John Muir Trail journal

From August 23 to September 13, 2015, I hiked the John Muir Trail, which runs 212 miles between Yosemite National Park and Mount Whitney in the High Sierras of California, passing through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, the John Muir Wilderness, Devils Postpile National Monument, and Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Parks. The journey was just as much an interior pilgrimage as a physical walk through the mountains. I carried a tiny notebook and a crappy blue ballpoint pen, and sketched and wrote every day. It has been personally fulfilling to expand these notes into an adventure story of sorts, and it is a joy to share them with anyone interested in hiking, nature, or the bizarre and miraculous circumstance of living as a human.

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If you have questions, are an aspiring hiker seeking advice, or would like to serialize or excerpt this journal, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this page and I’ll be glad to reply.

Here is my journey. Enjoy, and happy trails!

Nerves and excitement: or, how (not) to freak out before a thru-hike

The gift of the Bearikade

The green temple

Rollercoaster Up: Last words before the adventure begins!

What have I done?? or, first dispatches from Yellowstone National Park

The care and squelching of newbie nerves

The aspen fan club

Water… and comics!

Having Fun?

Nature loves a hexagon: At Devils Postpile National Monument

Slow down, hurry up

Smoke days

The fellowship of feet

In praise of traildogs

La extranjera (the stranger)

Speed and a Rede

All clear

Chasing Mr Inov-8

Hey Gorgeous

To Mount Whitney!: A photo essay from the famous summit

Touchdown in a silver convertible: JMT complete! Time to head down the other side of the mountain…

Sisterhood: For the stellar Ladies of the JMT

Statistics buffet: All the trail trivia you didn’t know you needed to know, including a JMT vs. AT throwdown

Sitcom wrap-up: Coming soon!

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