|One of the first cool pics looking down the valley.|
|Lone Pine Lake?|
|One of the "windows" as we were sumiting Whitney.|
|Max, at the highest point of the lower 48...|
|So happy to have made it!|
The climb was a blast. Max and I got about one mile from the summit and people started warning us about the approaching clouds. We turned around and sure enough, it looked like bad weather was coming our way. We hustled up to the top, got our pics, and then got down fast. We then joined back up with Tina just a few switchbacks down from trail crest and then it was smooth sailing to our campsite at Tilden Creek. Unfortunately my camera died on me at the summit. But at least I got some pics up there! BTW: Whitney is the tallest point in the lower 48 states at 14500 ft, oh yeah!
The first day we covered 30 miles and were ready for a good nights rest. It seems that we probably picked a bad camping spot as the bear box that we found was in the middle of a mosquito infested hole. But we survived and hopefully learned a lesson.
The next day we went over Forrester Pass and then had a heavenly descent into a beautiful valley. Near one of the creeks we made a decision to exit over Kearsarge Pass to Onion Valley.
That made a wonderful two day, 50 mile, fastpacking adventure with a Whitney summit. Great fun!
- Don't camp in a mosquito infested hole.
- Cheese and salami experiment was a failure. Actually the experiment was good, but the cheese and salami were a failure. Grease everywhere = not good.
- Jerky is still the best.
- 14000 ft makes me silly.
- JMT is my fav. By far.
- The gorilla just barely fits a giant yellow bear canister and everything else I need.
- French people don't get sarcasm.
- My new air mattress, a NeoAir Thermarest, is now one of my favorite pieces of equipment. Good bye Klymit POS.