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…

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 10: Fish. The Original Tube Meat.

The day started out sort of early, well, for me anyway. I woke up around 6 or 7, and everyone else was still sleeping. I took some time to do some journaling and listen to an eBook that I hadn’t gotten the chance to listen to the past day or two because I was socializing….

JMT Day 9: Friends, Fish, and Fire

8/2/2018 VVR –> Bear Creek Despite going to bed late I still woke up early, I guess I was eager for that shower! I packed up my tent and got my stuff together and headed for the shower. They had a basket of various unwanted shower items near the door that anyone could use. I…

JMT Day 8: Finding Steak and Ice Cream in the Backcountry

8/1/2018 Silver Pass Lake –> VVR I woke up early and took my time in the morning so my tent and things that had gotten wet in the rain could dry and my phone and InReach could get all charged up before I got going. The sky was clear with only a few clouds and…

JMT Day 7: Rain Rain Go Away

7/31/2018 Duck Pass –> Silver Pass Lake I woke up pretty early and started on up the trail. There was a big uphill right at the beginning of my day, which was kinda rough but it was nice to get it over with before the sun came out too much. (although as I said before,…

JMT Day 6: Quack Quack or Bust

7/30/2018 Gladys Lake –> Duck Pass I woke up early and got going, eager to get to Red’s Meadow as soon as possible. Most people have cell service here, but I discovered when I dropped off my resupply that I did not. But I could pay $8 for a bus ride down into Mammoth, where…