Sept 17 -
Sandy Meadow -
Mt. Whitney to Whitney Portal
+Elev: 4500 ft
Day 14 Picture Library
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360 degree panorama from the top of
Mt. Whitney [25%
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We woke at 3 a.m. and hit the trail by 4:00 with headlamps on. Jimothy
didnít want any afternoon
thundershowers to prevent us from summitting
and we all looked forward to getting into Lone
Pine for showers and food.
We made good time in the darkness and passed by the Crabtree Ranger
at first light. We passed by Guitar Lake and quite a few hikers just getting
Our pace was smooth and easy all the way up to the Trail Crest.
Most people coming up the backside
drop their packs here before going on
to the summit, but we figured weíd carried them this far we
might as well
carry them all the way. We sumitted at 11:07, followed by lots of high
fives and the
mandatory summit photos. It was a sunny and cloudless day,
but it was still cold on top, and after
lunch we headed down. We had just
finished the JMT, but we still had eleven miles to go.
I remembered a past
hike down feeling like it went on forever, and that still hasnít changed!
We were tired and it was getting late in the day when we finally got to
the Portal. But now we
had no ride down into town. We stuck out our thumbs
and the third car pulled over and gave us a
ride, a perfect ending!
We got a motel in town, and Iíve never enjoyed a shower as much I
that one. We celebrated that night with Italian food and a pitcher of micro-brew.