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Ellen S - John Muir Trail Journal - 2009

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Elderly Ellen
State: AZ
Country: US
Begins: Jul 20, 2009
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Jul 1st, 2009

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 1,583
Journal Visits: 26,268
Guestbook Views: 751
Guestbook Entrys: 10

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John Muir Trail Map

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Thousand Island Lake

Mad dogs and Englishmen

So, here we are, planning to repeat this hike again. It's great to be going to the Sierras; Tucson is way too hot in the summer (even if it is a 'dry' heat). But it does make one wonder at our sanity, since to train for a summer hike we have to train in our local temps.
Last weekend we hauled the packs up Sabino Canyon trails for 12 the heat (100 degrees) and humidity (over 50%) with no wind. I told Larry his trail name should be Mad Dog, since 'only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun'.
Today, it looks like the monsoon rains may finally start, which ease the heat a bit but bump up the humidity...I did my 5 miles before work, and Larry did a 9 mile run (he's retired, so can take the training).
We're excited this year to see some new places along the JMT, like Lake Ediza, Duck Lake, Kearsage Pass and Onion Valley, etc. Some places we picked cause they look neat on the map, some we've walked by in prior years and wondered what they'd be like...and some are spots we'd like to check out for our hopeful hike of next year (dare we try the PCT?).
We're excited to try out some gear, too. Over the last 2 years, we've been playing with lighter stuff. I have a new pack, we'll be trying out a new tent, etc. I haven't weighed the pack yet, but think it might come out close to 20 pounds. Larry has invested in a newer, lighter camera (he's pretty serious about his photography). I'll try to get the gear list up before we leave on the trip.
I recently bought a journaling device. Although I don't expect connectivity out on the trail, I figure it will save me from having to type the journal in after the trip from my pencil/paper one.
Well, I'll try to fill in more details in future pre-trip entries (yeah, you've heard that before!).

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Elderly Ellen and Larry


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