1. Debra
    Debra April 22, 2014 at 4:12 am

    I really enjoy your blog, Ray! Thanks for the imagery and adventure.

    1. websailor
      websailor April 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

      I’d add two other items – 1) being sad that your wonderful trip has to end. You had such a wonderful adventure up until now, but next, going back to your normal life, pales in comparison. I found myself wishing that I was not out of food so I could just keep on going on a trail. And 2) anticipation of a real (big) meal at the Portal. That alone kept me going through the second and third sections above. I agree – don’t underestimate the trip down to the Portal!

  2. Loren
    Loren April 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Going for July 4, 2015 start
    Boy Scout Leader

    As always great job Ray. Two years ago, I did Whitney from Kearsarge Pass with friends who had been segmenting the JMT. One thing I was horrified at was coming down the switchback section and noticing (you can’t help but notice if they don’t even leave the trail) the folks coming up the trail urinating at various points. Also, several wag-bags left for someone to pick up (Pick it up on the way down? Right.). The trail has several spots were snow/ice melt cross. Then, about two thirds of the way down, there were hikers watering up from the melt on the upside of the trail trial!!! When I told them it wasn’t a good idea to water up there, I got a blank look (they were from another country). I can only imagine the look on their faces at they continued their ascent. I have since heard a funny summary from an experienced JMT hiker, “The only thing pretty about Whitney dayhikers is their smell.”

  3. Kevin Warner
    Kevin Warner April 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Ray… ordered your ebook and read it tonight. Loved it! Thank you! I now hit trail to do JMT in 99 days! I must know what the name and maker of your hat you wore on your hike is. White hat w/ beige and and white head band. Thanks!!! Kevin Warner

  4. Mike D.
    Mike D. May 9, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Your writing has inspired me. When I started to hear about the JMT I wanted to do it. Now that I learn more of what it takes to do this between the permits, weather, my body it has cast some doubts on myself. After reading your blogs I want to do it again.

  5. Robert Perkins
    Robert Perkins May 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Ray, thanks for all of the thought-provoking articles. I find myself very contemplative on my last day. It’s very bittersweet wanting to finish and get off the trail, but knowing you’ll miss it VERY quickly after you’re off and home for awhile! Just a note: I think it’s 11 miles down from the summit of Whitney. I have 6 weeks until I take off for my annual JMT trek, I can’t wait!!

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