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Favorite Backpacking Guitar: Baby Taylor Guitar.

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Favorite Backpacking Guitar

 

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Art of Olena Shmahalo

"Like you, Olena Shmahalo is an Operator:
a polyfunctional compound, a homo universalis."

(Yea Olena, that's all true for my head. But my feet are planted squarely in the local values of my own country.-A.)

Olena Shmahalo Website

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Golden Trout Climate and Creature Threats

 Golden Trout  News

Golden Trout research shows stresses from grazing and climate change.

Weather Effects
CA's state fish can benefit from restoring and protecting streamside meadows,
1-13-16, USDA Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station.

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January and February 2016 Backpacking Sky Tracking: When Will the Sierra Open?

Start the Heart of Winter
 Below we are tracking specific observations, forecasts, and weather events affecting the trajectory of the Spring Snowpack along this year's specific, unique evolution to open, Summer-condition status for Summertime backpacking.

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High Sierra Backpacking News and Observations: January and February 2016

High Sierra Backpacker News

January & February
 2016

UPDATED
                Feb 18, 2016.
 News, Events, Observations, and Analysis

Earlier News
November and December 2015.

Happy Trails through the New Year...

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Jan 1, 2016 Backpacker Alert: Tracking Opening of 2016 Backpacking

Hey Hikers,

Happy New Year.

With the advent of the new year many of our thoughts are turning towards planning Summertime backpacking trips.

Just when Summertime conditions emerge along the Sierra Crest is of great importance to large numbers of John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail hikers.

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Isabella Lucy Bird

Isabella Lucy Bird

 

I had a whole article written. The cat pulled down all the computer peripherials, ironically rendering the mouse worthless. And the keyboard too. While a whole article was up, but made inaccessible by the cat's pulling apart the wiring connecting my computer with everything that makes it work.

It's not even my cat. I am cat-sitting. This fricking cat has already killed an article, damaged my computer, and pissed me off real good. Cat will not stay here in the future.

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History of Tahoe National Forest: 1840-1940

History of Tahoe National Forest: 1840-1940,
A Cultural Resources Overview History

My two favorite parts of this history are the pre gold rush era and the late gold rush era.

Pre-Gold Rush History of the Northern Sierra Nevada Region.

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Winter to Spring to Summer 2015-16: Depths of Drought to Depths of Flooding?

December 11 2015

Our goal here is to track each stage of the Fall-Winter-Spring transition to Summer conditions. Our main goal is to determine when trails will open to Summer conditions.

As Fall comes to a close certain patterns have manifested themselves. These have set the stage for the advent of Winter. We've seen that the remnants, the tail ends of the tropical fronts hitting the Sierra have put a reasonable Fall coat of snow on the Sierra.

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December 2015 Backpacker Alert: Central-West Pacific Conditions Change

FORCES at PLAY 

1> Spin and Cold of the Arctic Circle

 2>  Central and North-East Pacific High Pressure Zone

 3>  Location of Fierce El Nino Waters and Thunderstorms

 

Results So Far

1> Weak Arctic: Low pressure zones are meandering around the Bearing Straight and Gulf of Alaska. Arctic has not chilled down fiercly and spun-up. It's weak.

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Rescue and Disaster Log Index

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High Sierra Safety News 

THE SETTING
Every year the Sierra experiences a different transition from Winter through Spring into Summer conditions. Every year there is a different pattern of "overlap" between the seasons, with bits of warm happening early, and bits of snow and rain happening late.

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Contact with nature may mean more social cohesion, less crime

Contact with nature may mean more social cohesion, less crime,
Nov. 25, 2015, American Institute of Biological Sciences.

The scientific evidence is building that Nature is Good for Man.

How about that!

The Original Character of our Nation's Founders was ascribed to their closer contact with "Nature" by both adherents of the European Enlightenment and their Conservative Opponents.
 

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Fish could have emotions and consciousness

Fish could have emotions and consciousness,
Nov. 30, 2015, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.  

I've seen fish, specifically High Sierra Trout, express curiosity, fear, frustration, and anger.

 

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Mutagenic chain reaction could knock malaria out of mosquitoes for good

Very Scary Stuff:
Mutagenic chain reaction could knock malaria out of mosquitoes for good,
Nov 23, 2015, Ars Technica.

I don't like mosquitoes, but releasing a self-replicating, self-modifying gene-sequencing device into mosquitoes in the wild does not seem like a good idea. Franken foods are bad enough without Franken-skeeters.

This also begs the question, what would a world without mosquites look like?

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New disease-carrying mosquito arrives in B.C.,

This is not good news for everyone who lives at lower lattitudes than BC, which includes the whole vast population of the United States.

What we have done, we must un-do.

 More Good News:
New disease-carrying mosquito arrives in B.C.,
Nov, 8, 2015, Simon Fraser University.
 

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Denge Transmission

 Dengue has been surging out of the expanding tropical areas of the world as tropical conditions push North and South from the Equator. 

The mosquitoes carrying Denge and a whole host of other diseases, and the diseases themselves have ridden the warm currents of climate warming into California, the Sierra, and the Northern Lattitudes.

The attention of pharmacutical companies will increasingly turn to these diseases as richer populations sicken as greed's transformation of our world accelerates.

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