I've been up in Yosemite climbing for the last three weeks and have decided to take a break and go hike the John Muir Trail starting around June 14. Since I'm in the Valley I think I can get a walk in permit pretty easily. I'm going to mail a re-supply to VVR, about half way. I think I can do the hike in 10 days so that'll have only 5 days of food in the pack at a time and 20+ miles a day. I've put in long days like this in the Gila Wilderness and I've been running and climbing for the past three months so I think I'm still in shape for it.
Is anyone else planning to be out there around then or wants to join me? What can the weather be like during mid to late June? I know the mountains can change quick but in general. This has been a light snow year so I think the trail should be good at this time. Are the bugs a big issue at this time?
Here is my current setup:
Sleeping/shelter: Go Lite poncho tarp, ground cloth, thermarest ridge rest cut in half and sierra designs nitro 30 bag for sleeping setup. Probably throw in a head bug net in case of bugs too. Think that will be enough.?
Clothes: shorts, smart wool long sleeve, 2-3 pairs of socks, cap2 bottoms, mountain hardwear pants (might leave these out), patagonia pullover mid layer, sierra designs microlite jacket, mountain hardwear pullover hooded shirt (might leave out), OR hat with sun shade, micro fleece beanie, running gloves, extra t shirt or long sleeve and La Sportiva Raptor shoes
Cooking: MSR simmerlite, 20oz fuel bottle, gsi 2 quart pot, spork. I know this isn't the lightest but it's what I already have and don't want to buy or change it up right now. I might get a smaller pot though.
Water: Aqua Muira or iodine tabs. 1 24oz water bottle for sipping on and 1 or 2 liter water bottle.
Other: compass, maps, petzl teka headlamp, ski poles, sunscreen, dr. bronners, random first aid needs, camera; thinking of doing a canon elph or my micro 4/3 olympus 410 with fixed 50mm lens. Thoughts?
Food: Consuming 3000-3500 calories a day with cold breakfast, snack throughout the day and large dinner. Sipping on gatorade mix throughout the day
Renting a bear canister in Yosemite despite having heard one can usually do without one.
And packing it all into my Gregory Z55 pack.
Probably not the lightest setup but I don't want to spend a lot of money right now refining it and this is kind of last minute.