JMT Day 17

John Muir Trail Day 17

Sunrise on Mt Whitney looking south
Sunrise on Mt Whitney looking south

Day 17 began at about 12:30 am. I opened my eyes and could see the headlamps of my neighbors dancing around like fireflies through the side of my tent. Dave, Ken and Krista planned on taking off around 1 am so that was them breaking down their campsites. Continue reading “JMT Day 17”

JMT Day 16

John Muir Trail Day 16

Camp at Guitar Lake
Campsite at Guitar Lake

My morning began at 1 am after I finished doing my middle of the night business. When I rolled back into my quilt I remembered putting my gloves and Buff in my coat pocket. I hurried and pulled them out and hugged them. My hike up Whitney just took on a better flavor. Continue reading “JMT Day 16”

JMT Day 15

John Muir Trail Day 15

Looking southwest from Kearsarge Pass
Looking southwest from Kearsarge Pass

Day 15 began in the comfortable confines of a room at the Dow Villa Motel in Lone Pine. I got out of bed at about 4 am which is on par with my normal life and took a very nice shower. I used non-biodegradable shampoo with hot water and big old bar of soap and then dried myself off with a very absorbent towel which must have been four feet long. I then spent about one full minute admiring the toilet. It was beautiful. Continue reading “JMT Day 15”

JMT Day 14

John Muir Trail Day 14

Bullfrog Lake overlook
Bullfrog Lake overlook

I was relieved when I woke to discover that I was no longer cold. A few times during the night when I would stir I was still cold even though I had all my clothes on under the quilt. I was dry for several hours before I went to sleep and the sun was even up for a couple of hours in the evening. Continue reading “JMT Day 14”

JMT Day 13

John Muir Trail Day 13

Lower Rae Lake
Lower Rae Lake

My morning began by waking to the sound of no pitter-patter of rain on my tent. I then rolled over and resubmitted for an updated weather report on my InReach. The result was the same as the previous night. Continue reading “JMT Day 13”

JMT Day 12

John Muir Trail Day 12

That's me at Mather Pass
That’s me at Mather Pass

My new game plan worked so well the previous day I was committed as ever to sticking to it for the rest of the JMT. As a reminder: sock change at least every 6 miles, drink until I need to pee while hiking, eat all my food and set a pace where I don’t feel rushed. Since I woke as early as I usually do, and got to sleep early as well, I got a 4:30 am start so that I could do another 20 mile day and be consistent with my new rules. Continue reading “JMT Day 12”

JMT Day 11

John Muir Trail Day 11

Muir Hut
Muir Hut

Early in the morning, while it was still dark, I was laying in my tent thinking about the day ahead of me. I was determined no longer be a victim of the mountains. I had a deep desire to take control. That meant I needed a plan that was different than the one I was following up until now. Continue reading “JMT Day 11”

JMT Day 10

John Muir Trail Day 10

Camp at end of Evolution Valley
Camp at end of Evolution Valley

Day 10 began by waking up in a nice bed in our MTR cabin. Sandy needed to catch the boat shuttle back across Florence Lake because it would be an extra four miles around it if she didn’t get there in time. It ended up being four very rocky, up and down miles that she took on the way in two days earlier making it about nine miles total. Continue reading “JMT Day 10”

JMT Day 8

John Muir Trail Day 8

Marie Lake
Marie Lake

I got another early start. I was awake anyway and was anxious to get to Muir Trail Ranch (MTR). I was able to get within 15 miles so starting at a quarter to five should get me there by lunchtime. Complicating things this morning was that I did not have a battery charger, which I left by a beautiful river the previous day, and my phone was down to 20%. Continue reading “JMT Day 8”