119-The John Muir Trail; interview with a thruhiker

Show notes

In this week’s episode we talk with Blair Woodcock who recently completed a thru-hike of the 211 mile (340 km) USA based John Muir Trail. Many backpackers say this trail contains the finest mountain scenery in the United States, and runs (mostly in conjunction with the Pacific Crest Trail) from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney, in California. In this episode we provide an overview of one of the world’s most spectacular trails and hear a firsthand overview of what a thru-hike was like. www.australianhiker.com.au

Podcast overview

The John Muir Trail

  • In July of 2019 Blair Woodcock, an Australian based hiker undertook the John Muir Trail.
    • In this episode we briefly discuss this trail that many Australian’s are probably not aware of
    • Talk to Blair on his trip including:
      • Logistics
        • Transport
        • Food Drops
      • His original intent to do the Theodore Solomon Trail
      • What is was like as a non US citizen to hike the John Muir Trail
      • Equipment including the ever handy Garmin inReach
        • Special Gear
          • Bear barrels
          • Microspikes
          • Ice axe
      • Trip highlights
      • Trip negatives
        • Not much really, this is a great trail
      • Who should do this trail?
  • As usual we finish off with Gill and I throwing in our two cents worth on this spectacular trail
  • Next week’s podcast, episode 120 is on choosing a campsite when hiking

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Blair’s Instagram page

  • If you want to get see some more amazing photos from Blairs Trip have a look at his Instagram page

Link to the John Muir Trail

  • Everything you need to know from bookings to frequently asked questions

Link to the John Muir Facebook Group

  • A resource that Blair found to be very helpful

Link to the Theodore Solo Trail Facebook group

  • An alternative trail if you don’t like the altitude.

Zero Day Resupply

  • A food resupply company which would work for overseas hikers particularly well

Blairs itinerary

Camp site at Upper Rae Lakes with The Painted Lady in the background

Blair enjoying a coffee at Lake Victoria

A fellow hiker heading over Donahue Pass

On top of Forrester Pass – the highest point on the trail (not inc Summit of Whitney)

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