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Re: [John Muir Trail] Still a few short questions before I'm off

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  • straw_marmot
    I uploaded an album of photos. They are all taken from the campsite, showing views in all directions. Unfortunately, I don t have a good one OF the campsite
    Message 1 of 42 , Aug 23, 2013
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      I uploaded an album of photos. They are all taken from the campsite, showing views in all directions. Unfortunately, I don't have a good one OF the campsite from the top of Half Dome - I was up there very early, and the light wasn't good for it. But it's easy to spot - a little promontory jutting out at the foot of the first Quarter Dome.

      Ralph



      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, "straw_marmot" <ralphbge@...> wrote:
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      > You can camp legally off the trail to Half Dome, subject to the usual 100ft rule, provided that you're not on Half Dome itself. In fact I did just that last night, at a most spectacular spot recommended by the Ranger at Merced Lake. If somebody can tell me the best way to upload a photo I'll do so.
      >
      > The HD trail starts North-West. After 0.8 mile, just before the trail bends West and South-West to HD, head off the right in a North/NE direction through the forest. The trees thin out as you approach the cliff, and soon (0.25 mile) you come to a promontory that would be an ok place to camp itself, but don't stop... keep bushwhacking up the hill NE along the clifftop another 0.25 mile, and there's another promontory just at the foot of the first of the "Quarter Domes".
      >
      > Possibly the most spectacular spot I've ever pitched a tent. Unobstructed view of the whole mass of HD and all the way down Yosemite Valley beyond. You'll even find a bunch of rocks that I assembled in the obvious flat spot all ready to anchor you... but do wait to make sure that thunderstorms aren't brewing. Not huge lightning exposure, but you would not want to be there in heavy winds.
      >
      > all the best
      > Ralph
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      >
      > --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, John Ladd <johnladd@> wrote:
      > >
      > > On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 8:12 AM, walkingwomad
      > > <helenbeckers@>wrote:
      > >
      > > > Where are the best spots to camp between HD Trail Junction and HD? I wanna
      > > > camp as close as possible to HD, so that I can enjoy sunrise on HD ;c)
      > >
      > >
      > > My recollection is that there is no legal camping in this area. The closest
      > > you can camp to HD just off the JMT NE of the JMT-HD trail junction. Ask
      > > at the Wilderness Office, but I think that's the case.
      > >
      > > John Curran Ladd
      > > 1616 Castro Street
      > > San Francisco, CA 94114-3707
      > > 415-648-9279
      > >
      >
    • John Ladd
      Helen -- I still DO need people for the survey and I ll send you soon your copy of a form a e-mail describing the process. I am still working on the questions
      Message 42 of 42 , Sep 27, 2013
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        Helen --

        I still DO need people for the survey and I'll send you soon your copy of a form a e-mail describing the process. I am still working on the questions and half of my e-mail addresses are stuck in a box supposedly coming back from MTR - they are slow getting stuff out due to the lake being drained and the lake bed still too muddy for the truck.

        Meeting you at Wanda Lake was one of the high points of my trip. You were in such a good mood. I picture you as having hiked that way for the entire trail (with the notable exception of the Mtn Lion incident)

        The Mtn Lion story in your blog was totally terrifying. Sounds like you did everything right. Esp. the decision not to use the whistle. If you heard the marmots when a group was being attacked, you know why. There;'s no need to apologize for yor reaction. Ordinarily, mtn lions are very shy. So when one isn't, there's reason to fear that the lion might be unusual in other ways. I wonder if they were unusually stressed this year. Maybe the deer population was low.

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


        On Fri, Sep 27, 2013 at 3:04 AM, helen beckers <helenbeckers@...> wrote:
         
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        Hi John!!! I'm going through my pictures and I just tumbled over the ones taken of you and me at Wanda Lake! It really was great meeting you! I'm having a hard time adapting to normal life again and I wished I still was on the trail. I decided to hike the pct in 2015 and I'm really looking forward to that.
        I'm updating my blog day by day now. If you wanna have a look, you can find it here: www.walkingwomad.blogspot.de
        PS: do you still need people for that survey???
        Hope you are doing well!!!!
        Lots of greetings
        Helen aka Cat


        2013/8/18 John Ladd <johnladd@...>
         

        On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM, longritchie <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
        Oddly enough there are no additional fire restrictions in Yosemite so you can build one there (below 9600 feet).

        I stand corrected. That's probably correct as to the first few days of a SoBo JMT (to 9600 feet North of Donahue Pass). I do NOT recall hearing of Yosemite NP special restrictions.


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



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