Carson Pass

RANGER LOVE

TerraNovaSierra Explorers

The ink was fresh when this was taken at the Carson Pass Information Station. We were on a family expedition, one that included the first time we ventured past the point on Ebbetts Pass where the center line disappears and that twisty route that climbs to 9,000 feet becomes a one-lane road. High on the high country after taking in …

Tahoe Donner

FIVE WAYS TO ANTICIPATE SIERRA WINTER

TerraNovaSierra For Mountainologists

We’d barely put away our beach towels and stopped shooing yellowjackets before weather drama had us dreaming of Sierra winter. The highest elevations saw their first dose of decent snow on September 12, but that was just a preview of the season’s first big storm. From October 13th-17th, the remnants of Typhoon Songda brought hurricane-force winds, rain that set Yosemite …

2 Years TerraNovaSierra

A BIRTHDAY & FARAWAY WISTFULNESS

TerraNovaSierra For Faraway Wistfuls

The big news is that Yosemite has a birthday today. On June 30, 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, making Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove the first-ever protected wilderness areas. The smaller news is that it’s our birthday, too. It was two years ago on this date that we launched TerraNovaSierra. The obvious way to celebrate would …

Calaveras Big Trees SP Pioneer Cabin Tree

Four* WAYS TO MARK EARTH DAY IN THE SIERRA

TerraNovaSierra For Conservationists

April 22nd has been a special day for environmentalists since 1970. That’s when a Wisconsin Senator (Gaylord Nelson) created Earth Day. But it’s become the norm over time for events that celebrate our planet to be held in the days and weeks leading up to the official day for conservation-oriented do-gooding. Several Sierra organizations have already put on Earth Day-oriented …

The Explorers Register Compass

EXPLORERS REGISTER 3: THE SNOW MEN

TerraNovaSierra Explorers

Winter officially ended when the Vernal Equinox arrived March 19th, but we’re using the 31st as our close to the season. And we’re sending it off with some imagery as well as some new inductees to the Explorers Register who have deep ties to Sierra snow. A number of adventurers have earned special places in Sierra lore by completing impressive …