Mount Whitney

posted on: May 14, 2013

My husband used to climb Mount Whitney regularly when he was younger and decided this year it had been too long since he had last ventured up--so he decided to take the trek once again...this time, with me in tow. We headed up via the Mountaineer's Route. I had no idea what I was in for or how challenging climbing Whitney would be--I had only heard a few stories in the past. MW is the highest summit in the continental US at around 14,500 feet. If you've ever climbed Half Dome in Yosemite, the trailhead of MW starts at around 8,000 feet, which is close to the elevation at the top of Half Dome. Crazy? Yes. Intense? Mmhmm. Amazing? Most definitely!

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Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the top, but the journey was beautiful. I couldn't believe how much the terrain vastly changed from mile to mile. During the climb I swore I would never attempt it again (it was painful at times!), but now that it is after the fact...I may reconsider another attempt. Maybe...

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It was a day of firsts for me--using an ice pick, putting on crampons, glissading...there's something about learning and experiencing new things that keeps me going. Time to train for the next adventure! 

22 comments:

  1. i always wonder what it feels like to be at such a high altitude. i imagine that the quite and the stillness is comforting and slightly scary at the same time. it looks magical!

    leyla.

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  2. Wow! It's such a stunning place...

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  3. Wow! What amazing scenery! Would love to visit one day. x

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  4. Wow! This place looks so beautiful! Great photos :)

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  5. Amazing, amazing, amazing. I wanna come along on your next venture!

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  6. I am so excited to feel the scariness of such a high altitude. amazing Mount Whitney! xo
    - Vinnie

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  7. Wow, props to you! Climbing Half Dome was hard...I can't imagine doing Whitney. But it's definitely on my list. You've inspired me!

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  8. Whoa this is amazingly gorgeous!! What an adventure too!

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  9. Cool photos. The nature is so beautiful. Although you did't go to the top but I think some story during this adventure will make great experience.

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  10. seriously beautiful pics! especially that last one!

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  11. What the what??!! I need to hear more about this...

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  12. Oooh. I love climbing mountains...dangling from mountains? No. But climbing is amazing. You feel like you could in reality do just about anything.

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  13. Wow! That looks like an adventure for sure. And using crampons is some serious business! Was it cold? Although I bet you'd work up a sweat hiking all that way.

    Emily x

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  14. Great job by you and your hubby. Climbing such high, would have been really difficult. Thanks for sharing your amazing experience and lovely pics.
    B&B Brugge

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  15. You guys!! Thanks so much for your comments!! Much love to all of you! xo

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  16. Oh, wow! So eerie. I was literally just (like 30 seconds ago) reminiscing through my Yosemite post I wrote last year when my husband and I first visited. What a beautiful place, right!? Definitely my most memorable travel experience, ever. I can not WAIT to go back.

    Your imagery is so gorgeous -- and I'm so excited to make that same hike!

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  17. That first pic and the last one - blow. my. mind. Beautiful x

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  18. So beyond beautiful!

    -xx Alecia

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  19. These photos are absolutely gorgeous!

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  20. Jen, this is Al. Your Whitney set is siiick! And like you need to hear it again, you're amazing! Josh looks awesome too!

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  21. Jen, awesome photos. Now I want to go to Whitney... Thanks. I spotted a pretty old (and in great shape) Dakine Chute pack. Do you mind if I forward that photo onto our Marketing Department? Maybe they'll throw it up on instagram and add a link to your blog.

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