TAKE NOTE: As in our previous excursions, we can only accommodate a limited number - between 12 to 15. So we are giving priority to ACTIVE regular members AND those who have done big hikes with us. This is a 4-day backpacking event, on high mountains and big elevation gains. Experience with strenuous backpacking with us is a must.
WE WILL FORM A CORE GROUP TO DECIDE ON THE GROUP GUIDELINES, TEAM RULES AND HIKE DETAILS.
Previously, our excursions were mostly about day hiking. This time we are doing something different - multi-day backpacking. And what could be more exciting to hike and bond with the wilderness than a hike in one of the country's best backpacking destination - the John Muir Trail!
The John Muir Trail is the premier hiking trail in the United States.The trail starts in America's treasure, Yosemite National Park, and continues 215 miles through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, King's Canyon National Park, and ends at the highest peak in continental United States, Mount Whitney. The trail is home to overwhelming, massive mountains, pristine lakes and rivers, and abundant, teeming wildlife. Incredible, often breathtaking scenery and wildlife sightings are guaranteed.
Here are two sites that describe the JMT in full detail:
HikeJMT.com - http://www.hikejmt.com/index.htm
JohnMuirTrail.org - http://johnmuirtrail.org/
Our plan is to hike a section of it, around 40-50 miles. This hike is not about peak-bagging nor to race for records. So, we will be hiking between 10 to 15 miles depending on the hike terrain each day. Doing this will allow us to enjoy every mile, every meal, and every vista of it. Nonetheless, this hike should not be taken lightly as the trail passes through high mountains and the hike on high elevations makes it tougher.
As John Muir said: "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike." (from John Muir, The Yosemite, page 198). This is what this excursion is for. It's a time to be one one with nature's grandeur, test of our camaraderie, and enjoy wilderness photography extravaganza. For nature lovers and mountain goats like us, call it a retreat! Though this hike may offer us only a few days of wilderness experience, we know that it will fill us with many lifelong memories.
We will finalize the hike plan in the coming weeks. One possible option is to hike from Onion Valley and end at Mt Whitney. Another is to hike northbound from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite. And of course, this trip will include a side trip to shorter backpacking outings depending on time and location. I will let the selected core group to decide on the details.
Most important, you must be an experienced backpacker to handle the rigorous demands of this trip.
Initial deposit: The estimated cost for the camping fees, carpool, permits, hotels, and group/shared supplies will be around 400$ You need to pay us a deposit of 200$ before end of January. We will require the additional/remaining fees around May. Any unpaid spots will be offered to the waiting list or others.
TAKE NOTE that if you change your mind along the way, we may not refund you until after the event, once we get all costs settled squarely by all. And there is no guarantee that you will get back the full amount.
WARNING: Wilderness conditions can change suddenly. Weather conditions may alter plans. Hiking trails can be rugged and rough. Be prepared!
Liability Waiver: Outdoor recreation activities are by their very nature potentially hazardous and contain risk. All participants in such activities must assume the responsibility for their own actions and safety. The outdoors are forever changing. No book can replace good judgment. The organizer cannot be held responsible for inaccuracies, errors or omissions or for changes in the details in this hike or for the consequences of any reliance on the information contained herein or for the safety of people in the outdoors.