In 2011 I thru-hiked the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. 357 km (222 miles) through some of the most amazing scenery in the United States, the High Sierras. This was my first long distance hike ever. It took me 15 days to complete the hike, from July 07th to July 21st. Luck would have it that as I was hiking southbound I would meet the main herd of the Pacific Crest Trail hikers coming north. I was mighty impressed and inspired. 2011 was a very high snow year, yet I had an awesome time on the trail. Even before I had finished the JMT I knew that this would be the beginning of more long distance hiking adventures to come.