1. Steve Piccinati
    Steve Piccinati March 17, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Great story Ray – certainly demonstrates being prepared with the right gear!

  2. Larry Beck
    Larry Beck March 17, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Fantastic story Ray! You’re right.. that makes for one memorable evening! I can’t say enough about these Big Agnes tents. I’ve used the both the SL1 and the FC1 in heavy rain and in all cases stayed dry and toasty like a bug in a rug! I’ve never encountered that kind of weather at Guitar Lake though!

  3. Bob Welch
    Bob Welch March 17, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Enjoyed your story. Similar to my 2014 experience, though I managed a dip in chilly Guitar Lake before the storm hit. (We have a place on the Oregon Coast, and Guitar Lake seemed every bit as cold as the Pacific Ocean.) In my last-day weariness, I made the rookie mistake of setting up my tent with the opening facing into the wind. Bad idea. The thing ballooned up like a parachute but I was too tired to turn it around and, after the wind and rain stopped, I enjoyed six hours of sleep before a 2 a.m. departure for the top of Whitney, which we made just as the sun rose.

  4. Diane
    Diane March 17, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Great story, Ray! My goodness, the adventures never cease. Hope to get back there one day. Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories!

  5. Mike Boisvert
    Mike Boisvert March 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Always enjoyable to read your write ups Ray. What memories,aye!
    My son and I had a very similar experience in 2012. We had a short day from Wright’s Creek to Guitar. Just before Guitar lake all hell broke loose with lightning and thunder storms. We had dinner in the tent (also a Big Agnes that held up well). Then, the sun came out and as I opened the flap of the tent there was a gorgeous rainbow providing a dramatic last evening view before our hike up Whitney!
    The rainbow is a couple of minutes before the end of the youtube video I posted. If interested simply Google search;”John Muir Trail Boisvert”
    Mike B.

  6. Mick
    Mick March 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Ray, thanks for the write up. Doing the JMT is such and awesome experience it’s really cool to read someone else’s memorable moment. I agree, Guitar Lake is and unbelievalbe place and the final night on the JMT is something to remember for a lifetime. I also want to let you know I enjoy reading your blogs and “re-living” my own JMT hike.

  7. fred brockman
    fred brockman March 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Hey Ray,
    If I would have known you were so low on food that night, I would have given you some for the next day. You’re right — it’s a great feeling being warm and snug while the hail and rain pelts the tent. Summer 2014 had quite a few days where a lot of us were hiking during hailstorms with only our clothes or a few spindly branches as shelter! But those are sweet memories too.

  8. Rick
    Rick March 19, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Hi Ray,
    I have your ebook and are using it quite extensively for planning our JMT hike this coming July!
    I would like to buy another copy for a friend. How can do this and send it to his email?
    Any predictions on water availability/snowpack for this coming summer, based on California being in an official drought now?

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