1. Doug Padrick
    Doug Padrick July 24, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Always a good read. Thanks. Where did you obtain medical care in Mammoth Lakes? There is no urgent care facility, only the hospital emergency room. Did you find a Dr’s office to take you on short notice? I am curious because 2 years ago I needed to seek some medical care at Mammoth for a minor issue that did need attention. It was a real hassle.

  2. Diane
    Diane July 24, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for the post, Ray. We are getting really nervous about our upcoming High Sierra Loop hike. We start in about 3 weeks, hoping and praying the fire will be out and the skies clear. If not, a lot of time and money has been spent, and 8 very disappointed hikers. Snow cancelled the hike last year, and now potentially fires. Everyone take good care,

  3. John Nouveaux
    John Nouveaux July 24, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I start NOBO out of Horseshoe Meadows exactly two weeks from today and fire with its attendant smoke is my single biggest concern. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  4. pam
    pam July 25, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Do you know if they evacuated the hikers that are currently on the trail?

  5. Steve M.
    Steve M. July 25, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Secured a thru-hike permit leaving Glacier Point on 09/18. I am happy to miss the kids and crowds but am concerned with: 1. Missing MTR by days of their season closing; 2. Rangers will have left the trail during my 18 day planned hike; 3. Early weather; 4. Navigation challenged and first-time JMT attempt. Planning and reading is in-process.

  6. Bob harman
    Bob harman July 26, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Ray, have followed your blog for long time. Your dedicated service to new hikers is amazing. Long time Sierra hiker and first time JMT starting Aug 26 NOBO. Thx and hope to meet someday on this amazing trail. Tenkara rod packed. Bob

  7. paul hepfer
    paul hepfer July 26, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I’m heading up to Edison Wednesday next week to hike JMT south for a few days, I hear smoke has just arrived at Edison, any idea how bad yet? thanks for your post Paul

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