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The Story Of George Anderson – The First Man To Climb Half Dome

Written by Dave Hubbard — The Yosemite Granite Icon represents such a dominating presence within Yosemite Valley that it is likely that the first adventurous human being to set eyes on it thought about climbing it… But no one succeeded until 1875, over 25 years after the first white man entered the valley.   Climb Half Dome…It was in the ...

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Where is your Favorite Dog Hike?

We like to hike with our dogs, so where are those great dog hikes in our area? You have seen my dog Sally tagging along with me on some of our hikes. Now is your turn to share your favorite dog hikes for inclusion in dog hikes in our area. I envision a living document that we can add more ...

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Scrambling Up To Finger Lake

Climbing up a loose and rocky chute, hopping boulder to boulder, sometimes with a surprise of a wobbly rock, pushing our way through knarly willows, and pulling ourselves up and over boulders the size of a small house were the tougher parts on this hike. The easy part was admiring the wonderful view of some of the high lakes in ...

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Hiking with Sally From Bennettville to Green Treble Lake

Sally led the way as we hiked up to 6 beautiful lakes in the Hoover Wilderness. Some had beautiful reflections, 1 had lots of polliwogs and 1 served as our lunch spot underneath Mount Conness. Where: Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest Distance: 7.13 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 9,533′ – 10,375′ Date: August 18, 2016 Maps: Falls Ridge ...

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Being Held Hostage By The Makers Of EpiPens

Written by Virginia Eaton — The happy dance in which so many parents partake as their school age darlings head back to class might be somewhat diminished for those who have to refill their EpiPen prescription. EpiPens provide lifesaving doses of epinephrine to those who suffer from serious allergic reactions. But be prepared, given recent price increases you may need to ...

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Four Women, Six Days, 53 Miles Backpacking

Written by Wendy Fisher — As a lifelong wilderness enthusiast at heart, I have been exploring the Sierra on foot for well over 20 years. When I am not out exploring, gardening, or parenting my lovely twin girls, I am proud of my day job working as a plant/wetland ecologist with Live Oak Associates. Live Oak is an Oakhurst based ecological ...

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Hiking up to Pear Lake

We headed over to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park for a hike on a trail that had been blasted into granite slab with a sheer dropoff and amazing views. As we hiked up to 4 lakes, we were happy to see colorful wildflowers along the trail. Where: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Distance: 12.94 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to ...

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Do Crazy Drivers Drive You Crazy?

Written by Virginia Eaton — Early one morning I was stopped at the signal by the library when one of those monstrously long gravel trucks attempted to stop as the light turned from yellow to red. It was just too big, and rolled through the intersection after the light was decidedly red. Meanwhile, a car that was anxious to go had to wait ...

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The Family Behind The Firefighter: Alicia And Omar Arce

Alicia’s story My name is Alicia Arce, age 27, and my husband is Omar Arce, also 27. He is a Senior Firefighter for Sierra National Forest Engine 51, based in North Fork. I have been married to Omar for three years but together for six. Our daughter Hope Liana is 3 ½ and is an absolute joy. We gave her this name because ...

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