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Highway 140 Again

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No Summit for Marc

I mentioned Marc Herremans' El Cap ascent last time. Marc came down on the second day.

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Paraplegic Marc Herremans to climb El Capitan

See my update for how this turned out.

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Tioga Pass Opens (June 16-22, 2006)

Tioga Pass opened surprisingly early this year given how much snow we had.

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Photos of the Highway 140 Rock Slide

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Highway 140 Update (3 June 2006)

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Memorial Day: Traffic, Snow and Hail

As is typical on Memorial Day, Yosemite Valley is crowded beyond belief. Currently (2:00pm on Saturday) there are traffic jams near Bridal Veil, Sentinel Bridge and Ahwahnee Meadow.

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Highway 140 and Tioga Pass update

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Traffic Problems due to Highway 140 Closure (May 21, 2006)

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Waterfalls Everywhere (April 28 - May 12 2006)

Spring is here to the thunderous applause of the waterfalls. High flow and loud noise make sfor some excellent viewing and it doesn't seem to have peaked quite yet.

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Yosemite Snow Levels, February 12, 2006

Update April 11, 2006: It's still snowing with snow levels today at about 6,000 feet, which means that driving is pretty good most places (though

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Winter won't go away (Mar 31 - April 6, 2006)

The Yosemite Chapel looks quaint and prosaic in the snow but, truth be told, most people around here are getting rather fed up and we're ready to see some spring!

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Rail Creek Ski Trail and Snow Storms, March 2006

A snowy week. Epic driving and a fun trip down Rail Creek with Erich and Benito in the fading light after work.

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More powder skiing in Yosemite (Mar 10-16, 2006)

The snow never stops this March. This week was no exception.

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Winter is back (Mar 3-9, 2006)

All through February, Bruce has been saying "I remember a year like this.

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Escape from Yosemite (Feb 23 - Mar 2, 2006)

This week it was all work except for a brief escape to Gold Wall on Table Mountain, near Jamestown, about an hour outside the north entrance to the park.

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Badger Powder (Feb. 16-22 2006)

Winter finally came to the Sierra this spring (or almost spring). It's been the best snow of the year by far and as good as anyting I remember from last season's epic storms.

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Shocking behavior by US soldiers in Yosemite

I've been working a lot lately and also preparing photos for some galleries and haven't posted much Yosemite News lately, but there have been some newsworthy items.

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Camp 4 Deserted (Feb 2 - 8, 2006)

Camp 4 and most of Yosemite Valley is basically deserted, but the temps have been fine for climbing and everything is dry.

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Broadband for Yosemite Area Communities

For those of you who live in Yosemite West, El Portal or Foresta, our county supervisor Lee Stetson and some other folks with the county are conducting a survey to try to guage the level of interes

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Snowstorm at Badger Pass (Jan. 12-18 2006)

Too much work and too much shoveling to take any decent pictures, but we did get a couple of good snowstorms through this week to refresh the tired trails.

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Adaptive Ski Clinic at Badger Pass

On January 5-6, 2006, Glen Smith kindly came down from Heavenly Valley to teach some of the ski and snowboard instructors about "adaptive" ski instruction.

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News Year's Rains (Jan 2, 2006)

A wild week of rain, snow, downed tress, closed roads and closed ski areas.

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More rain, road closures, Badger Pass closed (Dec 31, 2005)

It seems like every New Year's we have a bit storm.  This year, it is coming in the form of rain and the Merced is close to overflowing its banks, the waterfalls are huge and there is water streami

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A Rainy Week (Dec 22-28, 2005)

The Yosemite News of the Week is pretty much summed up by this picture of people at Lower Yosemite Falls in the rain with their "Yosemite" ponchos, purchased at the Lodge store and the plastic bags

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