I don't have any experience with the south to north route but I would
say that the valley to Tuolumne is no piece of cake. Right from the
start you have a 4500+ elevation gain. A chore that is not repeated
anywhere else on the trail.
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> I prefer North to South for faster hikes. If you are planning on
> days, and start at the Portal, you will need to hike to Crabtree
> so) on the first day. That is a tough first day. Not only do you
> have to acclimate, but you will be carrying your maximum weight
> (I've day hiked Whitney, but not with a pack and 6 /7 days of food).
> If you start at Yosemite, it is a relatively easy first day
> to hike to Tuolumne Meadows. Not only is the acclimatization
> easier, but you will be carrying less weight.
> I would consider re-supplying at Red's Meadow on the 3rd day or
> possibly at Vermilion on the 5th. I've done both and for a 10
> day I would carry 3 days out of Yosemite and 7 days out of Red's.
> Red's Meadow
> Vermilion Valley:
> Red's is right on the trail. Re-supplying at Vermilion will take
> a little time.
> OTOH, South to North is fun since you meet more hikers (most people
> start at Yosemite).
> Enjoy the hike.
> --- In email@example.com, "mtman492000"
> <idahomtman@b...> wrote:
> > I am also planning to hike the JMT next summer, ultralight in 10
> > days. I haven't found anyone who wants to hike at that pace so am
> > planning to do the hike solo. I've done many parts of the JMT but
> > not the entire hike in one trip. I would be interested in
> > regarding the advantages and diadvantages of beginning north
> > south.