Mount Whitney, August 12, 2005 Day Hike. Climbers: Kurtiss Stecker and Ramon Ebert.

Return of the Backpacking Home

After two failed attempts on the top we decided to just hit and hit it hard for 12 straight hours!

We started about 4AM and toped out about 11AM. Good trip, a bit cold on top as the fog was coming in. On the way down a fellow crashlanded in the switchbacks and ended up getting quite hurt. A group of folks were taking care of him as we went by and we saw the helicopter evacuate him a little later. Tough trip. Those last 2 miles are just a bastard when you can see the parking lot and it still takes forever to get there...