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  • I'm doing section hike starting this Saturday/Sunday at south lake and exiting at onion valley over Kearsarge pass. I can park my car at one of the trail heads. Can someone please suggest transportation options and are there any advantages of parking at one trail head or other. thanks Swamy
    Swamy LLM Aug 29, 2016
  • ...reduce the weight, but will take more time. More days on trail means, you have to carry more food. Mike, great pictures. -Swamy www.llmswamy.com To: johnmuirtrail@^$1 From: johnmuirtrail@^$2 Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:33:46 -0700 Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] Photos Mike...
    Swamy LLM Jul 24, 2015
  • Last year I existed the trail from Muir Ranch. I reached Florence Lake store by 11:30AM. I waited for an hour near Jackass meadows campsite for hitch-hike. I did not see single vehicle. So I started walking towards Mono Hot Springs junction, hoping to catch some ride from there. I probably walked 2 miles before a camper from Ward lake picked me while returning from Florence Lake...
    Swamy LLM Apr 24, 2015
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  • Anyone know when last bus from/thru Tuolumne meadows to Yosemite valley starts (at Tuolumne meadows) ? Thanks Swamy
    Swamy LLM Jul 15, 2014
  • Interesting article. http://local.msn.com/drought-drawing-bears-near-people-at-lake-tahoe Reminds to be more diligent in keeping everything that attracts bears in bear can on the trail this year.
    Swamy LLM Jul 11, 2014
  • Well said. Had they extinct "naturally"; reintroducing them to same area does not seem logical (unless conditions changed from the time the species vanished). In this case, we pushed them to extinction. So reintroducing Grizzlies to Sierras is very good idea... -Swamy To: johnmuirtrail@^$1 From: johnmuirtrail@^$2 Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:31:17 -0700 Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re...
    Swamy LLM Jul 1, 2014
  • For backpacking, I use SIRUI T-1205X 5-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with SIRUI G-10 29mm Ball head. Together they weigh 2.5lbs. DSLR with zoom lens (say, 24-105mm/f4) weigh about 4lbs. To carry such weight during long exposures, you need very stable platform. I found this tripod a good balance between weight(2.5lbs), price ($250) and its weight capacity (20lbs). -Swamy To...
    Swamy LLM Jun 25, 2014
  • I made pants using breathable cuben fiber ( and in the process of making jacket). It's same material that Zpack uses for rain jacket and pants. It's stretchy and seems not as tear resistive as CF used in tents. I'm not confident that it last longer than one JMT trip. Cost (including gear life) vs. weight does not make this worth, IMO. To: johnmuirtrail@^$1 From: johnmuirtrail@^$2...
    Swamy LLM May 27, 2014
  • I'll go with Mission tortillas. Is there specific one lost longer than others ? I mean, corn vs. flour vs. support soft To: johnmuirtrail@^$1 From: johnmuirtrail@^$2 Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 16:47:54 -0700 Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: Tortilla shelf life I've had good luck with repackaging Mission tortillas as long as they are within the expiration date. I repackage them in gallon...
    Swamy LLM May 19, 2014
  • I just repacked dried mango pieces in to 20 individual ziplock snack bags yesterday. Seems that's not going work. I have food saver vacuum sealer. I'll transfer them to vacuum sealed packs. thanks for advice everyone. To: johnmuirtrail@^$1 From: johnmuirtrail@^$2 Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 15:59:43 -0700 Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: Tortilla shelf life I made the same horrific...
    Swamy LLM May 19, 2014