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  • cnong
    Dave, Thanks! Your reply and Journal entries are very helpful. I plan to thru hike next year. I m just trying to accumulate knowledge from all the sources.
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 12, 2005
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      Dave,

      Thanks! Your reply and Journal entries are very helpful. I plan to
      thru hike next year. I'm just trying to accumulate knowledge from
      all the sources. I might use combination of Aqua Mira and bottle
      filter. I hope your stomach cramps gone by now.

      Cathy

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "Dave" <idahomtman@b...> wrote:
      > Cathy,
      >
      > The Aqua Mira may have been sufficient, but to be honest, I have
      had
      > stomach cramps for the past 5 days. They may have nothing to do
      with
      > the water or the trip, but I don't know that yet. I have no other
      > signs of Giardia however. I did drink two liters of untreated water
      > that came directly off snow banks. We'll see what happens.
      >
      > All the stream crossings are fine. Bear Creek is probably the one
      > with the fastest moving water but by now it should be calf deep and
      > not an issue (there was a rope strung across when I was there). I
      > would use poles. Evolution should not be crossed at the ford but
      > walk up the south bank on a use trail and cross in the middle of
      the
      > meadow for an easy crossing (you will need to cross another small
      > stream also beyond the main crossing). Next time I would leave the
      > ice axe home and bring Teva sandals for the crossings. I also
      should
      > have brought more socks and included new ones in my resupply.
      >
      > Enjoy your trip.
      >
      > Dave
      >
      > --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "cnong" <cnong@h...> wrote:
      > > Dave,
      > >
      > > Congratulations on finishing your thru-hike!
      > >
      > > I saw from your Trail Journal that you used Aqua Mira as your
      > water
      > > treatment. Was it good enough? I have a MSR MiniWork weighted
      at
      > > 16oz. I prefer not to take it if Aqua Mira can do all the
      works.
      > > Also, any advises on stream crossing?
      > >
      > > Thanks,
      > >
      > > Cathy
      > >
      > > --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "Dave" <idahomtman@b...>
      > wrote:
      > > > I completed my solo 9.5 day JMT hike July 31. I started July 22
      > > from
      > > > Happy Isles. Snow was minimal (except Muir) and river crossings
      > > were
      > > > fine. Rope was still up at Bear Creek, but water was only up to
      > > > bottom of my shorts. Had great weather except the infamous
      > Thursday
      > > > thunderstorm that killed the scouts (2 according to the Whitney
      > > > ranger). I had some rain at Guitar Lake but minimal. I left
      > Guitar
      > > > Lake at 5 am and summitted at 7:45 am and was at Whitney Portal
      > at
      > > > 12:15 pm. A very reasonable day.
      > > >
      > > > I brought too much food and ended up giving some away and
      > leaving a
      > > > lot in the hiker boxes. I planned on 3500-4000 calories a day
      > and
      > > > ended up eating about 2500 at best. I did lose some weight but
      > when
      > > > you average 22+ miles per day that is to be expected. I brought
      > a
      > > > lightweight ice axe but it was really needed. Should have
      packed
      > > new
      > > > socks in my resupply. My feet were wet most of the time.
      > > >
      > > > I met some great people and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. There
      > were
      > > > some very inexperienced people that were close to being in
      > trouble,
      > > > if not in trouble. I hope they made it. Usually the problem was
      > the
      > > > stream crossings.
      > > >
      > > > Idahomtman
      > > >
      > > > P.S. See my log in Trail Journals for more detail.
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