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  1. Matt
    Matt August 22, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Ray:

    What’s your start/end date this year?

  2. Ken Moore
    Ken Moore August 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    One of the great attributes of the JMT is the trail culture you describe. That is, taking your time and enjoying the amazing scenery of the Sierras. JMT hikers tend to hike from one Ansley Adams moment to the next. At least that is what I do. This summer, I through hiked the Oregon PCT. What an eye opening difference. Oregon offers few of the scenic delights of the Sierras, and consequently the trail culture is wildly different. Rather than planning stops and destinations to maximize the natural delights, the Oregon PCT hiker is more concerned with maximizing the miles and not stopping at all. To me, it was a great disappointment and a reminder of how special the Sierras and the JMT truly are.

  3. Jo Jo
    Jo Jo August 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Ray, you’ve got to try a 4-hour lunch break. Cook lunch, maybe take a dip, maybe rinse out the clothes, maybe take a nap. I usually read and play my flute. The key is to do anything other than walk in the heat of the day. You will be amazed how strong your legs are after four hours of rest. Plus, by the time I start walking again the cool of the evening has begun, the shadows have lengthened, and the sun is not punishing me. I rarely remember where I camp at night–I’m hardly awake there. But I really remember those long, lazy afternoons. Happy Trails

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