Hi, I am Nishanth from India. Had an amazing opportunity to get a masters degree in california, after 2 years now I m graduating my 20th and after that back to India. In these two years was fortunate enough to explore the natural beauty of this land, and boy I was stunned and speech less when I first experience the land of Yosemite. Fell in love with it and since then have been hooked to walk the entire jmt. But the numb ass I am I could not get a permit, and I don't have any other time to hike jmt except June through July. I am all set with my gear and everything needed except for the permits.it is super depressing of the thought that I could not hike. The reasons for me writing this up is if any one has any last minut cancellations of have an extra permit as some one dropped the hike in ur team who are hiking jmt this June , if I could join the hike or me get the cancelled permit. That would turne my world into million lights.
Post by Dave Ayers on May 17, 2017 15:56:29 GMT -8
From your post, I get the impression that your are not an experienced Sierra backpacker. Please correct me if that's not the case. The 12,000+ foot passes are likely to still have quite a bit of snow on them in June this year. I would recommend getting some experience dealing with snow and backpacking in general first. A neophyte trying to do the JMT early season is a bit like learning to swim by jumping in the deep end and hoping it'll all work out. I suggest trying for as late as your schedule permits and getting a couple of shorter trips in first if at all possible.
If you are serious and really think that you are capable of a 6/11 start, you might want to check out the resources at the JMT Yahoo Group including partner postings. Since there are over 5k members there, your chances are maximized. But be aware that very few cognoscenti will sign up to take an unknown newby with them early season in a heavy snow year (if at all).
Let me also suggest that if you don't get any offers for the JMT (and the above comment about snow conditions this year is right to the point; I have no plans to attempt to get into the high Sierra before August), there are lots of other areas around the mountains and the state that are lower and thus more accessible at that time, as well as many that have walk-up permits available.