RE: [John Muir Trail] Looking for First Night Permit Advice
And if I remember correctly, there are 'big' bear boxes in LYV for you to put your food in while you're visiting Half Dome. It's worth the side trip, if you've never done it before.
--- On Thu, 5/16/13, robert shattuck <bobolonius@...> wrote:
From: robert shattuck <bobolonius@...>
Subject: RE: [John Muir Trail] Looking for First Night Permit Advice
To: "Jmtgroup" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 5:16 PM"I'm just curious if anyone thinks that spending my first night hiking on Aug 15th at LYV with a sidetrip to Half Dome and back is actually better than trying to change my permit for the pass through? "I would say most definitely, YES . . . taking everything into account you will no doubt be a little tired . . . even though you'll have two days or so to hang out in the valley and watch people trying to feed the bears and other fun things––that first hot, uphill day can be a bit of a slog.Start early, around 8-9 and you'll hopefully be up at LYV around 1 p.m. Pitch camp there at LYV then grab your water, a little snack, a jacket and headlamp and head on up to Half Dome.You can get up there and back in about 4-5 hours, maybe less . . . but if for any reason you should end up in the dark, you'll really want that headlamp.As for changing your permit . . . never hurts to march into the office as soon as you get there and ask.Bobhttp://www.summitpost.org/plans/view_activity.php?post_id=6480
There is a rabbi thru-hiking the JMT this year so it is going to be kosher anyway! I hope he is going to make a blessing over the stars for me.
--- In email@example.com, "ravi_jmt2013" <ravi@...> wrote:
> Of course, this assumes that you don't mind missing the first portion of the JMT but with the rock slide, a pure kosher JMT hike may not be possible this year anyway unless the trail is cleared by then.