Welcome to my new series, a collection of stories about my fortuitous 2018 John Muir Trail thru-hike. These are stories of adventure, misfortune, friendship, perseverance, and sheer darn luck.
This short story, the first in a series, starts on Day 1 of our John Muir Trail (JMT) hike of 2018. It’s a tale of danger and stupidity with a little splash of humor.
Planning a thru-hike on the John Muir Trail (or any other trail)? If so, then you're in luck! Brought to you by popular demand, I've provided a downloadable Excel workbook for you to as a tool to organize and keep track of everything!
Climbing Mount Whitney is an extraordinary experience, full of sights that are out of this world and struggles that feel almost unendurable. In the end, it is the most rewarding thing that I've done so far. In this essay, I share my tale of what it was like to ascend this magnificent mountain via backpacking the John Muir Trail.
Let's face it, planning for a long-distance hiking adventure can be daunting; there are a LOT of details to take into consideration. Before you can begin any overnight excursion out on the John Muir Trail (JMT), you will need to acquire a permit. This post offers a hassle-free step-by-step guide for obtaining a permit to hike one of the most iconic trails in the United States. As long as you have an open mind to hiking a non-traditional route (although it is becoming more and more desirable these days), then you can easily obtain your permit within a matter of hours...no waiting and no rejections.
Every single time I venture out into the wilderness, I learn something new. I believe there's always something to be learned from every experience, whether I've done it for the first time or done it a thousand times. In this article, I share some anecdotes, lessons learned, and a few entertaining bits of information that may be helpful to you on your next backpacking adventure.
The odyssey that is the Shepherd Pass Trail is told here to serve as a warning for those of you who will venture into the wilderness looking to take a 'shortcut' rather than follow the tried-and-true. Sometimes the path less traveled is such because it is a dangerous business. This is my account of the 'Shepherd Pass Ordeal'.
Read my tips on how you can avoid losing a pound of body weight and how you can even put some pounds on while backpacking the John Muir Trail.
It all started with the simple question posted by well-known trail angel, Donna “L-Rod” Saufley, from Hiker Heaven in California, "Did anyone in the [PCT] Class of 2017 see Stacey Kozel on the trail this year? Just wondering. No one we hosted mentioned a word about her."...