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The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through YosemiteKings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. This trail is considered by many to be the most challenging and beautiful part of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. On a topo map, it resembles a heart monitor chart.


In 2004 I began the 233-mile long trail with two short hikes totaling 53 miles and finished with a continuous trek of 180 miles all in the same summer.  To end the adventure, I tackled the 14,505-foot Mt. Whitney-the highest summit in the contiguous United States.

I was fifty, asthmatic, overweight, with arthritic knees...but I did it.

Even ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

Below are some pictures and details from my journey.

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