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Glacier Point Road Opening. Mariposa Grove Road Open

The Mariposa Grove road opened last week.

Rumor is that Glacier Point Road will open this weekend. Of course, as usual, it doesn't open until it opens. If some problem arises or whatever, opening dates are always subject to change, so don't count on it.

A friend who was doing some setup out at the Point drove the road last week and got stuck in a snowbank (got herself out though), so the road is driveable for certain. It's usually a matter of cleanup and limbing trees and such that accounts for the delay between snow melt and opening.

For the definitive word, call (209) 372-0200, then

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Ed Hughes: A Day Behind the Lens

This is not completely Yosemite News, but Ed Hughes, of A Day Behind the Lens has just self-published a book of 40 of his favorite photos, a good number of which are from Yosemite. You can see a 15-page preview from his site. I really admire Ed's wildlife photography and, though not Yosemite-related, you literally owe it to yourself to look at the sample to see the waving otter without the watermark (that link takes you to a watermarked version). Really, it's one of funniest wildlife pictures I've ever seen and it's got 100x more personality without the watermark. And his pouncing coyote is great - if I hadn't been shooting through a camera pressed up against a binocular, mine would have looked like that too. Sort of. OK, not really, but I like to think so.

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The Two Most Important Skills for Staying Alive
This note got started by some comments that Charles made on my page on the Four Mi

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Valley Snows (25 January 2008)

We've been getting a lot of snow lately and I finally have done my weekly update to the photo journal after seven months. Seven months, seven days, what's the difference?

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2008 Photo Contest Winner: Jeff Murray

Finally getting around to announcing the winner: Jeffrey Murray,

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WideFetish.com: a website devoted to cracks 4" and bigger

Now I've pretty much quit climbing, but the one thing I really missed last year was not doing springtime get-in-shape laps on Generator Crack.

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2008 Photo Contest Entrants

[Update: Congratulations to Jeff Murray, the Grand Prize winner].

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2008 Photo Contest Judges

I've rounded up a few judges to help me out with the first (and possibly last unless I win another voucher) Yosemite Explorer Photo Contest. Now I just need some submissions! I'm quite pleased with the folks who've agreed to help with the judging though.

QT "Tuan" Luong, of TerraGalleria.com, has been a friend for over 15 years now if I recall correctly. He is a professional photographer, specializing in travel and landscape photography. As a photographer, he is perhaps best known for his National Parks Project, in which he photographed all national parks in large format, both near the car and deep into the backcountry (a few weeks ago I hiked Mount Hoffman with Tuan and his 5x7 camera, which counts as near backcountry I suppose). I have always admired Tuan's eye for composition and I have had the occasion to be able to compare pictures taken by Tuan and another professional photographer (of our wedding actually) at the same instance and have been impressed at his "hit rate". Tuan first became "internet famous" for having what was, as far as I know, the first website to publish detailed information about rock climbing in Yosemite (and one of the first websites on Yosemite of any kind). That information has long since been superceded, but his website on large-format photography remains relevant on that subject.

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Yosemite Explorer 2008 New Year's Photo Contest: Win a Night at Tenaya Lodge

This New year, resolve to win the Yosemite Explorer New Year's Photography Contest! Round up your best two Yosemite pictures and send 'em in.

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In Memoriam: Todd Barstow

This is the saddest thing I've ever reported on Yosemite Explorer. I just learned Todd Barstow has finally succumbed to cancer.

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Yosemite Triple Crown (and other foolish projects for hikers and climbers)

I was poking around recently and found that somebody has just started a website devoted to what he calls the Yosemite Triple Crown.

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How to Bag a Yosemite Bear without Firing a Shot

[This page is about how to protect Yosemite's bears.

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More Half Dome Deaths and the Death in Yosemite Book (Off the Wall by Ghiglieri & Farabee)

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Great Horned Owl at Lower Yosemite Falls (April, 2006)

Several people have recently noticed some Great Horned Owls in the Black Oak trees near the eastern trailhead for the Lower Yosemite Fa

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Horsetail Falls Natural Firefall

The old Glacier Point Firefall is long gone, but every February and, as this picture shows, even in March, when conditions are right, Horestail Falls on El Capitan provide a nice natural firefall.

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2007 Nordic Holiday Classic Ski Race Photos

Pictures of the 2007 Nordic Holiday Classic Ski Race on February 24th sponsored by the Yosemite Cross Country Ski Center

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Badger Pass History and Future - Reasons for Decline
I accidentally deleted my database when trying to back it up (DOH!) and the original version of this article was lost.

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Snowstorm in Yosemite Valley, Dec 17, 2006

Yosemite Valley in Black and White. I took this picture of Middle Cathedral and a couple similar ones of Bridal Veil Falls around dawn after a snowstorm.

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The Best El Cap Picture in the World - Gigapixel Resolution

Hat's off to the guys at http://www.xrez.com, a site devoted to gigapixal digital photography. That's right GIGApixel.

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Rough Autumn in Yosemite - deaths, accidents and illness - 2006

It was a terrible autumn for the Yosemite community this year, with a rash of accidents and deaths of both locals and visitors.

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December Light and Snow, Dec 16, 2006

We've been getting some snow and some nice light as you can see from that photo of Half Dome after Thanskgiving snows and from the one below of Yosemite Falls.

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Leaves Turning in Yosemite, October 2006

The leaves are turning in Yosemite and the animals are trying to fatten up for winter. This busy squirrel was munching like a lawn-mower amongst the golden leaves of autumn.

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Summer's Over (Sep 7, 2006)

For some time now the signs have been growing: the meadows are drying at low altitude and the Sierra Lessingia is out.

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Recent Bear Activity in Yosemite - 10 Bears Hit by Cars in 2006.

[In this entry: Bear hit by cars - food storage - backcountry problem areas - stats.

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Highway 140 Again

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