Right now, I am sitting atop Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet the tallest mountain in the continental US. It’s a bluebird day, no clouds, no wind, and the view is spectacular!
It took me six and a half hours to climb here from base camp at 10,000 feet, taking it easy on the eight and a half mile ascent through snowy valleys. An early stream crossing meant wet feet all day, but otherwise it was a straightforward hike, and such a reward at the top! Whitney is not on the PCT, so it’s a one-day, 17-mile side trip, but totally worth it. I’ll remember today for the rest of my life.