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“Great news!! Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has joined the JMTF’s effort with a four-year commitment of sponsorship! This will be announced at a film release party Sierra Nevada Brewing is hosting on Oct 28 at their Chico headquarters for Jeremy Jone’s new documentary “Ode to Muir”. Here is a link to the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh51WYEDn4U Jeremy will be joined by the JMTF’s own executive director, Marla Stark, for a panel discussion after the film's screening to talk about the critical importance of conserving the JMT’s vast wilderness, including its snowpack which is the source of fresh water for some 30 million Californians. Join the party. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teton-gravity-research-presents-ode-to-muir-tickets-50987495973 JOIN US! And DONATE to the JMTF today!!
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Purposeful Contemplation | I sit reflecting on the long traverse up to Glen Pass on the JMT. This image taken on July 21, 2017, is one of my favorites. We were heading northbound on the iconic trail and had already finished crossing most of the snowfields when we stopped to watch a guy going the other direction, making his way to Kearsarge Pass to exit. He had already contended with considerable amounts of snow on the other side of Glen Pass and decided he had enough. We would soon make the very same decision, but not before we had the most memorable adventure of our lives.
JMTF's very own Marla Stark, along with daughter Gillian (age 25) and son Spencer (age 31) hiking the JMT, starting pack weight 38 lbs each, from Onion Valley over Kearsarge Pass to Lake Marjorie, lots of fishing for golden trout (all released!), sore backs and blistered feet, two big storms, fantastic sunsets!
In Memoriam: Erik Koelzer "Beautiful, but brutal" is how Erik summed up the JMT after completing his first segment in 2014. A testament to Erik’s persistence and determination, he hiked over 240 miles to finish the 211-mile JMT in three segments spanning three years. His first hike was from Agnew Meadows to Whitney, where he recorded daily video to share his journey with family and friends. His next segment was from Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne, and the third was from Tuolumne to the Valley in his first solo hike. On top of Whitney, he described the physical and mental trials necessary to complete the JMT, but he proclaimed that it was all worth it. He felt this experience was one of his greatest accomplishments.
I hiked the JMT last summer with our 8-year old daughter, a real trooper! She beat us all up to the summit. Lizzy from Australia
June 2018, we made an early season trip on the JMT from Tuolomne Meadows to Yosemite Valley and took the 2 mile detour to climb Half Dome (yes, we got lucky in the lottery for the HD permits.) Yikes, a real adrenaline rush to get up (and then down) those cables, but worth it! Thanks JMT!!
Heading north from Independence over Keasarge Pass that morning, we had just hiked up Glen Pass in 90F heat and asked someone to snap a photo when Alex surprised Wayne with a lift on his shoulders. I thought they might tumble off the summit! The blinding fatigue of the day was completely swept away in the thrill of the moment. What a JMT memory to capture on film!