Posts Tagged ‘JMT’

JMT: Trip Journal Transcript
October 1st, 2014

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I thoroughly enjoyed keeping this trip journal during my hike. Here is a picture of the stamps on the title page. I didn’t feel lonely at all and writing stuff down my random thoughts kept me busy. These things are always worth the extra effort, but grammar could definitely use an edit.

JMT 2014: Trip Journal Transcript

JMT: Mammoth Lakes
September 22nd, 2014

Mammoth Guest House A Frame
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JMT: Climbers on El Capitan
September 22nd, 2014

El Cap

On my final day in Yosemite, I took the shuttle to El Capitan to see the big wall climbers. The park was hosting an “Ask a Climber (Ranger)” program on El Cap bridge where they set up telescopes for you to watch the climbing parties. I was so stoked for this, I showed up early and stayed for two hours.

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JMT: Yosemite Valley
September 22nd, 2014

Granite over the River

I finally made it to Yosemite Valley! Cross that off my NPS list. The waterfalls aren’t in season and I almost missed the giant granite monoliths in the haze, but once I started paying attention, I saw how awesome they really are. Look how cool this looks!

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JMT: Snow Creek to Half-Dome Camp
September 22nd, 2014

Half Dome Close-up

This view isn’t really from the JMT. It’s from the Snow Creek Trail just before it switchbacks into the Valley. Because the JMT was closed for the fire, I re-routed to Olmstead Point where I joined the Snow Creek Trail. Even though I missed out on Cathedral and Sunrise Lakes, this amazing campsite was the highlight of my trip. Best campsite ever!
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JMT: Tuolumne Meadows
September 22nd, 2014

Tuolumne Grill

Tuolumne Meadows is so beautiful, it inspired John Muir to campaign for the protection of the Sierra Nevada wilderness, but none of it is so beautiful as the Tuolumne Shop and Grill.

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JMT: Donohue Pass to Lyell Canyon
September 22nd, 2014

Lyell Canyon

Day Three of hiking included an early morning summit of Donohue Pass at 11k ft. It turned out to be extremely easy going northbound, but god bless all the people I saw coming southbound. That had to be a grueling day for them because I don’t think I took more than 100 uphill steps for the rest of the day after the pass.

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JMT: Garnett Lake to Island Pass
September 22nd, 2014

Pretty river after Shadow Lake

Day Two of hiking was way nicer than the first day. I went about 10 miles from Shadow Lake to beyond Island Pass. From Shadow Lake, you start up a valley that is so beautiful. Shadow Creek is cascading in big waterfalls throughout and you finally start seeing pretty mountains at the horizon. Some even have glaciers. They would be a more welcome sight had they not been swimming with rain clouds.

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JMT: Horseshoe Lake to Shadow Lake
September 22nd, 2014

Shadow Lake

Oh my first day of hiking the JMT, I started on the Red Cones trail at Horseshoe Lake in Mammoth, over Mammoth Pass, through Devil’s Postpile National Monument, and on to Shadow Lake. I think I hiked about 15 miles. It was fun to consult the map and try to figure out the way. Especially the first few miles before I joined the JMT, it was a little nerve racking. Shadow Lake, pictured above, is just down the trail from where I camped on the first night. It was really pretty in the morning light.

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JMT: Tiny Yosemite
September 18th, 2014

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