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.