Climbing Mount Whitney on Sept. 30, 2014

I'll be closing down the shop to go climb Mt. Whitney from Sept. 29th - Oct. 1st. This is the highest peak in the lower 48 United States and I cannot wait to challenge myself mentally and physically and see if I can reach the top! I will be the first person in my family to climb this mountain and this will surpass my Grand Canyon climb by 2970'.

Some fun facts:

1. You need a permit to climb Mt. Whitney. They only issue 100 day passes day during the climbing season and when I went to buy one in June for an August climb, the earliest I could get was September 30th! It's a busy mountain with people coming from all over the world to climb it.

2. 30,000 people attempt to climb Mt. Whitney every year, only 1/3, 10,000 people, complete the climb.

3. It is 11 miles to the top, making it a 22 mile round trip hike, with an elevation gain of over 6000'.

4. It is the highest summit in the lower 48 United States with an elevation of 14,505'. The highest summit in the US is Mt. McKinley in Alaska, which tops out at 20,322'.

5. There are bears on Mt. Whitney. I have bear spray.

6. There is snow at the top of Mt. Whitney. I have new micro-spikes, trekking poles and waterproof gloves from REI.

7. Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world topping out at 29,029'.

8. I never planned to do this at 50 years old, but here I am. Life is funny that way. I'm thankful I'm physically able to attempt this challenge. And I'm thankful every day for my little internet business that allows me to go on all these amazing adventures. As I always say, I would not be here without my wonderful customers who I am also honored to call my friends!

I'll be starting at sunrise and since this trail faces east, I'll have some spectacular views. I may or may not make it to the summit, but I'm sure going to give it everything I've got. I'm looking for a challenging and injury free climb.

If you've ever climbed Mt. Whitney or done a similar ascent, leave a comment below, I'd love to hear from you!

PS-I did it! Read all about it on the next blog post.


NIBsmf said…
It's so interesting that you posted this, as my boyfriend just hiked there 2 weeks ago! He has tried a few times now but has yet to reach the summit. This time he got closer than ever and estimates that he was about a mile away from the summit. Advice-wise, I can tell you that he has met day hikers doing it but feels that it's easier if you camp for at least a night. It seems like most people do it that way, including him. It sounds like a pretty challenging hike in general. My boyfriend is a high pointer (done 44 of the state high points) and peak bagger (e.g. done all the 4,000 footers in the Presidential Range, Adirondacks, and others) but still hasn't conquered Whitney... so that gives you an idea how challenging it is!
Sue Faunt said…
That is so funny he just climbed Whitney! I have no idea if I'll summit, but I'm going to give it my best shot. Either way I'll post pics of the day after I return, from what I hear, the view is spectacular.
dande said…
The first week of October 1969 four friends and I climbed Mt. Whitney we were all in our early 20s, had all the right equipment, overnighted at Trail Camp (also called High Camp) at 12,000 feet. Although Whitney had been climbed thousands of times, we wanted to be the first at something —— so in the morning we put on our specially purchased Paisley Levis and set off for the summit. What a hoot!

Best wishes on your climb on the 30th. The view from the summit is amazing. It makes the hard slog of the climb worthwhile. The best part is a satisfying sense of personal achievement.
Sue Faunt said…
Love it, Paisley Levis should make a come back! Sounds like you had the climb of your life, I'm really looking forward to the same!

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