I’M QUINCY KOETZ

An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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Category: The John Muir Trail

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 By Quincy Koetz

Hiking Devil’s Postpile National Monument, California

The Devil’s Postpile is a geological wonder of the world. The John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails meander through this natural monument Unique formations in Devil’s Postpile Of all the sights to be seen on the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trail, the Devils Postpile National Monument is perhaps the strangest and most unique. For those...

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Packlist and Considerations for the John Muir Trail: Part I

Well, who would have thought that this blog is getting more google hits than anything! I’m pleased to say that people have actually been inspired to head off on some epic adventures from these posts. Not to brag, but there’s even a couple folks doing the Pacific Crest Trail after reading some posts. So with a...

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John Muir Trail: Suggestions that Aren’t in the Guidebooks

Near the Golden Staircase in Kings Canyon There’s only so much you can learn from reading about the John Muir Trail, but it always helps! There are some very worthy guidebooks which should accompany you on your journey. John Muir Trail: The Essential Guide to Hiking America’s Most Famous Trail, by Elizabeth Wenk, was my...

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Introduction to Backpacking the John Muir Trail

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” ~John Muir The John Muir Trail near Muir Pass at 11,000ft Simply put, the...

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