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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...

   

 October 26

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

 

 

 

July 6

 

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All BUGS, SPIDERS & Other Mountain INSECT NEWS sticky icon

The World of Insects and the Spiders that Eat Them

We've got worlds of wonder in the High Sierra looking in any direction. The ground and sky are full of vibrant insect communities. Some, like the mosquitoes, are winged devils. Others are winged delights. On the ground we find spiders trying to catch and eat them all.

This forum started out as the Spider Forum, but has been expanded to include the various insects we encounter that are not Bees, Butterflies, and Mosquitoes, which have their own dedicated pages.

Spiders
&
Other
High Sierra Insects

IDENTIFICATION

 

Greg Lasley
SPIDERS

 

Greg Lasley
INSECTS

 

Insect Societies

Spider Sites Index
arachnology.be


SpiderIdentification.org

American Arachnological Society

 

How Ticks Work

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HIGH SIERRA BIRD NEWS and IDENTIFICATION GUIDES sticky icon

High Sierra Plant and Animal Identification Guides

 Quick Reference 
High Sierra Bird Guides

EXCELLENT
INTERNET
IDENTIFICATION RESOURCES

BirdMom
Excellent observer of Sierra Nevada from her foothill perch. Flower identification by color. RIP Birdmom, the world is a little less kind and observant without you.
West Sierra Flank Birding List.

High Sierra Wildflowers, too!

 
 

Graeme Colmer's
Handy List of Images-Identifications of Sierra Birds

A Handy Thing

 

Greg Lasley
Nature Photography
Birds of North America

 

Birds,
Species List,
Yosemite
.
National Park Service.

  

Standard Guides

Birdwatcher's Digest Bird ID Guide

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Safety First! First Aid Kit for High Sierra Backpackers sticky icon

 Spring has come to the eastern Sierras and time to spring clean the first aid kit. Alex has provided excellent information about his first aid kit in the gear list. I am an avid day hiker, so the contents of my bag are a bit different. I also have extensive medical training and access to prescription drugs, so I try to keep stuff to help out others on the trail. This is the time of year I pull the first aid kit from the depths of my day pack and inspect and refill the contents.

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All Tree News
Generally Covering the Plant World

 

 TREE & PLANT
NEWS

2015 through 2018

 2018

Next Year's Tree & Plant News
2019

 

All
High Sierra Fire and Smoke Information

High Sierra Tree Identification Resources

Tree Forum

 


The Brethren

FERGUSON FIRE

Bottom: 2015

Last
Updated

2018

December 21

PLANTS, TREES, WEATHER, WATER, & FORESTS

Observing the Decline of the Doomed Forests in the Southwestern US

Southwest forest trees will grow much slower in the 21st century

 

 

 

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This is the High Sierra
Fish &
 Water News

The Fish News has been stretching into Fish & River News, now into covering Water Issues generally.

 

Next
2018 Water and Fish News

 

Below
June 2015
to
December 28, 2017

Last Updated
December 28, 2017:

 

Nestle Water Heist Update

State DWR & NPR Discover Theivery, Yawn, Don't Care, Will Issue Permit

 

 

 

December 24

The Great Water Ripoff Advances

SoCal will Grow at All Costs to Man & Nature

 

 

Symbolic of the Corporate Ripoff

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Bee News 

BEE WORRIED

Insect Identification

Latest All Bug News

 

BEE NEWS

THE BUZZ

Updated

2018

 

November 9

THE BUZZ

Nicotine-Based Poisons affecting the Home Lives of Bees

Bees on the brink

 

 

 

October 30

 

BEES IN THE UK: NEW SCORECARD

2 of 25 Species Extinct, 8 Endangered

UK bumblebee population trends

 

 

 

July 3, 2018

 

BEE NEWS

Manzanita Bee in Trouble

Climate change linked to potential population decline in bees

 

 

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High Sierra Nevada Backpacker and Hiker Geology Sources, Information, NEWS, and Resources sticky icon

This is the "go to" general page for geological sources, resources, and information.  For now we can use it to store information before it's sorted any further or lost to indexing.

Good
High Sierra Geology Introductory Texts, Links, & Resources

On the Trail Guide

Weather is the Speed of Life.
We consider the interrelationship between geological and biological processes.

 

Volcanic Tomb for a Granite Range.
We observe the slow reemergence of ancient hard granites as thousands of years of erosion scour the soft volcanic material off the buried High Sierra granite landscapes underneath.

 

Recent Discoveries.
A short set of links to a series of articles explaining the recent evolution of our understanding of the complex geology of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, but the latest information from 2015 to 2018 is chronologically listed below.

 

GEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

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2018 Season High Sierra Fire, Smoke, and Mountain Safety Information

SUMMER & FALL
FIRE-BACKPACKING
SEASONS
of
2018

 

For more updated details, see the,
September, October, & NOVEMBER Fire Page


High Sierra
Fire and Smoke Information

ALL
SMOKE INFORMATION

 

 END
of
High Sierra & Major California Fires
2018

 

Wrapping Up the Summer & Fall
of
2018

LAST REPORT

November 26

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Watch Out for the Green Water: Blue-Green Algae News and Safety Information

Watch Out for the Green Water

 Do not drink, or allow your animals or children to drink from or play in water containing cynobacteria, otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae. Review the Blue-Green News just below and the safety information at the bottom of this page:


Blue-Green Algae Safety and Identification Information

 

July 2018,
&
August 2015:
Rising heat and declining waters are creating conditions even more favorable for cynobacteria,otherwise known as toxic blue-green algae.

In the Sierra the source of nitrogen feeding the blue-greens is cattle grazing. This is the same grazing that preserves High Sierra meadows, and for which the series of check dams that gave birth to countless lakes were created.



High Sierra Water Quality Articles

ALL WATER NEWS

 

The Latest
BLUE-GREEN NEWS

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Snags: Camp, Trail, Cross Country and River Crossing

 

Mountain Safety

Snags

June 2018
The High Sierra Tree Mortality situation induces me to repost this at the top of the list as Summer Backpacking season gets started. Snags are presenting heightened dangers this year, as is the related threat of fire.

 

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Forty Day Backpacking Plan: Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney 2002

2002 Tahoe to Whitney 40 Day Backpacking Trip

Planning and Execution Notes

Below we have one element of my trip planning notes from a forty day hike I took from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney during 2002.

I've done Tahoe to Whitney Trips in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2012. Injury is the determining factor in my "backpacking year" scheduling. If I am fit I am backpacking.

The backpacking plan is both a plan that determines what each resupply bucket will contain, and is my selection of nightly campsite locations.
It lists the dates and locations I expected to camp each night. It lists when and what I was going to pick up my resupply buckets, and was my shopping list for additional items I needed to get.

Note that I made this list in May of 2002 for departure on July 9. It was in May that I brought together all my food for packing into resupply buckets to begin shipping. This is the point where my itinerary came together to determine my exact food needs. The schedule and the food planning must come together simultanously.

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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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Observing the Changing Global Web of Life, September 2017

 CHANGING WEATHER, 

&
CHANING WORLD,
NEWS

 September 2017

Updated Daily 

September 22

 

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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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Female Trail: High Sierra Backpacking and related health & fitness topics

 Outdoor Women 

This section is dedicated to information pertaining specifically to female's health, fitness, and outdoor activities. It centers as specifically as possible on News, topics and issues concerning women backpacking the High Sierra

 

June 25, 2018

HEALTH & FITNESS, FEMALE

Female Running Shoe Test

Maximal Running Shoes Vs. Neutral Shoes

 

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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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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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Information about Public Transportation to, across, around, and in the High Sierra

Information about Public Transportation to, across, through, around, and in the High Sierra

 

INDEX
This is the index, or center of various tidbits of information about High Sierra Transportation.

 

Quick Links to Sierra Transportation Resources

YARTS

YARTS Merced to Mammoth Schedule

 

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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.)

 

see the
NEXT PAGE

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."

 

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