Hey fellow Trailspacers... After considerable thought, I have decided to make the most of current circumstances which allow me the time to do something I have wished I could do, but thought I'd never have the chance. I've made the decision to hike the John Muir Trail (JMT, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir_Trail). Woo Hoo! :--D
I need some time to do some training hikes, and for other preparations, so I'm targeting a start date sometime in July. Typical trip times seem to range from 2 to 4 weeks, with 2-3 being most common. I'm not interested in a foot race, so I expect to be at the higher end of that range.
I'll be evaluating some new gear in the short term... possibly finally replacing my 35 yr old Kelty pack, probably find a lighter stove, maybe some new trail shoes, etc. Thank goodness for Trailspace, the outdoor gear community for good advice :).
I've got some trepidation about the required permit, since at this point the only option is a walk-up permit. I don't think most people decide to do this on such short notice :). But I'm told it is doable. I'll be hitting it at the peak of the season. :-|
I am super excited about this! In every account I've read, JMT thru hikers have said the hike was a life changing experience. As I'm in the midst of a life transition of my own, I expect this trip to be just the ticket.
I'll keep you posted as the planning progresses :).