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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 18: Almost there…

JMT Day 18: Almost there…

A short day – The goal is to arrive early at Guitar Lake, mainly because it is the last reasonable camping opportunity before the climb to Mount Whitney. So virtually everybody will be camping there and the latecomers will get the less-then-ideal campsites.

I start at 7:45 and the first thing I see in the morning is a boy in a bathrobe. Am I really awake already?

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.