1. Deb
    Deb December 17, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I’m planning for 2015 myself, but this is great advice, some of which I’ve already followed! You’re the best, Ray. Thanks!

  2. John Ladd
    John Ladd December 17, 2013 at 6:08 am

    I’d add trying to limit weight gain between now and Jan 1 and then (for many people) trying to shed 10 lbs or so. It takes about the same amount of effort to carry an extra 10 lbs on the gut as an extra 10 lbs in your pack.

  3. Bob Pedigo
    Bob Pedigo December 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    One more to add to my personal list for preparing a 2014 hike: interview Ray Rippel! Thanks for keeping my interest Ray, but now you’ve just blown my plans to relax over the holidays. Holy cow, how’d I get behind my JMT planning already??? So much to do, so little time…

  4. Tami
    Tami December 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    All great pointers! Your book was the first thing I bought last year. And all along the way, remember to be flexible in your planning! take if from me–3 days before we started, we couldn’t get to our trailhead! We laughed often on the trail about the ‘Kitchen Table Plan’…once you get out there you just can’t help but stop here and there even though it means you have to camp somewhere other than planned!

  5. Stephanie Dolan
    Stephanie Dolan January 5, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Thanks so much Ray for making such a thorough and inspiring blog. 2014 is definitely my year! I lived in Yosemite back in the early 90s and it was truly one of the best experiences of my life. Worked some crappy jobs (Happy Isles before the rock slide) and some great ones (ice rink, and Tuolumne Sidehall cook) but I got to live there and, as girl from Louisiana, I had never seen a place so absolutely stunning. I thanked my lucky stars everyday. But then life got in the way of life, I moved on from the mountains to the big city, and I realized I had only been in the park twice, maybe three times since I’d left in 96. I live on the east coast so it’s not exactly close. But then last summer visiting some friends in Cali, I said screw it, I’m here! I’m gong to Yosemite. So, I borrowed some gear and hiked a quick overnighter on the Young Lakes loop. I was so in awe of the beauty and majesty of the Sierras but at the same time t was like hanging out with an old friend. Right then and there I decided I was gong to thru-hike the JMT. I’ve been planning ever since. Your blog has been a great resource! Thanks so much!

  6. Jane Udall
    Jane Udall January 7, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Love this resource ! Thank you , Ray! Did 80 miles of JMT last summer and plan 80 more this. Last summer my 60 year old feet were aching. I need sturdier boots this summer. Any suggestions for women’s boots? I carry about 27 lbs.

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