Sep 8, 2010 at 11:19 pm #1263108
Hey All, I thought some people might be curious about what the trail is like in the Fall. This is a video of a 7 day thru-hike from October 6-13th last Fall. I caught a winter storm during the last 24 hours.
Description: This online video summarizes a trip across the John Muir Trail with imagery of the 200+ miles of mountains, valleys, bears, and passes:
John Muir Trail Documentary
Please let me know if you have any questions or want help planning a Fall Trip.
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Evening temperatures were below freezing each night and signs of winter were ever-present. I hope you enjoy the pictures and the story.Sep 9, 2010 at 5:08 am #1644127
@lopezLocale: San Gabriel Valley
I enjoyed the video, thanks.Sep 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm #1645688
For sure Adan, glad you liked it.Sep 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm #1645692
@andrew-fLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Great video! Can't wait to get on the JMT next year. Thanks for sharing.
AndrewSep 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm #1645693
@nwgarnerLocale: Silicon Valley
Forty miles on the seventh day? You're a machine! Thanks for sharing the great video.
NickSep 15, 2010 at 1:50 am #1645703
Great video! Thanks for sharing!
Nice music as well. Who is playing?Sep 15, 2010 at 8:17 am #1645772
Wow! My sons and I took three weeks this summer to hike the JMT. I can hardly imagine to do it in a week. Watching your video made me want to go back right away. But I will have to wait at least until next summer.
ManfredSep 15, 2010 at 10:03 am #1645803
@ramblerLocale: On the AT in VA
Wow, you are a pro with the video. What time was the average sunset? How many hours a day/night did you hike? Could you hike in the night with only moon light? Those passes must have been cold hiking in the dark!
Your Mt. Shasta video is amazing, too!Sep 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm #1646166
Thanks for the compliments.
Sunset was at about 6 each night. In the trees and in valleys definitely got dark fast. I tended to go from 3am until 10pm and then wore out.
The passes were great at night. You feel like you are in the stars. Definitely a lonesome feeling also.
Here's the Summiting the Volcano video if anyone wants to check it out.Sep 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm #1646355
great video and an amazing hike! :)
my wife and I are planning on doing the JMT in 2012 (we're booked up w/ hikes already this coming year :))
after reading (and watching the video) I think I might change my time frame to early fall- looks like the folks really thin out and while the weather is a little more of a gamble- still relatively nice- my guess is not a biting bug to worry about either :)Sep 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm #1647111
@mountainwarriorLocale: Northern Cal
Wow! Watching your video made me feel as though I was with you on the trail, very moving!
Thanks for sharing!Sep 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm #1649417
Glad you enjoyed it MountainWarrior==that was exactly what I was going for…Oct 3, 2010 at 12:01 am #1650927
Thanks for posting your amazing video. Facing the bears on the trail at night, making it through the snow storm, 40 miles the last day. . . this could be a feature film. For the past few weeks I have just let this video play in the background on one of the computers in my office during the work day. At times it really gives the feeling of being on the trail, very cool. I'm planning a JMT trip for my wife and I next summer and your video has provided some inspirational insight into the JMT. Nice music, too. I like the quirky song at about 9:38.Oct 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm #1651439
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Fantastic hike and trip. Hard to believe that you had time to take all of those great photos with the pace you kept.
Thanks for putting time into the report and sharing!
TomNov 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm #1661792
@shireeLocale: Southeastern US
Wow, an amazing video by you, sir.
You have great talent. Is this what you do for a living, or is it just a hobby that you're a pro at?
Any one of your pictures could be a great desktop background.Nov 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm #1661926
Jolly Green GiantParticipant
Unintentionally, you’ve likely just encouraged many and championed both the wild and the human spirit.
Nice work and check one of the bigger boxes on your life list.Nov 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm #1663333
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
You walked across God's palate of colors.
Your camera was the brush that produced the most amazing painting on the screen of my monitor.
The contrasts of barren starkness and explosions of color were just gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing your experiences and yourself with us.
NewtonNov 20, 2010 at 9:06 am #1666342
John and Jolly,
Thanks for all the encouraging comments. Can't wait to get back out.
RyanDec 10, 2010 at 11:38 am #1672943
@rjustice7Locale: Central Texas Hill Country
All I can say is WOW! I really enjoyed your video! You really communicated the excitement, struggle, pain, relief, determination…everything through it! Also that's some kind of accomplishment! Congratulations on meeting such a goal!Dec 13, 2010 at 9:48 am #1673829
It was a great experience. Days on the JMT are unforgettable.
RSCSep 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm #1915178
Is anyone planning on going out on the JMT from South to North this October?Sep 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm #1916284
@qtrlbrwchsLocale: northern california
I'm planning on starting south bound on 9/30 from TM, but wouldn't mind going north. I don't think I could do it in 7 days though, I'm shooting for 10.Oct 3, 2012 at 11:28 am #1917820
Good luck out there. Have a great trip.
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