Photos from some of our hikes in 2017.  The Blog posts are just below the photos.

(Until July of 2016, if you clicked on the photos, they will take you to our trip photo logs on Picasa.  But then Google decided to make that impossible, even though they had provided us with both the website software and the compatible Picasa software so that we COULD do that.  Now the photos are on Google Photos, where we cannot make albums visible to the public.  We HATE Google photos.)

Cerro Torre, Patagonia                                                                           Buckeye Valley, Hoover Wilderness                                                   


Evelyn Lake, Mineral King, SEKI                                                            South Sister, Sisters Wilderness, Oregon


Summit City Canyon, Mokelumne Wilderness                                      Echo Peaks, Yosemite

Sonora Pass today

posted May 19, 2018, 4:20 PM by Paul Wagner

Since M is laid up with tendonitis in her heel, we're not doing a lot of hiking for now.  Grrrrr.  But that didn't stop us from driving up to Sonora Pass to take a look around today.  

The snow level is about 8500 feet on the North facing  slopes, but 1000 feet higher on Southern ones.  And the streams are plenty full of water.  

Here's a photo looking up from the 8000 foot level along Highway 108 today--not a snowbank in sight!

But there is a lovely cascade right here on the South side of the Highway, and after lunch P clambered around to get a better view:

And when he returned to our picnic soot, he took this shot of M, hiding her Velcro boot...

We'll post a link to the rest of the photos, including a short video of the cascade, when we get back on our desktop.

Tioga Pass will open Monday

posted May 18, 2018, 7:45 AM by Paul Wagner

This is the last pass to open in the Sierra, so the season is officially open....in May!

Just remember that the weather in May can change... here's a photo from Memorial Day a few years ago, at about 5,000 feet near Hetch-hetchy.

Robin's tent in the snow©http://backpackthesierra.com

A teaching award...

posted May 16, 2018, 12:06 PM by Paul Wagner

P's students have always told him how much they enjoy his classes....but it's another thing to win an award from the faculty....

McPherson Award winner Paul Wagner will be giving a multi-media presentation titled “Wine and Music” at  1 p.m., May 17 at Copia in downtown Napa.

“It’s an exploration of culture and community, and focused on why we should talk less about wine-making  processes, geology, and climate –and more about wine as an expression of culture and society,” said Wagner

Wagner was honored on May 11 with the 2018 McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award at Napa Valley College (NVC).

The McPherson Award is funded by the McPherson Endowment established by the founding president Dr. Harry McPherson and his family now held by the Napa Valley College Foundation.

The award is in honor of Founding President Dr. Harry McPherson who, according to NVC, has helped generations of Napa Valley College students.

An NVC statement said of McPherson, “From his vision and institutional leadership to his support of scholarships and encouragement of individual students, he touched many lives. Establishing the McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award is another example of his support of our outstanding faculty and his commitment to excellence in education.”

Wagner is also a partner with Rick Kushman as part of Capital Public Radio’s podcast lineup: “Bottle Talk with Rick & Paul” at http://www.rickandpaulwine.com/. The podcast can also be accessed on  i-tunes.

Half Dome Cables go up today

posted May 11, 2018, 7:48 AM by Paul Wagner

The view from Glacier Point©backpackthesierra.com
The permit reservations opened up two days ago....so you probably still have a good chance to get a permit.  But do remember that you need a permit.

If you can't get a permit to climb the cables at Half Dome, do not give up in despair.  Instead, take the hike from Tenaya Lake to Cloud's Rest.  It is a better hike than Half Dome, and when you get to the top of Cloud's Rest, there will be fewer people.  Plus, you'll be looking down on the crowds on top of Half Dome. and have a view of the entire crest of the Sierra. 

Just sayin',

More LNT

posted May 8, 2018, 8:29 AM by Paul Wagner

Here is a link to more information about yesterday's post:

When we see you out on the trail. we hope you are following these guidelines!

Don't Forget!

posted May 7, 2018, 2:09 PM by Paul Wagner

While you are planning your trips for this summer, remember to keep the Leave No Trace (LNT) principles firmly in mind.  The nice folks Earthriversup.com sent us this excellent graphic...


We play by these rules, and hope that you do, too! 

Ebbetts Pass is Open

posted May 5, 2018, 4:10 PM by Paul Wagner

That leaves only Tioga Pass still closed--although they apparently have plowed the whole road.  They still have some work to do in terms of getting it ready for cars.

Sonora Pass is Open

posted May 3, 2018, 5:54 PM by Paul Wagner

Let the games begin!  We are excited!

Here are a couple of photos of Sonora Pass in from previous years:
The crest between Leavitt and Night Cap Peaks. ©http://backpackthesierra.com

It's beginning to look a lot like....

posted Apr 29, 2018, 5:07 PM by Paul Wagner

The roads are opening up in the Sierra!  Monitor Pass is open, as are Echo Summit and Donner Summit.  And Glacier Point Road in Yosemite is now open.  Tioga Road is plowed through--but there is stillsome work to do before it opens....maybe late this week?

Time to dust off those boots, shake out the pack, and start hiking!

More Painting

posted Apr 24, 2018, 10:16 PM by Paul Wagner

P's been busy with his brush,....

The first is a view East from the Hoover Wilderness....

And this is Manly's Beacon in Death Valley

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