In 2014 I attempted to walk the John Muir Trail (JMT). I walked for approximately 50 miles before I decided to bail out. The reasons for the failure generally stem back to my fitness and weight at that time. I was slow, over heating and unsure of going deeper into the wilderness.
At the start of 2014 I was on track in terms of fitness and my weight, in fact I went to the Everest Base camp (EBC) in the April and should of been in OK shape by September. I did the opposite of my intentions and the EBC turned out to be the pinnacle of my fitness.
The JMT is a 211 mile trek though the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, USA. It involves multiple mountain passes, wilderness, few resupply points and ends on the top of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. After that you have to walk back down Mount Whitney to exit the wilderness area.
Between the few resupply points all food has to be carried, and carried inside a bear proof container, the infamous Bear Can. The Sierra Nevada mountain range is home to 100’s of bears and the elusive Mountain Lion.
In terms of logistics, much is the same as 2014. A few tweaks to gear and food are likely but I don’t foresee anything drastic. One big change is the permit process, this has changed in the last year and has reduced the number of available permits from the trailhead in Yosemite. I will also be starting (provided I get a much sort after permit) slightly earlier than 2014, which means the trail will be busier and the valley hotter.
Well I will need to get a few miles in over the next year!