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 Peak(s):  John Muir Trail - 46,000 feet
 Post Date:  08/01/2010
 Date Climbed:   07/24/2010
 Posted By:  JakeK

 John Muir Trail   

John Muir Trail

Date: July 14-24
Total Miles: ~224 miles
Total Elevation Gain: ~46,000 feet


I moved to Salt Lake City back in the beginning of June, and had intended on making a trip back to CO to finish the 14ers in July. But when a great job opportunity came up for me, Andrea and I only had time to do one "big trip" this summer. There was no question that it was going to be the John Muir Trail, so off to California we went!

I have day-by-day recaps, photo galleries, videos, gear/food information, and anything else you can think of on this page: http://wasatchandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/07/all-of-jmt-links.html
It is a pretty good resource if you are interested in the JMT or long-distance backpacking in general. Our daily recap video is here.

I'll keep this short (you can read all of my blog posts if you're interested in more details on the trip), but I can't even begin to express how amazing it was to hike the JMT. We had never done a trip longer than 3 days before, so attempting a 220+ mile hike (and finishing in 10.5 days) was above and beyond anything we had even done. It was easily the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life; we had an absolutely incredible time. On the final morning, we climbed Mt. Whitney (14,505ft) in the dark, and stood at the summit of the lower 48's highest peak as the sun broke over the horizon. It was almost a surreal moment; something neither of us will ever forget. The Sierra Nevada is an absolutely beautiful range... if you have to chance to visit, hike, and climb there - don't pass it up!!!

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Donahue Pass


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Island Pass


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Thousand Island Lake


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Lake Virginia


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Typical Sierra views


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Wanda Lake


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South of Forester Pass


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Rae Lakes


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Mt Whitney


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Mt Whitney


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The starting point, Happy Isles


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Thousand Island Lake and Banner Peak


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Silver Pass


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Campsite at Evolution Lake


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Muir Pass (I couldn't resist climbing to the top of the hut!)


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Wildflowers


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Mather Pass


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Pinchot Pass


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The south side of Glen Pass


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Every place you stopped for a break had amazing views


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Our campsite below Forester Pass


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Forester Pass


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Our campsite below Mt Whitney


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Daybreak on Whitney


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After 211 miles of hiking, we watched the sunrise from the highest peak in the lower 48


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Mt Whitney summit


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Silver Pass


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Crossing Mono Creek


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Heading up Seldon Pass


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Day 6 - Entering the John Muir Wilderness



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (10)
kaiman

Wow!     2010-08-01 13:30:34
That looks like an awesome trip... I really enjoyed your photos (the shot of Rae Lakes is incredible). Congratulations on a job well done.

kaiman


mountainjam


Excellent!     2010-08-01 16:07:13
Thank you for posting the great pictures and video, I really enjoyed them. Looks like an amazing trip, one that I would love to do someday. Job well done indeed!


Johnson


Wow˛     2011-06-02 08:57:39
The wide angle shots are superb.


jhambro


Amazing photos!     2010-08-01 17:20:27
I really enjoy reading some of the non Colorado 13er/14er trip reports on here. A few weeks ago someone had posted a very extensive trip report on climbing Everest. It was a blast to read. This photo report was equally as fascinating. Those pics are absolutely beautiful. Great job.


JA_son27


Nice!     2010-08-01 17:34:27
I loved your video, maybe my wife and I will hike something that extensive one day.


dmccool


wonderful     2010-08-01 17:48:10
truly amazing. what a monument this will be in your marriage. congratulations to you both


wooderson


Jealous!     2010-08-01 18:36:21
Can't help but turn a little green with envy reading this report. The JMT is something I've always wanted to do but could never swing enough time off work (not sure I could push it in just 10 days like you guys... pretty impressive).

Great report, gorgeous photos.... might just be the inspiration I need to finally say the hell with work and do this! Congrats and thanks for sharing a very cool non-CO experience.


CRAIGO


GET A ROOM!!! (Image #25)     2010-08-02 12:47:34
JK- awesome pics and looked like a fantastic hike!


JakeK


Thanks Everyone!     2010-08-02 14:41:55
Glad you all have enjoyed the pictures and report. Its hard to take bad photos in those parts! Wooderson - find a way to do it... you'll never regret, I can guarantee you that!


kimo

Wow, just Wow!     2010-08-03 12:04:24
All the words that come to mind - well - I'll just keep them to myself. No worries - they're all GOOD.

And to think I lived just 4 hours from there for nearly 30 years and never made it. Your reports really capture the mind-blowing beauty of the Sierras. Congratulations on completing the JMT!



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