Mount Whitney Trip Report (#7941)
- Signed By: Judge Wilson
- Date submitted: July 13, 2004
We climbed Mt. Whitney as a party of three (Noel Hall, Dan McHatton and myself) spending the evening of August 25 at Whitney Portal. We spent a pleasant morning on August 26 hiking with overnight gear to Trail Camp reaching that location just in time to pitch camp and endure a wild thunderstorm with hail and gusting winds. At times the tent threatened to fly away but the storm relented and at 6:15 a.m. on August 27 a beautiful day dawned for our summit bid. Made the summit at 11 a.m. taking our time and enjoying the scenery. The summit was buzzed by 2 F-15s passing only a couple of hundred feet above our heads. Again, a beautiful moment and day. The trip back to the Portal was long but well woth the effort. Great cheeseburgers and beer at the Portal!