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Mount Whitney 14,505Sierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Backpack avatar Aug 13 2012
Backpack21.40 Miles 6,700 AEG
Backpack21.40 Miles2 Days   10 Hrs      
6,700 ft AEG30 LBS Pack
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Arrived at Whitney portal at around midnight on Friday night and met up with some friends from California. The next morning our group of 7 with 5 first timers started our ascent at around 9am. This has to be one of the most scenic places I have ever been. Every turn i took there seemed to be creeks, waterfalls, lakes, trees,and enormous mountains everywhere. We arrived at Trail and set up our camp at around 2 pm and settled in for the rest of the day. On Sunday morning around 6am we made our attempt at the summit. The switchbacks seemed never ending. from what i hear there are around 100 switch backs from trail camp to trail crest. the views from trail crest and the rest of the trail to the summit are unbelievable. 6 of the 7 made it to the summit at around 9 30 am. the only person that did not make it suffered from some severe altitude sickness although he did make it about a half mile from the summit. spent about an hour at the top checking out the views, eating, and taking pictures. On the way down from the summit back to camp we ran into a steady rain. packed up camp and headed for the trail head as quick as we could to avoid being stuck in a storm. We ended up making it down to the trail head, 6.5 miles, in about an hour and 35 minutes. Luckily, I did not suffer from altitude sickness at all and was able to make it to the summit pretty easily. Overall an amazing trip.
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