My John Muir Trail training plan

The idea of training for the John Muir Trail (JMT) was a pretty daunting task. How does someone living at sea level in central London prepare for a trail with a starting elevation greater than the highest point in the U.K.? And it wasn’t just the physical aspect that I’d need to prepare for; I’d…

My John Muir Trail gear list

I was really happy with my gear choices overall. However, as I didn’t have a huge amount of experience, was going solo and hadn’t hiked in the region before, I definitely erred on the side of caution and started with a very heavy bag. I learnt – and ditched – a lot along the way,…

How to plan a John Muir Trail thru hike

This post is based on my experience of preparing for the John Muir Trail over about 6 – 9 months. I found it a little overwhelming at first, but once I got going it was really exciting. Six months + out Keen as I was to dive in, I had a few things to consider….

Going solo: hiking the John Muir Trail alone

I was on a high of confidence, joy and a little disbelief in the days after completing a solo thru hike of the John Muir Trail (JMT). Just over 6 weeks later, the strength of the feeling has faded somewhat, although it returns as a warm tingle in my belly and a smile whenever I…

Hastings to Winchelsea: The best day hike near London?

Hastings to Winchelsea is an absolutely beautiful walk and one that I’ve been lucky enough to do – three times – in glorious sunshine. Well, the first time we continued on to Rye, but on this, my second time, the pub in Winchelsea proved too much of a temptation. Catching the train from Charring Cross…

My first solo hike: Seaford to Eastbourne

It took me a while to realise that I was an outdoor enthusiast. I have always loved travel, but my adventures in the outdoors were infrequent and usually happened as part of a longer trip to a far flung destination. I didn’t see spending time in the outdoors as something that I could do by…