1. cindy
    cindy December 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Beautifully written, Ray, as always, and in tune with my own experience. I liked your presentation of the ‘wealth of goodies’ available in the hiker’s barrels. My first thought when seeing the amazing site of overflowing barrels (I’m a first-time JMT through-hiker) was folks who overpacked and were shedding what they could never use – pragmatic, business-like. Your description adds colorful, emotional dimension of each hiker’s decision-making.

    I had an encounter at the Cloud’s Rest junction with a borderline aggressive bear. I later learned that the bear was fed by prior backpackers. Sad for the bear and quite frightening for me. 7 bears sighted on the trail but none worse than the crazy bear at Cloud’s Rest.

  2. Denis Endisch
    Denis Endisch December 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Very nicely written, Ray. It always amazes me too how I can cover such long distances, crossing mountains and valleys, all in one day without ever being in a hurry.
    And the feeling when looking from the top of the pass into a long distant valley below, and thinking, “Wow, I was there just a few hours ago”… it’s awesome!

  3. Hikerpat
    Hikerpat December 24, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I recently purchased your e-book. Since it is on my iPad, I am able to take your story to the gym each day and read while on the treadmill. I have also purchased Tom Harrison’s maps and Elizabeth Wenk’s trail guide. They are they perfect combination of the technical and personal account of the JMT journey. They are the base of my research to prepare for the hike and will keep me busy during our Michigan winter! One thing I am having a little trouble locating information about is fishing along the trail. Most of what I have read assumes you know “something” about fishing. I need the Fishing 101 version. I was hoping you may have a suggestion for additional reading.
    Enjoy the holiday and thanks for sharing your story!

  4. Gary P
    Gary P December 31, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I love reading your blog Ray. I would like to speak to you when you get a chance. If you can e-mail me I would like to ask you a few questions. I looked through your site and haven’t been able to find your contact page.

  5. Russell Reinertson
    Russell Reinertson December 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I too was never bored on my hike. Every minute, every day, brought something new. I had music on my smart phone, but didn’t listen to anything until Day 16. I had failed to eat all my food the night before, and the lack of calories made me sluggish on the next day’s climb. The music helped me get up the hill, and I learned my lesson to force myself to eat, even if I didn’t want it.

    HikerPat, another source of info for fishing on the JMT is the High Sierra Topix forum.

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