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  • When I did Mammoth to Yosemite a few years back, we camped in the car campground at Devil's Postpile. It was a bit touristy, but clean and relatively quiet. First come... get there early in the day. I've never understood why the Devil's Postpile campground isn't more popular among JMT thru hikers. It is definitely more peaceful than the Red's Meadow campground and it is located...
    ravi@... Aug 19
  • For those who don't want to print the half mile maps on their own printer, a commercial print service is available (Yogis books) at a reasonable cost: Halfmile Printing Service Halfmile Printing Service We are a print-on-demand company. All sales are final. No returns. We offer printing services only. Halfmile creates the maps. If you have questions regar... View on www.yogisbooks...
    ravi@... Aug 13
  • The three quilt brands I researched were zPacks, Enlightened Equipment and Jacks R Better. Jacks was the only one that had inventory available to ship. EE and zPacks are built to order. Jacks seems to have a good reputation but isn't as well known and not as lightweight.
    ravi@... Aug 12
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  • Jen, I have no experience with the zPacks 20 degree bag yet. There was a 5-6 week wait for the bag and then I sent the regular width back for a wide which I should receive later this week. I'll be taking it on a trip to the alps later this month but probably won't be using it outside of the mountain huts. I anticipate really testing it out in October when I have a long AT section...
    ravi@... Aug 12
  • I recently purchased a zPacks 20 degree which is kind of a hybrid between a quilt and a sleeping bag. It is basically a hoodless sleeping bag designed to sometimes be used as a quilt. As part of the purchase process, I did a lot of research on how to evaluate the potential warmth of a bag. One of the key pieces of information is how the total weight of the bag breaks down between...
    ravi@... Aug 11
  • There is a small tributary of Rock Creek that was flowing well in June and is a mile or two prior to the large camping area but the stretch from Chicken Spring Lake to Rock Creek is mostly dry. It isn't a very hard section however, so shouldn't present much of a problem. I would like to try New Army Pass rather than Cottonwood Pass the next time I want to enter via Horseshoe...
    ravi@... Aug 11
  • Although in no way as scenic as the JMT, my favorite ~200 mile section of the PCT in Southern California was Idyllwild to maybe 15-20 miles past Wrightwood. I think that people who consider Southern California to be mostly desert will be pleasantly surprised by the contrast between mountain ranges, desert, and rolling foothills and resupply/trail towns are very good. It seems like...
    ravi@... Aug 10
  • The zPacks Multipack is nice piece of gear that I've used quite a bit this year. I couldn't use it successfully as a chest pack but it works pretty well as a pack lid and the weight is minimal.
    ravi@... Aug 10
  • By the time you get to Mt Whitney almost all food has been consumed and pack weight should approximate base weight plus maybe two liters of water for the way down to the portal (if avoiding the east side water sources). The pack should feel light. Many people leave their pack near the junction but I didn't and the light pack wasn't a burden. I wouldn't take a day pack along just...
    ravi@... Aug 9
  • I take all of these doomsday reports about too many people with more than a grain of salt. The PCT in Southern California this year was supposed to resemble LA freeways at rush hour due to Wild and the actual experience was nothing like that at all. I saw people every day but it wasn't overwhelming while on the trail or even at most town stops. The JMT is a popular trail but I don...
    ravi@... Aug 8