[pct-l] JMT record??

Jeffrey Olson jolson at olc.edu
Tue Sep 26 20:07:35 CDT 2006

I remember at the tender age of 19 beginning a JMT hike in June of 
1971.  I met a fellow wearing running shorts and sleeveless shirt, what 
then passed for running shoes, and a Golite Dawn sized daypack.  He was 
reluctant to stop and talk, but took a minute or so to say that he was 
running the Muir trail, that he was going to do it in four or five days 
(my memory is poor), and that he was on schedule.  He'd left Whitney 
Portal and done what took me three days 10 hours, and was going strong.  
The look in his eye had nothing to do with enjoying the backcountry, and 
everything about some personal, inner goal and the drive to achieve it. 

I was in awe, but quickly forgot about him as I continued to miss my 
newfound sweetheart and found hiking alone terribly difficult - being in 
love as I was...

Ahhh...  The stories....

Jeff, just Jeff...

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