Back on March 10th, 2012, I made the first entry to this blog by writing,
“This blog has a single purpose: to get you thinking about hiking all or part of the John Muir Trail. Regardless of whether you’re an experienced backpacker or if you’ve never walked farther than from your car to the mall, I want you to seriously consider making this 200-plus mile trip through the Sierra Nevada.”
In the two years since, in ninety-nine blog entries, I’ve made my case for hiking the trail, and I’ve tried to be a source of good information regarding skills, gear, history, and anything else related to the JMT. I met several readers of this blog on the trial, last year, which was as personally rewarding as reaching the top of Mount Whitney.
Here are several posts that people seem to return to again and again:
When it comes to the history of the trail, the story of the first ascent of Mount Whitney ranks first, with the history behind the names of passes second. Did you know that Whitney was almost called Fisherman’s’ Peak?
Hiking the trail, unless you are moving VERY fast, means arranging resupply. Here are a few unconventional ideas on what to put in your resupply package, and a couple ideas on what to leave out.
Last, every once in a while I get an email telling me that “Hiking the Trail with Your Spouse” made all the difference in the success of their husband-and-wife adventure.
To all of you who continue to check the blog out each week, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The book is doing far better than I could have hoped, and I have some new ideas I’m looking forward to implementing in the near future. See you next Tuesday, when I start with the first of the second hundred entries.
Good hiking, Ray