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 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 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…

JMT Day -1: Hitchhikers, bears & chilies oh my!

Today is the day! I woke up too early (around 4) and decided to go back to sleep and get rest/enjoy my bed while I still could. I woke up again around 8 and after gathering and double checking the last of my gear and supplies, I packed it all into my car and…..

Mt. Sizer- Through Rain, Hail, and Hills

Hello! As you may know, I am preparing for my JMT hike this summer. I have recently picked up some gear and I wanted a nice gentle backpacking trip to test out some gear and get out into nature. I read about Mt. Sizer and thought that it would work perfectly for what I wanted….