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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The New Normal Quantified: Key Triggers of the Costly 2017 Wildfire Season


Seasonal Changes & Fire

The New Normal Quantified

2017: 71K Fires, 66 lives lost, 18 Billion Dollars, Much More to Come

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Is there a Planet Nine or Not?


Space Mysteries

Is there a Planet Nine or Not?

Two Theories to Explain Weird Outer Solar System Orbits, One says No Planet Nine

Collective gravity, not Planet Nine, may explain the orbits of 'detached objects,'
University of Colorado at Boulder, June 4, 2018.

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Eighteen Years to the End of the Line for the Massive B-15 Iceberg



Eighteen Years to the End of the Line for Massive Iceberg

Born in 2000, B-15z Finally Gonna Bite the Dust

End of the Journey for Iceberg B-15Z?
NASA Earth Observatory, June 6, 2018.


B-15Z, b. March, 2000
Reported as starting at 3,200 square nautical miles, above,
Connecticut sized

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What Happened? Retrospective View of The Blob



What Happened? Retrospective View of The Blob

Ocean warming, ‘junk-food’ prey cause of massive seabird die-off, study finds,
AGU Blogosphere, June 5, 2018.

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ECO-CRASH NEWS: Tree Mortality, High Sierra Carnage



High Sierra Carnage

Forest Campgrounds Dramatically Altered

Going camping this summer? You can't tell the forest from the logs and stumps,
Fresno Bee, June 1, 2018.

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WATER & ECO-CRASH NEWS: Future In the Toilet Survey



Future In the Toilet Survey

Everything's Fine, Move Along with Endless Growth...

Where’s the water to support Southern California housing growth? Here’s what 1 survey said,
San Gabriel Valley Tribune, May 31, 2018.

Survey of Endless Growth

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Clouds Departing, Heatwave & Fire Risks Growing with our Wildly Irresponsible Growth



Growth-Heat Killing Clouds & Compounding Heat

Heatwave & Fire Risks Grow with our Wildly Irresponsible Growth

25 to 50 percent decrease in low-lying summer clouds

Heat is driving off clouds that dampen California wildfires,
The Earth Institute at Columbia University, May 30, 2018.


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ECO-CRASH NEWS: How Easily We Could Crash Lake Mead



The Physical Problem

“...how easily we could crash Lake Mead!”

How Lake Mead could crash,
jfleck, May 28, 2018.

"Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman showed this remarkable slide"

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PLANETARY ECOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK: Equatorial Activity and Milankovitch Running the Ice Ages?



Equatorial Activity and Milankovitch Running the Ice Ages?

A Complex Tapestry of Life and Energy Interacting?

Dusty rainfall records reveal new understanding of Earth's long-term climate,
University of Arizona, May 24, 2018.

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Health & Fitness: Metaphysical Mind Body Linkage Runs Deep, Legs to Brain



Metaphysical Mind Body Linkage Runs Deep

Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health,
Frontiers, May 23, 2018.

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Global Warming Squeezing Rice: Health of Billions in balance



Global Warming Squeezing Rice

Health of Billions balanced on Global Warming

Rice becomes less nutritious as CO2 levels rise,
University of Tokyo, May 23, 2018.


"Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will reduce the nutritional value of rice."

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Voices of the Forests: Bird & Squirrel Information Networks



Lives of Birds

Interconnected Information Networks

Amazonian 'lookout' birds help other species live in dangerous neighborhoods,
San Francisco State University, May 22, 2018.

Backpacker Tech, Too!

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Protect Youself and Nature Politically: Markets, Internet, Politics, Results all Rigged


Protect Youself and Nature Politically

Markets, Internet, Politics, Results all Rigged

Awareness is the Key

Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality,
The Register, May 22, 2018.

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HEALTH, FITNESS, & KIDS: A Long, Steady, Decline



A Long, Steady, Decline

Study finds boys' fitness has declined over past 20 years,
European Association for the Study of Obesity, May 22, 2018.


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Tick Tragedy: Young Lady Killed by Unidentified Lyme Disease



Tick Tragedy

Her illness was a mystery; it was a tick bite that killed her. Now mom wants awareness
Sierra Star, May 15, 2018.

"Alex Hudson died of a complication as a result of Lyme disease on March 24. She was 22."

"Alex likely had Lyme disease for a decade or longer."

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"Environmental" Politics? Water Bonds, Fixing Nature or Expanding the Problems?



"Environmental" Politics?

Fixing Nature or Expanding the Problems?

California ballot measures could send funds to Lake Tahoe,
Tahoe Daily Tribune, May 22, 2018.

Two Measures
Funds for Tahoe, and the Valley Crimigrants

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CREATING SCHORODINGER'S CAT: Boundary Between Quantum and Classic Reality



Boundary Between Quantum and Classic Reality

Can a quantum drum vibrate and stand still at the same time?
Imperial College London, , May 18, 2018.

"...how a ‘drumstick’ made of light could make a microscopic ‘drum’ vibrate and stand still at the same time."



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Already Hot Lands Getting Much Hotter: Florides to FRY in HEATWAVES



Already Hot Lands Getting Much Hotter


Floridians could face far more frequent, intense heatwaves,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, May 23, 2018.


"...Floridians could experience summer heatwaves three times more frequently, and each heatwave could last six times longer than at present."

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Our Ecological Consequences: Rising Average Temps, Extremes of Hot & Cold



Ecological Consequences of Irresponsible Growth


Rising Average Temps, Hard Freezes Replacing Cool Evenings...

Tough winter weather devastates local cherry, blueberry crops,
Bakersfield.com, May 16, 2018.


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May 2018: Hiker Falls to Death off Half Dome Cables



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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