[pct-l] sierra miles
ukstoveman at hotmail.com
Fri May 18 01:25:28 CDT 2007
We thru-hiked in 05 in a relatively average time (5 months), doing
25+miles/day once trail-fit and not in snow.
We returned to hike the PCT/JMT mammoth to whitney last september (06), no
longer so trail fit, with two friends who've got good hiking experience but
are not thru-hikers.
We had no problem with average 15 mile days, the range being 13-17miles.
This meant c. 7am starts and 5pm finishes, with a long lunch break, and time
to swim in a lake or two each day.
On that basis, I'd suggest that if you're still at a similar level of
fitness to your thru-hiking days, then 15-20 miles/day should be fine,
assuming no snow.
We resupplied at VVR only, and carried a full load up bear ridge. I
unfortunately believed some JMT journals I'd read that said there was no
water on the way up bear ridge, so we carried 3L+ each. Around switchback 35
(the point at which I'd used about a litre) there was a short side trail to
a good creek... Murphy's law of hiking.
Have fun. We loved the JMT, particularly at a relaxed pace. We swam in lakes
that we didn't know existed in the snow!
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