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2013 TR: Sawmill Pass to Whitney via JMT

Postby SpaceMonkey » Fri Apr 04, 2014 4:53 pm

Hi. I'm not sure if I'm doing this right, but I read this post when I was researching a 6 day trip on the JMT via Sawmill Pass which I did in late August of 2013. I was grateful for that, so I thought I'd give some back. There's not a lot of good up to date info out there.

I posted a TR for Sawmill with photos. It is the first part of my JMT page. Hope this is useful to others.

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Re: 2013 TR: Sawmill Pass to Whitney via JMT

Postby maverick » Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:39 pm

Topic was split off from the original, would ask that in the future you start your
own thread and not piggyback off another. Great TR and pictures by the way. Thanks
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Re: 2013 TR: Sawmill Pass to Whitney via JMT

Postby cgundersen » Sat Apr 05, 2014 11:39 am

Wow; I think this would qualify you for a master's degree in backpacking. From my perspective, the only thing you need to do differently next time is hang onto the scotch; you can always use it for cooking even if you don't drink it!
I also liked your elevated leg regimen; I've noticed a couple instances over the last few years where it could have come in handy. Finally, as I'm sure others will point out: if you liked the solitude going up Sawmill, just wait till you start abandoning the trails. Yes, the JMT goes through spectacular terrain, but it also serves as a conduit to incredible spots like Kaweah Basin, Gardiner Lakes basin and a whole string of off-trail regions along the spine of the Sierra. Should keep you & Dennis busy for years to come!
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