[John Muir Trail] Re: A Great Resource
- There are bear boxes at the Onion Valley campground (and probably at
the trailhead too), but your stuff might not be there when you go to
pick it up (car campers). I would hike the cache to Charlotte Lake
(8 mi hike in from Onion Valley) and leave it at the bear boxes
there. Put your name on it and be sure to put down that its for a
resupply and the date you expect to pick it up. No guarantee that
it will be there, but your chances are better than leaving it at the
trailhead. The best way is to find friends to hike it in and meet
you (if you can find someone).
You can probably hitch a ride to get your car. Most bp'ers will
pick a person up with a pack. We got 3 rides from WP to Mammoth
(where we left our vehicles) within 5 min of sticking the thumb out.
If Sierra Mel is not on a trip, she can resupply you (llamas).
Check on "members" and check her profile for her e-mail. She was
booked at the time we needed our resupply.
- Thanks for the Charlotte Lake idea, SN. That's an intriguing
alternative. I wonder if the rangers would give you a hard time if
they found out about using a bear box as a cache. I've got a spare
bear can I could use as a cache. Maybe stashing the can near the JMT
cut-off for Kearsarge Pass could be a plan. What do you think? None
of my friends are into backpacking anymore except for a couple of
hyper rock climbing types. Relying on them for calories could be a
The problem with hitching out is that I will finish at Horseshoe
Meadows. Know where that is? Nobody else does either. I've been
there only once, but there's 1/10 the traffic of Whitney Portal at
Somehow it will work out. I can always arrange for a paid shuttle
and take all my food for the whole 115 miles. I've got my base pack
weight including canister to 15#. So if I can stay at 1#/day of food
and hike 13 miles/day, I'm at 24# + water. That should work. 23
days and counting!
--- In johnmuirtrail@y..., "snow_nymph_2000" <snownymph@s...> wrote:
> There are bear boxes at the Onion Valley campground (and probably
> the trailhead too), but your stuff might not be there when you go
> pick it up (car campers). I would hike the cache to Charlotte Lake
> (8 mi hike in from Onion Valley) and leave it at the bear boxes
> there. Put your name on it and be sure to put down that its for a
> resupply and the date you expect to pick it up. No guarantee that
> it will be there, but your chances are better than leaving it at
> trailhead. The best way is to find friends to hike it in and meet
> you (if you can find someone).
> You can probably hitch a ride to get your car. Most bp'ers will
> pick a person up with a pack. We got 3 rides from WP to Mammoth
> (where we left our vehicles) within 5 min of sticking the thumb out.
> If Sierra Mel is not on a trip, she can resupply you (llamas).
> Check on "members" and check her profile for her e-mail. She was
> booked at the time we needed our resupply.
- Sprain your ankle on Whitney.
--- richey35@... wrote:
> Hi. I'll be hiking the last section of the JMT solo__________________________________________________
> from South Lake over the
> Bishop Pass starting 7/21. Unfortunately I waited
> too long to get a permit
> so I'll be starting a week earlier than I had
> planned. So more bugs and
> perhaps more involved stream crossings. The worst
> part of the permit deal,
> though, is that there are no exit slots to hike out
> to Whitney Portal, so
> after climbing Whitney I have to exit over
> Cottonwood Pass to Horseshoe
> Meadows. This will mean 115 miles without resupply,
> which is tough for a
> committed ounce weenie like me. Does anybody have
> any ideas for resupply
> over Kearsarge Pass and transportation between
> Horseshoe Meadows and South
> Lake. For resupply I was thinking of taking one day
> to go to Onion Valley
> and back. Question is: where could I leave my
> resupply? Are there any bear
> boxes at the road end at Onion VValley? I''m
> thinking of leaving my car at
> Horseshoe and arranging a shuttle from Kounty
> Korners or Randy's Ride. Any
> recommendations for either of these problems?
> Thanks, Bob Richey
> In a message dated 6/27/02 8:45:45 PM Pacific
> Daylight Time,
> snownymph@... writes:
> << We did the JMT last fall in 30 days, and
> resupplied at Tuolumne,
> Reds Meadow, Muir Ranch and Charlotte Lake. We
> dropped small
> packages off at the first 2 on the way in, and
> mailed a bucket to
> Muir Ranch (~$45 + s/h). A friend hiked in to Muir
> Ranch with our
> fuel, and took out some clothes. Some internet
> friends brought in
> the last cache to Charlotte Lake. We were climbing
> Split Mtn on
> 9/11 and didn't hear about it til 3 days later.
> Our friends still
> made the trip, and even brought newspapers to show
> us what was going
> on! >>
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