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  • Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail, by Elizabeth Wenk
    Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail: Book Review
    Wildflower lovers in the High Sierra will rejoice with the release of Elizabeth Wenk's newest volume, “Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail”. Envisioned as a companion to her "Essential Guide to the John Muir...
  • Visitors look out at Yosemite National Park from Glacier Point
    Globetrotting A to Z: Yosemite
    California's Yosemite National Park made international news in Jan. when two climbers successfully "free climbed" El Capitan's "Dawn Wall". The park had also made some sad news in Aug. 2013 when the Rim Fire scorched...
  • Yosemite opens 'water trails' on Merced River
    Yosemite National Park welcomes paddlers
    Yosemite Rivers are now opened to Paddlers, according to Eugene Buchanan of Canoe & Kayak Magazine. “ For paddlers,” Buchanan writes, “the Merced River in Yosemite National Park has been a particularly sweet forbidden fruit....
  • People of Ahwahnee”
    Something for everyone at Yosemite National Park
    For tens of thousands of years, according to the National Park Service (NPS) humans have changed, and have been changed by, this place we now call Yosemite. The Ahwahneechee lived here for generations, followed by the arrival of Europeans in the...
  • Climbers top Yosemite's El Capitan
    Climbers top Yosemite's El Capitan in historic free-climb on MLK Jr birthday
    January 15 marks two auspicious events: the birth of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and the climbing of Yosemite's El Capitan. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson scaled the Dawn Wall, a 3,000-foot sheer rock face with nothing but...
  • Grand Canyon view from El Tovar Lodge, South Rim
    Slideshow: Scenes from an American West road trip
    The Western United States is the most geographically diverse region of the country, encompassing the rugged Pacific coastline, temperate rainforests, majestic mountain ranges (the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada, and the Cascade Range),...
  • Yosemite: Climbers made it to the summit of El Capitan
    Yosemite climbers reach El Capitan's Dawn Wall summit: History made
    Two Yosemite climbers named Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson did what others have never done before. This pair were the very first to free-climb the inimitable Dawn Wall of El Capitan. According to National Geographic on Jan. 14, the smooth...
  • Sometimes it snows in Joshua Tree
    Free days at national parks
    Usually, National Parks charge admission fees. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 19, 2015, you can visit glorious places such as Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Muir Woods for free!Spend the holiday at some of the most beautiful peaks and...
  • Yosemite
    Yosemite and the 150th Anniversary of National Parks
    On March 27, 1851, a gold miner named James Savage, led a group of militia into the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains of central California in search of Tenaya, chief of the Ahwahneeche people. The tribespeople had burned Savage’s trading post,...
  • Yosemite National Park Valley will raise it entrance prices.
    Entrance fee to Yosemite's Valley is going up
    "Slow down," a passenger, in the front seat of the car, said to the driver, "There's the entrance to Yosemite National Park Valley ." "Ok!""That will be $20.00 for seven days," the entrance attendant, at...
  • Brad Parker dies: Happiest day of climber’s life ends in fatal fall in Yosemite
    Brad Parker dies: Rock climber dies after proposing, 300-foot fall in Yosemite
    Brad Parker died on the happiest day of his life. The avid rock climber died just hours after proposing to his girlfriend. Parker's girlfriend had accepted the marriage proposal during a climb on Cathedral Peak in Yosemite. Later in the...
  • Brad Parker falls to his death on Yosemite climb
    Brad Parker dies: Climber gets a 'yes' to marriage proposal before fatal fall
    Brad Parker asked the love of his life to marry him after climbing Cathedral Peak together in Yosemite National Park on Saturday and she accepted. A few hours later Parker was dead after falling off the rocks he had climbed many times in the past...
  • Sierra Art Trails skull
    Sierra Art Trails: A vibrant art scene in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains
    Carmel, Cambria, San Francisco, Los Angeles? These are well known regions for their vibrant and popular art scenes, but few people thing about the Fresno region when thinking of great art. Well, think again!Within a 45 minute drive of Fresno...
  • Yosemite National Park celebrates 150th anniversary with festival June 28
    Yosemite National Park celebrates 150th anniversary with festival June 28
    The 150thanniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, that preservedYosemite and began the entire National Park System, will be celebrated June 28 with a festival at the Oakhurst Community Park near the south entrance.The act, signed by President...
  • Half Dome
    Climber dies at Yosemite
    Richie Copeland, a 50 year-old resident of Kings Canyon National Park fell to his death on May 20, 2014 as first reported on May 21, 2014. Copeland was a widely respected climber with a great many friends both in the Yosemite climbing community...
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