I made a reservation for a wilderness permit to hike from Duck Pass to Bishop Pass in August. I will complete the JMT section of the PCT with this hike.
I'm hoping that in August the bugs will have diminished and the snow will be minimal if any at all. My biggest hope is that the scary creek crossings that caused me to chicken out of this stretch in the first place will be so tame by then I won't even notice them.
I'm going to hike SOBO. I got a permit for a really long time even though it's only 70 miles or so. I'm not certain how far it is exactly. I will have to research it out better as the time nears.
Yay! Something to look forward to.