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Kevin Taylor - John Muir Trail Journal - 2015

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Kevin Taylor
City: Victoria
State: British Colulmbia
Country: Canada
Begins: Jun 29, 2015
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Start: Yosemite valley backpacker camp
End: near Sunrise camp
Daily Distance: 13
Trip Distance: 13.0
Hours Hiked: 9
Daily Ascent: 5500
Entry Lat: 37.792705
Entry Lng: -119.432871

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 550
Journal Visits: 9,464
Guestbook Views: 306
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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above meadow near Sunrise camp

Yosemite Valley to Sunrise camp

Up at first light from the backpackers camp in Yosemite Valley and hiking by 6 am. About 70F and lots of hikers already on their way to climb Halfdome. Just a few JMT hikers. Beautiful climb with views of Half Dome and Nevada falls. Already hot by 8 am! Kept climbing, eating and taking breaks, reached the high point of 9600 ft around 3 pm. We could see huge dark thunder clouds to the east but thought we had time to find a good campsite. Finally set up around 4 pm near Sunrise camp, just as a few raindrops started to fall then it was a huge downpour, wind and some hail. After an hour or so it started to clear up so we had dinner and dried out the tents. Sunny by 7 pm, a nice evening and a great start to the trip. A big day today with 5500 ft of elevation gain, much less tomorrow.

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2015 JMT

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. From the northern terminus at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley and the southern terminus on the summit of Mount Whitney, the Trail's official length is 210.4 miles (338.6 km). Most of the trail is above 8,000 ft elevation while 35% is above 10,000 ft. The JMT climbs 9 major passes before ending on Mt. Whitney at 14,500 ft.

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