Early March 2014 Update
Comprehensive Fire and Smoke Information
Last: North Sierra hiking clear of smoke from the Rim Fire, Heavy Smoke Conditions that made hiking hazardous have cleared. Full outdoor activity in Sierra areas affected again possible.
Early October 2013 Update
YubaNet Fire Reports
Today huge chunks of forest and habitat used by nature and man are at risk and much already burned. Much econ damage to North Sierra folks who rely on Summer backpackers-visitors as well as threatening their homes and animals.
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The Two Main EARLY 2014
How are the early season weather and temp conditions progressing into Spring Conditions along the High Trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney in early 2014?
ANSWER (June 5): Incredibly early Summer Conditions.
Second, and related to the above question, is "when can PCTers expect to depart Mexico to arrive at the South Sierra with open trails?"
ANSWER: (June 5): I believe the highest percentage of PCT hikers ever will complete it. I don't know the date, but average PCT hikers can hit the South Sierra during mid May and expect to pass the South Sierra.
As Spring progress we will monitor evolving weather conditions to answer these questions.
Never have I seen such early and dry conditions.
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We Need a New Environmentalism
"It is later than you think."
The Situation has gone too far to maintain the status-quo lies...
Impending Ecological Disaster of Historical Proportions
Current weather conditions and new research indicates we on the West Coast of the US are facing expanding drought and fire conditions unprecedented in the human and natural historical records. Extreme weather is tormenting the whole country.
I am curious about what we are going to do with the vast population our "leaders" have so wisely stuffed/snuck into the Southwest-West Coast of the US, when we run out of water?
You have any ideas?
I know why it happened.
Environmentally, our greedy motivations created a program of endless irresponsible growth that has severely damaged the web of life around the world.
Specifically, the rapid swelling of our population matched with spreading our irresponsible industrial growth program around the world ("globalism"-moving our manufacturing to China) has transformed seasonal weather patterns around the whole world.
In our part of the world our behavior has dispelled the North Pacific weather pattern that traditionally fed the Sierra snow pack every Winter.
The weather pattern feeding the Sierra snow pack is gone. Our traditional Winter weather pattern out of the Northwest has slowly faded away over the last 20 years to be replaced by weaker Winter weather patterns out of the West and Southwest Pacific.
This is a serious problem.
California will not support its current very irresponsible level of population without the weather supporting the annual Sierra Snow Pack each Winter. Period.
I know how it happened.
Our corporate program of endless growth powered by endless greedy self-interest perpetuated through institutionalized political bribery has succeeded in sweeping away the political and social values necessary to maintain our democracy-our security-against greed and self-interest.
That's a mouthful.
We lost the battle between our mutual democratic rights and social liberties against the profits of the greedy, and the self-gratifications of power-seekers. We lost the battle between democratic ethics and the base desire to get rich, to dominate and rule over other folks.
We are in the situation we are in because the cheaters have won, making greed and the lust for power the ascendant motivations tying the players in our polity together.
We replaced our exceptional political values with greed, and called it "exceptional."
The fates of man and nature are doomed as long as greed rules our hearts, minds, and politics. If we cannot clean up this central quagmire of corruption to make our democratic values operational we will not preserve the last remnants of our traditional ecology.
The greed-based political policies of endless irresponsible growth have stripped our country's social, human, and natural resources naked, while pushing all of our wealth and political power to the very top of society.
I am very angry about the corruptions and greed that have powered and allowed this massive irresponsible growth and associated transfer of wealth and power to continue.
This "feeding frenzy" of greed will not end well environmentally or economically.
A recognizable set of corrupt behaviors have fueled a shift in power and wealth that has ravaged the social, political, and environmental infrastructures in the State of California, across our whole country, and around the world.
Allow me to clarify some basic principals of being an American.
Shared greed and corruption are not American political ethics, and they do not produce ethical bonds between politicians and their bribers. They produce conspiracies between political criminals. Bribery is not democracy. Money is not free speech. Breaking our laws and borders is not the basis of citizenship. Imposing yourself and your values on others is un-American. Cheating is wrong, no matter how well it serves your self-interest.
Many claim the above as "American" rights!
Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, Mexicans, Bush, Obama, and their political parties come instantly to mind when considering those who put themselves above our laws, rules, and political values.
We have become a nation of cheaters, and this must end to save our environment, let alone our country!
None of these corrupt practices are compatible with citizens running a self-regulating American democracy. They are compatible with American Corporate Fascism ruling over "consumers."
Our current practices are antithetical to our Constitutional values or to creating or maintaining healthy social or natural environments, to raise children in, let alone to maintain our democratic republic.
How can your children not be cheaters, when raised in a society based on cheating?
We have in fact already lost our democratic republic, and our Constitutional rights. We are now consumers in a corporate state, not citizens in a democratic republic. And as a result we are losing the last remnants of our traditional weather patterns around the world.
"Si Se Puede?"
Really? You want to join an empire? Really?
Yes, we can stop the cheaters at the top and at the bottom of society who've joined forces to rob our country of its political, economic, and environmental wealth.
Unless you are supporting the American legacy of irresponsible growth via cheating and greed that has driven the destruction of our democracy and our environment in the first place.
There are a lot of American Fascists and foreigners who put their own material wealth, their own self-interest, and imposing their own values on others before their duty to defend our shared political principals.
That would be the dark side of American history and the American personality. This must be subjugated to our "Higher Angels," our eternal mutual democratic values.
The Mantra of Death
Personally, I reject the mantra of endless greed, endless growth, and endless profits that our corporate fascists leaders have deluded and drained America with, and I reject those who pursue greed. I choose the Constitutional values of our democratic republic as the basis of our social and political relationship, not shared greed. I choose balance over growth.
We the people regulate wealth, political power, markets, and immigration, not they us, as is happening today.
If we want to save the last bits of our environmental and political legacies we've got to get back to our own honest standards, and cast these greedy cheaters and their corrupt practices aside.
If we don't stop the greed and corruption, if we don't stop the cheaters that have corrupted our government and driven this irresponsible growth and destruction, nature will. Nature is.
Nature is now undergoing powerful changes that are going to stop our corrupt practices in their tracks!
On a Biblical Scale.
Karma is a bitch when you are bad, and we have been very bad, by our own Constitutional and ethical standards, and by any interpretation of ethical behavior.
The need for a New "American" Environmentalism that actually recognizes the sources of these damages and addresses its true causes is profound.
The political status-quo of bribery, corruption, and cheating is insufficient for the scale of the ecological, economic, and political crisis we face.
Our favorite backpacking spots in the Sierra will be radically changed-destroyed- if we don't take up a new vision and new political direction that outlaws political bribery, removes the bribed leadership, and abandons their failed growth policies of the past in favor of a balanced future.
The critical issue is the serious persisting drought conditions. Nature is cooking us up a disastrous Spring and Summer for life on the West Coast.
Again, conditions are looking like they could again develop into historical early openings of the High Sierra roads and trails. I figure the Sierra will be burning by July, so watch the fire reports...
My personal situation is embroiled deep in injury recovery and editing up the completed North Sierra parts of the Tahoe to Whitney Guide.
I've got to bring the finished Lake Tahoe to Tuolumne Meadows part of the guide from draft to finished form.
So I'm turned mostly inward, even as our modern Rome burns ever so slowly around us.
I believe the seasonal reports from recent years are informative as to the hot and dry trajectory our future weather holds in store for us.
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