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Sean "Miner" Nordeen
State: California
Country: U.S.A.
Begins: Sep 21, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 796
Journal Visits: 6,957
Guestbook Views: 25
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Merced River (Tuolumne Meadows)

Vacation Request Approved

Two months after getting my JMT backpacking permit, I finally remembered to put in my vacation request for the trip this past Friday and it was approved 2 days ago. Everytime I put in a long vacation request, I'm made to feel like a criminal for doing so, but it always has been approved in the end. There is nothing left that can stop me from hiking. I'll have 18 days available to complete the trail.

I have all my gear ready. I have my maps in order; going with Erik the Black's JMT guide. Having previously hiked most of the trail northbound when I hiked the PCT in 2009 and numerous other trips that utilized portions of it, I'm pretty familiar with the route and the logistics already. My friend from the PCT, O'Dark, said he may be available to help me with transportation which takes care of the biggest issue so I don't have to be concerned with limited bus schedules or long hitches. The only issue remaining is resupplying.

As it will be late September, all the normal resupply points in the northern half will be in the process of closing down. While the small stores at Tuolumne Meadows, Red's Meadows, and Vermillion Valley Resort will be still opened when I pass through, their supplies will be pretty limited as they have no incentive to restock since it's the end of the season and they just want to clear off their shelves. I'll have to consider mailing or dropping off resupply packages to those locations instead. I may drive up the weekend before to do that. On the southern end, I'll be resupplying over Kearsarge Pass, so I will be trying to get a ride down into the town of Independence from Onion Valley TH, just like I did for the PCT. If I reach there when planned, I'll pick up an extra three days of food in order to hike the High Sierra Trail from Mt. Whitney to Sequoia NP to finish this hike. If I'm moving slower than planned for some reason, I'll have those extra days available so I can at least finish at Mt. Whitney and not come up short when my vacation time runs out.

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A Walk South On The JMT - 2017

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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