[pct-l] JMT thru hiking

Jonathan Blees Jblees at energy.state.ca.us
Sat Oct 25 12:48:05 CDT 2008


1. You and your friend are blessed as fathers to have such a wonderful adventure with your children. Have a great trip!

2. 8-10 days seems rather fast to me, especially for the JMT, which is the most beautiful part (so you might want to take more "view stops"), and one of the most difficult parts, of the PCT.  8 days requires about 25 mpd, and 10 days about 20 mpd, if you start at Tuolemne, a little more if you start in the Valley. My understanding is that most thru-hikers average less than 20 mpd -- but they're usually slowed by snow, which won't be a problem for you starting in late July.  So people "in excellent, athletic condition" carrying "packs weighing 25 lbs
maximum" are certainly capable  of 20-25 mpd. Btw, your choice of SOBO is good; you will acclimate on the 10,000-11,000-foot passes before hitting the 12,000-13,000-passes (and Whitney) further south.  

3. I will be hiking Taboose Pass - Tuolemne next summer, starting sometime between mid-July and early August.  Hope to see you on the trail!


Original Message:
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 21:05:57 -0500
From: "Scott Davis" <smdmd141 at gmail.com>
Subject: [pct-l] JMT thru hiking

My 18 yo son and I, along with another father and 20 year old daughter are
planning to hike the entire JMT southbound beginning late July 2009. As our
time available is limited, what is the shortest reasonable number of days to
hike the entire trail? We are planning to hike with packs weighing 25 lbs
maximum and are all in excellent, athletic condition.  We are hoping to
complete the trail in 8-10 days with 1 pick-up at Muir Trail Ranch.  Any
thoughts/recommendations will be greatly appreciated.


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