1. Bob
    Bob June 30, 2015 at 8:03 pm


    I am definitely NOT an early riser. Here in Hawaii, everyone seems to get up way earlier than my body wants to, and I struggle to become awake by the time I get to work in the morning. (I’ve actually cultivated quite the autonomic function of getting up, getting ready, and going to work while half asleep–even stopping at Starbucks on the way.) But your description of the early morning hiking experience makes me want to do it! Only problem will be getting my body to follow my mind. Then again, I have often experienced a natural body clock that wakes me up just when I need to on days of extreme anticipation (important work day, interview, travel). So if I can psych myself into thinking that I MUST be up by 4:30 or so (sorry, 4AM is just toooo early!), maybe it will work. I’ll have to test that theory out. Thanks, once again, for inspiring me to do something fun, something interesting, something different.

  2. Karen
    Karen July 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Interesting idea. I could do it; I love getting up early, but I’d be getting a serious head start on my husband, who sleeps most of the morning if he can!

    Do you have a particular headlamp that works well for the early morning hikes? I’m in the market for a lighter weight one, so wondering what is effective for hiking in darkness.

  3. Richard
    Richard July 1, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Go this Sept – Oct possibilities?
    Are there suggestions on any possible way for 2 to complete the entire JMT (permits and all) this Sept 15 – Oct 15 at the latest???

  4. Heather
    Heather July 5, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I just got done yesterday with a 9 day section hike from Red’s Meadow – Keasarge Pass. The thunderstorms have been torturously all night, in the afternoons (later than the normal 1:30pms), and again at 7:30pm. If we hadn’t gotten up early, we never could have cleared a pass per day. Appreciated the cool weather & beautiful pics w/ plentiful clouds!

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