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DalianThree times  Sucess!


I walked John Muir Trail 3 times. I did it twice in 2009 (in July and September) and once in 2011. In 2012, I gave up due to a Bear encounter. First time, in July 2009, I hiked it in 12 days, second time (September 2009) in 10 days and third time (2011) in 9 days. The longest distance I have walked in one day was about 38 miles (from Tuolomne Meadows to Reds Meadows). I never resupply along the trail. Never shipped packages. I did stop at Lake Edisson in my first journey and at Reds Meadows in the second one. The third time, I stopped at Muir Ranch where I got food for free :-). For hikers who do not bring enough food and have no packages to collect, Muir Ranch and Lake Edisson are perfect spots to get leftover food for free. :-)
I always hiked it N-S (from Yosemite to Mount Whitney). In 2012 I started from S (Mount Whitney) but I did exit at Bishop Pass.
Posted Oct 9, 2014 10:16 pm

royandersonNorth to South


Great time on the hike alone with one resupply at John Muir Ranch. Started July 6 at Happy Isles and ended 8 am July at Whitney Portal with one rain day (making only 2 miles) and two off days when I went climbing. I would definitely recommend a resupply before Whitney Portal because carrying all that food up from Yosemite Valley, especially with heat and elevation gain, was a real killer. Initial pack weight with no water and camera equipment, including a tripod, was 42.5 pounds.
Posted Aug 15, 2014 2:38 pm

farristjhappy Isles to vermilion  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2014


gorgeous scenery all the way to vermilion. stayed at Lake Virginia for multiple nights gorgeous sunsets and caught myself a delicious 10 inch bass.
Posted Aug 11, 2014 7:39 pm

JeremiahJohnsonpeak baggin all the way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2013
Did the JMT (N>S) plus 10 extra peaks and hit 3 different hot springs along the way as well. From Happy Isles to Whitney Portal I estimate I did just over 300 miles. I missed about 40 miles of official trail Because of all the side trips, but had a transformative experience of a lifetime. Plan to make up those 40 miles next year (and hopefully add a bunch more).
Posted Nov 20, 2013 12:47 am

Fletchfavorite road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 10, 1999


in the world
Posted Nov 30, 2012 5:26 pm

peppercornbaconLife-changing hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011


Lost some friends, made new ones, fell in love on the trek. Hit the trail one week after submitting my dissertation and the beauty and sublime joy of the Sierras set some ideas in motion that culminated in changing my career to the one I'm starting now. Took 27 days to finish, including some glorious rest days, swimming and fishing, and really lazy giggly sexy mornings. Epic hiker barrels at MTR. Wouldn't change a thing.
Posted Aug 10, 2012 3:45 am

xpdaA few years ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1973


Rob and I started in Yosemite Valley, ended up in Lone Pine. We only had one food cache. 200+ miles in about 3 weeks.

Old Photos: http://xpda.com/hike/
Posted Aug 15, 2011 6:52 pm

opesI met Thaddeus on top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2009


Bruce and I started out the John Muir somewhere around Keersarge lakes. We left Thaddeus behind to nurse Chilli who was suffering from some unknown malady. About three days later after a most awesome hike and a diet supplemented with trout, we summited. I will never forget seeing this red jacketed man, slowly, steadily picking his way through the rocks of the summit towards us...it was Thaddeus - he had climbed from the west by himself, left at something like 2 am. How cool was that!
Posted Apr 11, 2011 5:54 pm

Fins129JMT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2010


Southbound in 3 weeks. Tons of snow. Made it an adventure. Should have planned a little more food. A bit hungry at times. The most amazing trip I've ever done. Highly recommend it to anyone.
Posted Oct 12, 2010 2:27 am

kovarpaBeautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2010


14 days southbound through some of the prettiest parts of Sierra with Vendulka. Had a great time.
Posted Sep 25, 2010 10:05 pm

GuiltyJMT-two weeks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2010


Began at Happy isles on the AUG.31 and finished with Mt. Whitney and Muir on the Sept.13th. Bag some peaks on the way. But would not recomend going so fast. Next time I will take three weeks!
Posted Sep 19, 2010 2:31 am

mrchad9Fantastic Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2006


7/13/06-8/2/06. Amazingly scenic and a great learning experience, can pack much lighter now and cannot wait to do it again sometime. Very heavy snow year and much of it full of mosquitos and swollen creeks.
Posted Jun 14, 2010 3:33 am

amcke004JMT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2009


Aug 29-Sept 20

Yosemite-Whitney. Started with 4 ended with 3. Amazing adventure.
Posted Jan 20, 2010 1:56 pm

kevin trieuJMT no resupply  Sucess!

kevin trieu

Started solo with 70lb pack intending not to resupply. finished with two other soloist in 14 days. ankles were swollen weeks after.
Posted Nov 25, 2009 8:02 pm

xpdaRe: JMT no resupply


Hey, my ankles were swollen after the John Muir trail in 1973. I never did figure out why. My cousin, who hiked with me, had the same problem!
Posted Aug 15, 2011 6:55 pm

jmcfirst 10%  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2009


Tuolumne Meadows to Clouds Rest to Half Dome to the Valley. 30 mile day in excellent weather
Posted Nov 5, 2009 8:46 am

CWesselsThrilling  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2008


9/12 to 9/27
What can I say that hasn't been said already? Best adventure ever.
Posted Sep 25, 2009 9:32 pm

asmrzSpectacular hike!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2009


As climbers, we sometimes don't realize how beautiful it is to just hike through our much loved Sierra. Penelope May and I spent the most wonderful time reminiscing about old climbs and enjoying the scenery while hiking the JMT all the way from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. We mailed our food to Red's Meadow, The Muir Trail Ranch and self supplied ourselves over Taboose Pass. It was unforgetable (if strenuous) hike over the most spectacular landscape to be found anywhere. BTW, Thank you Doug Thompson (Whitney Portal Hostel) for looking after our car while we were on the hike.
Posted Aug 29, 2009 3:33 pm

rmick25John Muir Trail 09  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009


Wow! My first time in the Sierra. Quite the cherry-breaker. Had tos of sunshine, only rained twice in 21 days. I did it solo and would recommend the same to others. Met some incredible people but found you can be as alone as you want. I didn't resupply anywhere except for Tuolumne Meadows, where I left myself a big cache. Found plenty of food at Red's Meadow and Muir Trail Ranch. Also I want to give a shout-out to Vermillion Valley Resort for their kindness, great beer and food!
Posted Aug 11, 2009 5:53 pm

ElwoodElwoods summer of love on the JMT 2009  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2009


As a laid-off aircraft mechanic, I wanted something "BIG" to do this summer, besides just look for another avaition job. So, why not the JMT? I set-off out of Yosemite Valley on June 19th & finished at Whitney Portal on July 6th, it was a 18-day journey with one rest-day at Vermillion Valley Resort! The trip was great! But also, alot tougher than I anticipated, due to the large amounts of snow over most of the passes, & just the day-to-day travel thru the Sierra Nevada. It was indeed, a life time experience!
Posted Jul 10, 2009 12:41 pm

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