After I hiked Half Dome a few times, I wanted an even more challenging adventure. I had heard a lot about Mt Whitney – the highest peak in the “lower 48” at 14,500 +- some change.
The bragging rights are up there with the biggies.
So I increased training with a heavy pack and stood on top with my brother months later.
I must tell you that he got altitude sickness….the headache, nausea and diarrhea type. I felt great the whole time. He spent 10 mins up top – signed the log and headed down … looking for a rock to get behind…if you know what I mean.
I stayed about a half hour. Got my 360 degree photos and enjoyed the deep color of the sky. Navy planes from Lemoore Naval Air Station flew below!
Interested? Permits are needed AND you need a bear proof container AND a human waste disposal kit. Potties at 10K and 12K were removed years ago. They could not do their thing at the high altitudes.
Applications are being accepted through March 15 for this season’s permit lottery for Mount Whitney day hikes and overnight trips that are allowed from May 1 through Oct. 31
Enter the online lottery at Recreation.gov. You’ll be told yea/nay on March 24. Permits are $15 per person. You must accept and pay between April 1-30.
Canceled reservations will be put back in the online pool.
The daily quota is 100 day hikers and 60 overnight backpackers. Day hikers can be in the Whitney zone only on the calendar day of their permit. 14.5 in a day RT??? No way.
See the official website for more info. Contact me for “been there, done that” tips.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough. Ain’t no river wide enough to keep me from getting to you.” – Marvin Gaye
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com