1. Alec
    Alec May 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Your posts and book get me very excited for the JMT trip I am doing this summer! Thank you and keep it up!

  2. Chris
    Chris May 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for the great book Ray. Lately it seems that the real challenge to hiking the JMT is getting the permit(s). Have you any insight to the high denial rate, or possible workarounds? I am of the impression that while I’d like to train and plan for it, there seems little likelihood that I will be able to obtain the necessary permits. I am 64 and have can’t afford to “wait until next year”.

  3. Hikerpat
    Hikerpat May 8, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks, as always, for the great insights for everything “JMT.” I have been using the Sierra Mapper software you mentioned in last week’s post. It is amazing. I started with the whole trail, from Yosemite to trail’s end. However, I got a message I had to many “via” points. I learned to break the trip up in smaller sections. Since then, I have created, edited, adjusted and saved many pieces of the trail. The mileage and elevation profiles are great! I plan to continue until I get the itinerary I like the best. Although unexpected things can always happen, all of the wonderful resources, including yours, takes much of the guesswork out of the picture.

  4. Hikerpat
    Hikerpat May 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Funny you should mention those favorites! It is exactly the kind of insight us “first-timers” need. I have incorporated some of your favorites and others I have seen in either print or video format in our itinerary. Every time I think I might just have the perfect stops for breaks, meals or the night, I discover another great one! I guess that is why one run through is not enough for many people!

  5. Stephen
    Stephen May 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I agree with several of these.. Part of the first few night difficulty is the altitude adjustment and sleep apnea. ….although my daughter once said she felt like a “pig in a blanket” in her sleeping bag as she heard animals walking outside. Ended up just deer a few feet away.
    I hate that descent from Whitney so much that I am bypassing it gladly this year. Seems to go on forever.

  6. Erin B.
    Erin B. June 3, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    I laughed so hard at #5. I HATE the smell of my bear can. Even after I clean it out after a trip, the smell sometimes lingers. So gross.

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