I am an avid 58 year backpacker who has wanted to do the JMT for years. I am a Physician and 2 weeks is the maximum vacation I can take. I enjoy hiking 10-12 miles daily. 2015 trip was the Wind River Big Sandy -Haily Pass- Washakie Pass-Texas Pass written about in BPL. My wife insists I have at least one other hiker on this trip. I hope to do the southern JMT the following year. I am open to starting in Yosemite or Vermillion Resort. John Schutzman
If all else fails, you can carry a SPOT/inReach or similar personal transmitter. She can check in daily to see how things are going. It does take a bit of the edge off of being in the 'wilderness' however. I would guess you might be solo the first mile, but after that you will have plenty of company - unless you go South to North. Then it is just a wave as you pass each other. In some parts of the Sierra if you are solo, you are probably not going to see people for days and you won't be on a trail. Packing a Spot might make home folk and you a bit less tense about being 'out there'. It is a nice feeling that somebody cares tho
The nice thing about solo on a popular trail, is that if everything doesn't work out with your hiking partner, you can walk just a bit slower or wee bit faster and have a completely different set of hiker buddies. It is not so much the daylight hiking as it is with whom you spend nights close to.
If you don't get somebody early on to work out schedules, you should get in the lottery and get a permit, and continue to look for a partner. You can always ditch the permit if things don't work out and you still want to maintain a good truce at home. If all of the prognostications about the snow pack come true this winter, you might shoot towards mid to late August to miss high water creek crossings due to snow melt. But then, that is a current fantasy in a lot of peoples minds in California.
All in all, a compatible person along with you does add a lot to most hiking experiences. In two weeks you can find out very much about another interesting person. You also have a built in car shuttle.
John, I'm very interested in doing the John Muir Hike. I'm 63 very fit and have just completed the NOLS leadership course. I also wrote to your email. Mine is firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's talk more. I too have a wife that will be more comfortable if I have a partner. I have a spotter, and several other helpful pieces of equipment. anyway hope to hear from you soon. Thanks, Hank Nash
John, Just got my approval back today so I'm in. I know we've all signed up as individuals but I hope we're going to do some group planning. Anyway I'm wondering what your thoughts on this are. At any rate I'd like to know what others travel plans are so that maybe we can share a rental car. I'm thinking of flying to LAX but I'm very open as to what day I arrive and leave. Hank Nash 616-296-0765