Category Archives: California

An experienced backpacker gets a firsthand look at the JMT, through newcomer’s eyes

Despite having backpacked thousands of miles, when I went out on a section of the JMT this year, I got to look at part of the experience through the eyes of a newcomer. Mike2018 was a lot different that MikeBC, … Continue reading

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I’ve Seen Fire and I’ve Seen Rain: Walking on the JMT in 2018

When I hiked the JMT solo last year, (NOBO, Horseshoe to Happy Isles, 2017), I thought I’d be doing it again with my family this summer, taking a few days off, and then tackling a fast thru hike of the High … Continue reading

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Navigating the JMT and Emergency “Beacons”

(or GPS vs Phone vs SPOT vs InReach vs… Oh My!) A couple friends planning to hike the John Muir Trail this summer have already asked, and it was a recurring thread on a few discussion groups last year. So … Continue reading

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A Northbound Hike on the John Muir Trail -August 2017

More a collection of thoughts than a detailed report. (See also a strange itinerary, a gear list, and a collection of photos.) Having slacked off for a few months, starting with a three-week, eat-too-much float down the Colorado River in the … Continue reading

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JMT Strange 14 (15!) Day Itinerary

I covered a bit more than 240 miles in just over 14 days, but with a strange itinerary that included some big mileage days and some low-mileage days on this walk on the John Muir Trail in August, 2107, especially … Continue reading

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Some August 2017 JMT Conditions and Thoughts

Update: I now have a fuller report and pictures, and gear from the trip.   The following are a few quick thoughts which might help those leaving in the second half of August/September, based on my two-week NOBO trip the first … Continue reading

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