Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney Trip Report (#7879)

  • Signed By: Jesse Engelberg
  • Date submitted: August 12, 2004
  • Date(s) climbed: 8/18/03, 8/9/04

We hiked Whitney in two days last year and one this year. We only had 1 1/2 days at altitude this year and so I felt the altitude a little, but Advil and lots of water (almost three gallons!) did the job. We were up in 8:45 and down in 4:50. I don't know how you could break 4 hours either way without running part of the trail, as we almost did in our eagerness to be home.

The weather was perfect--we were in shorts at our 3:30 start, and the marmots were plentiful. We saw a bear and out neighbors had a full pack stolen out of a bear box. Overall it was a fantastic experience, and the only question is whether to do it again next year or head out to AZ to hike the Grand Canyon.

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