40th Anniversary John Muir Trail Hike
Organized by: Larry Bevins
A LITTLE BACKGROUND My name is Larry. My wife’s name is Cathy. We were married in August of 1976 and moved immediately to a small town in the Sierra Foothills named Georgetown, where I took a teaching position. We were avid outdoor enthusiasts. Almost every weekend my lesson plans included our starting and ending points for that weekend’s hike. During the Summers I was a Pro Whitewater Rafting Guide where Cathy volunteered in the camp kitchens. Our “Hiking Resume” includes: two hike-throughs on the John Muir Trail, one hike-through on the Tahoe/Yosemite trail, two hike-throughs on the Desolation Wilderness Trail and dozens of hikes on portions of those trails and the Pacific Crest trail. Well, that was many years ago. I’m now 63 years old and Cathy is… OUR PLAN (AND WHAT WE THINK IS A SOMEWHAT UNIQUE STORY) To celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary we are going to hike the entire John Muir Trail in July of 2016. We will arrive in Tuolumne Meadows, to acclimate, on July 1 and hit the trail on July 4. 25 days, 65,000 feet in elevation change, 9 mountain passes, 4 caches, multiple blisters and about 200 miles later we will climb Mount Whitney and then end our great adventure at Whitney Portal on July 29. WHAT WE HAVE DONE On July 4 of last year we committed ourselves to this endeavor. Since then we have been in training. We were both athletes, and I was a coach, so we’re well aware of the dieting, strength training, cardiovascular training and hiking program we need. We are well underway on that and have made significant progress already. On top of that we’re reading, researching equipment, talking to experts, collecting contact information for caches and permits, plotting our itinerary, formulating trail menus, etc. With equipment and food costs, along with permits and travel costs this trip will run us between $5,000. and $6,000. Please honor us, and our 40 year marriage, with a gift. Thank you and Hike On!