1158RE: [John Muir Trail] north to south or south to north?
- Feb 4, 2006Hey Colleen,
I've experience the JMT from both the north and south bound perspectives,
having thru hiked the PCT(northbound) in 02 and the JMT(southbound) in 05. I
would unhesitatingly vote for a south bound trip for a few reasons:
-Aesthetic: IMHO, the trail becomes grander and grander as you progress
south. Don't get me wrong, Lyle Canyon is awesome, Cathedral Peaks are
amazing, but few things in the world compare to the high country around
Forester Pass - not to mention Whitney itself. In traveling southbound, I
think the scenery gets progressively more stunning, constantly answering the
question of "What could possibly be better than this?"
-Acclimatization: The climb out of Yosemite Valley is more gradual than
the attack up Whitney. Your body will thank you for it. Also, when you
summit Whitney, you'll barely be breathing hard and will be able to feel
smug around all of those dying as they try to do it in one day.
-Resupply: Your first week on the trail is going to be the toughest as
your body adjusts. You have more frequent resupply options in the northern
half, thus lowering your pack weight in the early days of your hike. Also,
you have more bail out options if things aren't going well.
-Social interaction: It's my sense, completely unsupported by any
research, that most JMT'ers head south. By heading the same way, you'll be
able to see those wonderful people you meet along the trail over and over
-Transportation: Not sure what you're doing for transport to and from
the trail, but if your leaving a car at one end and getting back to it, I
think that it is probably easier to hitch a rider back to Yosemite than it
is to hitch back to Lone Pine. I've had great success with getting rides on
395, less luck in Yosemite.
That's my two cents...in the end, you can't really go wrong either way, just
being on the trail is amazing! Enjoy your planning and prep, and remember to
hike your own hike - no matter how much advice we all may dish out.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
On Behalf Of colleen beach
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 9:58 AM
Subject: [John Muir Trail] north to south or south to north?
those of you who have done it which way would you reccommend for a
first-timer? im planning on summer of 07 after i graduate from
college...should be awesome!
sierra sport High
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