1. Tim Flanagan
    Tim Flanagan April 19, 2016 at 4:01 am

    For me the orders of the questions were reversed. Undoubtedly, the first question I would get last year as I told family and friends about my summer plans, was about guns. And although, I like guns (what military guy doesn’t?) the extra weight, and of course the lack of utility on the trail for a weapon made it an easy decision to forego carrying…now another 3 hour wait in Richmond for Amtrak? Might make me reconsider and mail it back home from the post office at Yosemite this year…(Just kidding)…

    I did see folks turn around on both the sub-dome and the cables last year…I talked to a couple of them and they were very upset…kind of disheartening to see….but if not comfortable with heights, people need to remember that this is not Disneyland….no harnesses, no tethers…Clint Eastwood was right…” a man has to know his limitations:”…

  2. John
    John April 19, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Thanks for the article. I’ve wondered about the ledge walk down from Forrester (though we’ll be NOBO so that will be our first big climb). Your photo is probably the best one I’ve seen.

  3. Rick
    Rick April 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Wow – great timing on this. My neurotic fear of heights (or more accurately, drops) was kicking in yesterday while looking at some snowy videos of that section of the JMT and the snow chute crossing. Edge-of-cliff walking and my back acting up (I herniated a disc the day I came off my last 10 day backpack) have been my 2 biggest worries. Now I can focus on my back.

  4. Eric Moss
    Eric Moss April 19, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for the article. Oddly enough, I was hoping for lots of photos of precarious footings near shear drop-offs. 🙂

  5. Trinka Gillis
    Trinka Gillis April 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    In my experience, the trail to the top of Whitney was the most frightening.

  6. Gail
    Gail April 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    When I did the southern portion of the JMT in 1980 the dreaded chute on the south side of Forester was snow and ice covered and was definitely frightening to me. Also portions of Trail Crest between Guitar Lake and the Whitney cutoff trail were very narrow and exposed (you didn’t mention Trail Crest at all – maybe that trail has changed since 1980?) I don’t remember being uneasy on the cutoff trail up to the top of Whitney. I may have been so oxygen-starved at that point that my memory was impaired…

  7. Gail
    Gail April 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Oh, and btw, that’s a great photo.

  8. bob@bob.com
    bob@bob.com April 20, 2016 at 3:35 am

    About that picture…

    is that an overhang in the bottom left quadrant made of a bunch of small(ish…relatively) rocks wedged together, or an optical illusion?

  9. Lee
    Lee April 20, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Did the JMT SOBO for the first time last year. Your awesome pic was the hardest part of the trail for me by far! (Definitely did not do half dome!!) It’s the thought of falling and dying, not the heights itself. Fortunately the trail is wide enough and not that long across south of Forrester so I slowly traversed successfully–and what other option is there at this point? Trail Crest to the summit has a few spots as well but there are places in between to regroup and most of the way a slip would not mean death! The only other spot is the cable going up the switch backs section. There was ice there on our trip and the cables are precariously close to the edge–tough choice. Hope that helps another climber similar to me. Being able to see and read about this challenge beforehand was definitely a big plus for myself.

  10. Rick
    Rick June 9, 2016 at 4:06 am

    So how does the exposure on Forester Pass compare to the trail up Whitney?

    …at least I have no fear of [but lots of respect for] bears – I’ll probably see more in my back yard in the next month than I’ll see on the trail.

  11. Esther of Local Adventurer
    Esther of Local Adventurer September 30, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I’m hoping to hike the JMT, so this is good to know! 🙂 I feel like I would be crawling through the section in your photo, but if you say it’s not as bad as Half Dome, maybe we can do it! Although I’m not sure how we managed to make it up to Half Dome. I almost had a panic attack and turned back at sub-dome, and I’m not too eager to do it again. haha

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