|Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel||
The Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel is a favorite of tourists, and the feeling is mutual — he is an inveterate beggar who loves to share a picnic. Remember, NEVER feed the wildlife.
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Coyotes of Yosemite are beautiful animals, not the somewhat mangy character you see down at lower elevations. They are also probably a bit overabundant.
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|Black Bear (Ursus americanus)||
Everybody's favorite animals. I give a 1.5-hour program on bears in the summer, so this could get long, but I'll just throw out a bit of bear trivia.
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|Belding Ground Squirrel||
The Belding Ground Squirrel is also known as the Picket Pin for its habit of standing erect to survey its surroundings and bark at intruders.
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The Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus) packs acorns (and sometimes walnuts and almonds, though not in Yosemite) so tightly into holes in trees that squirrels can't pry them out.
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|American Dipper aka Water Ouzel (Cinclus mexicanus), With Vdeo||
The American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) is commonly known as the Water Ouzel and was John Muir's favorite bird. Indeed, few birds are as fun to watch as ouzels.
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|The Evil Genius Behind Yosemite Explorer||
Surprisingly, it has come to my attention that people I don't know are finding this site and are starting to wonder who is actually putting these materials on the web.
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|Rickey Gates Sets New Half Dome Running Record - 2:28:18||
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|Wawona Dome Topos now available||
Erik just posted some topos for climbing on Wawona Dome.
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|Getting ready for winter - added mileages to the Glacier Point Ski page||
Get pysched for winter. I finally got it together to add mileages to the Glacier Point Ski Tour page.
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|Foresta Fire Photos||
Well, it's been an exciting week in Yosemite. First the fire, then the rock fall, then the earthquake. It's been pretty impressive to look at, but frightening too.
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|Flowers Starting to Bloom in Yosemite Valley (23 Apr 2009)||
Starting to see the first flowers come out in the Valley. Of course, El Portal and Hite Cove have been excellent for a while. I haven't seen much in the Valley until yesterday.
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|Climbing Guides to Yosemite and the High Sierra||
Before getting into the guides to the climbing routes of Yosemite, I do want to mention one instructional book that may prove useful to people coming from home areas where they're not used to climb
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|Wildflower Field Guides||
Yosemite is home to over 1300 species of flowering plants and over 1400 "taxa". Only a handful of these are non-native and most of those are found only below 6,000 feet.
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|Photographer's Guides to Yosemite||
Michael Frye, Photographer's Guide to Yosemite
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|Maps for Hikers||
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|My Top Two Picks: Laws and Medley||
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There is no shortage of hiking guidebooks to Yosemite, that's for certain. Again, picking one is somewhat a matter of taste.
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|Recommended Books on Yosemite||
I've picked some of my favorite books.
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|Yosemite Prints from Edie||
My friend Edie has been taking some great photos lately and, unfortunately, has had some issues with her car and at work that put her in some tough financial straights.
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|Major Rock Fall in Curry Village||
A small rockfall yesterday afternoon, October 7, damaged an unoccuppied tent cabin in Curry Village.
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|Unsweetened Whey Protein Powders||
So Hans and Yuji got me all psyched up to get back in climbing shape and I find that the easiest way for me, as a vegetarian and lazy cook, to get protein, is from protein powders.
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|New Record on the Nose||
It took me a while to get around to this, but Hans and Yuji did it! I usually find watching climbing to be incredibly boring, especially from a distance, but it was incredibly exciting as they appeared to be on pace, then behind, then ahead but by just a little bit. In the end, they broke the record by about two minutes.
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|Hans and Yuji going for Nose Record.||
The title pretty much says it. Yuji showed up on Sunday night and, after 3 hours sleep, he and Hans did a recon on the Nose. It took them 4:48, but they spent a fair bit of time just hanging out on ledges talking and resting. The next morning, Yuji said he had "so much hurt" all over his body and was surprised at how much fitness he had lost after focusing on bouldering the last couple of years.
Anyway, they are up there as I write this, trying to climbing in 3:00 to 3:30 in preparation for a full-speed attempt on Sunday.
We'll see how it goes. Hans seems to be back in pretty good shape, but Yuji is climbing with an injured finger and thinks he may need to go home and rest it for a while before he can really do the record (which currently stands at 2:45).
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|New Half Dome Running Record (2:30:50 ROUND TRIP by Ryan Ghelfi)||
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