Mt. Umunhum- 2019

For the first 6 pack of peaks hike of the year, Karl (fellow ambassador) put together a fun Sunday morning hike. Our group had 5 people, which is a big change from my usual solo hikes! We expected rain but thankfully there was no rain, and while the skies weren’t completely clear, we could see San…

JMT Day 19: The Summit

8/12/2018 Guitar Lake –> Mt. Whitney –> Whitney Portal! I woke up at 1 am, just as I had planned. (Take that, guy who said I’d sleep in!) This was one of the only times that I set an alarm throughout the whole trip. I had heard from many different people that finishing the trip…

JMT Day 18: The Hardest Day Yet

8/11/2018 Shepherd Pass Trail –> Guitar Lake I woke up at 5:30 and ate my breakfast. I took my time drinking my tea, but I was still on the trail by 7:00! I started heading towards Bighorn Plateau but by 7:20 I could tell something was wrong. My stomach was in knots. I stopped to…

JMT Day 17: This Is Where One Step At A Time Will Get You

8/10/2018 Vidette Meadow –> Shepherd Pass Trail I woke up around 5, having to go to the bathroom, but then went back into my tent for the warmth and ended up falling back asleep until 7:30! I stretched a little bit and made some breakfast then got started with my day. It is crazy to…

Day 16: Let Me Tell You About My Favorite Pass

8/9/2018 Suspension Bridge –> Upper Vidette Meadow I woke up early like I planned but I took my time with my breakfast and didn’t end up actually hitting the trail until about 9:30 am. I made my way through the rest of the valley, eager to get to Rae Lakes, as I had heard that…

JMT Day 15: Update – Lakes are Freezing!

8/8/2018 Lake Marjorie –> Suspension Bridge As expected, Justin didn’t actually wake up at 4. He got going around 8am and we said our goodbyes. If we each stuck to our schedules, I knew I probably would not see him again. I had a dehydrated potato-egg-quinoa mixture for breakfast that was a lot better than…

JMT Day 14: New Friends, Old Friends, Wet Boots

8/7/2018 Foot of the Golden Staircase –> Lake Marjorie We woke up around 4:30 and quickly packed up (it was a lot faster for the other guys because they didn’t have a tent to put away!) I had a quick breakfast, some cheerios, and an energy bar and drank some water, then we headed towards…

JMT Day 13: Lions and Tigers and What Now?

8/6/2018 Muir Hut –> Foot of the Golden Staircase We woke up at 4:30 (well, I hid in my sleeping bag until 4:45, then got up). I like to eat in the morning, so I heated up a quick meal and ate. Ramiro and Taylor apparently only eat an energy bar and then have a…

JMT Day 12: Hut Hut…Hike!

8/5/2018 Evolution Meadow –> Muir Hut This morning I woke up pretty early, but Justin didn’t (again). I packed up my stuff and started getting my stuff out for breakfast and putting on my boots when I realized that I would have to take my boots back off in a bit to cross the creek….

JMT Day 11: Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls

8/4/2018 MTR Campsites –> Just before Evolution Meadow We woke up early, on a mission to resupply quickly and get out of there! We packed up our stuff lightly but not all the way and headed to MTR. Chad and Celeste came too because even though they weren’t resupplying, they wanted to look through the…