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John Muir Trail ’13: I did it!

John Muir Trail ’13: I did it!

This is just a quick post to let everybody know, that I’ve successfully completed my thru-hike of the John Muir Trail in California. It was a really awesome adventure, I guess, it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done! The hike and the scenery have by far exceeded my expectations!

I did not encounter major problems, was fortunate enough to have no injuries at all (not even blisters, chafing or a twisted ankle) and also all the gear held up well, nothing important was broken or lost. I’m really surprised everything went so smoothly!

JMT Day 17: Crossing Forester Pass (4009m)

JMT Day 17: Crossing Forester Pass (4009m)

A windy night is followed by a windy morning, so I pack up quickly and start hiking just as Rob, Peter and John start preparing breakfast.

I have about 650 meters remaining to climb to Forester Pass. There is a lake half way up that seems to be protected from the wind. There I cook my breakfast at one of the few tiny campsites so many hikers have aimed for yesterday.

JMT Day 15: Pinchot Pass & Rae Lakes

JMT Day 15: Pinchot Pass & Rae Lakes

This was the first night that felt a bit cold. It was 5°C (41°F) inside the tent, but what’s worse is that I had some rather wet nights recently, either rainy or close to lakes. My sleeping bag seems to have soaked up some moisture and hence lost insulation.

Overall I didn’t sleep too well, besides drying the sleeping bag I will have to find a solution on what to use as cushion, my fleece jacket is not really working.