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At the Risk of Becoming the Dancing Bear Blog…

Another crazy bear video from Youtube:

Come to think of it, “Dancing Bear Blog” isn’t a bad title.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on At the Risk of Becoming the Dancing Bear Blog…

Memorial Weekend – Ebbetts Pass and Sonora Pass? Maybe.

I just checked the California Mountain Hiways page at Caltrans and it looks like Ebbetts Pass and Sonora Pass may now be open – do check directly before driving up there, but I’m optimistic. The opening of these two passes is often an indication that the opening of Tioga Pass Road may be about a week away. Fingers crossed…


May 28, 2010 Posted by | Sierra Nevada | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Memorial Weekend – Ebbetts Pass and Sonora Pass? Maybe.

SFGate Update on California Camping for Holiday Weekend

SF Gate’s Tom Stienstra reports that it is still possible to find decent camping locations for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday weekend. His article also includes updated information on a number or related topics – including more road opening information than I had before I read it. (He speculates that Caltrans is trying to get at least a couple of trans-Sierra passes open this weekend – though not Tioga.)

As for me, no camping this weekend. In previous years I’ve joined some friends for a “Goodbye Winter, Hello Summer” traditional visit to Mammoth for desert camping and late-season telemark skiing. However, this year I’m just a bit too busy with other things, and I’ll likely be staying closer to home.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | News | Comments Off on SFGate Update on California Camping for Holiday Weekend

Memorial Weekend – Glacier Point? Yes. Tioga Pass? No.

The most recent update at the Yosemite National Park web site confirms what many suspected, namely that Glacier Point Road will likely be available over the upcoming holiday weekend but that Tioga Pass will not open quite yet.

Glacier Point Road:
The Glacier Point Road will open on Friday, May 28 at noon, conditions permitting. Expect 30-minute delays between Chinquapin and Badger Pass Sunday night through Friday afternoon (except Memorial Day).

Tioga Road:
The Tioga Road will not be open for Memorial Day weekend; there is no estimated opening date.

Plows have reached Tioga Pass and will now be working on widening the road. Plowing continues Monday – Saturday. Average Snow Depth is 4 to 6 feet. Plowing operation will continue today.

As I have mentioned before, this has been an unusually cold and wet May. Just this morning I heard that chain requirements were up on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit. As of today, Ebbetts, Sonora, and Monitor Passes are reportedly still closed. You can be pretty certain that Tioga won’t open before them, though it frequently opens perhaps a week or so after they open.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Sierra Nevada | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Memorial Weekend – Glacier Point? Yes. Tioga Pass? No.

Pole Dancing Bear Video! (OK. It is a bear. And a tree. In the forest…)

That is “B-E-A-R,” OK?

In case the embedded video doesn’t work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9og9YZu8gI&feature=player_embedded

OK, the embed doesn’t work. So you’ll just have to click the link to see this video of a “pole dancing bear.”

Wait, I think I figured out the embedding method – here it is:

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Random | 2 Comments

They Call This Spring?

Coming in to work this morning, the radio station reported that snow chain requirements are up on highway 80 across Donner Summit, and that eastbound traffic is being held at Colfax! Wait a minute – this is supposed to be spring!

While reports say that the overall weather in much of the rest of the world is warmer than normal so far this year, here in northern and central California this has been anything but a warm May. One report on a Bay Area television station earlier this week suggested that by the end of the month one quarter or a third of the days of May will have seen some precipitation.

I’m not complaining though. I prefer cool and “interesting” weather to the boring and consistently beautiful and warm weather of summer in the part of the world, and I welcome the possibility of a very green and wildflower-filled summer in the Sierra this year!

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

2010 Update to My Backpacking Photography Article

For outdoor folks who drag photography equipment into the back-country, I’ve updated my description of the equipment that I use for backpacking photography: See “Backpacking Photography Equipment” at my photography blog.

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2010 Update to My Backpacking Photography Article

Regarding Site Membership

Unfortunately, I was not able to retain the membership list from the former version of the site. I know it is an inconvenience, but I’d be grateful if you take a moment to sign up again by clicking the link in the Meta section of the sidebar.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Regarding Site Membership

You Found It!

This is the new location of Dan’s Outside, my blog about outdoor activities including backpacking, hiking, and photography in California. Now that you have found it – especially if you came from the old version of the site – take a moment to:

  1. bookmark this new URL in your web browser, and
  2. subscribe to the new feed for the site to get updates – either use the link on this page or use your favorite new reader.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Important Site Transition News

I’m in the process of rearranging and moving some web sites, including the Dan’s Outside site where I’ve posted on my outdoor adventures and related topics for quite a few years. The transition involves complexities of several types – moving to a different host and a different domain name, to name a couple. The plan goes sort of like this:

I know that some of you subscribe to the feed from this web site. Continue to do so as the transition takes place – but it would also be a very good idea to visit the temporary mirror (https://danmitchelloutside.wordpress.com/) and subscribe to that feed as well. This will ensure that you don’t miss any announcements about the transition.

I’m attempting to do this in a way that will not lose any of the current web site content and which will make the change as transparent as possible for users. But thanks in advance for your patience and understanding as the transition takes place.


May 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Site Transition News

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