1. Tim Thomas
    Tim Thomas August 23, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Ray, for an 8 hour hike plan – what kind of pace can you maintain? For these “typical” days, how many miles will you be able to get in and I know that’s really up to the person, but when I consider doing this in a year +… wondering how many miles I should expect to be able to complete in a “typical” day.

    I’d agree that earlier is better and think my schedule might closely match yours, it not just about 30 min later – obviously, don’t want to be searching for a campsite in the dark.


  2. Mark Gerow
    Mark Gerow August 23, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Ray it seems you are a man cut from a similar cloth. I agree to determine what you live about being in the wild and allow your routine to reflect it… Im planning G my first JMT next summer (2017)and am feeling overwhelmed but am chipping away at it all. Been hiking in the East all summer. Thx for your wonderful insights!

  3. Steve Netherby
    Steve Netherby August 24, 2016 at 4:02 am

    I continue to appreciate each of your posts, Ray. Wish I’d had this one before my JMT hike!

  4. Linda Selover
    Linda Selover February 7, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I started so late in the season, that my tent and sleeping bag were always damp in the mornings, so I wanted to dry them off before packing up. I always woke up around sunrise, but I seemed to always get a late start. Some people said that they could dry things later in the day, but I had cool and some cloudy and humid days, so I wanted to only pack a dry tent when ever possible. I never had a really “hot” summer day either.
    I want to start a bit earlier this year, to finish the Kearsarge to Whitney part. I would love an earlier sunrise during the hike.

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