Hiking Mt. Whitney, 2008 Jul 26-29

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We left very early for the 10 hour drive, so I had to get up at about 5am.
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settling at the first campsite, at Whitney Portal
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beautiful mountain scenery
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Getting ready to cook dinner. Because there are so many bears around Mt. Whitney, you have to seal all your smellables in bear lockers.
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at the trail-head
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Let the pain and suffering begin.
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the scenery on the way up
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stopping for lunch
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looking down into Owens Valley
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Lone Pine Lake
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looking down into Owens Valley from higher up
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nearing the campsite, above the tree line
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The weather started getting rough.
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Just as we got near the campsite, it started hailing, yes, hailing. We hikers got totally soaked and cold. It was pretty miserable.
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As soon as the sun came back out, we took off our clothes and let them dry.
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our campsite
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Looking down into Owens Valley again. Our campsite was up at about 12000 ft, so most of us got altitude sickness.
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the little lake near our campsite
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There were some neat little rock statues around the lake.
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my own contribution
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The next morning, we had a little visitor, a marmot.
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We started climbing up trail to the top of Mt. Whitney, another 5 miles and 2000 ft.
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On the trail, we got a glimpse into the Sequioa National Park.
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the summit of Mt. Whitney
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getting close to the top
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Catherine and Tamara made it to the top before me.
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...and the view from the summit.
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When we got back to camp, we needed to fill our water bottles.
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We got ready to hike out the net morning.
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We stopped for a snack on the way back down and had a little visitor.
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We made it back!
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the view of Mt. Whitney from Lone Pine
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On the way back to Tucson, we passed a solar farm.
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