I'm 58 years old and have been hiking the High Sierras the last 7 years, in 2007 I did 150 miles in 15 days, 10 miles a day, with one resupply point. That is the average pace I like hiking, and the amount of food to carry (about 8-9 days max at a time). I want to hike a segment of the John Muir Trail that is about 160-170 miles long, either a round trip hike (80-85 miles one way) or a single length hike (where I take a bus trip on Hwy 395 back to starting point).
The resupply point obviously has to be near a place I can pre-ship food to. It is not important to have Mt. Whitney in this itinery as I've done that already.
What books, links, advice do you recommend? There will be 3 of us on the hike (maybe 4). Can posters comment on difficulty of stream crossings, best time of year go go (I'm thinking leaving on the trail July 27 (camping at the trail head the evening of July 26, 2008)). If you know the longest stretch between available water resources, please advise. Please advise on starting elevation too, I prefer to start the hike around 8,000-9,000 feet and take 1-2 days to get to 11,000 feet (I've been spoiled by starting out at Crescent Meadows on the High Sierra Trails these last 7 years) but I know doing the JMT may not enable me to do this, unless I start the hike south of the JMT, farther south on the PCT, south of Horseshoe Meadows. I'd like to keep the hike exclusively on the JMT as more hikers are on that trail and I enjoy meeting other hikers while on the route and I know from experience the PCT south of the JMT does not have as many hikers on the trail. Enuf rambling, you all should know what I'm asking for by now. Thanks!