John Muir Trail - Film "Mile Mile and a Half"

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John Muir Trail - Film "Mile Mile and a Half"

Post by hooky » Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:18 am

We watched this on Netflix last weekend. If you're a fan of the Sierra's, you'll likely enjoy it.

You can see the trailer http://youtu.be/4T1oBhzLQXg and if you don't have Netflix, you can rent it for $3.99 on Amazon. It might be free with Prime.

The Muir Project has some info too. http://themuirproject.com/mmah/film/

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Post by Rafiki » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:08 pm

Anyone here ever hike the John Muir trail? How does it compare to the Isle Royale trails? Do people generally carry all of their food with them for the 200+ miles or are there dropoff/resupply points?
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Post by hooky » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:17 am

I've hiked it in Yosemite, not outside of it. Lots more elevation gain and loss. Air is thinner. A different kind of spectacular as it's alpine vs. boreal/mixed hardwoods.

The thru hikers arrange food mail drops at various locations along the trail. They detail a bit of that in the movie.

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Post by Rafiki » Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:48 am

Thanks Hooky. It seems a short enough distance-wise to allow me to make a trip out of it. Anything over 300 miles would be pushing it in terms of time off from work. Let the researching and movie watching begin! Thanks =)
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Post by hooky » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:28 pm

I wish I had taken a few months out of life when I was younger to do some things like hiking the JMT, paddling some of the Lewis & Clark route and spending time hunting/fishing in the Rockies & Sierras.

My son said he was going to through hike the AT when he retired and asked me if I would be interested in joining him. The reality that if he retired at 65 and started hiking, I'd be 92, hit him right between the eyes. LOL

Go do this stuff before you let life stop you.

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Post by Rafiki » Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:45 pm

A lot of people come from the frame of mind...
Go do this stuff before you let life stop you.
It really makes me wonder if I should just drop everything and go to the AT. That is something I would like to tackle too and could see how as one gets older and older, life has a way of placing obstacles in front of your path. Hmmm....always contemplating.
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Post by tree rattt » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:01 pm

Live the dream!! Live it for all that didn't, can't or will do it when they have time! :)

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Post by Rafiki » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:14 am

Almost feel like getting that tattooed onto my shoulder Tree Rattt...thanks for the encouraging words. Now I'm really scratching my head here.
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Post by Lucky Chicken » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:00 am

Can't do it if you don't start!... Not sure I will get the opportunity, but it would be a great time if I did! Now how do I convince my wife that I should go on a 3 month backpacking trip?!?!?


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Post by tree rattt » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:15 am

It only takes 3 months? Is the AT hikable Dec thru Mar?

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Post by hooky » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:22 am

I have a friend in GA that is active in the AT Conservancy and he's encouraged me to hike it in sections. It's a lot easier to do it a week at a time.

The AT isn't hikable Dec-March IMO. The northern terminus is in Maine. And at 2,180 miles, I don't know that it's a 3 month hike either.

This link lays out the timing based on the route (start north or south) http://www.appalachiantrail.org/hiking/ ... e-to-start

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Post by Rafiki » Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:39 am

People have done it in 3 months before but that is a rare bred of people and definitely not your typical backpacker. If I recall correctly though, Lucky Chicken is an ambitious hiker like myself who doesn't like to get to camp earlier only to mill around. Therefore, I would not put it past him. However, what I would put past him, as you alluded to Hooky, is doing the AT between Dec-Mar....while not impossible...I do not see it being too enjoyable.
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Post by Lucky Chicken » Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:37 am

yea... I would not try it Dec-Mar. It could be an adventure... Snow shoe the AT! But some of the sections I have been on would be very treacherous with snow and ice cover, you would need to bypass those and blue blaze quite a bit of the trail.

You are right Rafiki... getting to camp before 7pm isn't my cup of tea... unless there is fishing involved ;) We hiked the 10.5 miles from Siskiwit to Feldtmann and got in at 11am... it was a good thing the fishing was good or I would have continued on to Washington ;) Also if you typically go ~60 miles in a week, after a couple weeks on trail you will be surprised how easy those miles get, it isn't uncommon for thru hikers a couple weeks in to start seeing 20+ mile days.

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Post by hooky » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:03 pm

My 20+ mile days are waayyyy behind me. My insides would melt from all the ibuprofen I'd have to take. More power to you younger guys.


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Re: John Muir Trail - Film "Mile Mile and a Half"

Post by fredly » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:53 pm

Another good clip on YouTube about the JMT.
https://youtu.be/EAG2xURyvtY

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