Look at all my stupid JMT panos.
I’m crying. I have this jittery antsy feeling, like I have to get back out somehow. I’m Tom hanks in castaway when he’s returned to civilization. I keep planning trips. I’m ready to wander again.
Someone today told me that I am happier and lighter than when they first met me in the spring. The summer changed me, because I got out from under the dark clouds of my ended relationship. I found peace. I want to stride forward with that.

4 am

I just finished a documentary on Netflix called “Mile… Mile & a Half”, which follows a group of friends hiking the John Muir Trail. Starts in Yosemite and ends at Mt. Whitney… about 200-ish miles!

The movie honestly gave me chills. The pure wilderness was stunning, and between that and a group of good friends, it just looks like it would be the trip of a lifetime.

I’ve been researching backpacking too. Equipment and such. Looks do-able.

The big issue though is my current physical state. Even just to do a couple of days, I need to be in a million times better shape.

Honestly, with the asthma, getting into that kind of shape would be a bitch. But I guess if I really commit to this as a goal for next summer, I could do it.

The lifestyle changes I’ve made in the last month have shown me that I do indeed have quite a bit of willpower if I’m really set on something.

I know Zack wants to try out backpacking too, so I’m going to talk to him about all this and make a plan. I think the two of us would be awesome backpacking buddies.

So I’m already planning for next summer. My goals are:

1. try out backpacking, something small, probably in Angeles National Forest

2. make reservations for a family camping trip in Yosemite

3. Ideally in June, around my birthday: two-week+ roadtrip to Grand Canyon, 2 or 3 Utah National Parks (Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches), and ultimately: Yellowstone! This I need to save up for– and my parents gave me a $500 travel credit for graduation, so maybe I’ll cash that in! Hopefully I can get the time off work too.

4. At the end of the summer, backpack to Glen Aulin from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite

5. Climb Mt. Baldy here in Angeles

And I’m sure I’ll think of more :P

This is definitely my favorite memory from this summer.

After hiking twenty-six miles through a portion of the John Muir Trail, my team and I arrived at the John Muir Memorial Shelter, a beautiful structure that has stood atop Muir Pass for over seventy years.

One of the guys on my team was the talented musician, Ben Sollee. What amazed me most about Ben was his adventurous spirit. He hiked every single step with a sixteen pound cello strapped on his back and never complained once.

When he got to the shelter, he took the cello out of its case and began to perform an impromptu concert. There I sat, on the rocks, with JMT and PCT hikers and the rest of my team, listening to Ben perform all the way to sunset. Words nor pictures can do justice to how beautiful this moment was.


Almost There - The Muir Project


above; looking west from crest at consultation lake and trail camp.

below: looking east from crest at sequoia national forest. the drop to the first ledge (foreground) will kill you…the drop after that will shred you…looking at over 1700 feet to that lake below.


olympus omd em5 | leica dg summilux 25 f1.4 asph | hand held | no crop

so my internship ended in portland. 

i flew to denver july 30.

and from then until the 21st, i was a nomad: 400 miles hiking/running/climbing though 8 national parks in colorado, utah, and california.

from august 5 to august 19, though, i hiked the PCT and the whole john muir trial, from south of mount whitney to yosemite in the north, meaning that in the course of 2 days, i visited the lowest elevation in the US (at badwater in death valley) to the highest (at mt whitney). the journey was 250 miles, with 50,000 feet of change, at elevations over 9,000 feet, with 35-45 lb.  on my back.

i also saw moab, capital reef, bryce, zion, and the grand staircase. 

i carried my friend’s ring to the top of whitney so he could propose to his girlfriend.

i deepened my most lasting friendships. 

i felt my knee recuperate all the while, and i learned a lot about the inner wild strangeness of myself and the world around me. 

i’ll be running again soon, but slowly. and i am aiming to run the grand canyon from rim to rim to rim this spring. 

kreepyotto asked:

Headcanon: I see Boom!Sonic be like a hiker, but he does the whole hike. For example: he would do the Appalachian Trail or the John Muir trail in whole. He would also communicate with Amy to see on how things are going and give updates.

Sonic is quite the adventuring type :) I could see that

JMT Gear Part 2

The last few weeks have been full of REI trips, resupply mailing, youtube video watching, trail report reading, and conditioning. We are ready for the JMT. Prep for this trip really started when I first heard about the trail, its history and its significance. Over the past year, this exciting idea in my mind has grown into a reality that I cannot wait to live. We are only able to escape for a week this time, but the entire through-hike is on our list in the next couple of years.

This gear is everything that I deemed essential, all 37 pounds of it. Mariah and I can’t express how excited we are to share our experience with everyone and if anyone reading this has done or will be doing the JMT, we would love to hear about it. Message us your tips, leave us a comment, or give us a follow!

anonymous asked:

Which 10 books?

The Dharma Bums and Big Sur by Jack Kerouac.

The Practice of the Wild by Gary Snyder (Which mountainsarecallingus got me because he is the kindest human being on the planet and is my new most prized possession.)

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran.

Leaves of Grass by Whitman.

A guide to the John Muir Trail.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.

And I also think that I’m going to order Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis because it looks like a really interesting read.

I figure these will tide me over for a few months and then I can just go home and switch them out as I finish them. 

We are 18 days from starting our 250 mile trek on the John Muir Trail. We have put forth so much effort in planning this trip. Unfortunately, the fires are threatening the reality of this dream coming true. At this point we are looking at all options for other thru hikes. Does anybody have any recommendations for a thru hike where the smoke/fire isn’t too bad?

August 21, 2015 

I’ve made it back from my John Muir Trail adventure and overjoyed to report that I made it the entire 220 miles from Yosemite Valley to the top of Mt. Whitney without serious physical or mental injury or harassment by bears, wolverines or aroused marmots. This will be the first of what I anticipate will be many blog posts featuring my photos and prose.

Even among the grand landscapes of the high Sierras, my eye is constantly drawn to wildflowers and mushrooms. Shortly before I left for my trip, somebody on the JMT/Facebook group posted a superb line (I wish I could remember his name to give him credit) about not focusing on the thread at the expense of the quilt. I pride myself on doing a decent job of that anyways, whether it’s in the Sierras or on my beloved local day hikes on Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods or elsewhere. But at the same time, on the John Muir Trail, eventually the boots need to be tightened, the camera turned off and I need to cover my miles for the day. I kept a good balance, doing a lot of photography in the morning while the lighting was still photo-friendly and then again in late afternoon after I’d set up my camp and I still had the energy to forage for good images.

Now I’m faced with a new quandary – I need to come up with a new adventure for next year. This year’s will be hard to top and I won’t even try. And I can’t even fathom another 320 day countdown.

Note: To my Facebook friends, many of you may have already seen this gallery last week when I posted in on that venue. I promise some fresh posts and images soon. 

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Bigelow Sneezeweed – Nevada Falls, Yosemite

Mariposa lily – Sunrise Mountain, Yosemite

Groundsel – Near Cathedral Lake

Wild mushrooms – Lyell Forks

Mountain Spiraea – Rush Creek, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Paintbrushes, lupines and friends near Island Pass

Angelica – Shadow Creek

Scarlet gilia (aka Skyrocket gilia) – Red’s Meadow

Shaggy mane mushrooms near Deer Creek

Pride of the Mountain (penstemon) – Squaw Lake outlet

Leopard lilies – Goodale Pass Trail

Wooly mullein – Lake Thomas Edison (Vermilion Valley Resort)

Juniper – Bear Creek Trail

Coville’s columbine

Wild mushrooms, Evolution Meadow, Kings Canyon NP

Lupines near Colby Meadow, KCNP

Rangers buttons and friends – LeConte Canyon

Monkshood – Middle Fork, Kings River

Amanita muscaria – South of Woods Creek Bridge

Pennyroyal – Rae Lakes area

Wild mushroom (possibly a bolete) – Bubbs Creek

Sky pilot – Forester Pass

Sky Pilot – Mount Whitney

Shooting stars – Trailside Meadow, Mt. Whitney Trail

Anderson thistle – Mirror Lake, Mt. Whitney Trail
John Muir Trail – 25 Days of Flowers & Fungus August 21, 2015  I’ve made it back from my John Muir Trail adventure and overjoyed to report that I made it the entire 220 miles from Yosemite Valley to the top of Mt.