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."...
Disclaimer: I don’t really think I’m going to die. Although, the conditions and terrain are dangerous, I believe that the use of skills and common sense will see us through the hike safely (it’s just going...
Prepping to hike the John Muir Trail (JMT) can be daunting, there are so many things to take into consideration: permits, which direction to go, transportation and logistics, gear and equipment, and elevation. The final thing that needs to be considered, but probably will consume the most time and is the most labor-intensive part of the planning process (in my opinion, other than training), is the food.
In addition to determining how much food to buy, what food to buy, and how the food will be prepared, you will need to consider how much the food is going to weigh. Seriously, who knew food could be so complicated?
The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a 211 mile long trail that runs parallel to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, named for naturalist John Muir. Here are 15 reasons why you should hike it.
Hiking is a treacherous business. I haven’t even loaded up with a full pack yet and I’ve just about killed myself…ok, maybe not killed myself, but surely embarrassed myself. It all started before I even began...