John Muir Trail 2013
Second installment of the JMT, this time taking ten days to walk 85 miles north from South Lake to Red's Meadow.
Three days of super-bad smoke emanating from Sequoia. 24-hour nausea.
At first I think that the Sierra has distinctive star-pattern rock formations. Actually, this is a typical dynamited rock.
Muir Hut on Muir Pass, altitude 11,955 feet.
Muir Trail Ranch is a strategic resupply point where hikers also shed unwanted items for other hikers to peruse. One German couple is disappointed to find that their resupply box has not arrived, but they are able to adequately resupply just by foraging the bins.
Everything is sorted nicely, whether one needs AAA batteries or a gigantic jar of peanut butter. I find a replacement for my missing trekking pole tip.
Ancient jeeps have great utility and last long in the Sierra.
The Muir Trail Ranch has a nice common room with an esoteric assortment of books. Rooms are a bit costly for many hikers so you don't meet the hoi-polloi here.
Stretch of green forest near Lake Edison, and the only place where there is cell service.
Mountain Hardwear frameless pack with DIY solar charger. Not really comfortable above 25 pounds.
Volcanic red hill south of Red's Meadow.