1. Darryl & Jenika
    Darryl & Jenika August 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Hi Ray,
    My daughter & I met you at Red’s Meadows on the 29th during bkfst. We were speaking with the young hiker named Peyton. I just ordered your book and have since downloaded it. Thanks!

    The JMT could be also called “Join My Trail” but for many this is somewhat comforting. As long as I can find some peace and quiet when I do to decide to camp for the night I’m all for saying “Hi” numerous times on the trail. The friendships you make along the trail is part of the memories.

    Have a great hike and stay clear of the fires. Very smokey on our drive back to Reno for our flt back to Seattle.


  2. Chris Hauser
    Chris Hauser October 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Ray:

    I agree the federal agencies are doing an OK job, and I agree that the trail is not horribly crowded. In fact, meeting other hikers was a highlight of my trip this summer.

    My only complaints came from the capricious nature of some of the wilderness permit rules, and the lack of information available on the websites. When picking up my Snow Creek wilderness permit at Yosemite Valley this summer, I was informed of several rules about my permit (how far I could hike the first day, and where I could camp the first night) that were not available on the internet, and didn’t make sense from the standpoint of protecting resources. I understand the “philosophy” of some of these rules, but some of them are overly complex, or they are not clearly stated or mapped on the park websites. Also, many of these rules were formulated in the 1970’s, so they are not keeping up with the advance of technology (lightweight gear, etc) that allows backpackers to hike faster and further each day.

    During my JMT hike, I spent a lot of time thinking about my permit experience, and I think the wilderness permit system should consist of 2 simple things: no-camping zones, and trailhead quotas, allowing people to go wherever they want, once they are in the wilderness. Only very popular hikes (like Half Dome and Mount Whitney) should have destination-only permits. that give a hiker a limited number of days to reach their destination and return to the trailhead.


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