Not a silly question at all...better to ask and find out vs. being miserable.
Jeremy, Cameron, and I are going to start the JMT the 2nd or 3rd of August...we have a permit for two of us and need a walk up for 1 or 3 of us.
So might see you out there on the trail.
Our training trip in 2009 was the Tahoe Rim Trail....from that trip, I learned that I like to wash up as much as possible.
For sure, I would want to bathe after three days.
My hope is that I can wash self in the groining area for sure on any day where I have a bowel movement...going to try out the techniques listed by Mike Clealand in his new book.
I do carry a small wash cloth for wiping down my whole body, but I am not keen on using it to wipe my butt without a good washing before hand.
I don't hike with shorts, so I can not answer that one for you.
We are planning to take a Zero Day at Vermillion Valley Resort on our 7th or 8th day out or just when we get there.
Do you need to take one....no, if you are feeling good.
However, one aspect to factor, if you have the vacation time, is the experience of being there with your fellow backpackers and just having time off the trail to eat "real" food and have a beer, etc.
In the past, we have taken a faster pace...15-20 miles per day...sometimes more.
But on this one, we are delibertly taking a slower pace of 15 miles per day to enjoy it more vs. rushing through.
I think I have also enjoyed the trips where I have done more than 15 miles per day, but I have to say that a little slower pace that is less hard on the body is not a bad thing....I will see or I will go nuts wanting to crank out more miles? :)
We are also planning to do our last Resupply at MTR.
Our off-season phone number is in the foothills at (209) 966-3195
Email them: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can not call them directly.
This morning, I just mailed my resupply buckets to Reds Meadow and MTR.
Regarding snow....humm, all three of us have been guessing and Jeremy has said that Sequoia National Park might have the best/current information about snow levels at the higher passes.
Think that Jeremy said that snow levels now maybe at 10,500 ft and hopefully retreating with the sunny weather we are having.
If you find out differently, please let us know.
We are not planning on bringing anything else other than hiking poles.
My concern is going to be stream crossing full of snow melt water.
Hope this helps and good luck to you.
Maybe we will see you out there?