Back in 2007 my good buddies and I hiked all the way across the Uintah High Line Trail, some 85 miles. During that hike, Brooks mentioned this trail in California that I had never heard of, the John Muir Trail. "200+ miles of the prettiest mountain terrain in the world." Ever since then, the JMT has been in the back of my mind, though I never gave it much serious consideration due to the amount of time most people hike it, 15-20 days. It is not really possible to get away for that much time and too long (for me) to run in one push (Fastest Known Time is 3 days and change). Then it hit me to just "fast-pack" it, ie go as light as I flippin could and do it in a week. Fast forward to July and I had the permits and Pete on board.
Izzy pretty much made the whole thing possible by dropping us off and picking us up, and in the meantime going to the beach and Disneyland with my Sis and the kiddos.
My biggest take away from the hike was that long days are tough, but long days over and over again are tougher than I expected. Both Pete and I agreed that we have not suffered willingly through that much fatigue and pain for so long of a time. Worth it...?? Just look at the pics!
Day 1 10:30 am start
Happy Isles Yosemite - Tuolomne Meadows
w/ Summit of Cathedral Peak
25 Miles, 7390 ft Vert, 8:00 hrs
Tuolomne Meadows - Lake Gladys
27 Miles, 4335 ft Vert, 11:30 hrs
Lake Gladys - Cascade Valley Trail (1.4 Miles up)
26.1 Miles, 4264 ft Vert, 12:23 hrs
Cascade Valley Trail - Paiute Pass Trail Bridge
32.8 Miles, 5622 ft Vert, 11:56 hrs
Paiute Pass Trail Bridge - Palisade Creek
29.4 Miles, 4056 ft Vert, 13:04 hrs
Palisade Creek - 2 Miles Past Swinging Bridge (South Fork Tr)
29.6 Miles, 6700 ft Vert, 12:35 hrs
2 Miles Past Swinging Bridge - Crabtree Meadow
34.8 Miles, 7136 ft Vert, 12:26 hrs
Day 8 8:18 am Finish
Crabtree Meadow- Whitney Portal
w/ Summit of Mount Whitney
18.8 Miles, 3743 ft Vert, 7:16 hrs
Total Miles 223.5, 43,246 ft Vert, Running Time, 89:10 hrs,
Elapsed Time (to Whitney) - 6 days 22:45 hrs.
|PETE's shoes before the hike....|
|Climbing Cathedral Peak. Can you see 1/2 Dome??|
|Last indulgences from the Tuolomne store|
|Finally drying out a bit after miles n miles in the rain|
|Approaching Silver Pass|
|Approaching the Golden Staircase|
|Forester Pass: Last One!!!|
|Yay for the Sawyer Filter!|