I have so many words to describe this unreal experience but I’m out of breath after hiking 19 hours. So l’ll just say we trekked 22 miles, gained 6,000 feet elevation and reached the summit of the tallest mountain in the contiguous US!!! It was THE most grueling adventure I’ve ever experienced, both mentally and physically. But with positive people by your side and a determined mindset, ain’t no mountain high enough!!
I HIKED MT WHITNEY ❗️The highest point in the continental US! 🌄
22 miles | 6,100 ft elevation gain | 14,496 ft high | time: 15 hours .
This is the most intense day hike I’ve ever done. I began the hike at 3am and had to cross several rivers with just a headlamp (super scary). At around 12,000ft, my headaches began due to altitude sickness (advil didn’t help). I had to endure another 5 miles to the summit, where each step was accompanied with throbbing head pain. It was such a relief to reach the summit and the view was well worth it. However, there was still 11 miles back to the car. I was a walking zombie and it took every last bit of willpower (and a strong craving for Chinese food) to get me back to the car. I thought I was ready for Whitney, but it surely surprised me and took all my mental and physical strength. I’m so proud to finally check Mt Whitney off my bucket list ✔️
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Here’s an excerpt from my experience summiting Mt. Whitney October ‘17. All of us swore we would never do it again & here we are, applying for permits for October ‘19. Challenge is a funny addiction. I’m hoping I can look around a bit more next time, I was extremely internal.
“Despite gorgeous weather, I was cold.
We started at 2am and in less than 4 hrs me (& group 3) made it to Trail Camp, right at sunrise. I had a few quick feelings of nausea, adjusting to the altitude, but otherwise moved well in the dark.
At Trail Camp we stopped for a smalI break & I became extremely cold, shivering like crazy. I wanted to cry & couldn’t push forward until I warmed my hands up. Hiking in the dark shortly before sunrise was so, so cold.
The next part was the notorious 97 switchbacks. The time of day we hiked this part was amazing! The sun was rising & it lit up the mountains so beautifully! One of the switchbacks was in the sun & that warmth at that time was very pleasing (1st pic).
Trail Crest "The Notch" was epic. All in one view I could see the ocean in the distance, beautiful lakes below, & snow frozen in the shade. We knew we were almost there, another 2 hours or so (2nd).
The last 1.9 miles to the peak were very technical, and because of the extreme focus while exhausted I don't want to see or walk in rocks again for a very long time. But seeing the peak slowly approaching was exhilarating.
The summit was cool, it was absolutely ridiculous to think I got myself up there, 1 step after the other (3rd).
Coming down the mountain was a grind like no other... just hours of the most joint pain I've ever felt & it took forever, like a bad dream.
As sunset was approaching we pushed harder than before & made it back with just minutes to spare before it would be pitch black again (4th).
Climbing Whitney in one day is a big accomplishment in some people's perspective. For the people we saw who were running it in half our time- maybe not so much. For me, I played my game, put in the work mentally and physically beforehand and barring extenuating circumstances I knew I would make it to the top and I knew I would finish it, and I am proud of myself for that". #MtWhitney
111828 January, 2019
Climbing down Mt Whitney.
14505ft / 4421m.
The highest mountain in the contiguous United States of America.
Just a little Mt. Whitney throwback - obviously before my ink adventures. A “day” hike I am very glad I experienced.
6652317 January, 2019
Permit season is upon us, find your trail.. and good luck! 🌲
Thankful for all the volunteers and staff willing to help keep the parks and protected lands clean, safe, and partially running during the shutdown 🌍