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JMT Sierra Spine Climb 2009

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Distance: 13.7 miles


32 day Sierra thru-hike from Horseshoe Meadows trailhead to Tuolumne Meadows, mostly along the John Muir Trail(NOBO),includes a detour over Crabtree Pass, Mt.Whitney summit and an alternate route to include Iva Bell Hot Springs.
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We made this 256 mile trek as a two person journey with pre-planned food re-supplies. A few obstacles such as early season deep snow on the north side of Crabtree Pass, a wildfire-thwarted food re-supply over Bishop Pass, and a pair of boots separating from their soles created additional challenges, but the journey was worth every step. A month in the high Sierra is a justifiable life-list experience. The good news is that water is consistently available, so no caching or carrying neccesary, the trail is well marked if you choose to stay on the JMT and the grandeur of the Sierra makes each of the 12 mountain passes worthwhile. The most consistent annoyance is mosquitos, the most dangerous moments may have been lightening storms, but very few wildlife threats created problems and the trip is doable is you respect the journey, leave no trace and prepare carefully.

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