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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Scorcing the Planet: UPDATED: FIVE Articles: LA & the World Frying NOW



Scorching the Planet


Five Articles: LA & the World Frying, added: Why LA is Frying

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The Complex Ecology of the Bear's Butt




Complex Ecology of the Bear's Butt

Harvests of the Berry-Butt

Berry-gorging bears disperse seeds through scat and feed small mammals,
OSU, July 5, 2018.


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Aggressive Bear Killed for Safety in Sequoia National Park





Aggressive Bear not Tolerated in Sequoia

Bear euthanized in Sequoia,
Kaweah Commonwealth, June 29, 2018.

Problem Bear
"A young, male bear was trapped and euthanized this month by Sequoia National Park wildlife officials after breaking into cabins and other offenses in the Silver City area of Mineral King."


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What Is the Sun Made Of and When Will It Die?




I thought I knew You...

What Is the Sun Made Of and When Will It Die?
Quanta, July 5, 2018.


The Sun

"...the sun consists mainly of hydrogen atoms fusing two by two into helium, unleashing immense energy in the process."


Composition Issues

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Climate Models Underestimating Scale of Change: Twice What Climate Models Predict?



Climate Models Underestimating Scale of Change

Global warming may be twice what climate models predict,
University of New South Wales, July 4, 2018.

Anyone reading this site for any length of time already knows that the "standard" climate models are at least suppressing expected Carbon increases by half, while not accurately accounting for current observed atmospheric and oceanic changes.
The more "pessimistic" climate models are proving to be the "best-fits" for the real behavior of the atmosphere and oceans we are observing and experiencing. Check the links to previous analysis of climate models below.


This Research

"Future global warming may eventually be twice as warm as projected by climate models under business-as-usual scenarios and even if the world meets the 2°C target sea levels may rise six metres or more..."

“Observations of past warming periods suggest that a number of amplifying mechanisms, which are poorly represented in climate models, increase long-term warming beyond climate model projections."


Distant Mirrors of the Past

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July, 2018: A New Member of Bacterial Family Causing Lyme Disease




A New Member of Bacterial Family Causing Lyme Disease

Borrelia Mayonii

A new bacterium that causes Lyme Disease,
AGU, July 4, 2018.

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Female Running Shoe Test: Maximal Running Shoes Vs. Neutral Shoes



Female Running Shoe Test

Maximal Running Shoes Vs. Neutral Shoes

Maximal running shoes may increase injury risk to some runners,
Oregon State University, June 25, 2018.



"...compared the biomechanics associated with "maximal" and "neutral" running shoes in tests with 15 female runners."

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Western Monarch Butterfly Migration Measured: Long Fliers



Segment of Western Monarch Migration Measured

Long Fliers: One Generation's Part?

Monarchs ride west coast winds: Proof of butterfly migration gathered,
Washington State University, June 25, 2018.


"...five years and nearly 15,000 tagged butterflies..."

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Coldest Temps on Earth: Tiny Valleys near top of Antarctica's Ice Sheet



Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Tiny Valleys near the top of Antarctica's Ice Sheet

New study explains Antarctica's coldest temperatures,
University of Colorado at Boulder, July 25, 2018.

Coldest Temps

"Tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica's ice sheet reach temperatures of nearly -100 degrees Celsius..."

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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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