A. That depends on how comfortable are you with (1) your route-finding
skills for navigating over miles of snow-buried trail; (2) your snow
travel skills - read in experience with ice axe, crampons, assessing
avalanche and other terraine dangers; and (3) the same for your
partners if any. From the wording of your questions, I'd suspect you
are rather inexperienced, so please don't let your eagerness get you
into a solo nightmare.
B. No. Unless your animal is a medically necessity (i.e. guide dog),
dogs are not allowed in the National Parks, and the JMT is composed
mostly 3 of them with small areas of National forest (dogs ok) in
between. I watched the rangers at Lassen NP throw a group of hikers
and their dog into a truck and dump them at the main park enterance,
far from the trail.
C. What's so complicated? The San Joaquin train from Emeryville to
Merced. The VIA bus to Yosemite Valley. Off the bus and onto the
trail. Ask one of your friends to drive you to Emeryville if you don't
want to take the amtrak bus there from SF, or all the way to the
valley - it's about 170 miles.
D. Personally, I love trekking poles, and they also serve as shelter
poles for my Tacoma Tarp. They're a big help up and especially down
the steep canyons and crossing streams, but they are not a basic
- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "Tim Spring" <tim_spring@...>
> I am trying to time a solo thru-hike with a break I will have
> jobs. I have to be back by July 4th weekend (and can start as early
> as mid-May):
> a. What's the earliest I can start a N-S hike?
> b. Can I take my dog?
> c. The planes, trains, bus, etc thing is too complicated for me
> San Francisco. Anyone driving from SF to Yosemite trailhead in
> d. I saw some mixed reviews on hiking poles. What's the consensus,
> take 'em or don't take 'em?