Archives for March 2014

NASA Begins Regular Sierra Snow Surveys

Associated Press: NASA Begins Regular Sierra Snow Surveys Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014  |  Updated 3:00 PM PDT   The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff. […]

California Drought Spurs Mini Gold Rush in Sierra

SCI-TECH California Drought Spurs Mini Gold Rush in Sierra March 27, 2014 1:20PM Amateur prospectors are digging for riverbed riches in in the Sierra Nevada foothills in spots that have been out of reach for decades. Thanks to low water levels created by California’s drought, prospectors are flocking to the region and trying their luck […]

The Essential Ten

The Essential Ten: A Guest Blog post contributed by “ERIC” at, June 2003 Ever wondered what items are the most important to bring on a backpacking / camping trip? Well in the 1930s, The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based hiking, climbing, and conservation organization, came up with a list of 10 essential items that no climber or backpacker […]

Exploration Beyond The Trail

Exploration Beyond The Trail: A Guest Blog post contributed by “Yosemite_Guy” at, July 2004 Do you always stay on the trail? I’m not talking about cutting switchbacks or stepping away from the trail to fish at a nearby lake. I’m talking about going cross-country — aka off-trail — a mile or more. After many years […]

DFW relocate Sierra bighorn sheep, study deer

DFW relocate Sierra bighorn sheep, study deer by Sierra Wave News Staff on March 20, 2014 [ article link ] Department of Fish and Wildlife crews are examining and relocating bighorn sheep and studying deer in the Eastern Sierra this week. Fish and Wildlife Public Information Officer Andrew Hughan said that more than two dozen volunteers from […]

Sierra Nevada bears eating less human food

Sierra Nevada bears eating less human food now, say researchers Black bears in Yosemite National Park once ate so much human food that for some, it reached a third of their diet. After years of effort to lock away human foods, that percentage has dropped to 13 percent for the park’s problem bears. By Bettina Boxall […]

2015 Road Scholar “A High Sierra Adventure” Dates

Dates Set For 2015 Road Scholar Program July 12-17 and July 26-31 Space is extremely limited, so get going and book your adventure now!

Yosemite National Park Halting Roadside Parking

Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Wild And Scenic River Plan Will Halt Roadside Parking Submitted by Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler, on March 17, 2014 – 3:07am [ original article ] A management plan for the Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River in Yosemite National Park promises to better protect the Tuolumne Meadows area. Photo by QT Luong via […]

Skating the John Muir Trail

Skating the John Muir Trail; Evolution Basin The really cool video by John Dittli was shot in 2012 not far up the trail from the High Sierra Road Scholar at Blayney Meadows camp! Published on Nov 28, 2012 Backpacking into the Evolution area of the Sierra Nevada for some alpine ice skating.

Public meetings on forest plan revisions

Sierra Star March 13, 2014 [ story link ] The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region will host a series of public meetings as it begins the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process of forest plan revisions for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. A Notice of Intent, which marks the beginning of the […]