gear list for layering options, and the discussion about layering.

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