A state bid to increase the net annual number of new fish on three rivers that provide the economic lifeblood for the Northern San Joaquin Valley threatens to cost thousands of jobs with a permanent yearly economic loss of $250 million out of the pockets of the region's 1.5 million residents.
I was near the top of Thimble Peak some 6,381 feet above the floor of Death Valley. What I saw before me was a bit unnerving. There was a section of Class 3 scrambling before I could reach the summit. I studied the ascent, the rock formations, and compared it to other challenging spots I've been in during the past several years on peak hikes much higher in the Sierra.