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Wa1k1ngman - John Muir Trail Journal - 2017

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Joe
City: Fresno
State: CA
Country: USA
Begins: Aug 15, 2017
Direction: Southbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Feb 10th, 2017
Start: Yosemite
End: Horseshoe Meadows
Daily Distance: 7
Trip Distance: 28.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 300
Journal Visits: 3,063
Guestbook Views: 14
Guestbook Entrys: 1

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Hiking Partner

One of the wonders of the internet is you can find just about anybody. I located my CDT thru hiking partner and he will be joining me for this hike along the JMT. He contacted me prior to the CDT, getting my name from the writer of the trail guides back then, and we met 15 minutes before we started the CDT at Antelope Wells in Hachita, NM. His trail name is Rascal. He completed his first triple crown in 2008 and has been working on his second triple crown since. So after a 29 year hiatus we are going to do a thru hike again with the possibility of more to come in the future. He is in Kansas and I am in California but we spent a while two nights ago discussing the hike and what we both would like to achieve. We both agreed that we wanted to do a pure Muir with plenty of side trips into other canyons along the way, like the Ionian Basin, Dusy Basin, Gardiner Basin, Miter Basin, etc. We would bag a few peaks and take in some incredible views. We also acknowledged that things could very well change once we hit the trail. Our start and finish points will remain the same but the actual route may vary greatly along the way. Depending on the numbers of people encountered on the Sierra Highway (JMT) and our feelings about that at the time we may opt to do large stretches of the Sierra High Route instead. That is one of the things about thru hiking, you may have the best plan ahead of time that you can come up with but once on the trail you just let nature take its course. The hike itself takes on a life of its own. It develops its own rhythm. We are going to spend the entire month of August doing our hike and exploring along the way. Since the Sierra is my backyard I'll be revisiting many of my favorite areas along the way. While Bob (Rascal) has done the PCT twice, he will get to explore many new areas as this trip proceeds. The funny thing is while we are going to explore many side canyons along the way which are not going to contribute to reaching our destination, when it comes to resupplying both of us are loathe to hike out to pick up supplies. But we will be doing that for the southern half of the trail, a first for me. While this will result in two zero days for the resupplies, it will keep our pack weights to a maximum of 30 pounds per carry, with most being less than that. That is less than half of what our pack weights were along the CDT. Shows you how much gear has evolved in three decades.

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