In the summer of 2013 I realized a lifelong dream. I hiked the John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada range. I didn’t necessarily want to walk alone but finding companions was all but impossible. So out of frustration, I did it solo. Not that I was uncomfortable hiking alone, I had done many backpacks by myself. And now in retrospect, I’m glad I did. Hiking in the magnificent Sierra Nevada for five weeks was truly a transcendental experience. It was almost Zen-like. There was no one to talk to, only the inner dialogue with yourself, the mindless nonsense of everyday life falling away with every step. Life was reduced to the bare essentials: stay warm, walk, eat, and sleep. It was a minimalist experience. As a backpacker for more than fifty years, I was not expecting anything different on this walk. But I was wrong. The extended length of the trip, the stunning beauty of the mountains, and five weeks of solitude made this adventure one of insight and inspiration. I will never forget it.
This eBook contains hyperlinks to the www.soloonthejmt.com webpage where you will find photos of the hike. You will need an internet connection to access this feature. Simply click on the colored link and your browser will open and display the corresponding photo. I would suggest keeping both the eBook page and the website photo page open together at the same time for easy navigating. I hope you enjoy the trip.