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83 viewsJuly 25, 2007 12:15PDT - Summit Mount Whitney, California. - 14,505 ft above sea level - N36 34.722 W118 17.529
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57 viewsClimbing switchbacks up from Outpost Camp and Consultation Lake- 12,400 ft, 8:30AM. Facing East.
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47 viewsAmbient temps warming up, ready to move!
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46 views1st break. 10,100 ft 5:26AM. Morale high, average moving speed over 3mph. Sweat from exertion, temps in the high 50's.
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46 viewsDoug at summit- camera facing North. The small hut is for emergency lightning protection. Hikers die every year from lightning strikes. On the West side of the hut, a geo-cache and logbook for hikers. The entries and notes were interesting. They would make a good book!
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45 viewsTemps in 60's, warming as sun rises. The sunlight hasn't hit us yet; it is slowly creeping down the canyon walls- very cool to watch!
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45 viewsZombie Andy attacks Brian with his bare hands. He never saw it comin'...
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44 views2nd break- sun about to rise. Lone Pine lake in background. Facing East.
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44 views"Trail Crest" Facing East. Laugh all you want at my "glacier glasses" - the sun was glaring, and they helped quite a bit!
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43 viewsBeyond Trail Crest, the trail cuts North to the summit. 13,700 ft, 10:43AM (Yes, it took hours to climb the last few hundred feet.) The views are breathtaking, but the exposure is treacherous. One misstep, and you would have plenty of time to think about it on your way down. Note the clouds heading West, slamming into the face of the summit, and curling straight upwards to the sky.
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43 viewsDoug and Heather- beginning evil, evil switchbacks. Ice/glaciers in background are much larger than they appear. Without trees as reference, size and distance became very deceiving from this point to the summit.
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41 viewsLeaving Whitney Portal, still over 7000 ft altitude.
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39 views"Trail Crest" Facing West. Hitchcock Lakes in background.
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37 viewsNote the weather change in only moments. Minutes later, yes, that is water rushing down the trail. Unbelievably slippery.
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36 viewsDriving back to Las Vegas through Death Valley, about 14,700 feet lower in altitude (!!) than 24 hours previous...
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35 views4:00AM, Whitney Portal. Doug Bair, Brian Bastinelli, Heather Hiester, Chris Perry, Andy Stahl
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34 viewsClimbing hill away from Mirror Lake, 10,640 ft, 6:27AM. As you climb up from Mirror lake, it becomes obvious how it got that name.
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34 viewsFacing West towards the Whitney Portal canyon.
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33 viewsFinally, a waypoint. "Trail Crest:" 13,600 ft, 9:54AM. Air very thin, extremely hard to keep your breath. Camera facing N-NW
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32 views...and about 72 degrees warmer!
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32 viewsDoug & Heather at Trail Crest. Camera facing West.
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30 viewsConsultation Lake, 11,680 ft, 7:30AM
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29 viewsThis picture faces East in between the pointy ridges near the summit. Complete exhaustion, I could barely force a smile. The trail is very narrow here, and a wrong step in either direction means quite a plummet.
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29 viewsThe marmots were friendly, too! You shouldn't feed them, but they inevitably find bits of trail mix dropped by hikers, and this makes them very tame.
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