1. Bruce Goodman
    Bruce Goodman July 19, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Hi Ray,

    I enjoy reading your blog as I prepare for hiking the southern half of the JMT. I start 4 weeks from yesterday at Horseshoe Meadow/Cottonwood Pass to Piute Pass/ North Lake.
    In your blog about your Guitar Lake day, you mention a packer problem. Did you miss your resupply? I ask because I have a resupply set up with Berner’s at Charlotte Lake. You don’t have to mention names but I’m curious about the details. Also, I noticed in one of your videos that your finger tips were taped. My finger tips split after more than a few days on the trail due to dryness, pulling zippers, closing zip loc bags and opening bear canisters. It is very painful. I posted about this recently on the forums looking for preventative tips and advice. Can you provide any information?
    Bruce Goodman

  2. Kathy
    Kathy July 19, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Great article as always. I remember the post about the packer. You did a fantastic job on that post. I’m not anti-packer either, but the one time I used one was not a good experience either.

    Love hearing the story about the storm. For some reason, I tend to enjoy them quite a bit, as long as I’m in my tent!

  3. Jason Kucinski
    Jason Kucinski July 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm


    Fantastic article as always. I love reading about other people’s experiences. Though, we may hike the same trail our experiences will be different. Just a few hours I stepped off the trail after doing a day hike to Upper & Lower Cathedral Lakes, plus the pass. What an amazing experience! It left me wanting so much more. However, it gives me a good taste of what to expect for the entire JMT. My good friend who is wanting to hike the JMT with called me to say, “I better get my a** ready.”

    Keep the great articles coming, I always look forward to reading them.


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