On Top Of Mount Whitney



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.

7 replies
  1. Pam Otley
    Pam Otley says:

    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!

  2. Don Bishoff
    Don Bishoff says:

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

  3. Zenobia
    Zenobia says:

    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.

  4. Dave Fogerson
    Dave Fogerson says:

    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…)

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