I bought a 5 gallon "Homer" bucket with a lid at Home Depot to resupply 7 days of food from the Muir Trail Ranch to Whitney Portal.
To hike the distance from Muir Trail Ranch to Mt. Whitney, I needed 7 days of food to fit into a Bearikade Weekender: 700 cubic inches.
It all fits. One dinner and snack will be carried in the pack for the first day 's meal.
Collection of gear for Miniposa (Base pack weight without food and water = 10 lbs)
All my gear packed into a Miniposa, ready for the JMT. Total weight without water: 20 lbs.
At the starting point: Glacier Point, Yosemite. The air quality was poor due to smoke from Sierra fires
Yosemite Valley and Half Dome
View down Nevada Falls
Little Yosemite Camp. We cut our first day short due to heavy thundershowers and lightening.
Early morning mist on the trail to Sunrise.
My pack takes a rest at a trail junction sign.
Jim hiking towards Tuolumne. Cathedral Peak
Tuolumne Backpackers Camp in the rain
Lyell Canyon. Remnants of hail in the trail from the previous days thunderstorm.
Lyell Canyon towards Donahue Pass (11,060).
PCT hiker "Monstro" stops to chat. He is attempting a PCT record.
An example of some nice Sierra trailwork
Crossing one of the many natural log bridges.
Hiking up to Island Pass (10,205). Banner Peak in the distance
Banner Peak (12, 586 ft)
Thousand Island Lake
Hikers gather at Reds Meadow to organize food and chat. (From L to R) "Boots", Tony, Mark, Jeff, "Rizo")
Jeff collects soda water from a spring a mile south of Reds Meadow
Switchbacks descend into Tully Hole
"Clockwork Orange" and Jeff share trail stories beneath Silver Pass
Climbing to Silver Pass (10,750)
Passing through an aspen forest on the way up to Bear Ridge
Campsite at Marie Lake below Selden Pass (10,890)
Organizing food at the Muir Trail Ranch
Resupply buckets at Muir Trail Ranch
Fording the South Fork San Joaquin River to visit the Hot Springs.
Piute Creek bridge
Spike camp for crew working on reroute up Goddard Canyon
Cascade of waterfalls from Evolution Valley
Ranger Dave Gorden at McClure Meadow ranger station.
Wanda Lake. Muir Hut visible in the distance.
Muir Hut on Muir Pass (11,980)
A friendly deer
Le Conte Canyon Ranger Station.
Lower Palisade Lake on the way to Mather Pass
Mather Pass (12,100)
Ranger Jeff Clum at Bench Lake Ranger Station
Pinchot Pass (12,130)
Woods Creek suspension bridge
Rae Lakes Ranger Station
Rae Lakes with Painted Lady
Charlotte Lake Ranger Station
View of Rae Lakes from Glen Pass (11,940)
Vidette Meadow and Bubbs Creek.
Forester Pass( (13,200).
Construction crew on south side of Forester Pass. Getting ready to blast some rock obstructing the trail.
Looking back to the Forester Pass notch.
Crabtree Ranger Station
Marmot on top of Mt Whitney. How does it survive at this altitude?
End of the JMT - Mt. Whitney (14, 505)
Mt. Whitney hut
Trail Crest (13,650). Highest pass on the JMT.
Human waste on the Whitney Trail is now carried out in the WAG bag.
Our group of happy JMT hikers. (From L to : Todd, Jeff, Paul, Travis, Jess, Reuben, and Nick)
Jeff pauses to gaze up at Mt. Whitney during a zen moment at the Interagency VIsitor's Center outside Lone Pine.