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Resupply at Bishop in June

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  • winitamar
    Since the MTR will be closed till the end of June, what are the best resupply options for the second half of the JMT? Is it a good idea to hitchhike from
    Message 1 of 8 , May 19, 2013
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      Since the MTR will be closed till the end of June, what are the best resupply options for the second half of the JMT? Is it a good idea to hitchhike from Bishop pass into Bishop?
      Has anybody tried this before?

      Thanks for the help!
    • John Ladd
      Hiking over Kearsage Pass to the Onion Valley trailhead, and then hitching down to Independence, is probably the best option as it is roughly midway between
      Message 2 of 8 , May 19, 2013
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        Hiking over Kearsage Pass to the Onion Valley trailhead, and then hitching down to Independence, is probably the best option as it is roughly midway between vermillion Valley Resort (where you can get a resupply) and Whitney Portal. Not much in the way of grocery stores there, but there is a post office.

        John Curran Ladd
        1616 Castro Street
        San Francisco, CA  94114-3707
        415-648-9279


        On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM, winitamar <winitamar@...> wrote:
         

        Since the MTR will be closed till the end of June, what are the best resupply options for the second half of the JMT? Is it a good idea to hitchhike from Bishop pass into Bishop?
        Has anybody tried this before?

        Thanks for the help!


      • Don Amundson
        Best resupply option is dependent on your situation. Where was you previous resupply, how many miles a day are doing, how much food can you carry etc. If
        Message 3 of 8 , May 19, 2013
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          "Best resupply option" is dependent on your situation.  Where was you previous resupply, how many miles a day are doing, how much food can you carry etc.  If the numbers make sense for you going out over Bishop pass it's reasonable.  It's a 12+ mile  jaunt to the trail head at South Lake and goes through the very scenic Dusy Basin.  From there consider hitching to Parchers Resort rather than Bishop.  It's about a mile from the trail head.  They offer backpacker services including holding resupply packages.  They also have hot showers, a restaurant, cabins if you want to stay a night.

          Going out over Kearsarge Pass to Onion Valley is a bit shorter at about 7.3 miles.  The hitch into Independence may be difficult.  You can call the Mt. Williamson hotel from the trail head and they'll pick you up for a fee.  It's worth staying the night there.  The Chevron gas station in Independence has a mini mart you can resupply from plus showers and laundry facilities.  Also the post office if you mail your resupply. 

          You can always get a packer to bring in your supplies (or in the case of Onion Valley leave them there at the pack station for you to pick up) to just about any place you want as long as the passes are clear of snow and they should be this year if your going in June. 



          To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
          From: winitamar@...
          Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 00:48:42 +0000
          Subject: [John Muir Trail] Resupply at Bishop in June

           
          Since the MTR will be closed till the end of June, what are the best resupply options for the second half of the JMT? Is it a good idea to hitchhike from Bishop pass into Bishop?
          Has anybody tried this before?

          Thanks for the help!


        • Joe MacLeish
          winitamar: Hitching from North lake to South lake Sabrina is a cinch and down to town also. Yes I have done it multitudinous times. You could resupply at VVR
          Message 4 of 8 , May 19, 2013
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            winitamar:

             

            Hitching from North lake to South lake Sabrina is a cinch and down to town also.  Yes I have done it multitudinous times.  You could resupply at VVR and then see if the Berner's will meet you south of MTR.  See the notes for Berner's contacts/

            Joe

             

            From: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of winitamar
            Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2013 5:49 PM
            To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [John Muir Trail] Resupply at Bishop in June

             

             

            Since the MTR will be closed till the end of June, what are the best resupply options for the second half of the JMT? Is it a good idea to hitchhike from Bishop pass into Bishop?
            Has anybody tried this before?

            Thanks for the help!

          • sriprank
            The easiest in &out is Kersarge. By far. Bishop Pass is a long haul. Multiply 7.3 vs 12 + x 2 and it is close to 25 mi vs 14.5. I ve gotten rides out of
            Message 5 of 8 , May 19, 2013
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              The easiest in &out is Kersarge. By far. Bishop Pass is a long haul.

              Multiply 7.3 vs 12 + x 2 and it is close to 25 mi vs 14.5. I've gotten rides out of S.Lake but I've also had to walk almost to the main road.

              I've left my camp set up at Kersarge Lake gotten up early and picked up resupply and hiked back to the lake the same day.

              --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "winitamar" <winitamar@...> wrote:
              >
              > Since the MTR will be closed till the end of June, what are the best resupply options for the second half of the JMT? Is it a good idea to hitchhike from Bishop pass into Bishop?
              > Has anybody tried this before?
              >
              > Thanks for the help!
              >
            • nedtibbits
              Don’t forget, Parcher’s Resort at South Lake is there to help hikers however needed! http://parchersresort.net/ Ned Tibbits, Director Mountain Education
              Message 6 of 8 , May 20, 2013
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                Don’t forget, Parcher’s Resort at South Lake is there to help hikers however needed!
                 
                 
                 
                Ned Tibbits, Director
                Mountain Education
                www.mountaineducation.org
                 
                Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2013 7:11 PM
                Subject: RE: [John Muir Trail] Resupply at Bishop in June
                 
                 

                winitamar:

                Hitching from North lake to South lake Sabrina is a cinch and down to town also.  Yes I have done it multitudinous times.  You could resupply at VVR and then see if the Berner's will meet you south of MTR.  See the notes for Berner's contacts/

                Joe

                From: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of winitamar
                Sent: Sunday, May 19, 2013 5:49 PM
                To: johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [John Muir Trail] Resupply at Bishop in June

                 

                Since the MTR will be closed till the end of June, what are the best resupply options for the second half of the JMT? Is it a good idea to hitchhike from Bishop pass into Bishop?
                Has anybody tried this before?

                Thanks for the help!

              • John Ladd
                I should have mentioned this before if you are deciding between Bishop Pass and Kearsage Pass resupplies. If you don t want to hitch from the Onion Valley
                Message 7 of 8 , May 20, 2013
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                  I should have mentioned this before if you are deciding between Bishop Pass and Kearsage Pass resupplies. 

                  If you don't want to hitch from the Onion Valley trailhead (Kearsarge Pass) down to Independence and back, and can afford to pay something for resupply transportation/storage, Berner's Pack Station will hold a resupply for you (giving you flexibility on when you arrive) or East Side Sierra Shuttle will meet you with a resupply (if you can commit to a firm meetup date/time.)



                  Berners also packs in resupplies to Charlotte lake.

                  John Curran Ladd
                  1616 Castro Street
                  San Francisco, CA  94114-3707
                  415-648-9279


                  On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM, John Ladd <johnladd@...> wrote:
                  Hiking over Kearsage Pass to the Onion Valley trailhead, and then hitching down to Independence, is probably the best option as it is roughly midway between vermillion Valley Resort (where you can get a resupply) and Whitney Portal. Not much in the way of grocery stores there, but there is a post office.

                  John Curran Ladd
                  1616 Castro Street
                  San Francisco, CA  94114-3707
                  415-648-9279

                • kblovold
                  MT Williamson Motel in Independence also has resupply options and is under new ownership. It maybe worth checking out depending on your needs.
                  Message 8 of 8 , May 20, 2013
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                    MT Williamson Motel in Independence also has resupply options and is under new ownership.
                    It maybe worth checking out depending on your needs.
                    http://mtwilliamsonmotel.com/

                    --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, John Ladd <johnladd@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > I should have mentioned this before if you are deciding between Bishop Pass
                    > and Kearsage Pass resupplies.
                    >
                    > If you don't want to hitch from the Onion Valley trailhead (Kearsarge Pass)
                    > down to Independence and back, and can afford to pay something for resupply
                    > transportation/storage, Berner's Pack Station will hold a resupply for you
                    > (giving you flexibility on when you arrive) or East Side Sierra Shuttle
                    > will meet you with a resupply (if you can commit to a firm meetup
                    > date/time.)
                    >
                    > http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/johnmuirtrail/message/21433
                    >
                    > http://www.eastsidesierrashuttle.com/
                    >
                    > Berners also packs in resupplies to Charlotte lake.
                    >
                    > John Curran Ladd
                    > 1616 Castro Street
                    > San Francisco, CA 94114-3707
                    > 415-648-9279
                    >
                    >
                    > On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM, John Ladd <johnladd@...> wrote:
                    >
                    > > Hiking over Kearsage Pass to the Onion Valley trailhead, and then hitching
                    > > down to Independence, is probably the best option as it is roughly midway
                    > > between vermillion Valley Resort (where you can get a resupply) and Whitney
                    > > Portal. Not much in the way of grocery stores there, but there is a post
                    > > office.
                    > >
                    > > John Curran Ladd
                    > > 1616 Castro Street
                    > > San Francisco, CA 94114-3707
                    > > 415-648-9279
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
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