My JMT adventure was a series of up and down moments. I had a great time and a few ‘moments’ too. The JMT is a great walk and one that I will complete. I completed around 50 miles on this trip and it was quite stunning, yet I know the best is regarded to be later along the trail.
I was (to be blunt) too big/fat to do the trek justice. I struggled badly on the hills and this made
me very slow. I was walking 7-8 hours
yet at times felt like I was treading water.
Whilst I had no great schedule that I had to stick to, there are
practical issues to going so slow. You
need enough food and fuel basically.
I turned around just before the top of Donahue Pass. I didn’t want to get to the top then turn
around because I may have been tempted to push on (2-3 days to Reds
Meadow). Also I wanted to save the great
When I did turn around I headed downhill to Tuolumne Meadows, this was only around
12 miles, yet I was ready to drop when I reached the campsite. This made me happy that I had made the right
Things I got wrong –
Obvious really - No training and gaining weight (20kgs since April). The heat hit me hard, over 30 degrees most
days, but this is again can be linked back to the weight.
Things I got right –
The gear. The pack weight was not an
issue (14-15kgs inc. food and water). Pack,
shelter, quilt were all pretty damn great.
At no time did I think I had forgot or needed something.