Planning a semi-fast pack of the JMT starting August 11th, 2011. Shooting to finish in 9 nights, but allowing for 10. I want to 'cap' group size to around four for permitting, site selection, and keeping a relatively brisk tempo. I have a pace of anywhere from 20 - 25 miles a day, more at the end if everyone is still strong and want to finish strong. I have a couple of tent cabins reserved in Curry Village to get an early start at it. I have done Half-Dome before, so I was going to treat the leg from Happy Isles to Tuolumne Meadows as a day hike, so-to-speak, and skip it this time, although I can be convinced otherwise.
I hiked most of it South to North last year with 'Phreak' and got severe shin splints at Thousand Island Lake and had to bail out the next day at Tuolumne Meadows. I want to hike every bit of it this year. 'Phreaks' and my journal from last year are up at Trailjournals.com. Let me know if there are any takers...