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6519Re: [John Muir Trail] Question about cost and time

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  • jeff.hester
    Dec 7, 2009
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      Out of curiosity (and slightly off-topic), why do you recommend faxing your permit app in versus doing it online?

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "Barbara Karagosian" <barbara@...> wrote:
      > Hi Jonathan - Dates look good - agree with what Bob said - mosquitoes could
      > be bad - you'll likely need a headnet, and I presprayed my clothes with
      > permethrin - some people use Deet too - others dislike it. Weather - should
      > be good, but be prepared - there was a snow storm warning around Aug 7 or 8
      > this year! (didn't happen tho). I've heard rumors of an El Nino winter
      > which means wetter than its been the last few years -this would in turn
      > translate to snow at passes and deeper/faster stream crossings in places.
      > Also concur with making allowance for time getting to and from the trail -
      > and for getting your permit, if you're not nagging it in advance. If you're
      > getting it in advance, then fax in your written request at a nano second
      > past midnight, 24 weeks ahead of your trail entry date. Food etc. You can
      > rent a bear canister from Wild Ideas.com - either the Weekender or the
      > Expedition. They are $50 flat rate rental fee if you tell them you're doing
      > the JMT. Check their site for sizes and rental form. Add to that the cost
      > of mailing it back to them when you're done. Food - well it has to fit in
      > your canister, other than what you're eating that day or for dinner that
      > night. This includes smelly toiletries etc. Figure out everything you
      > need, and premeasured it out to reduce weight and waste. Food - go for the
      > dense high calorie stuff. I've used the prepackaged dehydrated stuff but it
      > gets old very quickly (to the taste buds). Also tortillas, bean paste,
      > salami, PB. Good luck - Barbara
      > _____
      > From: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com]
      > On Behalf Of Jonathan
      > Sent: Sunday, December 06, 2009 7:34 PM
      > To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [John Muir Trail] Question about cost and time
      > Hey all, so I'm trying to get an average idea of how much it'll cost me to
      > do the entire trip. I have all my own gear (or access to that which I don't
      > own), but am on a tight (college student) budget. Does anyone have any
      > suggestions for ways that I can save a few bucks here and there, and a rough
      > estimate as to how much it'll end up costing? I know it's important to get
      > good, healthy meals while on the trail, but I'm not sure I can afford all
      > the prepackaged, dehydrated meals. A few per leg of the trail is fine, but
      > other than that...
      > One last question: Due to me going to college and needing time to repack
      > before heading out again, I was planning on going from Happy Isles to
      > Whitney July 13-August 6 or 8. Should I anticipate more temperamental
      > weather during that time, or are my dates fairly solid?
      > Thanks to all ahead of time for your helpful guidance!
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