2012 JMT Fastpack
I’ve had to cancel this trip a few years in a row now. First time due to getting permits for too early and the Sierra getting too much snow. Second time I cancelled due to a sprained wrist/elbow from skateboarding followed by a sinus infection. Hopefully, the third time works out better. I’ve yet to finalize dates or get permits, but here are initial plans.
JMT Fastpack, southbound, full trail (Happy Isles to Whitney Summit), ~211 miles. The plan is to try and come in under 7 days, with one resupply (likely at Muir Trail Ranch). So that means I need to average a little over 30 miles/day. Coming off what I hope will be one of my best ultrarunning seasons, I should be going into the Sierra well-conditioned. I’m running the Grand Canyon R2R2R in mid-April, followed by plans to run the Bishiop High Sierra 50 Mile in late May. That leaves most of June and July to train for the JMT, which I’ll likely do in late July.
Here’s my preliminary gearlist. I’ll borrow the GG Spinntwinn shelter from a buddy. The only things not included are axe and crampons- carrying them depends on when I go and what snow levels are, though I doubt they’ll be needed. Too bad I have to carry a bear canister, otherwise I’d be in the 7lb. base weight range.
Gearlist comments appreciated, though I don’t have too much flexibility as I’m trying not to buy any new gear this year.