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2018: Green Water Widespread Across United States & Whole Northern Hemisphere sticky icon

WATER SAFETY

Vast Summer 2012 Blue Green Algal Outbreaks across Northern Hemisphere

Three Reports: Western US, Northern Europe, Great Lakes and Florida

 

Green Water Widespread Across Western United States This Summer

Hot Weather, Land Abuses Fueling Algal Blooms in Western Waters,
Water Deeply, July 30, 2018.

 

"This summer has witnessed an explosion of algae problems in Western water bodies."

"Blooms are even popping up in unlikely places, such as high-elevation mountain lakes."

"No one knows precisely how often blooms occur because there is no monitoring of the problem on a national scale."

Environmental Working Group

"...EWG decided to gather their own data by recording how often algal blooms were mentioned in the news media...their resulting report, released in May, they documented 169 blooms in 2017 – up from 51 the year before."

EWG 2018 Blue Green Report

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High Sierra Mountain Safety. Hazards & Alerts: Winter of 2018 sticky icon

 

 

Hazards & Alerts: High Sierra Winter of 2018

 Also See
General
Observation & Analysis

THE WINTER of 2018
 

Previous Report
Fall 2017 Hazards & Alerts

 

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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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Tropical storm brings heavy hail, lightening to Sierra Crest July 8 2015
 

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety
NEWS & TOPICS

A.K.A:

A
REVIEW
of
OUR
CURRENT and THEORETICAL HAZARDS

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety 


High Sierra Mountain Safety TOPICS

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety NEWS

 

 

The Other Page 
All Wilderness-Outdoor-Mountain Rescues & Events Log 

 

 

Resources 
Current Backpacker Alert(s)

Sierra Status, June 7, 2018

 

Labor Day 2017 Heat, Fire, & Smoke HAZARDS 

Labor Day 2017, TRAIL NEWS

 

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2018, Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated

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."

"H40 launched but shortly after was forced to return to their base due to the heavy smoke and low visibility in the area."

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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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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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HEALTH & FITNESS, June 2018: East Sierra Hantavirus Warning

 

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

East Sierra Warning

Warning to be hantavirus aware,
Sierra Wave, June 18, 2018.

 

Mono Health
Hantavirus

 

Yosemite Hantavirus Information

 

  

ANOTHER HIGH SIERRA HAZARD
WARNING

WEST NILE & SKEETER ALERT

West Nile Disease will be rising with the mosquito populations of Spring. This fact behooves us to be well and properly prepped for the early-season mosquito ordeal.

 

DEET FAILING & West Nile Information

Mosquito News

Mosquito Defenses: Living in & with the Enemy

 

 

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MOUNTAIN SAFETY, June 2018, Day Hiker Lost in Desolation

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Day Hiker Lost in Desolation

Lost hiker rescued in Desolation Wilderness shows importance of being prepared,
Sierra Sun, June 14, 2018.

 

The Problem
"Erin Perkins, 37, was hiking the Rocky Canyon Trail on Monday, June 4 when she lost track of the trail and could not find her way back."

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Mountain Safety, June 2018, tragic accident Middle Kaweah

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Tragic Accident on Middle Kaweah

Father drowns after saving his daughter,
Kaweah Commonwealth, June 15, 2018.

 

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June, 2018: Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney

Pro Rescue brings Two off Whitney by Helo, One able to Self-Rescue

Inyo, Mono Search and Rescue members aid hikers,
Sierra Wave, June 12, 2018.

 

Accident

When

"...approximately 9:30 am on Sunday June 10th…"

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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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2018 Mountain Safety News, Drowning in Kaweah River

 

Mountain Safety

Drowning in Kaweah River

A Sign of Dangerous Fording Conditions

NPS Report

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May 2018: Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables

Yosemite hiker falls to his death from Half Dome cables, national park says,
Fresno Bee, May 24, 2018.

 

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SPRING of 2018 High Sierra Hazard Alert Status

 

SPRING of 2018
High Sierra Hazard-Alert Status

 

June 13

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Serious Snow Travel Accident on Mount Whitney

Pro Rescue brings Two out by Helo, One able to Self-Rescue

Mountain Safety News

 

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Squaw, March, 2018: Caught in a Massive Avalanche, and Surviving

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY
Caught in a Massive Avalanche

And Surviving...

Squaw Valley worker emerges from avalanche wrecked, but alive,
Truckee Sun, March 15, 2018.

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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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2018 High Sierra Mountain Safety: Backpacker Alert Index

WINTER OF 2018
BACKPACKER ALERTS

So far this year we've achieved

FULL WINTER STATUS & CAUTIONS

on

November 28, 2017:

FULL WINTER
-GEAR-SKILLS-FITNESS-
REQUIRED
From
Now thru the Remainder of the Winter Season

HAZARD STATUS
Two Issues

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Jan 2018 ALERT: Missing in Yosemite, Camp 4, Yosemite Valley

 

High Sierra Mountain Safety

ALERT

Missing in Yosemite, Camp 4, Yosemite Valley:

Maximillian "Max" L. Schweitzer

Missing in Yosemite,
Sierra News Online, January 6, 2018.

 

National Park Service
Missing in Yosemite

 

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