John Muir Trail

  • tongun18

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    Dec 29, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
    Has anyone here ever hiked the entire JMT? Or at least some segment of it? I'm planning a back-packing trip and would like to hike the trail from start (in Tuolomne Meadows) to finish (the top of Mt. Whitney). What did you think? Which segment did you like the best? Can the entire trail be done in 18-20 days? Would appreciate any and all feedback.
  • wellwell

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    Dec 30, 2010 2:38 AM GMT
    Did it entirely in Aug. '76. We were totally nutz tho- packed ALL our food (no cashes); it was a bad-drought year; did it in 13 days (that'z really hallin'-tail) ! Don't eat the wild onions; it affected my vision for about 6 hours. ...Would love to do again, but slower!

    P.S. God are you ever handsome!
  • tongun18

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    Dec 30, 2010 5:06 AM GMT
    wellwell saidDid it entirely in Aug. '76. We were totally nutz tho- packed ALL our food (no cashes); it was a bad-drought year; did it in 13 days (that'z really hallin'-tail ! Don't eat the wild onions; it affected my vision for about 6 hours. ...Would love to do again, but slower!

    P.S. God are you ever handsome!


    Dude! That's insane! JMT is over 200 miles! You guys did it in 13 days??? That's over 15 miles a day! How heavy were your packs? 45-50 pounds? I did 10 days in the Grand Canyon going about 13 miles per day with a 40 pound pack and I thought we were hoofing it. I did 15 miles a day for 4 days in Yosemite once, don't know if I could handle that pace for 13 days though. At least that means doing it in 18 should be comparatively easy, lol. What segment did you like the best?

    No wild onions, check!

    And thanks, sweet of you to say so.
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    Dec 30, 2010 6:51 AM GMT
    Never been hiking more than a day, but that sounds fun!
    Maybe one of these days I'll actually get enough time off work to go.
  • wellwell

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    Dec 31, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    212 miles as-the-crow-flies ...does not take into consideration the switchbacks (elevation). Yes, we were insane (but not drugged). It was grueling, at times. 4 of us participated; 1who took the leadership-role; as-far-as daily distance achieved, was a complete masochist/weirdo & probably in-the-closet (tho I didn't care about that; I was honestly str8 @ that time; ...thought he was a dick, regardless).

    I survived; because, I was 19 & really fit from extensive running & pre camping trips around Mt. Able & Mt. Pinos, where my family had a mountain cabin. Try Mt. Pinos & Condor Pt.; very beautiful; fairly easy hiking & the elevation is gr8 4 the lungs!

    @ "Sheeps Camp" (all Los Padres Natnl Forest) you will find a source of water, a hillside dug well that my buddies & I restored 3.6 decades ago
    -can't vouch for the condition now; however, I suggest you take several trips there & do your bit to maintain the watersupply & quality (bring a small, army-style folding shovel to chop the weeds nearby & a tape measure to get measurements for a new lid/cover, on following trips (rodents can & will chew the lid & move the rocks piled upon it; then fall in & die). Therefore, don't expect good water on your first visit to Sheep Camp. We dumped 2 small bottles of halizone in the well b4 covering & other campers were impressed w/ our dedication (LazyBitches icon_mad.gif). We had no fear of the well on ensuing trips; no Hershey-squirts, nada. Gr8 place 4 x-country skiing too; DO IT!!! It is all very close to where you live in S.C.
    I-5 N to 1st exit past Gorman (FrasierPark). Exit only goes L (w) to FP & Lake of the Woods. Just follow the signs to Mt Pinos (properly pronounced: Pine' Oh(s), by the locals) It is about 1.75 hour drive from you. Call the local Los Padres NF Ranger station for ALL pertinent info, if going in the winter. I've been there when the temp was -13f; a blizzard can set in FAST. Access, due to snow, is limited by a locked gate and occasionally-angry locals (so, don't mispronounce Pinos in front of them).

    ...Was w/ the Seascouts in Marina del rey, Ca. & we were not
    ocean-locked the way the BS of A. are "land-locked"; therefore, we did very much hiking (when we were not "steaming" onboard our 85 ft. (ex) Navy Vessel).

    The "shakedown" hikes were essential for breaking-in new boots, packs, tents (that we never used on the JMT; bad drought year), experimental food; like, my home-made jerky (anything store-bought sucks ass!), knives, hygiene-dudads, etc.. I used a 2nd to the top-of-the-line Jansport pack, fabulous; although, they need some tuning & balancing to get them right, & extremely comfortable.

    On the shakedown hikes, I only brought dog food & water for my 1st German Shepherd, water for added weight, minimal food 4 me; as I was doing a lot of fasting back then (helps meditation). I also packed my (then)entire philosophy-book library, just for added weight. I seem to recall mine being about 57.5lb, at that point, & I was very proud of myself. However:

    By the time we 4 were ALL packed up, in Fresno, & ready to have my friends' parents drive us to Yosemite Valley, my pack was 73lb. I weighed, 174 @ that time.


    (Note: I should have know not to trust RJ's word processing; I just lost the other half of this dissertation. Will finish / rewritelater, perhaps tomorrow.)
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