So i am currently shaking my way down the west coast on the good ol Amtrak Train.. And tommorow sometime, I will be in Yosemite National Park, and wait for my dear friend Paul to show up. Amd from there it all begins!I guess I can back up a bit. So a few months ago, in January, I was in Salzburg and struggling through the school year. Paul and I were talking on the phone and he mentioned that he was going to submit a permit application for the John Muir Trail, and asked if I wanted to join; with out hesitation, I agreed, and on our first try, we got a permit (usually it is pretty hard to get permits for this trail). Slowly, we bagan to update some of our gear, or get new items like Bear Canisters which hold all of our food at all times in certain parks/areas. The Trail itself is about 220 miles begining in Yosemite Valley amd ending at Mt Whitney. We have a permit for 25 days, but we are hoping to complete it in 21-24 days. We sent one food drop about halfway, a five gallon bucket that gets hauled in to the muir trail ranch where they will hold it for us untill we show up. Here is a picture of all my gear layed out, not included is the shorts, underwear and tshirt that i am wearing:
On the top from the left I have the red rain jacket, the blue light hooded fleece jacket, the yellow nanopuff down pullover, then wool longunderwear top amd bottoms amd finally an old yellow stuffsack. In the next row, there is my collapsed trekking poles, a second pair of quickdryinh underwear, fleece gloves, wool socks, my buff(neck/hair gator), my trucker cap/sunglasses, crocs(campshoes), and then my hiking shoes (a lightweight trailrunning shoe), and light socks. Under all that, there is a bag with tp, my yellow sierra designs sleeping bag, orange big agnes sleeping pad, cellphone, charger, compass, headlamp, sawyer mini water filter and bag, bv500 bear canister, amtrak ticket, maps, empty recycled waterbottle, spork, stove, fuel, lighter, camp towel, bug spray, sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, a whistle, and a medical kit. My backpack is an osprey aether 70liter, which will hold everything and hopefully be comfy! Also, paul has the tent we will be using, along with the cooking pot we will be making any meals we want hot!
All geared up and ready to go!
I am planning on taking some pictures with my phone when i have battery, so in August, look for a post about the trail!!
As John Muir said: the mountains are calling and i must go!