1. Richard Chan
    Richard Chan August 7, 2018 at 12:32 am

    Hi Ray,

    Richard here! I had the pleasure of meeting you and Kathleen when I was hiking from Glacier Point. Finished my thru-hike on the 28th morning. I am back in Singapore now.

  2. Carol
    Carol August 7, 2018 at 6:55 am

    I did my break before Donohue at the same place you showed, Next time I’d like to camp there and do my breakfast break (I tend to want to just get going right away and then stop 1 hr later) at the little rock crossing up a bit further.

    I have the Helinox Zero Gravity chair and I know it’s a complete luxury but I really enjoy it

  3. William Byron Nevins Jr
    William Byron Nevins Jr August 7, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Hi Ray –
    I’m still enjoying your tip about getting off the trail for breaks. It has improved my wilderness experience measurably. Consider re-running it. The word has NOT gotten out! Most hikers seem to plunk down right next to or even directly on the trail itself for breaks.
    Of course, OTOH, I don’t see the hikers getting off trail for breaks!

  4. Bob
    Bob August 9, 2018 at 12:36 am


    As you know, I am a big fan of your tips for making the JMT both pleasurable and memorable. My own partial hike experience last summer suffered from too aggressive an itinerary, unfortunately due to limited time available. But I did take your advice and bring that REI chair…and with my bad back, it was a lifesaver! That will take precedence over any other luxury items the next time I head to the wilderness. My friends laughed at me when we were in the planning stage, but nobody laughed after the first day on the trail. (-8. Always good to read your blog, I’ve picked up endless tips from you and they have proved their worth. Thanks for putting in the time and effort to keep us all on the right path. Aloha! Bob

  5. Mike Mercier
    Mike Mercier August 9, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    What will the park service likely do if the fire prevents a start from an assigned start (Happy Ilses on 9/5)? Coming from out of state, I would like to know if I should reschedule my flight or even send my resupply to Tuolumne P.O. If my permit is no good I hesitate to invest more money or have my daughter take her valuable vacation days on a no-go.

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