Follow Ellen on the JMT

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Follow Ellen on the JMT

Postby Ellen » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:18 pm

Howdy All :)

I start hiking the John Muir trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney on Saturday July 30.

Here is my itinerary, subject to change based on weather, trail conditions, and willingness to suffer :wink:

Day 1 (7/30) – Camp after the Sunrise junction (~15 miles)
Day 2 (7/31) – Evelyn lakes junction (29.5 miles)
Day 3 (8/1) – Garnett lakes junction (45.3 miles)
Day 4 (8/2) – Reds Meadows (58.7 miles) Food pick-up
Day 5 (8/3) – Virginia lake (74.6 miles)
Day 6 (8/4) – Edison junction (87.6 miles)
Day 7 (8/5) – Camp after going over Seldon pass (103 miles)
Day 8 (8/6) – Evolution meadow (115 miles). Food pick up at Muir Ranch
Day 9 (8/7) – Stars camp (131.5 miles)
Day 10 (8/8 – Deer meadow creek crossing (143 miles)
Day 11 (8/9) – Main South Fork crossing (155 miles)
Day 12 (8/10) – Woods creek junction (167 miles)
Day 13 (8/11) – Bubbs creek (179 miles). Food pick up at Rae Lakes.
Day 14 (8/12) – Shepherd pass junction (192)
Day 15 (8/13) – Artic lake outlet (203)
Day 16 (8/14) – Whitney Portal (218)

I've shipped food ahead to Reds Meadow and Muir Ranch and a friend is resupplying me at Rae Lakes.

My SPOT shared page: ... M9qss1pPNN

Miles of smiles,
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Postby neverwashasbeen » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:40 pm

Have a great time and we'll look forward to your TR.

Too bad the Spot can't send pictures.
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Postby Sally » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:14 pm

Hi Ellen,
The days are really flyin' by. I can't believe you'll be on your way in just a week! I'm going to be glued to your Spot.
Best wishes from your sis,
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Postby phydeux » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:19 am

Don't assume you'll be all alone; although the PCT thru-hikers should have passed through long ago, you should still see a lot of folks out there. Its a really popular hike and you'll be doing it at about 'high-season'. Should be fun, enjoy!
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Postby Cy Kaicener » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:37 am

That is really something to look forward to. 8)
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Postby Ellen » Sat Jul 23, 2011 6:05 pm

Howdy Phydeux :)

I'm looking forward to seeing other hikers. Sister Sally and Jim (CalicoKat) have told me this is the least solo hike I'll ever do :lol:

Howdy Neverwashasbeen :)

Have no fear -- I'll be taking pictures. Wait -- that reminds me -- I need to buy a camera :roll: So many things to do, so little time.

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Postby zippetydude » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:32 pm

Well well well. Looks like my family and I just might hook up with Ellen at Tuolumne. This would be twice with board folks - Walt and Jean met us up there a couple years ago. In the words of Toby Keith, "I love this board." Ellen, check your pm!

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Postby skunkboy » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:28 pm


Godspeed on your endevours. The JMT is on my bucket list of things to do before I get senile... which could happen any minute. I'll be following your SPOT progress, and look forward to you're epic TR with keen anticipation. Be safe, and have a ton of fun.


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Postby AlanK » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:35 pm

Ellen -- I hope you have a great outing. Hiking the JMT is a wonderful experience.
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Postby KathyW » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:04 am

Ellen: Thanks for letting us follow your adventure. I'm sure it'll be beautiful out there this year with all the snow on the mountains. Be careful on those creek crossings if the water is still high.

Here's a site where people post reports about their JMT trek:

Maybe someone will post a report shortly before you head out that will give you a good idea on conditions.

Have fun!!!

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