CA - Sequoia NP HP (Mount Whitney)

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CA - Sequoia NP HP (Mount Whitney)

Post by Gary Neben » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:34 pm


Wotans Throne 12762 - 2017/09/13
Mount Whitney 14494 - 2017/09/14
Keeler Needle 14271
Discovery Pinnacle 13753

Mount Whitney, the king of the U.S. Lower 48 appears in well over 30 peakbagger lists. For us, the highest peak in the Lower 48 and the highest peak in Sequoia Nat’l Park was a huge goal. I’m not sure I remember how this trip came together, but I think I floated the idea to Janet and then her brother, and then her sister completed the group. Mark and Nancy live at sea level and Janet, well let’s just say her hiking totem is the turtle, so it would be quite a challenge for us.

We had permits for 2 nights at the high camp in Whitney Zone, Trail Camp at 12040’. Mark would begin acclimatizing with Janet and me by doing Telescope Peak 2 days prior and Nancy joined all of us for camping at Whitney Portal CG for Monday and Tuesday nights. We began backpacking in Wednesday morning, summited on Thursday, camped at Trail Camp Wednesday and Thursday night, and hiked out on Friday.

Everything about this trip is incredibly classic: from the old and well established trail, the sweeping walls of white granite everywhere, the many John Muir Trail backpackers you meet on the intersecting trails - it’s no wonder Whitney is hugely popular.

There’s nothing I can really add to the wealth of knowledge already available so I just want to present our story as a simple photo essay. I’ll add that we had perfect weather although it was cold enough at night to form ice on the lake at camp, but sunny days with a touch of cool wind. The fires in Yosemite, Oregon, and Washington have plagued me all summer with my trips and this was no exception - hard to get clear pictures.

The other thing I’d mention is that on the hike to the summit I was completely taken with 2 other peaks, Discovery Pinnacle and Keeler Needle. Although both are unranked peaks I nonetheless found them striking and on the way back I found a way up each. Keeler Needle is easy up to its outlandish summit prow and then not too hard, but extremely exposed into the final position - simply amazing. Discovery Pinnacle turns out to be an easy climb to a wonderful, airy perch.

Congratulations to Nancy, Mark, and Janet for completing this trip together! :applause:
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Re: CA - Sequoia NP HP (Mount Whitney)

Post by Gary Neben » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:35 pm


not finished posting yet ...

... and now all done.

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Re: CA - Sequoia NP HP (Mount Whitney)

Post by andrewrose » Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:07 pm


I enjoyed all of your reports from the trip. Great photos too!

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Re: CA - Sequoia NP HP (Mount Whitney)

Post by JBE » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:46 am


Too bad that permits are required to enjoy the CA sun...
Grandiose park, wish to be there.

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