July 1, 2011: Mailed my re-supply bucket to the Muir Trail Ranch today. 20 Pounds of essentials and goodies for the MTR to Whitney Portal final section of the John Muir Trail. Most everything is packed and ready to go. I put my pack together with the Muir Trail Ranch Re-Supply food/rations and the packed weighed 42 pounds, not too bad for 8 days of food and junk. Should have a pack that weighs around 35 most of the trip.
Food is labeled by day and sorted, then checked for appropriate calorie consumption, Once this is complete, all the food is sent to either the "Starting Pack", the "Tuolomne Meadow's Box" or the "Muir Trail Ranch Bucket".
It is looking like this is going to be an epic battle with the snow/melt off conditions. Record snowfall in the Sierra combined with a colder than normal Spring has wrecked havoc on the Pacific Crest Trail through hikers that have pushed on through so far. A number of the PCTer's have made it to Reds Meadow and Tuolomne Meadows and the early reports and WOW!!!! Miles and miles of snow travel, collapsing snow bridges and treacherous water crossings have made the going tough. But it is encouraging that someone has made it so far.
My first day on the trail is July 22nd, three weeks to go. We are having some good heat finally and I am hoping the conditions/melt off improve over the next three weeks. I am going to do my best to complete the trip as planned but safety and happiness will come first, if I have to turn back or bail early then so be it, there is always next year :)