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HooKooDooKu - John Muir Trail Journal - 2016

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Begins: Jul 11, 2016
Direction: Southbound

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Date: Wed, Jul 27th, 2016

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Day 17 - Karma

The hike from the top of Mt. Whitney to the Whitney Portal about 10 miles
long was more difficult than I expected... after all, we're talking about a
decent of over 6,000'. I had hoped to get to the trailhead by 3:00, and it
was closer to 4:00 when I finally got to the end of the trail. It rained
on me for the 1st time of the entire trip, but it was brief enough that I
was dry by the time I finish. I gave myself something like a sponge bath,
put on my cleanest cloths, bought a coke at the store and started trying to
hitch a ride into town. Apparently there were many people finishing a JMT
hike today, and there wasn't much traffic leaving the portal. But after
about an hour, a gentleman I'll cal "Iron Man" picked me up. He had driven
to the trailhead that morning, hiked to the top of Whitney, and then hike
to the top of another near-by 14,000 footer mountain before coming back
down. He made some reference about seeing a group of other guys looking
for a hitch into town, but he had chosen not to help any of those guys but
did help me. In addition to hiking, he is also an avid bicyclist, so we
had a lot in common to talk about during the ride into town (due to
construction took about an hour). So I would say that the day ended as I
had hoped... that the kindness I showed to others on the trail would come
back to me with someone providing me kindness in my need to get down the
mountain to Lone Pine.

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HooKooDooKu On The JMT

The John Muir Trail passes through a land of 13,000 and 14,000 foot peaks, of lakes in the thousands, and of canyons and granite cliffs. It's also a land blessed with the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world. The John Muir Trail is 211 miles long and runs (mostly in conjunction with the PCT) from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney, in California.


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