Re: [John Muir Trail] north to south or south to north?
The standard is SoBo. But the first question should be whether you're
affected by AMS. If you are, and want to do a NoBo, then you'll need to
consider Diamox. The SoBo choice is gradual enough that those affected
by AMS don't feel any affects.
Culminating the hike by summitting the highest peak in the Middle-48 is
a nice crescendo. The 11-miles that are added to the official 211-mile
thru-hike, down to Whitney Portal, pale severely in comparison to the
spectacle you've experienced up until that point.
Another consideration is whether you're considering going off trail to
resupply between Whitney and Muir Trail Ranch (the next on-trail
resupply opportunity). If you go SoBo, your body and metabolism are
conditioned to the hike and you can carry 10-11 days of food from MTR
with little problem. If you go NoBo and don't go off-trail until MTR,
you're carrying a whole-lot of weight (an extra 20-lbs? Ugh!) up a very,
very steep mountain your first day.
When I did the whole thing SoBo in '03, I felt I was in Wilderness right
away which was the desired affect. Speaking only for myself, if I were
to do it NoBo, I'd be aware that I was hiking parallel to the Owens
Valley and not sufficiently removed from "civilization".
My advice is what you pay for it.
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colleen beach wrote:
>those of you who have done it which way would you reccommend for a
>first-timer? im planning on summer of 07 after i graduate from
>college...should be awesome!
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- I did it North to South and I think that way is a bit easier. It
seemed the approaches to the passes were a bit more gradual and it
saved the highest passes for the last.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "colleen beach" <beacher987@...>
> those of you who have done it which way would you reccommend for a
> first-timer? im planning on summer of 07 after i graduate from
> college...should be awesome!
- Hey Colleen,
I've experience the JMT from both the north and south bound perspectives,
having thru hiked the PCT(northbound) in 02 and the JMT(southbound) in 05. I
would unhesitatingly vote for a south bound trip for a few reasons:
-Aesthetic: IMHO, the trail becomes grander and grander as you progress
south. Don't get me wrong, Lyle Canyon is awesome, Cathedral Peaks are
amazing, but few things in the world compare to the high country around
Forester Pass - not to mention Whitney itself. In traveling southbound, I
think the scenery gets progressively more stunning, constantly answering the
question of "What could possibly be better than this?"
-Acclimatization: The climb out of Yosemite Valley is more gradual than
the attack up Whitney. Your body will thank you for it. Also, when you
summit Whitney, you'll barely be breathing hard and will be able to feel
smug around all of those dying as they try to do it in one day.
-Resupply: Your first week on the trail is going to be the toughest as
your body adjusts. You have more frequent resupply options in the northern
half, thus lowering your pack weight in the early days of your hike. Also,
you have more bail out options if things aren't going well.
-Social interaction: It's my sense, completely unsupported by any
research, that most JMT'ers head south. By heading the same way, you'll be
able to see those wonderful people you meet along the trail over and over
-Transportation: Not sure what you're doing for transport to and from
the trail, but if your leaving a car at one end and getting back to it, I
think that it is probably easier to hitch a rider back to Yosemite than it
is to hitch back to Lone Pine. I've had great success with getting rides on
395, less luck in Yosemite.
That's my two cents...in the end, you can't really go wrong either way, just
being on the trail is amazing! Enjoy your planning and prep, and remember to
hike your own hike - no matter how much advice we all may dish out.
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those of you who have done it which way would you reccommend for a
first-timer? im planning on summer of 07 after i graduate from
college...should be awesome!
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