Category Archives: Texts from the Trail

David’s text messages from the trail, with Liza’s comments.

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!

Texts from the Trail

DeLorme inReach SEDuring David’s hike, Liza will post his ‘texts from the trail’ in this category. David will be carrying a satellite-enabled text messenger, allowing two-way communications with Liza back at home.

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