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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High Sierra Butterfly Encounter: Papilio eurymedon

Backpacking Butterfly Encounter

Bear Ridge, Sierra National Forest, John Muir Wilderness, John Muir Trail
August 2002-date not verified
Bear Ridge Butterfly, Papilio eurymedon, backpacking the John Muir Trail.

 Professor Shapiro on the above butterfly:  "Papilio eurymedon, a really frazzled old male. (Very widespread, sea level to 11,000'+.)"
 

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High Sierra Butterfly References and Resources: Dr Art Shapiro

 

For an excellent source of Sierra Butterfly information



see: Art Shapiro's Butterfly Site

especially the Butterfly Listing by Latin Name page, for pictures of Sierra Butterflies.

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High Sierra Backpacking Butterfly: Parnassius "phoebus" behrii, male

Backpacking Butterfly Encounter

Monday, August 24th, just South of Pinchot Pass, Kings Canyon National Park, 10,000 feet

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Big Sam Butterfly: common high-altitude checkerspot, Euphydryas editha, Edith's Checkerspot

Backpacking Butterfly Encounter

Euphydryas editha?

Thursday, July 30, 2009. North Side of Big Sam, Emigrant Wilderness, 9500 feet.

Elusive beauty on barren high elevation skree.

Common Checkerspot butterfly at 10,000 feet, Big Sam, backpacking Emigrant Wilderness.

 

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Your Take on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail between the Carson Gap and Lake Alpine

Welcome to the Tahoe to Whitney Backpacker Forums

You are on the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Guide Forum between the Carson Gap and Lake Alpine.

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Backpacker and Wilderness News: Will 2010 be a Record Year for Climbing Deaths in the United States?

This story, from Stewart's Climbing Blog , warns us all about the volitile environment and conditions in the mountains.

This article refers to an important resource for all backcountry travelers: Accidents in North American Mountaineering.

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Backpacker News: Climber Falls Soloing in Boulder Canyon and Survives the Night Alone

This story, published on September 15 2010, though tragic, has lessons in it for all of us.

As a long time solo long distance backpacker this story has a message for me: Consider ALL of the objective danger before engaging a cross-country route, a river crossing, or explore a remote canyon off of the main trail route. 

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High Sierra Short: Free Range Horses and Mules at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station

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Starting a backpacking trip from Kennedy Meadows Pack Station on September 1, 2010. When the horses get a bit riled up, it's always good to get 'em out to run around a bit.  It always works for me.

Trail Guide and Resupply Information

Kennedy Meadows Trail Guide: Kennedy Meadows to Relief Reservoir

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September Open Thread: High Sierra Trail Condition Reports

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September Open Thread: High Sierra Trail Condition Reports 

Trip Dates: Hiking Kennedy Meadows South to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp between September 2 and September 5. Spent the 5th and the 6th visiting Erin Ander's Yosemite NP Trail Crew, which was established near Glen Aulin. I camped at the Tuolumne Meadow's Backpacker camp on the evening of the 7th, and easily hitched home on the 8th.

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Adam Blauert: Wild times in the Sierra

Adam Blauert: Wild times in the Sierra

Merced Sun-Star, August 7, 2010

Adam's article addresses backpacker hazards that we all should consider, and be prepared for, before we enter any natural area where there is no infrastructure, and especially when backpacking in the High Sierras.

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More "Into the Wild" News: Backpacker Drowns near McCandliss Bus

This page tracks Updates, Information, and News about the social effects of Christopher Mc Candless' death and tracks the "Into the Wild" social phenomen among urban folk, and the revulsion of country folk at this romantization.

Background:  Christopher McCandless caused his own foolish and unnecessary death in 1992 by not having the experience, gear, or preperation for his Alaskan Wilderness "quest."

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Old Front Page News Stories and Links

Old Backpacking, Wilderness, and Environmental News Stories off of the Tahoe to Whitney Trail Guide Front Page. Good Stuff.

 

 

Report: Exercise no danger for joints

 

Environmental Destruction: The Sierra Trees are Dying

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Rabid Bobcat Attacks Hikers Near Tucson

Rabid Bobcat Attacks Hikers Near Tucson

Backpacker Online, Sunday, August 3, 2010

Whoa, this is a damn crazy story!

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Extreme skier Fredrik Ericsson falls to his death scaling K2

Extreme skier Fredrik Ericsson falls to his death scaling K2

 LA Times, August 8, 2010 

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Those who fly so high see things that pass the rest of us by, until they die in those very high places. Sad day. My regards to his family and friends.

Fredrik's Website

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Missing Sierra backpacker found alive

Missing Sierra backpacker found alive

Examiner, August 3, 2010
 

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As a long-distance four-season solo backpacker this reminds me of why I always leave a detailed trip plan with a reliable person.

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Wilderness News: Crazy Bear attack at Yellowstone

Yellowstone bear attack kills 1, injures 2

HeraldTribune.com,  July  29, 2010.
 

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I think we have driven nature crazy.

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High Sierra Trail Culture 2010: Backpacker's Open Thread, Bulliten/Message Board, Information Exchange

This is to collect additional information from hikers featured in this year's sample of High Sierra Trail Culture. But it can also be used as a message board, where you can leave notes for other long distance hikers, so they can get info on you when they get to an internet connection.  

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August Open Thread: High Sierra Trail Condition Reports

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Video: Grizzly Meadow, Emigrant Wilderness. The video above ends when a massive swarm of mosquitoes engulfed me.

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July 21, 2010 Trip Plan: Walker to Kennedy Meadows, to Tuolumne Meadows

 What follows is the trip plan that I am executing tomorrow. It is actually my safety report that I sent to a trusted individual who I will contact at my resupply point and at the end of the trip. If I do not report in a timely fashion, they will report this to the proper authorities.

This report includes route and time estimates for each leg of this two-part trip between Rodriquez Flat, on the Eastern Sierra Flank above the town of Walker Ca, on Hwy 395, to Tuolumne Meadows, in Yosemite National Park.

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