Bob Rockwell has been saying
for years that the concern about acquiring Giardia from
Sierra Nevada water is overstated. His latest article
(4 June 2003) is very convincing. Note that National
Geographic Adventure Magazine published an article about
Bob's findings in June 2002.
If you have ever talked
to me about Giardia, you know that I have been following
Bob's advice for many years. Although his research has
only dealt with water in the Sierra, Rena and I "drink
smart" when we visit other areas of the world, especially
Canada and Alaska. Whenever we travel to a new wilderness
area, I ask the park or wilderness managers whether
they can point to any study that shows that the water
is unsafe to drink. The answer has always been no.
And finally, in July 2005, the
Los Angeles Times, a mainstream newspaper, published
an in-depth article in the Outdoor section about Sierra
Nevada water. And, you guessed it, No problem! "L.A.
Times article, dated 26 July 2005"
Finally, two avalanche
articles that emphasize avoiding avalanches rather than
recovering bodies from the snow. For years I have stated
to whoever would listen that:
Avalanche danger in
the Sierras in the springtime is practically non-existent.
In areas that do have
avalanche risk (Utah, Colorado, and most places
other than the Sierra in springtime), we would be
better off by avoiding potential avalanche slopes
than by depending on transceivers to dig us out.
In David Spring's article,
'What's Wrong with Traditional
Avalanche Courses?', he writes elegantly about statement
Another way to avoid avalanches in well-known areas
is to look at the history of that area. Bob Rockwell
in his article 'Avalanches
and the Mount Whitney Basin' has done that in the
Mt. Whitney region. Years of observation have indicated
areas to avoid.