Yes, "N-S" is cumulative distance from that section (north to south). Yes, the 3 bracketed numbers in the text are elevation, miles from previous point, and cumulative mileage for that section.
Actually, since sections are defined by watersheds, my understanding is that all section mileages start from 0.0 at the beginning of that watershed (a pass dividing watersheds).
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 3:48 PM
Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: John Muir Trail - the Essential guide to hiking America's most famous trail
I think it represents the cumulative distance you have travelled from the first junction of that section of the trail. For example in Camp ID section 1 on page 240, travelling North to South the cumulative distance is 17.8 miles and then another .5 miles to the junction Southbound is 18.3 miles. Traveling South to North, from beginning of the section 1 in the South to camp 1.01 in the North is 13.9 miles. Then add 4.4 miles (from camp 1.01 to the end of section 1Northbound) it totals 18.3 miles. You can reference the bottom of page 2 in the book for clarification.
--- In mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com, "careycantril" wrote:
> Hey Everyone---
> I've recently read through the "John Muir Trail - The Essential guide to hiking America's most famous trail" book, while looking at the sections regarding all the different campsites I was slightly confused about the charts. When looking at section labeled "N-S", what are these numbers relating to?
> -The miles between the next camping area??
> I would greatly appreciate some clarification!