1. Steve Netherby
    Steve Netherby March 1, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Hi, Ray. Last September, I finished the JMT four days before my 70th birthday. Took no zero days, because I started three days behind schedule and had to push hard to make up the days to hit a rendezvous/resupply at Onion Valley, off the Kearsarge Pass. Did indulge myself with four nights in off-trail beds, though I hiked even those days. Have to say I felt strong each day, and finished strong at Whitney Portal, but felt the beat-up part at home after the hike. Had lost 20 pounds—much of it upper-body muscle, and one of my knees is still recovering. Would have loved some zero days for fishing, swimming, exploring, and allowing the muscle recovery you mention. Great post as always! Thanks. P.S. Muir Trail Ranch had no rooms available when I arrived there, and they don’t sell beer!

    1. Ray
      Ray March 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Thanks, Steve. When I retire my intent is to take more zero days, just to spend more time in these lovely places. I could easily see myself spending two nights and a full day at Marie Lake, for example. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Darryl Abrahms
    Darryl Abrahms March 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks, Ray. Great post!

  3. Kelly Fitzgerald
    Kelly Fitzgerald March 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    What!? No beer at Muir Trail Ranch!!??

    1. Ray
      Ray March 5, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Not without a reservation! (Actually, now that you mention it, I’m not sure they have beer even with a reservation, but then I’m not a beer drinker, and I wouldn’t have noticed.)

  4. Jim
    Jim March 13, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Remember to leave space in your MTR resupply bucket for that beer or other refreshing beverage.

    Nice article about zero days. I look forward to the next installment.


    1. Ray
      Ray March 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Jim! Appreciate the comment and good idea. You would have to send it UPS, though. No alcohol in the US Mail.

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