Day 5 – 15 miles, 1830 ft ascent.
It was much warmer than the night before, but I still slept cold. I could feel the cold radiate through my sleeping pad. I think that the shady place I camped at must have held snow until very recently and that the ground was still cold.
Continue reading “JMT: Garnet Lake to Red’s Meadow and Mammoth”
Day 4 – 10.8 miles, 1120 ft ascent.
The night was cold. My watch showed 37F when I woke up. But on the upside, my tent and gear were dry, so a significant improvement over the previous night.
Continue reading “JMT: Lyell Canyon to Garnet Lake”
Day 3 – 16.4 miles, 909 ft ascent.
I woke up to a tent that was drenched from condensation. I had closed my tent’s upwind storm doors, and apparently, it led to a lot of moisture in the tent. I made breakfast and waited for a while for the sun to rise high enough to hit my campsite and dry the tent.
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Day 2 – 13.4 miles, 4270 ft ascent.
The first night was warm, and I woke up as the sun was rising. I had a short day ahead of me, so I was in no hurry. I ate breakfast and packed up camp, and was on the trail after 7.
Continue reading “JMT: Little Yosemite Valley to Upper Cathedral Lake”
Finally, after months of planning and training, I was heading up to Yosemite to start the John Muir Trail!
Continue reading “JMT: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley”
I already had a lot of backpacking experience before the trip. I had even thru-hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail the previous summer. But the JMT would be quite different. Much higher in elevation longer stretches between resupplies. I wanted to be ready.
Continue reading “My (almost) ultralight JMT gear list”
I’m preparing to hike the John Muir Trail in just two weeks, and this was my last chance to dial in my gear and get some trail miles in. With the big snow year that we’ve had in 2019, I wanted to pick a section with a bit of snow so I could also verify that my gear worked well in that.
Continue reading “TRT Section: Van Sickle to Echo Summit”
Arguably, one of the biggest challenges of hiking the JMT comes months before the actual hike: getting permits to hike the trail. If you really want to hike the John Muir Trail, you can’t leave it up to a lottery.
Continue reading “How I got my JMT permit”
One thing I wanted to try out on my trip to the Trinity Alps was recording a trip video. You can find the route description and gear list in the previous blog post if you are interested.
Continue reading “Video: Sapphire and Emerald Lakes in the Trinity Alps”
The Trinity Alps are a spectacular wilderness area in Northern California, within driving distance from the SF Bay Area. They offer rugged alpine views with a lot less crowds than most places in the Sierra.
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