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  • I wouldn't worry too much. How old are your sons? usually there are more than enough cars and trucks up there, not too hard to get a ride and maybe even easier if you look like a family guy just wanting to get the boys down the hill to a shower. A good tactic is just to hang out at the cafe, have lunch and chat up all the people that drive up there just for lunch. lots of giant...
    robert shattuck Jun 4
  • "Looking for recommendations for a good camping spot before Silver Pass " If you're actually going to camp at Purple, then camping at or below Silver isn't really an issue as unless you're just really taking your time, you should be able to get over Silver, no problem. It's not a "Pass" like Mather or Forester, it's sort of easy, more like Donahue and while I always camp below...
    robert shattuck May 30
  • David, Yep, go with the green . . . i'd say once you're over hill and hit Bear Creek, you're following it for probably seventy-five percent of the way. Eventually though, the creek hangs a right and vanishes and for a while you're roaming over granite, marked off by cairns along the way, but a good eye will get you to the next trail detail and worst case if you lose the trail, if...
    robert shattuck May 29
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  • David, there are two trails that will get you back on the JMT, from VVR. One is the Bear Ridge Trail, with it's trailhead there at the end of the southern end of the dam. This trail sucks. it's always been very chewed up by pack animals, in a normal year, especially a drought year ( unlike this year ) there's really only one decent place to get water and maybe worst of all it...
    robert shattuck May 28
  • " Do people generally just rely on a headlamp or is a separate flashlight useful?" Take two headlamps. try doing anything with one hand; cooking, zipping up your bag, sorting through a pack pocet, moist of these things require two hands, or are at least a lot easier. Every time I brought a "flashlight" I would end up with it in my mouth, drooling, to get some task done and the...
    robert shattuck May 25
  • " How early should I mail them?" Phil, Three weeks is a great answer, but two would probably do and one might end you up in some trouble. I worked at VVR for a season and we usually made one or two official weekly trips down the hill to grab resupply boxes, but sometimes, things got in the way and there might have been only one run,or the unofficial run where the guy just plaion...
    robert shattuck May 24
  • I didn't look at the schedules that Mr. Moss posted, but if you're driving in and out from the east side then parking the car in TM makes good sense, but if you're coming in from the west side then parking in the valley, in the Happy Isles overflow lot, would work better---it would save you the task of driving up another two hours to drop off your car, then make sure you can get a...
    robert shattuck May 15
  • Dan, July 2017 on the JMT . . . and just my experience/opinion While you might be hiking on a lot of snow, you probably won't be hiking in it ; no snow storms or anything requiring any type of snow pant. I made this same mistake years ago, 1996, a decent snow year and the ski pants I brought along just contributed to the hefty useless weight of most of my pack. It's going to be...
    robert shattuck May 14
  • Klaus, Hope you know what you're doing because there's a very good chance you'll have the trail all to yourself in late September. In a normal season, everyone's pretty much done with the JMT by septemeber---the vast majority, the bucket-listers and so on, but maybe, doe the all the snow this season there will be a lot of late season hikers, but probably not---you will trulu have...
    robert shattuck May 9
  • How cold does it usually get? Days will always be sweaty t-shirt weather ( but a long sleeve shirt will serve you better ) but the nights can be chilly, down as low maybe as the mid-30's , but usually not that bad until getting into late august/ september or just as you get into the higher, colder country. Both staying warm and caloric intake are subject to individual experience...
    robert shattuck Apr 19