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If you’ve never visited Yosemite National Park, it’s time you did. It’s beautiful any time of the year.

Here are some photos with author comments, blog posts and videos to tantalize you.

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El Capitán. Río Merced. Yosemite. California.
Abril – 2006

Author:Mono Andes

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California, US

El Capitan continues to amaze me. Combine that with sunrise at Yosemite Valley, and you have some wonderful possibilities.

There is a well known picture by Galen Rowell, of El Capitan in the morning, which I tried very hard not to mimick. In his book Mountain Light, he describes in great detail the difficulty you face when taking a picture of El Capitan with trees in the foreground. You almost always run into problems with either tilted lines, or a not total view of El Capitan.

When I was at Yosemite in January, I went for a detail shot, just hinting at the massive size. When I was revisiting the park in early March, I had the luck (among quite some bad luck weather-wise) to get this special morning, and went for a total view.

It was snowing in the night, and remained for quite some time in the morning as well as mist moving around. So, I parked the car, and ran around, looking for a decent foreground. Took lots of shots, and ended up liking this one the most. The band of morning fog, from this viewpoint “behind” the trees and El Capitan, puts things into perspective, and allows me to take a total of the rock, showing its massive size. At the same time, the irregular shapes of the broadleaf trees as well as the play of light and shadow masks too obvious tilting of the conifers, letting me get away with a tilted camera.

My lens of choice was my Nikkor 16-85, at f11 and 16mm.

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Nevada Falls From Glacier Point

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Late afternoon in Nevada Falls from Glacier Point, Yosemite NP.

Must see it LARGE: ‘Nevada Falls From Glacier Point’ On Black

Was seen in Explore Highest position: 33 on Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Author:Images In The Backcountry

Yosemite Conservancy Donates $5.9 Million to Yosemite National Park

The annual contribution was delivered by stagecoach at the Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona to Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher during the Conservancy’s Fall Gathering celebration last Saturday. …

Publish Date: 10/04/2010 12:03

Yosemite National Park (U.S. National Park Service) « America Most

Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1200 square mi.

Publish Date: 10/04/2010 17:54

Yosemite National Park: 120 Years in Pictures” | Larry Ferlazzo’s

Yosemite National Park: 120 Years in Pictures is a slideshow from TIME Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other US.

Publish Date: 10/02/2010 9:20

Yosemite National Park

For more videos check out: A video tour of Yosemite National Park. Shot in 2007.


Yosemite National Park Video Tour

Half Dome and El Capitan. Nevada and Bridal Veil Falls. These names conjure up so many different memories for the millions of people that have been lucky enough to visit Yosemite National Park. Come and explore some of the more well known of this par…

Yosemite National Park waterfalls

In the middle of Yosemite NP. Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls visible between sugar-pine trees (Pinus Lambertiana). Yosemite National Park (pronounced /joʊˈsɛmɨtiː/ yo-SEM-it-ee) is a national park located in the eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa a…

Yosemite National Park – HD

The beginning of the video features the giant sequoia’s in the Mariposa Grove of Yosemite. The water fall at the close of the video is Bridal Veil. For a few minutes on sunny days in the right location, you can see a rainbow in the waterfall… Dad a…

I hope this collection of materials on the Yosemite National Park in California has whetted your appetite to visit this wonder in the near future.


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Acquiring and maintaining wilderness survival skills is important for any excursions into the wilderness.

Here are some articles that can be helpful in this knowledge area.

Wilderness survival skills for safe wilderness travel

Wilderness survival guide. The wildernesssurvival-skills website is dedicated to providing useful information for safe wilderness traveling.

Publish Date: 06/20/2007 17:00

NAVY Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1 and C Ebook manual | Snafu Blog

This is a video of the NAVY Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1 and C Ebook manual by the US Navy. It is a great manual about wilderness survival. This is one of the many ebooks and manuals included in our 1600 US Military Manuals, …

Publish Date: 05/27/2010 11:46

Wilderness Survival Trick: The Throwing Stick | Great Outdoors

Here’s how to make a throwing stick for hunting small game in a wilderness survival situation.

Publish Date: 05/23/2010 21:39


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A wilderness fire may save your life one day.

Here’s a YouTube video on making an upside down fire. No, the flames don’t shoot down instead of up. They leap up as usual.

The difference is in the way you stack the wood. The proponents of this method aver that this fire type is self sustaining.


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Here is an article on choosing a backpacking stove. It concentrates on different models according to the fuel that they burn. For instance, some burn white gas and others burn propane.

Carrying and using a backpacking stove in the wilderness is an environmentally wise choice. It is also much more convenient than having to search for wood to burn and lighting a fire after a long and tiring hike. Besides, to reduce the risk of forest fires, the United States and Canada have restricted the use of campfires in much of the backcountry.

Here’s the rest of the Stove Review Article.


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Treating for Shock in the Wilderness

Our National Park are a legacy to be treasured and protected.

Our National Parks are an affirmation of our desire to preserve natural beauty and wildlife within our borders. They are symbols of our commitment to the conservation of wild lands everywhere on our planet. As lofty as that may sound, at least it is an ideal that we should strive towards.

Ken Burns’ six-episode documentary should change the attitudes of all of us. Let’s take our National Parks for granted no more. The’re not just scenic spots but also testimonials to the epic struggles of a few visionaries who gave us an inestimable gift.

Read the whole National Parks blog post here.


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Should Wolf Hunting Be Allowed?

7 Ways to Put Wilderness into Your Daily Life

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We so often don’t appreciate what we have until we start to lose it.

Alexis DeTocqueville, French political thinker and traveler, on a trip to America in 1831, said this:

In Europe people talk a great deal of the wilds of America, but the Americans themselves never think about them; they are insensible to the wonders of inanimate nature and they may be said not to perceive the mighty forests that surround them till they fall beneath the hatchet. Their eyes are fixed upon another sight, the . . . march across these wilds, draining swamps, turning the course of rivers, peopling solitudes, and subduing nature.

Fortunately for him, DeTocqueville couldn’t have imagined a chain saw.

We can turn our attitude, of which DeTocqueville spoke, around. It’s imperative that we do so.


Hiking and Backpacking Tips: Safe Stream Crossings

Is Global Warming Our Fault?

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People do crazy things at times. But, stupidity on the trail can result in tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted and lives jeopardized.

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I spent a number of years in Africa. And, some of the most pleasurable times I spent outside of my teaching assignments was observing wild game. There’s nothing like seeing a pride of dozens of lions up close or a pack of hyenas chasing wildebeests.

But you don’t have to go to Africa to observe wildlife. Take a look at this great article on wildlife that you can observe right here in the U.S. of A. Read the article and see photos.


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No one likes trashy highways, at least no one that I know. And yet many of us think nothing of littering our freeways and streets. It’s not uncommon to see a car window go down an inch or two and a cigarette butt or a candy wrapper sail out.

I saw a middle-aged woman sitting at a bus stop recently. She could have been anybody’s mother, tidy and clean. Despite her nice appearance, she thought nothing of littering the space around her. She opened a snack and let the wrapper flutter to the ground without a second glance. A trash can stood close by.


Unfortunately, this trashy attitude too often carries over into our beautiful wilderness, where there are no trash cans. Frequently while hiking, we are confronted with litter spoiling what we go to the wilderness for – peace and beauty. Let’s determine to never detract from the pristine beauty of the wilds by leaving trash.

So, what do I do with my trash while I am backpacking? You pack it right back out and leave nothing behind. Remember to “Take only pictures and leave only footprints.”


Hike with a sturdy plastic bag or two for the purpose and store them in your backpack. Make sure they can be zipped shut or closed tightly with a durable twist tie, not just the paper-covered ties you find in the produce aisle of your grocery store. Plastic-covered twist ties that you get with new electronic equipment work great.

You want any odors that might attract bears or other wild creatures sealed tightly inside. Food wrappers, flattened cans, spent fuel cannisters and batteries, even toilet paper and hygiene products go into your pack-out trash bag. Used pads or tampons are especially attractive to bears. Seal ’em up and pack ’em out. Don’t invite trouble with sloppy behavior.

Don’t scatter your trash – pack it out. Don’t bury your trash – pack it out. If you’re strong enough to pack it in, you’ll be strong enough to pack it back out – all the way home and to your personal trash container.

Hike trashy? No!

Keep our wilderness and trails pristine? Yes!


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