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  • Ken
    Dec 19, 2007
      I agree. Bailing out on the Northern part is much easier than the Southern part. I think the helicopter ride is more than $1,500. In fact, I heard from a river guide that someone had to be pulled out of the Green River, UT (broken legs) and they sent her parents a bill for $12,000 to $15,000. Of course, $12,000 to $15,000 is better than dead.

      Be Safe!
      Ken

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Kevin Aston <kevin@...>
      To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 6:34:46 PM
      Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: basic choice














      I agree with John, but if you are a rookie hiker, and are not sure of

      you abilities at high altitude, I would choose the north end because

      there are a lot of bail out points. If you are going south, after

      Vermillion getting off the trail is a 12-25 mile walk, or a $1500 per

      person helicopter ride.

      Happy Planning

      Kevin Aston



      --- In johnmuirtrail@ yahoogroups. com, "John Randall"

      <sierra_marmot@ ...> wrote:

      >

      > The JMT's resupply points are top-loaded, that is on the northern

      1/2

      > of the trip; Tuolumne, Reds Meadow, VVR and MTR. Not

      coincidentally,

      > the northern 1/2 of the JMT is the most heavily used, and in my

      opinion

      > the least enjoyable. In August every campsite between Happy Valley

      and

      > Piute Trail junction is occupied by weekenders coming in from

      Tuolumne,

      > Reds Meadow, Mammoth, Lake Edison and Florence Lake. The Mono and

      Bear

      > Creek drainages have wall-to-wall fishermen. I don't recommend

      this

      > section unless it's actually important to you to say you've hiked

      the

      > JMT end-to-end. That and a dollar will get you a coke.

      >

      > If I had one hike to hike it would be from the North Lake trailhead

      > over Piute Pass and down to the PCT/JMT at the bridge, then south

      > through Evolution continuing to Whitney Portal or Horseshoe

      Meadow.

      > That trip is about 115 miles; nine or ten days for the average

      > backpacker. That's a lot of food to carry, but there's no

      practical

      > alternative. Less weight, fewer days.

      >

      > The second hike I'd take would leave from South Lake via Bishop

      Pass

      > ending up at WP, roughly 88 miles trailhead-to- trailhead. This

      trip is

      > like eating the heart of the watermelon and offers an incomparable

      > journey; but, it still comes down to how much weight are you going

      to

      > carry and how many hours per day are you going to hike. If you're

      > going to be hiking at 6:00am, resting mid-day, stopping again in

      late

      > afternoon for dinner, then hiking until dusk, even at a mile-an-

      hour

      > you'll be finished the North Lake/WP in 8-9 days without resupply.

      >

      > I suppose the last option would be to cache food at one of the

      Vidette

      > Meadow bear lockers by driving to Trails End in Kings Canyon and

      hiking

      > up the Bubbs Creek Trail.

      >

      > john randall

      > birmingham, AL

      >














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