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8232Re: [John Muir Trail] Best late season dates?

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  • Curtis
    Apr 1, 2010
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      Thank you for the reminder about the shortening days. I hadn't thought about that. The older I get, the longer it takes me to get moving.

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, Peter Burke <pburke@...> wrote:
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      > Curtis wrote:
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      > > Yeah, resupply is always the fly in the ointment, eh? I'm lucky I like
      > > trout so much. I'll be doing a loop through the Golden Trout
      > > Wilderness(shh, there's never any crowds down there) early on to
      > > figure out how many days worth of food I can carry; after that, I
      > > guess it's just shut up, enjoy the jerky, and keep moving.
      > >
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      > you can easily resupply at Mammoth - as long as there is no snow, you
      > should be able to hitch a ride to town. VVR is usually open until
      > October 15, possibly later. Then there's Mono Hot Springs Post office
      > near VVR that may be another option for even later supply, but it takes
      > you off the trail so far that you will probably hike past it to Florence
      > Lake and cut out the Bear Ridge to Muir Ranch section of the JMT. I've
      > done that once and it works well, even if you can't hitch-hike (in
      > October after VVR closes you won't see a lot of cars up there).
      >
      > The one thing I didn't like last September and which will keep me from
      > doing many more late season hikes was the lack of daylight. Days are so
      > short that you have to do a lot of stuff in the dark. It also gets
      > pretty cold at elevation, although nothing serious if you have the
      > proper gear. Layering your clothes becomes an art - last September temps
      > went from 25 in the morning to 75 in the afternoon and then dropped down
      > to 40 at 7pm as soon as the sun was behind the western ranges. Ice on
      > the tent at 6am, still totally dark, water frozen in the canteen...
      > I'd bet that many of the higher lakes will freeze in October and remain
      > frozen all day, so your trout fishing options could be more limited.
      >
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