Thanks everyone for your thoughts about this question. Clearly there is no "right" answer and it was very interesting to read about the different approaches to hiking the trail.
--- In email@example.com, "bradonjmt" <bradmarston@...> wrote:
> I'm planning a leisurely pace for my first time on the trail this summer, allotting 26 days for the southbound through trip. I'm 50 and in reasonable shape, but mainly I don't want to rush. However I was told that most people complete the trail in less time than they had planned. Could those of you who are experienced at this please comment?
> Also, is it easy to hitch a ride from Whitney Portal into Lone Pine? Thanks.