1. Robin Yee
    Robin Yee January 31, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Helpful article, thanks! Regarding your comment about undoing hip and sternum straps before water crossing, that doesn’t appear to be universally agreed. Some argue that an unsecured pack is more likely to shift and cause the hiker to lose balance, perhaps at a critical moment. Your thoughts?

  2. Mark B.
    Mark B. January 31, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Good thoughts Ray. Another advantage of a high snow year is that the water situation is much better late in the season. Most water sources will have plenty of flow for hiking well into September for those who can go later in the year.

    Last winter was pretty much an average snow year, and I had plenty of available water for my hike in the second half of this past September. That should be even more true this year if this snow holds up. For those that can go later, it means less hot weather, less rain, smaller crowds, and no mosquitos. It was perfect conditions for the hike.

    Just a thought for another benefit of all of this snow.

  3. Johannes Staab
    Johannes Staab February 1, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Dear Ray,
    I enjoy your informations since I hiked the JMT in 2014. They worth to read!
    I wan’t come back so soon but I have an advice. Nobody knows what will happen at night. So would it be possible to take a wild trail camera with you to record which animals will look at you while you’re sleeping? See: walkingwomad.com who saw a cougar and posted an incredible text and foto.
    Yours Johannes

  4. Johannes Staab
    Johannes Staab February 3, 2017 at 2:57 am

    s. August 24th,2014 John Muir Trail
    Greetings – Johannes

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