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Begins: Sep 14, 2017
Date: Thu, Sep 21st, 2017
Start: Lone Pine/ Alabama Hills
End: Whitney Portal
Daily Distance: 13
Trip Distance: 145.0
Entry Visits: 218
Journal Visits: 1,323
Guestbook Views: 1
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In the morning, there was a dark cloud and a rainbow over the summit. It was lightly raining. Brian and dog Sam picked me up at the Portal and drove me down to Lone Pine. I took the Alabama Hills alternate. Saw several piles of mountain lion scat. What are they eating in the Alabama Hills? I did see deer in the foothills on both sides of 395. Maybe they frequently cross over.
In hindsight, I should have camped down here and seen the Mobius Arch at night. Then I could have hiked up and gotten a ride back down in the afternoon. Next time!
Arrived at Whitney Portal around 1:30. Talked to a few people coming off Whitney. No one they knew of summited. Rain turned to ice and coated the trail. Winds were fierce and cold. Nothing like the picture perfect day before.
On my way out of town, I picked up Forest and Alligator, two guys from LA who were heading to the north end of the JMT. They were waiting for Tioga Pass to open, which was closed because of the storm. It cleared minutes before I arrived on the scene. Sonora Pass remained closed and it snowed all the way there! They were still determined to hike the JMT, so I left them at Lee Vining.
Over snowy Monitor Pass and down the other side, arriving home at 8:30 PM. What a hike!
The Lowest-to-Highest (L2H) is a 130 mile, backcountry hiking route between Badwater and Mt. Whitney, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere to the highest place in the contiguous United States. Learn more: www.simblissity.net/L2H.shtml
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