am 13. Juni 2014
Hiking the John Muir Trail is not an easy feat - it typically takes around 15 days of hiking and often for numerous days without being able to resupply food or water. Temperatures vary from close to freezing at night to hot and dusty during the day. But rewards are plentiful: among the highlights is climbing to the top of 14,505 ft high Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental US. Planning this trip in detail is key to a successful and enjoyable hike.
Like the title suggests, the book is split into two major parts: planning the trip and a detailed account of the journey. This first part goes into great detail to explain what equipment options are available and what the pros/cons of a particular option might be (e.g. water disinfection, fuel, tents, shoes, meals). In addition, food/meals are covered in detail, going so far as providing meal plans for balanced and varied eating during the trip. The second part of the book takes you along the journey of hiking the John Muir Trail with detailed and colorful descriptions of the marvel you will witness when you hike the trail. This part really makes you want to start planning the hike immediately.
Plan & Go: The John Muir Trail: is a great and very helpful book. Even though it goes through planning and preparation in great detail (the author is a German engineer!) it is never difficult or tedious to read. Quite the contrary: there are so many insights (often mistakes the author has made and now honestly shares) - that I looked forward to continue reading. It really is like a cookbook, following the easy instructions will make this trip a success. Reading the second part, I had the feeling of walking along with the author along the trail - his descriptions are that clear and vivid. Overall a fantastic book: both for those who plan to hike the John Muir Trail and are looking for a guide to help make the trip a success and for those who want to find out what marvel lies in hiking the John Muir Trail.
am 13. Juni 2014
Detaillierter und praktischer Einstieg ins Thema - so wird die Wanderung direkt ein Erfolg und Dank den Hintergrundinformationen und den vorbehaltlos geteilten Erfahrungen des Autors bleiben einem sicher so manch böse Überraschungen erspart. Persönlich geschrieben, einfach zu lesen, so steigt die Vorfreude!
am 12. Juni 2014
This book is written in a very concise manner which makes ideal for hiking beginners and pros as well. The writing style is very easy to understand for anyone, even non-native English speakers. You will find all the information you need very quickly. Besides the info about the John Muir Trail, there are tons of great general hiking tips that you can apply to any other hike as well. Great extended value with the corresponding website, too!
am 6. Juli 2014
This book is the perfect guide to hike the JMT - but can also easily be adjusted to other trails as well. It is easy to read and not too big - so you can use it for your whole preparation but it still can be stored in your backpack. It contains all detailed tips from the route, equipment, weather, campsites as well as food, drinks and medical care. So, all you kneed to know to have a great trail experience. Enjoy your trip!