Completing your first thru-hike is guaranteed to be a life-changing experience. You’ll meet amazing people, share unforgettable stories, and accomplish something that few people ever will. In this post, you’ll find 12 tips to help you prepare for your first thru-hike.
The Tarptent Cloudburst 3 is a lightweight 3-person tent that’s perfect for those wanting a lightweight and comfortable backpacking and camping tent. I’ve been using this tent as my primary family camping shelter for more than a year now and will share my experience in this review.
The Altra Lone Peak 4.0 is a well cushioned zero-drop trail shoe that’s well suited for long days on the trail. For v4 of the Lone Peak, Altra has really secured the fit of the heel and midfoot. The toebox keeps the wide anatomical fit of all Altra shoes. The Lone Peak 4.0 also has a newly designed outsole with a stickier and more durable MaxTrac compound.
Finding the right tent, backpack, clothes, and trekking poles can be tough, but nothing seems to give prospective hikers more issues than footwear. I hope to simplify things with this post. Here are the best 14 pairs of trail shoes for the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail in 2018!
Getting to and from the John Muir Trail can be quite the feat. Southbound hikers begin their journey in Yosemite Valley and finish 225 miles later at Whitney Portal. In this guide, I’ll list the resources (with links) I used to plan my transportation, and give an overview of the transportation options for all travelers and hikers.
In this post I’ll outline how to plan and prepare for your John Muir Trail itinerary to custom fit your needs and goals. I’ll also share which resources I used to help plan my itinerary and keep myself on pace each day on the trail. As a hiker that finished the JMT in 11 days, this post is going to be focused on helping those of you who are interested in finishing the John Muir Trail in a similar number of days.
Putting together a daily meal plan for the John Muir Trail was one of the greater challenges for me in my preparation for the trail. In this guide, I will break down my daily and total food planning for the JMT. I will also include information on how to resupply while on the trail.
In this guide you will find a full list of every gear item I brought with me on the JMT, along with their weight (oz) and and my personal rating. I’ll break down each gear category and give insight on items that worked well, gear that didn’t work well, and the reasons why. The categories include: Backpack and Poles, Shelter and Sleep, Electronics, Clothing, Bear Canister Water and Cooking, and Miscellaneous.