Welcome to the High Sierra Backpacker's Magazine, including forums for local and long-distance hikers sharing info about hiking the Sierra between Tahoe and Whitney.

This Magazine covers everything Sierra. Its
Forums cover TYT, PCT, & JMT and alt-route hiker input from the Guide. The Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide explores the trails  & the necessary skills, fitness, and gear required to hike from Tahoe to Whitney. This evolving Magazine covers Current Conditions, News, the Arts, Sciences, Physicality, Spirituality, Gear, Environment, History, and Cultures of hiking Tahoe to Whitney. 

Purposes: Expand Knowledge, Explore Potential

for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape, and onto the High Sierra Trails. Find info. Ask questions, get feedback, generate self-understanding and terrain awareness. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest.

for Backpackers: Get you in deeper, longer, and higher. Train for the long trails. Find your next-steps trips. Hit the Long Trails. Hike the TYT and JMT. Find and explore side trails, alternative, and cross-country routes until you hike your skills into Winter compentency. Explore your potential.

for Experts: The information to come from anywhere in the US or world and backpack from Tahoe to Whitney. The Sierra Nevada is the ultimate wonderland for expert backpackers in top shape. But don't get cocky! The Sierra is bigger, stronger, and has been, and will be here much longer than any of us.  

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Manzanita Bee in Trouble




Manzanita Bee in Trouble

Climate change linked to potential population decline in bees,
Northwestern University, June 28, 2018.

"...climate change may drive local extinction of mason bees in Arizona and other naturally warm climates."

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Mount Whitney Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?





Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

The Sheet, June 23, 2018, p.9, PDF.

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Problem Tahoe Bear Surprised by Aggro Human



Problem Bear Surprised by Aggro Human

Man fights off bear in Fallen Leaf Lake cabin,
Sierra Sun, July 2, 2018.

Surprising the human survived...

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Rapid Safety Analysis of Yosemite Rockfall Consequences




Yosemite Rockfalls

Rapid Safety Analysis of Potential Rockfall Consequences

Rapid 3D analysis of rockfalls in Yosemite,
Geological Society of America, June 28, 2018.

Everything in Motion

"Although the cliffs of Yosemite Valley may appear static, rockfalls from these cliffs are common, with a rockfall occurring every four to five days on average."

Big Moves

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Climate Changing Noctilucent Clouds of the Mesosphere



Climate Changing Clouds

Noctilucent Clouds of the Mesosphere

Climate change is making night-shining clouds more visible,
American Geophysical Union, July 2, 2018.

Noctilucent Clouds

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High Sierra Living History, 2018, Annual Pony Express riding through on Thursday

Late to Woodfords,
Pony Express stuck in Traffic!


High Sierra History

Pony Express Re-creation

Pony Express riding through on Thursday,
Record-Courier, June 18, 2018.


"The annual Pony Express reride is scheduled to arrive in Nevada's oldest settlement around 4 p.m. Thursday."

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Science hunts "Fear," Wolf hunts Elk, Man hunts Wolf



Canis lupus

Landscape of Fear or Fools?

Who's Hunting Who?

Science hunts "Fear," Wolf hunts Elk, Man hunts Wolf

Yellowstone's 'landscape of fear' not so scary after all,
S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, June 22, 2018.

Landscape of Fear?

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Climate Change News: Study confirms beetles exploit warm winters to expand range


Climate Change News


Study confirms beetles exploit warm winters to expand range,
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory, June 19, 2018.

"...confirms that increasing minimum winter temperatures allow beetles to expand their range but reveals that overcrowding can put the brakes on population growth."

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Hey Dogface: Can't Hide from Fido, Dogs understand Emotions



Hey Dogface

Can't Hide from Fido

Dogs understand what's written all over your face,
Springer, June 21, 2018.


"Dogs are capable of understanding the emotions behind an expression on a human face."

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Carbon Calculations Wrong? More CO2 into Oceans than Previously Predicted?



Eco-Crash News

Carbon Calculations Wrong?

More CO2 into Oceans than Previously Predicted?

Ocean's heat cycle shows that atmospheric carbon may be headed elsewhere,
Princeton University, June 19, 2018.

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HEALTH & FITNESS NEWS: BPA Affects Communications for Generations




BPA Affects "Communications" for Generations

BPA can induce multigenerational effects on ability to communicate,
University of Missouri-Columbia, June 18, 2018.

"...how long-term effects of BPA exposure in grandmothers and grandfathers might affect offspring communication ability."

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Bees Love the Blues




Bees Love the Blues

Bee Light

Petals produce a 'blue halo' that helps bees find flowers,


The Latest Buzz: Bee News

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HEALTH & FITNESS, June 2018: East Sierra Hantavirus Warning




East Sierra Warning

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


Mono Health


Yosemite Hantavirus Information





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


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




Tragic Accident on Middle Kaweah

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


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ECO-CRASHING NEWS, 2018: Scope, Depth, & Future of Global Warming Explored




Scope, Depth, & Future of Global Warming Explored

What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?
Ars Technica, June 18, 2018.


"Like the Middle Miocene"

"The year 2100 stands like a line of checkered flags at the climate change finish line, as if all our goals expire then."

"...the climate won’t stop changing in 2100. Even if we succeed in limiting warming this century to 2ºC, we’ll have CO2 at around 500 parts per million. That’s a level not seen on this planet since the Middle Miocene, 16 million years ago, when our ancestors were apes. Temperatures then were about 5 to 8ºC warmer not 2º, and sea levels were some 40 meters (130 feet) or more higher, not the 1.5 feet (half a meter) anticipated at the end of this century by the 2013 IPCC report."

Why the Difference between Models and Past Realities?



"Earth takes time to respond to changes in greenhouse gases. Some changes happen within years, while others take generations to reach a new equilibrium. Ice sheets melting, permafrost thawing, deep ocean warming, peat formation, and reorganizations of vegetation take centuries to millennia."


We've Unleashed a MONSTER...

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Hansen Reviewed, 2018: The Planet has Drastically Warmed: And, It's Just Getting Started




The Planet has Drastically Warmed

And, It's Just Getting Started...

Warned 30 years ago, global warming ‘is in our living room,’
AP, June 18, 2018.

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ARIDIFICATION OF THE SW: Colorado River, Lakes Mead & Powell to Be Below 50%



Growing into the Jaws of Doom

Colorado River, Lakes Mead & Powell below 50%

Colorado River Reservoirs Expected To Be Less Than Half Full, Headed Toward Historic Low, KUNC, June 15, 2018.



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