And just like that, summer is here. The mercury hit 100 degrees this week in Bishop, and up high, the snow is melting fast. Whether you’re from close by or cover a lot of ground to get to the Eastside, there’s no better way to experience all our landscapes and ecosystems than by making ourselves at home outdoors. Camping seems really simple: you grab a tent, stoke a fire, and look up at the stars. But being a responsible camper means being prepared and knowledgeable about how our actions affect the landscape, communities, and wildlife around us. So where do we start? The Eastern Sierra Sustainable Recreation Partnership recently put together a list of guidelines for campers, starting with choosing your site. Using established campgrounds—ones equipped with bathrooms, fire rings, [...]
Can we talk about how wonderful spring in the Eastern Sierra is? Down here at the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Associations headquarters in Bishop, birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, and warm temperatures mean t-shirts and flip flops once again. But up high in the mountains, it still feels like winter, with fun skiing conditions and beautiful views. Just because the roads up into the mountains will soon be opening doesn’t mean that we’re in the clear for avalanche danger, though. And these are not just tips for skiers and snowboarders: hikers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers could inadvertently find themselves in avalanche terrain. Even if trail you’re traveling isn’t steep, you may be surrounded by slopes that carry avalanche danger for those beneath them. This week, we partnered with the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center to give you a few tips for spring [...]
ESIA and Friends of the Inyo provide instructors who deliver the Winter Wildlands Alliance's SnowSchool to local fifth grade students in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes. The program is divided into sessions, allowing instructors to meet with the students three times over the course of the school year. The Inyo Register published an article about the first in-class session of the program in their January 28th issue. Thank you everyone at The Inyo Register for sharing information on this important program and some facts on snow science as well. Read the article.
A ribbon cutting was held Thursday, January 23rd for ESIA at the Tahoe National Forest Supervisors Office, location of one of our 17 bookstores. In the photo, left to right are two Chamber staff, Kirsten Whitt, ESIA Regional Manager (holding the scissors), and Joe Flannery and Roberta Walker, Tahoe National Forest.
PILGRIMAGE: Preliminary details announced for 51st Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and 2020 Manzanar At Dusk; Bus transportation available from Downtown Los Angeles. Read the full press release.