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Elizabeth Wenk
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Wilderness Press; 4 edition (July 16, 2007)
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Elizabeth Wenk's authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt. Whitney. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information.

Elizabeth Wenk's authoritative guide describes the 212-mile John Muir Trail, running from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mt.

After all was said and done, the most useful planning and on-the-trail guide for me was the National Geographic JMT Guide. One person found this helpful.

From childhood, Lizzy Wenk has hiked and climbed in the Sierra Nevada with her family. After she started college, she found excuses to spend every summer in the Sierra, with its beguiling landscape, abundant flowers, and near-perfect weather. After all was said and done, the most useful planning and on-the-trail guide for me was the National Geographic JMT Guide.

Автор: Wenk Elizabeth Название: John Muir Trail Data Book ISBN: 0899977707 ISBN-13(EAN) .

Описание: A derivative of the comprehensive John Muir Trail by Sierra expert Elizabeth Wenk, this data book is perfect for the weight-conscious hiker. A brief introductory section provides planning data, including information on permits, trailhead transport, and food resupplies. This is followed by on-the-trail information, including custom-made topo maps, elevation profiles, data tables,.

John Muir Trail book. See a Problem? We’d love your help. John Muir Trail provides all the necessary planning information, including up-to-date details on wilderness and permit regulations, food resupplies, trailhead amenities, and travel from nearby cities. Useful essentials are updated GPS coordinates and maps for prominent campsites (along with an updated list of sites along the trail), trail junctions, bear boxes, and other points of interest

John Muir Trail - Elizabeth Wenk. The John Muir Trail (or, more simply, the JMT) passes through what many backpackers agree is the finest mountain scenery in the United States.

John Muir Trail - Elizabeth Wenk. Descending the switchbacks on the south side of Forester Pass. John Muir Trail: The essential guide to hiking America’s most famous trail. Some hikers may give first prize to some other place, but none will deny the great attractiveness of California’s High Sierra. This is a land of 13,000-and 14,000-foot peaks, of soaring granite cliffs, of lakes by the thousands, and of canyons 5,000 feet deep.

Hiking the John Muir Trail is a far more contemplative exercise than one might guess. Ms. Wenk’s book is the best way to do just that. Hiking, like life itself, has its own hierarchy of needs. The meat of the guide is still the trail descriptions, divided into thirteen sections.

Author : Elizabeth Wenk. Publisher : Wilderness Press 2014-06-03. More magazines by this user. ISBN-10 : 0899977367. ISBN-13 : 9780899977362. John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America s Most Famous. Trail (Elizabeth Wenk). Flag as Inappropriate.

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California . Wenk, Elizabeth; Morey, Kathy (2008). Berkeley: Wilderness Press. ISBN 978-0-89997-436-1.

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. From the northern terminus at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley (37°43′54″N 119°33′31″W, 3. 317°N 11. 587°W, 3. 317; -119. Winnett, Thomas (1970).

Running from Mount Whitney to Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevada, the 212 mile John Muir Trail passes through some of the most dramatic mountain terrain in the United States. Each year, thousands of backpackers traverse some or all of the trail, relying on Wilderness Press's John Muir Trail. The completely updated edition of this Sierra classic includes significant information found nowhere else. The new John Muir Trail meticulously describes the entire trail and is written for today's hikers. The book includes GPS coordinates, not only for every junction, but also for every established campsite, bear box, and mountain pass that the trail crosses. The guide has separate descriptions for northbound and southbound hikers; for each direction, a junction chart shows all the trail's ups and downs.
  • Super P
I purchased this older edition of the book because my JMT trip was North Bound instead of the more usual South Bound and the newer edition of the book doesn't have the NoBo in it (it's a separate Kindle supplement). I'd also previously purchased the Tom Harrison JMT map packet and felt I needed more info for planning. Well, Wenk's guide was somewhat useful but also pretty aggravating if you're just trying to extract planning information. The book has an excessive (in my opinion) amount of plant field-guide type information in it that gets in the way of the other information. It's one thing to mention that you're passing from one plant community to another. It's quite another to go into this kind of detail:

"The sandy, flatter section of trail on which you are now walking sports Sierra cutleaf daisies, frosted buckwheat, and wax currant. Also present are pussytoes: Their long, skinny, dark green, and slightly succulent leaves hug the ground and they have small balls of pink flowers on the short stalks."

Then a bit further on:

" The ground is marshy and vegetation includes mountaineer shooting stars, primrose monkeyflower, and other species you will see increasingly. One is little elephant's heads, which have elongate heads and small lavender flowers. If you look at an individual flower upside down, you can see its eponymous ears and trunk. Another is the Lemmon's paintbrush, with tubular, beaked flowers just like the wavy-leaved paintbrush but with "brushes" that are purple-magenta color."

Now don't get me wrong...I LOVE plants, and especially wildflowers and have many keys, including technical botanical plant keys, at home. But all this wordiness inserted in the guide was so frustrating. I didn't plan on taking the book with me to look up plant types as I went along (a key would be much better for that anyway) and there's no way my brain was going to hold on to that kind of detail about the plants when my main concern was where to hike, camp, and find water. And those excerpts are just a taste...they go on and on and on and are embedded in and entwined with the pertinent information that helps with planning.

I'd suggest the author take the detailed plant info and put it into an appendix then make only brief references to the plants, as in "here you'll see pussytoes." Period. No taxonomy, thank you.

After all was said and done, the most useful planning and on-the-trail guide for me was the National Geographic JMT Guide.
  • Kirimath
Wilderness Press continues to update some of their classic guides regularly and this new version of their John Muir Trail Guide is well written with a new author, Elizabeth Wenk. At its heart, the guide is similar to previous editions in giving a mile for mile description of the trail. I found it very accurate for all portions of the JMT that I have hiked. It also includes new features: numerous GPS coordinates for landmarks, updated regulations, appendices listing campsites, mileages, and resupply points, and new topographical maps from Tom Harrison.

All these new features come at a small cost, however, in that the book is more than twice as large as the previous edition, by Kathy Morey and Thomas Winnett. And while you will need these new features in planning your hike, they are less important on the actual trail. Backpackers trying to save space and weight have a couple of options. One is to simply tear out the sections of the book you will be using. You hardly need the classic South to North directions if you are hiking the other way. Another is to use this edition for planning, but to get one of the older editions for the actual trip. These can be found here (1998) or here (1986). But this book is still worth purchasing. Having it will improve your odds of completing the trail and dramatically increase your enjoyment of it as well.
  • Voodoozragore
Several first impression complaints (spending an hour or so with the book trying to put different options together):

(1) 2-D Map features aren't correlated with corresponding elevation maps. For example, in the AT Guide and BMT Thru Guide, the terminology and names on the 2-D trail maps are identical and easily matched up with the terminology and names used on the elevation plots. Unfortunately that isn't the case for the this confusing guide book. Examples:

(a) 2-D John Muir Map 1 corresponds with Elevation plot 12. However the norther section portion of Map 1 shows two trail intersections (which aren't named), but the elevation map doesn't even call them out. Moreover, the 2-D map 1 shows a shelter off of one of the side trails (close enough to get to), but the elevation doesn't even mention this. There are lots of other examples like this for the correlation between which 2-D map corresponds with what elevation map, i.e. they aren't labelled 2-D map #3 corresponds with Section #x elevation map. They could have just added a label.

(c) Often times multiple elevation maps correspond with 1.5 or other fractional 2-D map, but you won't immediately know this because they don't indicate this.

(2) The 2-D Maps are disorganized, or organized in a confusing fashion. The 2-D maps are laid out south to north, i.e. Map 1 on page 47 is the southern most map, while Map 13 is the northern most map. This is a little confusing to explain so bear with me. For Map 1, the left inside of the page 47, connects to the right inside page 48, then the left outside page 48 connects to the bottom of page 49, then the top of page 49 connects to the bottom of page 50, then the left outside of page 50 connects to the top of page 51, then the left inside of end up having to turn this book all around just to connect up the trail. Not to mention the the maps don't overlap a little to help you out to make sure you get it right....good luck should you try to use this book on the trail all tired and disoriented...the cardinal orientation is continually changing...

(3) Next up...major resupplies are missing from being labelled or called out...for example, the major side trail to Bishop has no special attention given to it...moreover the 2-D map doesn't even shown Bishop...yikes!!! Took a good bit of time in this book figuring out where to get to Bishop, so I'll share that here. On 2-D Map 5, at Le Conte Canyon (which isn't even on the elevation map for Section 8) take the trail (not named on the 2-D map) east then north to Bishop. No distances are provided on the 2-D map or in the text of Section 8, despite it stating in beautiful prose: "Soon thereafter, the JMT reaches the spur trail to the Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station and, just thereafter, a junction with Bishop Pass Trail, leading up into the Dusy Basin and over Bishop Pass, the easiest route to the town of Bishop." Again, Le Conte Canyon isn't even labeled on the elevation plot. Nor is the trail for Bishop easily found on the 2-D map.

(4) I could go on...there are lots of other annoying or missing things, e.g. each elevation plot starts the mileage over from 0, so you have to get out your handy dandy spreadsheet or calculator to total up mileages should you plan to span multiple elevation plots, which is one of the only ways to get good mileage numbers since they are completely absent from the 2-D maps!!!

Again this is my first impression after spending an hour+ with the guide. Overall this guide fails in comparison with "The AT Guide" or "Benton MacKaye Thru-Hikers Guide". Too bad this is one of the top rated guide books for the JMT. Maybe AWOL or Sgt. Rock will produce a guide book for the JMT...
  • Jieylau
Im only partway through. Its in my opinion not as good as the other Day and Section hike book I bought... Maybe thats cause its all we are doing and it is concise enough... this is great if you want to to everything about the entire trail, which most people can't and won't do the entire thing... ever. so thats why i prefer the other but this one has def enough supp info if you wanna pick it up to have an additional one on the subject. :)