I'll being heading up toward Mt. Whitney on the 25th for some acclimatization for the start of the attempt on the 30th.
The current JMT Unsupported Record is held by Reinhold Metzger in 5 days hours and 45 minutes.
For everybody that's been a member for the past year, I am going to go for same attempt in the same fashion that Al Shaver attempted last year, (below).
I have posted the list here before but have gone over it so many times and melded down to a hole new list.
For the most part, I will not be trying to sleep at night and will not bring anything more than what I will need to survive a night if I had to.
Nights are just to cold and you waist more time trying to sleep when it's cold than if you just hiked throughout the night felling fresh from sleep prior to night-fall.
My list has been torn apart, but for the most part a lot of the gear I'm taking is home-made.
I also may be going with the lightest pack weight ever to do the JMT with out resupply.
Most of this is realizing that trying to sleep at night is just foolish and for the most part a waste of time.
The other is after being up in the high Sierras so many times, I know that it will not be possible to eat 11 pounds of food in 5 days.
I have my packlist 100% ready to go. I just don't have the weight for everything yet.
I will post the list tomorrow. I just wanted to get the ball rolling for any questions.
I have had the intent to go for this attempt for the past 13 months, so for it to be a week and a half away is just insane for me right now.
I will not be the only one going for the attempt this year, (by a long-shot).
There are at least 4 of us with Jon Chiappa, a fellow BLP'er starting the attempt on July 19th.
The other 2 that are confirmed are John Stamstad, back for the 3rd time and Justin Angle, who will be going with John Stamstad.
Wish me luck.