Welcome to the forum for local and long-distance backpackers along the Sierra Crest between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney.
These Forums cover the TYT-PCT, & JMT and general backpacking topics. Your trail or topic contributions will be interlinked to, and enrich the related Tahoe to Whitney trail guide.
for Beginners: To get you off the couch, gear you up, get you into Sierra Shape and onto the High Sierra Trails. Ask questions, get feedback. Find killer short routes up and down the High Sierra Crest to get you started.
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June 26, 2015
This is the collection point for 2015 Drought News. Post up links to interesting news or resources you find through the comment link below.
See the Weather Page for specific current High Sierra weather forecasts, resources, and information.
Here's the Best Weather Information for everyone traveling to, backpacking through, hiking, skiing, or driving across the High Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, or the Western United States.
All weather reports and forecasts here are focused on the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, but many resources cover, or can be adjusted to cover weather conditions around California, Nevada, and the whole country. This is good backpacking weather information for all US backpackers.
What fish ears can tell us about sex, surveillance and sustainability,
University of Southampton, June 15, 2015.
Knowing that fish listen carefully helps us approach silently, and gives us a tool to direct their attention.
According to the above article their ears will also allow us to trace their histories.
What grand fish stories these ears must have heard.
Bumble bees in the last frontier,
Pensoft Publishers, June 15, 2015.
Bees and Wasps are high altitude polinators and predators in the High Sierra.
An informative article from Debra Bird's fine site,
Everything you need to know: Poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac,
Earth-Sky, June , 2015.
High Sierra backpackers don't encounter much in the way of poison plants up high, but we can run into poison oak in the foothills.
In the Summer of 2014 a pair of nesting woodpeckers took up residence about twenty feet from Peter's home.
Peter enjoyed the neighbors, as they him. The couple felt comfortable enough to bring three more tiny little woodpeckers into the High Sierra.
Uncle Peter! Uncle Peter!
Tahoe to Whitney