Back to the Real World

Whitney Summit 2014I’ve been back from the John Muir Trail for a couple of weeks now, and I’m still not over the experience. It was simply the most amazing hike I have ever done. Before I left for the hike, I worried a bit about spending three weeks in the backcountry. I knew that some folks got a bit wonky after a week or two, so I kept my fingers crossed that I wouldn’t be one of them.

Not to worry. The longer I spent on the hike, the more comfortable I got being away from civilization. At the end of the hike, I really wished I could spend more time on the trail, and since I’ve gotten back, I have felt the draw of the trail like never before. I want to grab my backpack and get back out there!

The highlight of the trip (if there is such a thing on a hike that spectacular) was my summit of Mount Whitney. This hike marked my third summit, and I guess the third time truly is the charm. The weather was perfect all day long, which meant no worries, no hurries going up. I felt better at Trail Crest (13,000 ft elevation) than I have ever felt before, and I felt even better than that when I reached the summit (14,500 ft elevation). It was probably the most perfect day of hiking that I have ever experienced.

Liza is hard at work editing footage from the hike, and we’ll be sending out an email to all of our contributors soon, with a link to the finished video. Thanks again to all our contributors, and thank you to The Alliance for a Healthier Generation for all the good work that you do, and for being a part of the coolest hike that happened this summer!