After completing the Overland Track, my passion for long distance hiking had been fully reinvigorated and I began looking into my next challenge. After wanting to have done the PCT for a while now but, unable to really take 5 and a half months off work and away from my home. I decided to do a section of the PCT. But which one?
After spending a week or so talking online to fellow hikers and doing some research I came across the John Muir Trail. The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
With all of the advice that I was being told about the Sierra’s being the best section to hike of the PCT, and the JMT being a perfect length for me to hike alone, I began the process of trying to get a permit……. Well for anyone who has attempted to gain a southbound permit and was actually successful, I say go and buy a lotto ticket!! Days and day of rejected applications on this highly popular route had me feeling a little down. However, I began looking in online to see if it was possible hike the JMT the opposite direction. After talking with a great guy on Reddit, I had my permit booked, entering via Cottonwood Pass and the planning and training began. Follow my upcoming blog pages on all of my different prep hikes, fitness routines and survival training as I prepare for my biggest challenge yet.
Check out my gear page about what I will be bringing with me.