I have assembled a video of my clothing choices for my JMT hike. With 68 days left until I embark across country for this awesome adventure, I thought I had better get these videos posted prior to going. Enjoy.
I think about my upcoming journey daily. I think about the mountains. The meadows. Wildflowers blooming in unlikely places. Streams, rivers, waterfalls and possibly snowfields. I become more excited with the passing days. Just 76 days left until I embark on my cross-country journey. I am looking forward to being alone to take it all in. To test my mettle in this solo hike. To absorb the sights and sounds of nature in a remote area. To leave this experience having gained a sharper image of the person I have become.
A few months ago, as I was chatting with some women on a John Muir Trail Facebook group. a few thoughts occurred to me.
1) What must guys be thinking as they read our blabber about clothing, urination, dry shampoo, & bugs?
2) Should there be a place for us "Girls" to chat about trail related female issues where we can be free and open in our conversations?
So, I began a Facebook page aptly titled "The Ladies of the JMT." It began so that the 5 original members of our conversation could just bounce different things off of each other. Explore different ideas and gather different opinions. It was refreshing that each had a story and a reason to be out on "the trail." It was a secure place where we could share our fears and thoughts. Encourage each other and share a laugh. After about a week, we began to invite other women that we would "meet" through different online boards and communities. More opinions, more information. Sharing triumph and sorrow.
Last night our group had a 300 woman membership count. AMAZING! 300 women that will be hiking this summer, have already hiked, or plan to hike the JMT. It has been quite the experience. Our collective ranges from single, married, or divorced. Ages across the spectrum. Some ultra-light and some not so much. Some spending a small fortune on gear to those who are barely scraping it all together. Ladies from the east coast to the west, and some from overseas. Within all these variations one thing is clear, A LOVE FOR THE TRAIL.
I am so glad that I questioned myself that day back in January. It has led to a wonderful learning opportunity and another example of Women supporting Women.
If you care to join us in our discussions and banter; drop on by:
Ladies of the JMT