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Q&A Where was this picture of the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin river taken?

In 1892-1896 Theodore Solomons took this picture of the in the Sierra Nevada mountains. That would put it on the east side of the Ritter Range and likely south of Mt Ritter. Does anyone recogni...

0 answers  ·  posted 1y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A How are backpacking conditions at Yosemite in April?

Looking at the webcam, it looks like things are still pretty wintery in that area. Being Michiganders, some snow is not going to deter us (we love winter camping), but we at least want to be prepa...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Brad Koch‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Why is (almost) no one climbing hard routes on Half Dome?

I follow the international rock climbing scene, and we constantly hear of repetitions of hard routes on El Capitan. On Youtube, it is possible to find many videos of strong climbers from all over...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by valerio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A How to keep humans from stealing your food from the bear boxes in Yosemite Valley?

Some of the Yosemite Valley parking lots have communal bear boxes as do some of the trailheads because you are not supposed to store your extra food in your vehicle while you backpack. Bears can't...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by .                                                .‭

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Q&A What is this metal plate at the top of Mount Hoffman?

I hiked Mount Hoffman in Yosemite today and at the top there was this metal plate bolted to the rock with 4 metal rods welded to it. On the side you can also see some rivets so possibly there was s...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by pbm‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A What is the easiest/most guaranteed way of getting into Yosemite Valley during the pandemic?

Due to Covid Yosemite National Park has restricted entry permits to lower the number of visitors. Currently to get in there are several options to enter, Permits released well in advance. Permits ...

0 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A If the Dawn Wall had been climbed before, why was the 2015 attempt so difficult?

There's a lot of talk in the media about Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell's free ascent of the dawn wall of El Capitan. This wall has been climbed before, but this is the first time it's been fr...

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Camping in Yosemite in March

I'm planning a camping trip in Yosemite with a group of friends for some time around mid-March. I know it can get cold at that time of year, but that's the only time we could all arrange the time o...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why would you climb hard bigwall projects in Yosemite in winter?

One of the hardest routes on El Cap, The Dawn Wall, was done by Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson in January 2015. What are some of the reasons to choose to climb such a hard route in winter, when ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Paul Paulsen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How hard is the East Buttress route on El Capitan

I am relatively new to climbing, and so far I have only done bouldering climbing. The hardest route I have climbed is a V5, and I am a solid V4 climber. My question was, to anyone who has climbed E...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Caleb Williams‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dog-friendly backpacking trails in Northern California and Southern Oregon

Once a year I go on a backpacking trip with a friend of mine who lives near Sacramento, California. He likes to bring his dog. The trip lengths typically range from 2-5 days (including car travel),...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Devin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do I need protective measures against wild animals in Yosemite National Park?

I know that hundreds of black bears roam around Yosemite, however they are considered harmless and an attack towards humans has not been reported so far. However, are there any other possible dange...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Andreas Schwab‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tioga Pass (Yosemite) Day Use Opening Timeline

NPS has opened Tioga Pass for through traffic but not for day use recreation. I can't find any historical information about how long after the initial opening it typically opens for day use. Anyone...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by noah‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is an efficent and effective way to find a reputable private guide for a backpacking trip?

My first question on TGO was about low altitude trips that have the feel of much higher elevations. I asked that question because of the declining physical capacity of my husband. I received spect...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this abandoned equipment and shed on skids near Mono Lake CA?

I found this abandoned building with what looked like some sort of radio gear while hiking near Mono Lake California. The shed on skids Close up of inside Does anyone know what this was or...

0 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A First timer-family going to Yosemite - do we need permits to camp and hike?

We're an Aussie family heading over to the USA in September. We're hoping to go hiking/camping at Yosemite. :) We looking to hire a car from San Fran, drive to Yosemite and then: Hike day 1 and ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pure.Krome‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Yosemite Fire Rings - What to Expect?

I'm planning a Yosemite trip for this summer. In reading up on the rules on fire restrictions, I saw this: When and where fire restrictions are not in effect, wood fires are allowed in existing...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by scohe001‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Planning where to stop and camp in advance

I'm planning what will realistically be my first backpacking trip. It'll be in Yosemite this summer. I've already been going through checklists of things we need, the trails we'll take, what we'll...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by scohe001‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this wet/oily residue all over the rocks in my yard?

I live in the Sierra Nevadas, a little over 8,000 feet up. There's an area in my yard that has rocks with a bright shiny sheen to them. I've seen some kind of coating on nearby plants (which doesn'...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Eric‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dispersed camping allowing gathered wood fires within 5 hours of San Francisco?

This is somewhat related to this previous question, however we are specifically looking for an area that allows gathered-wood fires. Yosemite is a first choice, but other than there, where within...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Caleb Jay‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why was I attacked by a bird (twice)?

Last night, I had to climb a tower at work. When I reached the top platform (about 40 feet up), and turned my back to close the swinging gate behind me, I was whacked on the back of the head. Fort...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by B. Clay Shannon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What does status R mean regarding trail permits on the Mt Whitney lottery calendar?

I lost out on the Mt Whitney lottery--dates I was looking for now say R--does that mean I am out of luck or will some slots be available later, like in the April 1 access date?

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by user15314‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind salamander is this black and grey one I found at around 11,000 feet near Mt Ritter in the Sierras?

I was making the last of my approach to Mt Ritter when I saw this salamander. It was probably 3-4 inches long and around 4:30 in the morning, I think the forecasted temperature was around 40° Fa...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Scat Identification on Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

I meant to ask a Ranger before we left... We saw this scat on the hike up to Columbia Point, which is 1/3rd of the way to Upper Yosemite Falls. March 14 2017. A warm couple weeks just after the ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by rrauenza‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Dealing with wildlife in the desert of California/Nevada in general and in the White Mountains in particular

I'm planning a hike in the White Mountains of California; see also this related question. So far, all my hiking have either been day hikes in the densely populated hikes, or treks for up to three ...

4 answers  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?

What wild animals are there in California that can be dangerous or create hassles, and how do I avoid problems with them?

2 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Ben Crowell‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hiking half dome - What are the most efficient logistics for getting a campsite in little Yosemite?

I am looking at hiking half dome, but the hike is so long, it requires camping out the night before. Campsites open up for reservations 8 months before the date at 7am, and immediately fill up. The...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by SwimBikeRun‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Yosemite in late March a good idea?

My wife and I have never been to Yosemite. We will have some time off in a couple of weeks (end of March) and we're considering planning a trip to Yosemite. The amount of rain and snow in recent w...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by somerandomdude‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A How many trees are there in California you can drive through?

A Recent news event (Pioneer Cabin Tree in California felled by storms), brought drive through trees to mind. When I looked at the pictures, I realized it is not the same tree I drove through last...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A What mountain is used in the MacOS Sierra desktop background?

I have been curious as to which mountain is in this picture. I have tried a reverse Google image search but all I have found is pictures of computers. Presumably it is somewhere in the Sierra Ne...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Wild berries in Southern California

Are there any edible wild berries in southern California? Are there any conventional berries (like wild strawberries or blueberries) and how far out of the city do I have to go to find them?

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by socal‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Hiking and wild sleeping in California wilderness

I want to spend a few days in California, near Nicasio, hiking and sleeping under the sky (no tent, just a tarp in case it rains). I have a lot of experiences in Europe, but I have never been in US...

1 answer  ·  posted 8y ago by Tomas‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A May hiking in Eastern California

In May this year (6–8 May) I will have a workshop in Mammoth Lakes, California. I would like to do some hiking in addition to this workshop (roughly one week). I have never been to the United State...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by gerrit‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Details on closure of Rte 120 into Yosemite? (Not normal snow closure.)

National Park Service, Yosemite, Current Conditions says: Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) closed into Yosemite Valley; no access to Yosemite Valley via Hwy 120 Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Remaining impacts from the very low snow pack of 2014-2015 in the Western Sierra and extra precautions we should take to minimize our impact

The snow pack of 2014 - 2015 in the Sierra was an unprecedented low of 5% of normal. Thankfully, the snow pack of 2015-2016 was close to normal. We will be in the western Sierra in two weeks, and...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is Off Trail Travel Between Lakes in the Humphreys Basin, CA Feasible

I'm looking to explore the a number of High Sierra lakes in California's John Muir Wilderness; specifically in Humphreys Basin. Geology (from photographs) appears severe with rock, scree, and debri...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by J.P.M.‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Looking for secluded camping land in California, near the bay area

I'm looking for a camping spot that has the qualities: Very secluded from other people. Ideally, well out of earshot. A relatively short drive (ideally &lt;3 hours) from the California bay area....

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by GMB‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Should I expect reptiles in Southwest USA deserts in winter?

I'm aware there is a huge generalization which will have a lot of exceptions both in species as in microclimates, I'm looking for a general answer, yet specific for the region and time of year. I'...

3 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Sdry‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where have all the sandpipers gone?

(long time passing). I walk along Del Monte beach in Crow City, USA (Monterey, California) quite often. For quite awhile, sandpipers were there in abundance - more than any other bird. I haven't...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by B. Clay Shannon‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Lake Tahoe kayaking conditions

My wife and I would like to take my 7 year old son kayaking this summer. Was thinking about a circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe. It looks like there are plenty of put ins and take outs. I am curious h...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by StrongBad‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Multi-day hiking trip [California, early April]

I just learned that I am going to end up in San Francisco for 2 weeks in early April. I will be meeting a couple of relatives there who will travel from tropical places, so they won't have a lot of...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Quentin Geissmann‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is the Park Service continuing its case to re-rename Yosemite Park's historic landmarks?

I have often checked into the Ahwahnee in Yosemite Valley after emerging, filthy and undernourished, from the backcounty. A hot shower in one of the cottages, an Ahwahnee Burger, a glass (or three...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are Dolphin sightings seasonal or serendipitous?

I walk along Del Monte Beach in Crow City, USA (Monterey, California) quite often. It is not too rare to see dolphins frolicking (so it seems to me, although they may just be going about their bu...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by B. Clay Shannon‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where to camp for almost free on the surroundings of Los Angeles?

Here's what I want to do, I want to camp (pitch a tent and go hiking) but I don't want to stay too far away from Los Angeles, and I want to camp in a place with a toilet and maybe a shower, I might...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Kyle‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to become a falconer at a young age?

Last year, we had an assembly at school where two falconers came and talked about the craft. I thought it was amazing and the idea captivated me. But I don't quite remember all the details. He said...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Ian‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What would cause sudsy surf?

I took my usual weekend stroll along the strand (Del Monte Beach in Monterey, California) today. It was different today than ever before. For one thing, there were no Sandpipers or Plovers or Gul...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by B. Clay Shannon‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A What makes some beaches better spots for beachcombers than others?

I live within walking distance of Del Monte beach in Crow City, USA (Also known as Monterey, California). I enjoy scouring the beach for interesting-looking stones, seashells, and bits of seaworn ...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by B. Clay Shannon‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can deep wave action be partially predicted by lunar phases?

Where I walk weekly (Del Monte Beach in Monterey, California), I beachcomb for shells, glass, and particularly stones. Most of what gets cast up is rather dull and uninteresting - gray and black ro...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by B. Clay Shannon‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Where is a good place in California to go gold panning for a beginner?

I have some gold pans and a portable shovel. I live in California and I am interested in places with camping grounds and nearby water to do some recreational gold panning. Know of any good places ...

2 answers  ·  posted 9y ago by Felix Y.‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can cold weather be sufficient to act as a refrigerator?

Might be a silly question, but if the place I want to travel to has 35 degree F highs and 27 degree F lows, and the ideal temperature for a refrigerator is 35 degrees F ... can't I just loosely pac...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Jason‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by System‭

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