Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Here we are leaving for a hike. Primary focus? My feet. Dave is a willing participant for this walk, but above needing to break in new boots. I'm on boot pair number 5. We carried packs for fun. It was a nice quiet walk from Big Basin to the ocean with the exception of a portion of the trail shared with mountain bikers. 11 miles in 3 or so hours with an elevation change of approximately 1000 feet. Next time: more weight in the packs, greater elevation change. In July, we'll be starting the JMT at 10,000 feet and within 4 days, will summit Mt. Whitney over 14,000 feet.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The JMT Planning Center

The 13 pages of maps for our trip have been on the wall since March, but this weekend, we constructed 'JMT Planning Central.' A large white board for planning with several different colors of markers, an elevation profile created by Dave, the maps and a spreadsheet with all the possible campsites on our route have created quite an impressive preparation center.