High Sierra News – August 9, 2014

News and Notes from the High Sierra Nevada August 2 – August 9, 2014 Rim Fire – One Year Later August 8, 2014 mymotherlode.com Sonora, CA — It has been nearly a year since the Rim Fire ignited in the Stanislaus National Forest. This weekend’s hour-long Mother Lode Views will focus on the lingering impact of […]

High Sierra News – July 8, 2014

News and Notes from the High Sierra July 1 – July 8, 2014   Feds doubt climate change’s impact on wolverines July 07, 2014 ravallirepublic.com BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A top federal wildlife official said there’s too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned […]

High Sierra Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Photos

High Sierra Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Photos Lost Valley Camp at Blayney Meadows, Sierra National Forest

Backpacking Water Treatment

If you don’t treat your drinking water when hiking or backpacking, you’re risking the possibility your high sierra adventure will end in intestinal distress. Even under ideal circumstances and in the most remote corners of the wilderness, there is still some risk associated with drinking straight out of pristine alpine lakes, tarns, rivers and streams. Here are […]

Yosemite National Park Past and Present

June 19, 2014 www.NationalParksExplorer.com Yosemite National Park: Past and Present is first and foremost a picture book, each page a mosaic of historic postcards juxtaposed with recent photographs of Yosemite National Park. The book’s key strength lies in the postcards, which offer entertaining and informative glimpses into Yosemite’s past. The more recent photographs provided by I-Ting Chiang […]

Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park to undergo restoration

By Sara Sandrik Wednesday, June 18, 2014 A major restoration project is about to take place in Yosemite to protect the park’s largest grove of giant sequoias. Mariposa Grove is home to about 500 giant sequoias, and more than a million people travel here to see them each year. But park officials say all of the […]

Yosemite National Park expansion stalls in Congress

The two parcels would expand Yosemite National Park by about 1,575 acres. (Pacific Forest Trust)   By Paul Rogers San Jose Mercury News progers@mercurynews.com 06/17/2014 10:08:43 PM PDT Time is running out on a deal to secure the largest expansion of Yosemite National Park since 1939, and one man appears to be standing in the […]

Gorgeous John Muir Trail documentary now on Netflix

Gorgeous John Muir Trail documentary now on Netflix | HeraldNet.com – Explore NW.

How to Pack a Comfortable Backpack

If you’re going to “backpack”, why not make carrying “the backpack” the least of your worries? Use the following tricks to tame your pack so it’s more comfortable and user-friendly while on the trail. STOP LID FLOP Pack lids are often heavy with small dense items, and can flop around annoyingly when your pack is […]

Lightening The Load (of your Backpack)

Ultralight Hiking Hiking lightweight is not a new concept. Since the advent of what we consider backcountry hiking, there have been those who have headed into the backcountry with little more to accompany them than a blanket and a little food. Indeed, anyone who has hiked for an extended period of time knows the value […]