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matt brisbin
(firestarter01) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Mileage estimates on 12/11/2012 18:43:04 MST Print View

So I got into backpacking about 2 years ago and have since went on many short trips (long weekends) due to my job and such. I'm finally getting a good chunk of time off this summer to do the JMT and I'm wondering what metrics you guys/gals use to judge sustainable daily mileage. I realize there are a lot of factors that play into this but I'm curious as to how one plans out resupply points and such. Yes the question is a bit silly since it differs so much among individuals but how did you plan (or maybe not plan) out your first long distance hike re-supply points?


Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
Not a silly question on 12/12/2012 12:28:02 MST Print View

Not silly at all. But very difficult for us to answer for you. When I was young, I would regularly hike 12+ miles a day with a 45+ pound pack, and often much farther than that. These days (now 60) that seems like a lot. The factors that will affect your mileage totals are things like the steepness of the terrain, the weight of your pack, your age and physical condition, and your goals for the hike.

If you are young, in shape, and focused on a through-hike of the JMT, you might be able to do it in one go--figure about 12 days and 17+ miles a day.

But I would never do it that way. I'd take 15-20 days, and re-supply half-way along, which is what most people do. That allows me to keep my pack at a reasonable weight, carrying food for only eight-ten days. And it also allows me to occasionally look up and see the scenery, and maybe even catch a few fish.

And your mileage, certainly will vary.

Edited by balzaccom on 12/12/2012 12:29:31 MST.

matt brisbin
(firestarter01) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Resupply on 12/12/2012 12:35:06 MST Print View


So I'm sure I could probably look this information up somewhere but it's always great to get "first-hand" advice. So lets say I pick a resupply point, ship some stuff, and don't make it there in time. Is there a general rule for how long they'll keep it? Although this probably differs per location I'm sure. For something like the JMT this doesn't sound like that *big* of a deal with it only being 1 or maybe 2 points but for something like the PCT where months of planning in advance is needed it seems pretty vital and difficult to re-route packages if the pace drastically changes.