Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Grass Valley, Ca
Hammock: DIY "The Crippler"
Tarp: "Cuben Refugee"
Insulation: DIY "The Ex-gf"
Suspension: Whoopie Slings
Originally Posted by georgemaung
I did the JMT twice this past summer and I had no problem at all finding trees to hang. I take 3 hour lunch break everyday to fish and take a nap.
I used 5' tree straps and it was more than I needed. Pine trees are very strong!
I use torso length pad and 3/4 quilt. Perfect compromise. I had to use the pad when I slept on top of Whitney on my last day. If it is safe, try to sleep on top and catch the sunrise. You will be the very first person to see the sunrise west of Mt.Whitney, it is an amazing way to end the trip.
Bring a fishing pole, spices, to cook fish. Plenty of fish in the Sierra, they are small but fun to catch. I use Tankara and it was perfect for the Sierra creeks and rivers.
Try to hit up all three major resupply spots, even if you are not resupplying at those spots. You get to meet fellow hikers and I think it enhanced your social experience.
Take half day off and shuttle into Mammoth, eat some hot food and ice-cream, then come back hike in the evening.
Go and take the ferry to VVR and get your first free beer. Watch what you order, your tap will add up quickly.
Go and meet fellow hikers at Muir-Ranch, they are nice folks and they have power-strips to charge up your toys. Also, it is a great place to trade up your food with surplus food from other hikers.
Finally, don't worry too much. JMT is a very Social trail in the deep wilderness - the crown jewel of the Sierra.
Great info! Thanks a lot.