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Field Notes

  • John Muir
  • feb 14, 2014

The Wilderness 50th Anniversary Committee is announcing National Wilderness Conference Youth Scholarships! The scholarships are to attend the Wilderness 50th National Conference in October, 2014.

Scholarships will be awarded to youth who demonstrate leadership or are working towards a leadership role in wilderness education, advocacy and community awareness.

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  • Doug Johnson
  • jan 25, 2014

Most of us venture into wilderness for relaxation and to remove ourselves from stressful environments. However, it may be impossible to avoid hazardous obstacles during your trip. Water crossings can be hazardous any time of year. Snow melting in the springtime will inundate streams with icy water, and a rain storm in any season can cause flash flooding. Foot bridges and crossings you may have safely navigated before could turn into a dangerous undertaking.

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  • A. Ramsey
  • dec 26, 2013

Ever wonder who cuts those logs that fall across the trail deep in the back country? Using a cross cut saw is a traditional (and challenging) skill mastered by many backcountry rangers throughout the Sierra.

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  • Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers
  • jul 27, 2011

The Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers received the 2011 National Wilderness Aldo Leopold Award for Overall Wilderness Stewardship Program from Chief of the Forest Service. Learn more of their story and how you can help your favorite Wilderness.

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  • Lincoln Else
  • jan 6, 2010

That water from your tap may have started as snow falling on a granite peak somewhere high in the Sierra Nevada. Ever wonder "how much" water is stored in that snow each year? Answering that question starts with a pair of backcountry skis and a heavy pack...

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  • John Muir
  • nov 17, 2009

Join Yosemite's geologist as he teams up with the park's climbing ranger to climb El Capitan, one of the world's largest granite faces. Thousands of years ago a gigantic rock fall likely released from high on El Cap's face. Exactly where and when are among the many questions Greg Stock is curious to answer.

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