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Hi there, I am new here so please be gentle with me... Any suggestion is highly appreciated!
I plan to hike the JMT this early July and need some advices from experienced JMT hikers. I am a landscape photography hobbyist and have to carry ~15 lbs extra weigh of gears, so although I have really thought hard on the gear and food I need to carry, seems it is almost impossible for me to cut the weigh of my pack below 50 lbs. Doing landscape photography means I can't walk fast anyway (need wait for the lighting), so I guess the weigh might not be a big issue.
My questions are:
1. temperature condition: how cold it can be in high passes in the night? I plan to layer with a Arc'teryx beta AR hardshell, Arc'teryx atom LT hoody as middle and icebreaker 260 as base, is this combo enough for the night when I am doing night photography?
2. do I need crampon (or Yaktrax) in early July for high passes?
3. Do I really need a bear spray? (another 10 oz of weigh that I really don't want to carry.)
4. what's the average weigh for people on JMT carry? I saw pictures of hikers on JMT with incredibly small pack with obviously no bear canister, and probably doesn't even have enough space to hold more than 4~5 day's food, I am really amazed. How could they do it?
5. Stream crossing: any really challenging ones?
Any comments and suggestions are very welcome. Thanks in advance!