Muir Miles: The JMT 2013 Project

On Saturday, July 13th, I'll be heading out with Sierra Trading Post's videographer Chris Martin to take on The John Muir Trail for our JMT 2013 Project. We'll hike 200+ miles in 13 days with over 50,000 feet of elevation gain from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States at 14,505 feet.

Chris and I are both regular guys who love the outdoors, but we're fathers, have full-time jobs and aren't super athletes. We accepted an invitation from a group of bloggers and videographers we knew only from their social media profiles. The idea of thru-hiking the John Muir Trail with a group of guys we swap stories with on Twitter was too intriguing to pass up.

We've been documenting our training, gear lists, and meal planning in anticipation of this experience. As you can imagine, spending two weeks in remote areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with only one resupply point takes a lot of planning and preparation.

We'll meet Adam Nutting, John Chlarson and Paul Osborn for the first time in real life at the trailhead in mid-July to take on this adventure. We'll all be documenting this rigorous 200-mile trek and sending back updates and on-the-trail experiences. You can follow along on this amazing adventure here on the Social Hub or the JMT 2013 Page. (Editor's note: Adam decided to not hike with the group from Tuolumne Meadows, and John has been delayed. He hopes to connect with the crew at John Muir Ranch.)

Hiking the John Muir Trail Photo by Mat Honan

Accepting this challenge forces two average guys who love short day hikes and afternoon adventures with family to push the limits. We'll be rewarded by the natural beauty the John Muir Trail is famous for. It won't be easy as the trail rarely drops below 8,000 feet, crosses seven passes over 11,000 feet and finishes at 14,505 feet.

The majority of the John Muir Trail follows the same route as the Pacific Crest Trail through remote sections of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks as well as passing through the John Muir Wilderness, the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Devils Postpile National Monument. You can look forward to some beautiful photos, videos and blog posts about this adventure. We'll do our best to share our JMT 2013 experience to inspire other people to accept adventure into their lives.

You can join the fun by tweeting us @sierratp using Twitter #JMT2013 or post on our Facebook page if you have any questions. Follow along on the JMT Page for updates from the trail.

If you're inspired to take your own adventure be sure to check Sierra Trading Post for your gear selections.
Andy Hawbaker
posted by
Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
Join the Conversation