Jim and I hiked the JMT in 2016, with Luke and Ian Willnerd. This is a video of some of our pictures and videos, a sort of highlight video. Jim put this together.
We were able to spend 6 nights in the Sierra Nevada with the MountainSmith Mountain Shelter 2.
It was summer, windy at night, temps in the low 30s, and some cloudiness. The elevation of our trip was 8000-11,000′. This shelter is a tarp held up by two hiking poles and 13 stakes. I set it up 5 times, and it became easier each time. It weighs 1 lb 15 oz and costs around $100. It packs up very compactly, and sleeps 2 comfortably. Its a really good option for a light and cheap shelter, and I’d recommend it. It doesn’t have a floor, and you would need to get a ground cloth, which might add 6 oz to the total weight. Read more
We got over Mather Pass when the rain hit. We didn’t feel like hiking in the rain, so we set up our tents in the first trees we found. It rained for about an hour, then the sun came out. Jim and Ian left camp for a hike, and I sat in my chair and did a status report on our trip so far, about 11 days into the John Muir Trail.