On Top Of Mount Whitney
June 26, 2011 by Noah Strycker



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.

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  1. June 26, 2011 by Jeanbb

    Great picture and look at that blue blue sky…outstanding!!!

  2. June 26, 2011 by Pam Otley

    Terrific accomplishment, Noah! It is great that the weather is clear and that, so far, the snow
    has not been too challenging. I am enjoying your posts and photos. Vicarious adventuring.
    Best of luck on the rest of the high Sierras!

  3. June 26, 2011 by Don Bishoff

    Congratulations, Noah. Not to be picky, but Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska is also considered part of the continental US. Once an editor….

  4. June 26, 2011 by Zenobia

    Even just looking at the photos the scenery is breathtaking; I can’t even imagine how fresh and pure the air must smell. Between you and me, I’m glad we are out of the desert.

  5. June 27, 2011 by Dave Fogerson

    Noah, I’m glad I ran into you yesterday at on your way to Whitney summit, and thanks for giving me your blog site address. Your hiking partner said you were a writer, but nothing about photographer. Great shots of the mountains! Best of luck with the rest of your hike. I really enjoyed chatting with you and the group.

    Dave (the one with the toxic green shoes…)

  6. June 28, 2011 by Jennifer Balboni

    Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  7. July 5, 2011 by Del " Steelaway" Granlund, Pittsburgh,Pa

    Thought I posted, get ready for Forester Pass, but didn’t connect. Catch you at Edison Lake.

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