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[pct-l] Wonderland Trail Vs. John Muir Trail?
Let me add a clarification: since the JMT goes over several passes which are
more than 10,000 ft, there are ups and downs. For some reason, though,
everything seemed just "up" to me. Those passes are not all easy (and some
are pretty steep - steeper than the Wonderland Trail), but they are exciting
and exhilarating - guess I forgot the down part.
As to the Zoo at the top of Whitney. I hit a week -end and indeed it was
just a train of people coming up from the East. Kind of interesting in its
way, though - how many times do you get to see dozens of people suffering
from altitude sickness? But, coming up from Guitar Lakes you will be alone
for most of the way. Now if they only would serve pizza at the hut.
Have a great hike!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marshall Karon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "David Duncan" <email@example.com>;
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 9:08 AM
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Wonderland Trail Vs. John Muir Trail?
> I have done the Wonderland Trail in September (got snowed on) and the JMT
> from Tuolumne Meadows in September (got sunned on). Can't say anything
> the climb out of Yosemite Valley.
> Trail: I think the Wonderland Trail has far more ups and DOWNS than the
> which seems to be pretty much up, up , up. The Wonderland Trail is wetter
> and has more foliage and trees and glaciers. The JMT should be pretty dry
> but with plenty of drinking water. Streams will be low. No swinging
> No blueberries. The JMT is obviously much higher than the Wonderland Trail
> (unless you climbed Rainier). You can camp most anywhere. However, there
> "trained" bears on the JMT (that is why they are now requiring bear
> canisters). A different experience. I prefer the JMT because of the vistas
> and the type of terrain.
> As for clothing, etc. I didn't take nor need anything more than I took on
> the whole PCT trek. Most likely nights will be cold, but dry; days hot and
> sunny (shorts/T-shirt weather). Take a good sleeping bag, wind/rain gear,
> extra socks, long polypropylene tops/bottoms, fleece, warm hat, gloves,
> Bugs should not be a problem.
> Marshall Karon
> Portland, OR
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Duncan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 7:13 AM
> Subject: [pct-l] Wonderland Trail Vs. John Muir Trail?
> > Howdy all !!
> > My wife and I are planning to through hike the John Muir Trail in
> > September. My wife has hiked the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier.
> > We were wondering how the JMT stacked up on daily basis to the
> > Wonderland Trail.
> > So, those of you who have done both, how does the daily slog compare?
> > If you have done the JMT in September, how much clothing would you take
> > if you were going to do it again??
> > Dave Duncan
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