Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail

Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail

by Christy Teglo
Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail

Weathered: Finding Strength on the John Muir Trail

by Christy Teglo


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"You're hiking how far solo?" "How are you going to hike the entire John Muir Trail when you've never even been backpacking before?"

These were the two most common questions that accompanied baffled looks from Christy's corporate coworkers when she mentioned her plans. Legitimate questions Christy had pondered herself. Yet, she couldn't fully express the pull to hike more than 220 miles in the California High Sierra Mountains. She only knew that her whole being told her that she needed to. After six months of research, reading books, watching documentaries, and training hikes, Christy began walking southbound on the world-famous trail.

Throughout her wild journey, Christy encountered freezing temperatures, pelting hail storms, and losing her way, but found trail family, incredible views, and experiences that would change her life forever. Hiking up and over ten different mountain passes gave Christy a lot of time to think about why her nine-year marriage was falling apart, gave her the chance to truly embody her individualism, time to make new friends, and the strength she would need on and off the trail. Her life could never again be the same.

This is one woman's account of the three weeks she spent on the iconic trail.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781737590002
Publisher: Perspective Through Adventure Publishing
Publication date: 08/31/2021
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Christy grew up mainly in St. Louis, Missouri (with a few years spent in Colorado). After graduating from college, Christy moved to Los Angeles. At the age of 36, she decided to hike the John Muir Trail solo. It was a time of adventure and meeting new people along the trail that set into motion her desire to follow a new path. She quit her corporate job, sold her house in Los Angeles, and began traveling full-time. Christy writes about her experiences (good and bad), and the people she meets. To learn more about her travels, visit

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

What is the JMT?

You Are Not Prepared

Sweet and Salty

Too Much/Not Enough

Last Bit of Comfort

DAY 1: It's Go Time

DAY 2: Out of Water

DAY 3: Generous Gestures

DAY 4: Wrong Turn

DAY 5: Scariest Night of My Life

DAY 6: Fire!

DAY 7: Solid Structure

DAY 8: Sharing Stories

DAY 9: A Life of My Own

DAY 10: The Possibilities Are Endless

DAY 11: Cheese for Pop-Tart

DAY 12: Unpredictable Weather

DAY 13: Letters of Encouragement

DAY 14: Purple Hands

DAY 15: Period

DAY 16: Golden Staircase

DAY 17: Underestimated

DAY 18: "You Look . . . Weathered"

DAY 19: Cake and Whiskey

DAY 20: Reflection

DAY 21: Just Me and Whitney

DAY 22: Legit Hiker

After the JMT

My New Life Where Are They Now?

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