Paralleling nearly the entire length of the majestic Sierra Crest, the John Muir Trail switchbacks its way over 10 passes, almost all 11,000 to 13,000 feet in elevation. Named after the master conservator, naturalist and adventurer himself, the JMT winds through over 200 miles of some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscape on the planet. Hundreds backpack the JMT every year, normally taking two or three weeks to complete the trail. A few adventurers run or fastpack the trail trying to set speed records. The current record for traveling the trail carrying everything you need, including food, from start to finish (unsupported and without resupply) is 5 days and 7 hours set by Reinhold Metzger. I hope to beat Reinhold's record this September.


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