Last week, I watched Mile… Mile and a Half on Netflix. It’s a documentary about a group of artists who thru hiked the JMT in 2011. If you’re wondering what we’re going to see on the JMT, this is a great film to watch for ninety minutes.
Overall, I thought Mile… Mile & a Half was an okay representation of what life is like on a trail. As someone who backpacks, I noticed what I thought of as “backpacking” in the periphery of shots – water filtering, tent setup, dinner. But I also saw a lot of things that I know I absolutely wouldn’t do on the trail – like have a 70 (!!!!) pound pack after a resupply, or pay for a mule to bring a resupply over a mountain pass. The Mile… Mile and a Half crew did the trail over 25 days, so we’ll shave about 5 days off of their time. They also regularly stopped to take photos, video, or record sound, which involves a lot of professional equipment. They also did the trail in July after a year of 200% snowfall, so I assume we’ll see a lot less snow. Overall though, I think this is a great way to get inspired! It just goes to show you – 220 miles is really just a lot of putting one foot in front of the other.