"The mountains are calling and I must go"
- John Muir
Below is a video from Ryan Commons that documents his hike across the Sierra Mountains along the John Muir Trail.
Ryan made the trip from the Mt. Whitney Portal to Happy Isles in Yosemite National Park - 222.4 miles - in just seven days! Along the way he climbed a total of 42,000 feet, or, put another way, almost 8 miles of climbing! Obviously he put in some pretty insane milage each day to accomplish this goal.
Ryan followed the trail up to Mount Whitney, which, at 14,496 ft, is the highest peak in the lower 48. From there he passed through King's Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, and the Ansel Adams Wilderness before ending his journey in Yosemite.
At 40 minutes in length, the video is fairly long, but is very well made, and well worth the spectacular scenery alone.
(if you have trouble with the streaming of the video, turning off the HD seems to help)
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