Mount Whitney Trip Report (#7849)
- Signed By: Karekin Jelalian
- Date submitted: October 18, 2004
A great experience! Also very focused - in terms of preparation and the hike itself. Did lots of running to prepare myself, was determined not to be thwarted by not being in good shape. Though I've never been on a stairmaster, thought of the analogy for the ascent as being on a stairmaster for 3-4 hours on medium setting with 15-20 pounds on your back (realized later I could have carried less) then at the switchbacks crank up the setting to medium/high, and by the way, you're at 12,000-13,600 feet. Was pleased I did it, especially in 14 hours for a 44-year old sea-level dweller. Met lots of good people on the way up and down. Like to continue hiking 14ers.