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Re: [John Muir Trail] South Lake / Bishop Pass to Mt Whitney

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  • thomas taylor
    Sure Kevin, 15 miles a day is realistic but the real question is whether or not it s realistic for you. I m 59 and can do 17 to 21 miles a day when pushed.
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 21, 2006
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      Sure Kevin, 15 miles a day is realistic but the real
      question is whether or not it's realistic for you.
      I'm 59 and can do 17 to 21 miles a day when pushed.
      However 9 to 12 is more realistic or me because I like
      to stop and do photography along the way.

      Starting from Bishop you're going to be starting high
      (12,000 ft) and probably won't feel good for the first
      2 days until you aclimate. You might consider
      aclimating in Bishop buy touring the town and the
      ancient bristlecones on White mountain (>14,000) and
      the 2d or 3d highest peak in California.

      --- Kevin Thompson <kevbt2@...> wrote:

      > I've read through all 1,300 + posts and noticed high
      > variability on
      > miles / day. Some crazy folks (humor intended) did
      > the whole trail in
      > under 6 days. Nuts. I would like to do South Lake
      > to Mt Whitney in 7
      > days (~100 miles, thus 15 miles/day). Is this
      > realistic given the
      > high passes and elevation changes for a fit and
      > experienced 33 year
      > old? I've climbed mountains bigger than the Sierras
      > but I had youth
      > on my side then. I sit now at sea level (New York)
      > and anticipate
      > that being an early challenge. Any thoughts
      > welcome.
      >
      > Best Regards,
      > Kevin
      >
      >
      >
    • joel beam
      yes it is totally realistic. I am 34 years old and have a bit of higher elevation experience. training at elevation would help. your body stores an
      Message 2 of 7 , Nov 27, 2006
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        yes it is totally realistic. I am 34 years old and have a bit of higher elevation experience. training at elevation would help. your body stores an elevation memory for approx. 15 days. Try to give yourself a day or two at trailhead elevatoion to atleast walk around at. you should have no more troulbe with the 12000 ft + passes.

        Kevin Thompson <kevbt2@...> wrote: I've read through all 1,300 + posts and noticed high variability on
        miles / day. Some crazy folks (humor intended) did the whole trail in
        under 6 days. Nuts. I would like to do South Lake to Mt Whitney in 7
        days (~100 miles, thus 15 miles/day). Is this realistic given the
        high passes and elevation changes for a fit and experienced 33 year
        old? I've climbed mountains bigger than the Sierras but I had youth
        on my side then. I sit now at sea level (New York) and anticipate
        that being an early challenge. Any thoughts welcome.

        Best Regards,
        Kevin





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      • Kevin Aston
        Hi Joel. I am a different Kevin that just joined the group. Lets call me KevinA so we don t get messed up with who said what. My comment was looking to see if
        Message 3 of 7 , Dec 1, 2006
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          Hi Joel. I am a different Kevin that just joined the group. Lets call me KevinA so we don't get messed up with who said what. My comment was looking to see if anyone else was interested in hiking in July from Reds Meadows to the Portal. We hiked from the Valley to Vermillion (90 miles) and had several 13 mile days. We did OK and 2 of us were 52. I also caught 56 fish, and took 270 pictures along the way. We could have done more miles a day but were there to enjoy it not to complete a marathon. We got slowed down some by rain, and hurried up by mosquitos.

          joel beam <beamjoel@...> wrote: yes it is totally realistic. I am 34 years old and have a bit of higher elevation experience. training at elevation would help. your body stores an elevation memory for approx. 15 days. Try to give yourself a day or two at trailhead elevatoion to atleast walk around at. you should have no more troulbe with the 12000 ft + passes.

          Kevin Thompson <kevbt2@...> wrote: I've read through all 1,300 + posts and noticed high variability on
          miles / day. Some crazy folks (humor intended) did the whole trail in
          under 6 days. Nuts. I would like to do South Lake to Mt Whitney in 7
          days (~100 miles, thus 15 miles/day). Is this realistic given the
          high passes and elevation changes for a fit and experienced 33 year
          old? I've climbed mountains bigger than the Sierras but I had youth
          on my side then. I sit now at sea level (New York) and anticipate
          that being an early challenge. Any thoughts welcome.

          Best Regards,
          Kevin





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