35308RE: Now My Search for the JMT
- Oct 2, 2013
Really, you are not going to be solo, so long as you are on the trail. I hiked from TM to Whitney Portal 27 August--15 September 2013. I never went more than 2 hours without human contact. The sole exception occurred when I took the wrong turn near Devil's Postpile and ended up on the trail to Fern Lake. After about 2 hours I realized I hadn't met anyone, so I checked my GPS, leading to a turnaround. On the access trails for resupply, in this case Bishop Pass and Kearsarge Pass, pretty much the same rate of contact was the rule. Descending from Mt Whitney, I found myself at Whitney Junction about 3:30 PM, but it was easy to join a friendly group for the headlamp march 11 miles out to Whitney Portal, and a ride to my waiting motel. Also, people are generous to hikers, in the form of rides to trail heads.
---In email@example.com, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I'm hoping to segment the JMT from Lake Edison to TM or HI, and was wondering if anyone can give me general info on doing that SOLO. I have collected as much as my brain can hold off the internet, and the files on this site, and would like some real people contact.
I am here in Fresno and my wife will drop me off and pick me back up on both ends so that's not a problem. I am an experienced backpacker with the Scouts and probably have close to 1000 days and miles in my past. I did half Dome this past summer by going to LYV and spending the night and then summiting and going home the next day. The mileage was easy. Im a runner doing 3 miles 4-5 times per week and a half marathon every once in a while.
Thoughts I was wondering about for JMT are:
places to go fishing
go Northbound or Southbound
I know NB out of Edison is easy to get the permit
dangers of being alone
I do carry a concealed weapon but i'm not sure about taking it yet, Cat's
story , may have convinced me to take it
bring a Sat phone or a SPOT device
Remember not looking for specifics now, just trying to put the pencil to paper and see what I can come up with.
Thank you in advance
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