Jan 1, 2017 at 4:27 pm #3442741
Companion forum thread to: Video: The John Muir Trail (According to Chris)
Christopher Smead tells his story in this John Muir Trail Movie – the JMT according to Chris. Read the backstory & gear notes, too.Jan 2, 2017 at 5:08 am #3442793James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Chris, Nice movie. Hope to do the trail one of these days.
A nice description, but I would have appreciated more about water/food sources. I assume water wasn’t a problem. What did you carry for the day? Is it possible to purchase supplies at the mail drops?
Thanks!Jan 2, 2017 at 9:57 am #3442838Monique SchaefersBPL Member
Thank you for this. As I sit here in my house it is trying to snow in a place it rarely snows. It is also trying to rain to wash away the snow.. Not a pretty place to be for hiking or even walking around the neighborhood. After watching this last night and again as soon as I woke up this morning I feel ebullient and ready to go!
Will be sharing your video with my Venture Crew. Several youth mentioned this trail as a superactivity. Now they will all be able to see it as you experienced it. Thank you again!Jan 2, 2017 at 10:23 am #3442846
I heard about dry stretches for:
-LYV to Cathedral Lake
-Reds to Purple lake
-Guitar Lake to Trail camp
But it wasn’t an issue for me. I found water every 5-6 miles at least. The only true dry stretch I found was Guitar lake to Trail camp. I just carried 3 liters and I was fine. I usually carried 3 liters anyways just to avoid having to stop so often. But I’m weird ;)
As for resupply points:
Reds Meadow and VVR both sold food, fuel, and stuff like zip lock bags, bandaids, etc. They had mountain house, rice-a-roni, tuna pouches, crackers, candy, even beer!
MTR had no food. Just fuel, bandaids, etc.
Hope that helps. Let me know if ya have any other questions.
-ChrisJan 2, 2017 at 10:52 am #3442857
Monique, so glad to hear you liked it! It makes me happy to hear about people sharing this with kids. I hope it makes them want to drop the iPads and go on a hike every once in a while. :) (As I sit here on an iPad, haha)Jan 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm #3442886James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Thanks!Jan 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm #3442969Erica RBPL Member
Great Video, Thanks so much for your efforts. EricaJan 3, 2017 at 12:07 am #3442974Dan DurstonBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
Wow awesome job Chris! I love how your personality comes through. Lots of fun to watch.Jan 3, 2017 at 2:46 am #3442979
Thanks guys! I guess I never actually thought this many people would see it (Thanks to kind plugs from BPL, The Muir Project, zPacks, and Chad “Stick” Poindexter), so perhaps I was more revealing than I would have been otherwise. All the same it worked out. ;)
I love watching JMT videos on YouTube. Chances are if you made one, I’ve seen it. I noticed many seem more intelligent, articulate, and informative than mine. So I wasn’t sure how it would stack up. Thanks for being accepting of my “Chris” style.
I’m aiming to do a Yosemite snow trip sometime later this month. So I’ll likely follow up with a short video in February assuming I can write/record some more music stuff soon.Jan 3, 2017 at 7:41 am #3442991Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I have only been able to watch the first 7 minutes or so, but long enough to see I need to find an evening and watch the whole thing. Very nicely done.Jan 3, 2017 at 11:33 am #3443030Andy DuncanBPL Member
Thanks for sharing your video, music and thoughts on gear etc. After hiking the JMT in 2011 I have been back every summer (and some winters) to explore as much of the High Sierra as possible. The JMT, and now the entire High Sierra, is also my happy place and continues to occupy much of my mental space. When challenges in life happen I can always recharge in the backcountry.
Did you reach out to BPL and Zpacks for their support before your trip?Jan 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm #3443041
It’s addicting huh? So many great memories to revisit, and so much more to explore. Sierra winters are awesome too. My family and I actually returned from Yosemite last night. It’s looks amazing right now. Kind of like a big snowglobe.
As for your question, I reached out to a few folks including BPL and zPacks after the trip while I was finishing up the movie. They were all super kind and supportive of my little project. (Sidenote: I paid for all my zPacks gear myself, so my gear opinions are unbiased).
While I have the mic: THANK YOU to all of you here at BPL. I’ve been an active member for 10 years now, and nearly everything I’ve learned has been from fellow members on the forums, or from BPL articles. I’ve still got a lot to learn. My pack isn’t SUL status yet, but I’ll get there!Jan 4, 2017 at 6:54 pm #3443252Matt SwiderBPL Member
@sbsliderLocale: Santa Barbara
Great video Chris, I enjoyed it, and am looking forward to living it this summer.
Don’t worry about SUL “status”, just get out and enjoy the back country.Jan 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm #3443500Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
I just finished watching the whole thing and I want to say that it looked like an awesome trip and the video was outstanding. How did you do your night shots and panoramas? I have a Sony RX100v1 and wonder if I could do the same kind of shots. (I know very little about photography).
I could feel and identify with your struggle of trying to balance enjoying a long awesome trip while missing your family.Jan 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm #3443506
Thanks Brad. Happy Friday! :)
I’m a newbie at photography too so I get it. For the still panorama stuff, I just used the panorama setting on the Rx100. For the actual moving panning shots, I used a mechanical panner: http://www.flow-mow.com/ It’s 2 oz. I mounted this to a baby tripod called an ultrapod mini: https://www.amazon.com/PEDCO-P-UP-MINI-Pedco-UltraPod-Mini/dp/B003ITCFT4 However, I regret not slowing down the footage to reduce the vertigo inducing effects. One of my many rookie mistakes.
As for the star shots, I downloaded a $10 app called “Timelapse” from the sony playmemories store and installed it on the camera. It worked great on the rx100m4, but I’m not positive it runs on the mark 1 that you have. Settings were ISO1600, F1.8, and 30 second exposures if my memory serves correctly.
Many of the night shots are actually multiple videos/stills composited together and then individually and collectively animated. Ie. the Whitney nightlapse sequence is a star timelapse I took on Island pass that I animated to crossfade to a sunrise still shot. I then layered a Whitney still over that with the sky cut out to reveal the first layers. The headlamp simulator I built in Motion 5, then put on an animation path tracing the trail, and then I collectively automated a pan on the whole thing while warping the edges slightly to create a moving camera like feel.
Hope that helps. I’m happy to answer any other questions you might have. Btw, everything mentioned above, minus the animation stuff I learned on the BPL forums from fellow members. :)Feb 3, 2017 at 2:02 pm #3448587Dave BBPL Member
@dave-bLocale: Los Angeles area
I’m really impressed by the production values of your movie. Very well done! I’d love to hear more details about how you felt post-trip about your gear choices!Feb 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm #3448625
Thanks Dave! I’m also working on another film due out later this month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBLGaL-lUWg Feel free to subscribe to my channel.
As far as gear choices, I’ve logged ~50 trips now, so I’ve got my gear about 90% dialed. As usual, my zpacks hexamid, sleeping bag, arc haul backpack, goosefeet down parka, and MEC t3 hoody were among my favorites. I carried 5oz down pants from Borah gear that were a wonderful luxury item to have. I’d bring those again for sure. Next time I might swap my T3 (7oz) and my 100wt fleece (8oz) for the r1 hoody (12oz) instead. I have that debate before every trip.
I’d leave the rockys gortex socks at home. I never touched them. Even if my feet got wet they’d dry quickly in the trailrunners.
Food: I’d bring less food for sure. I walked out Whitney portal with 2-3 lbs of food. I think I’d be ok on about 2200 or 2300 calories a day, I’d just count on losing some weight. No biggy. Oh, and more peanut butter M&M’s and Pringles…ooo….Pringles….
Camera stuff: I’d bring a gimbal for sure to help steady my shots, and I’d rig my trekking pole for use as a monopod.
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