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RE: [John Muir Trail] re: thru-hike questions

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  • pdahl2@netscape.net
    Hi Eric. Regarding your questions: 1. I would use something sturdier than flip flops such as sandals or water shoes. 2. I believe there are commercial
    Message 1 of 4 , May 14, 2005
      Hi Eric. Regarding your questions:
      1. I would use something sturdier than flip flops such as sandals or water shoes.
      2. I believe there are commercial flights into Fresno which is much closer than LAX, SFO or Reno.
      3. Lots of granite in the Sierras so you will need strong tent stakes
      4. Water is usually plentiful along the JMT. I do remember two places where can be a problem. The north slope of Bear Ridge (just south of Lake Edison)can be without water in the late summer. On the final leg of your hike you will be without water between guitar lake and Trail Camp (about 10-11 miles I believe).
      5. The store in Yosemite Valley is well stocked. Since alcohol stoves are not very common I would call the store to check on availability.
      6. Your plan to use a duffel bag is a good one.
      Patrick

      "eric_s_bloom" <ebloom@...> wrote:

      >I am planning to hike the JMT north to south in late
      >July-early August and had some questions I hoped to
      >find answers for here on the list.
      >
      >1. Are flip-flops sufficient for stream crossings?  
      >I usually carry a pair camp shoes, but would like
      >to use them in place of my boots for any places
      >I might saturate my boots.
      >
      >2. What seems to be the best way to get to the trail?  
      >I have read alot online and in a couple guidebooks about
      >this, but can't decide whether to fly into reno, LAX,
      >or SF.  Any opinions?
      >
      >3. Is the ground generally soft enough to use titanium
      >tent stakes, or should I bring a set that is more rugged?  
      >(MSR Ground Hogs)
      >
      >4. From what I have read, water seems to be available
      >along the trail so that I don't need to carry more than
      >2 liters at a time.  Is this generally the case?
      >
      >5. Since I am flying in, I can't bring fuel for my alcohol
      >stove.  Is this available at the Yosemite trailhead?
      >
      >6.  Does anyone have advice on flying with my pack?  
      >My current plan is to put my pack in a duffel bag and check it.  
      >When I get there, I planned to leave the duffel bag in a
      >locker at the airport.
      >
      >Thanks for the help,
      >Eric
      >
      >
      >

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    • JD Schaefer
      I agree with all the responses except the tent stake one. While it s true about the prevalence of granite, I used and would use again lightweight titanium
      Message 2 of 4 , May 15, 2005
        I agree with all the responses except the tent stake one. While it's
        true about the prevalence of granite, I used and would use again
        lightweight titanium stakes and where the ground is non-compliant,
        grab a few of those granite bounders and use them to stake out my
        tent.
        JD


        On 5/14/05, pdahl2@... <pdahl2@...> wrote:
        > Hi Eric. Regarding your questions:
        > 1. I would use something sturdier than flip flops such as sandals or water shoes.
        > 2. I believe there are commercial flights into Fresno which is much closer than LAX, SFO or Reno.
        > 3. Lots of granite in the Sierras so you will need strong tent stakes
        > 4. Water is usually plentiful along the JMT. I do remember two places where can be a problem. The north slope of Bear Ridge (just south of Lake Edison)can be without water in the late summer. On the final leg of your hike you will be without water between guitar lake and Trail Camp (about 10-11 miles I believe).
        > 5. The store in Yosemite Valley is well stocked. Since alcohol stoves are not very common I would call the store to check on availability.
        > 6. Your plan to use a duffel bag is a good one.
        > Patrick
        >
        > "eric_s_bloom" <ebloom@...> wrote:
        >
        > >I am planning to hike the JMT north to south in late
        > >July-early August and had some questions I hoped to
        > >find answers for here on the list.
        > >
        > >1. Are flip-flops sufficient for stream crossings?
        > >I usually carry a pair camp shoes, but would like
        > >to use them in place of my boots for any places
        > >I might saturate my boots.
        > >
        > >2. What seems to be the best way to get to the trail?
        > >I have read alot online and in a couple guidebooks about
        > >this, but can't decide whether to fly into reno, LAX,
        > >or SF. Any opinions?
        > >
        > >3. Is the ground generally soft enough to use titanium
        > >tent stakes, or should I bring a set that is more rugged?
        > >(MSR Ground Hogs)
        > >
        > >4. From what I have read, water seems to be available
        > >along the trail so that I don't need to carry more than
        > >2 liters at a time. Is this generally the case?
        > >
        > >5. Since I am flying in, I can't bring fuel for my alcohol
        > >stove. Is this available at the Yosemite trailhead?
        > >
        > >6. Does anyone have advice on flying with my pack?
        > >My current plan is to put my pack in a duffel bag and check it.
        > >When I get there, I planned to leave the duffel bag in a
        > >locker at the airport.
        > >
        > >Thanks for the help,
        > >Eric
        > >
        > >
        > >
        >
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      • Vera Lehmkuhl
        Eric, wow great questions...I just got back from Trail Days in VA and while there compiled some of the same questions will be glad to read answers. I am hiking
        Message 3 of 4 , May 17, 2005
          Eric,
          wow great questions...I just got back from Trail Days in VA and while there compiled some of the same questions will be glad to read answers. I am hiking at the same time too..thanks have a great hike,
          vera

          eric_s_bloom <ebloom@...> wrote:
          I am planning to hike the JMT north to south in late
          July-early August and had some questions I hoped to
          find answers for here on the list.

          1. Are flip-flops sufficient for stream crossings?
          I usually carry a pair camp shoes, but would like
          to use them in place of my boots for any places
          I might saturate my boots.

          2. What seems to be the best way to get to the trail?
          I have read alot online and in a couple guidebooks about
          this, but can't decide whether to fly into reno, LAX,
          or SF. Any opinions?

          3. Is the ground generally soft enough to use titanium
          tent stakes, or should I bring a set that is more rugged?
          (MSR Ground Hogs)

          4. From what I have read, water seems to be available
          along the trail so that I don't need to carry more than
          2 liters at a time. Is this generally the case?

          5. Since I am flying in, I can't bring fuel for my alcohol
          stove. Is this available at the Yosemite trailhead?

          6. Does anyone have advice on flying with my pack?
          My current plan is to put my pack in a duffel bag and check it.
          When I get there, I planned to leave the duffel bag in a
          locker at the airport.

          Thanks for the help,
          Eric




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        • Vera Lehmkuhl
          concerning fuel for stoves...what is the current fuel of choice? Cannister and if so how available is it to resupply at Reds or VVR? can t mail it to yourself
          Message 4 of 4 , May 17, 2005
            concerning fuel for stoves...what is the current fuel of choice? Cannister and if so how available is it to resupply at Reds or VVR?

            can't mail it to yourself can you?

            vera

            pdahl2@... wrote:
            Hi Eric. Regarding your questions:
            1. I would use something sturdier than flip flops such as sandals or water shoes.
            2. I believe there are commercial flights into Fresno which is much closer than LAX, SFO or Reno.
            3. Lots of granite in the Sierras so you will need strong tent stakes
            4. Water is usually plentiful along the JMT. I do remember two places where can be a problem. The north slope of Bear Ridge (just south of Lake Edison)can be without water in the late summer. On the final leg of your hike you will be without water between guitar lake and Trail Camp (about 10-11 miles I believe).
            5. The store in Yosemite Valley is well stocked. Since alcohol stoves are not very common I would call the store to check on availability.
            6. Your plan to use a duffel bag is a good one.
            Patrick

            "eric_s_bloom" <ebloom@...> wrote:

            >I am planning to hike the JMT north to south in late
            >July-early August and had some questions I hoped to
            >find answers for here on the list.
            >
            >1. Are flip-flops sufficient for stream crossings?
            >I usually carry a pair camp shoes, but would like
            >to use them in place of my boots for any places
            >I might saturate my boots.
            >
            >2. What seems to be the best way to get to the trail?
            >I have read alot online and in a couple guidebooks about
            >this, but can't decide whether to fly into reno, LAX,
            >or SF. Any opinions?
            >
            >3. Is the ground generally soft enough to use titanium
            >tent stakes, or should I bring a set that is more rugged?
            >(MSR Ground Hogs)
            >
            >4. From what I have read, water seems to be available
            >along the trail so that I don't need to carry more than
            >2 liters at a time. Is this generally the case?
            >
            >5. Since I am flying in, I can't bring fuel for my alcohol
            >stove. Is this available at the Yosemite trailhead?
            >
            >6. Does anyone have advice on flying with my pack?
            >My current plan is to put my pack in a duffel bag and check it.
            >When I get there, I planned to leave the duffel bag in a
            >locker at the airport.
            >
            >Thanks for the help,
            >Eric
            >
            >
            >

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