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Ginny "Circle" Benware
Begins: May 1, 2008
Date: Wed, Jun 18th, 2008
Trip Distance: 468.3
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The Day I ascend Whitney
I left my tent at 5:30. It is about a 4 mile climb from my campspot. I am anticipating a 4 hour hike. There was some walking through snow but not on the steeper slopes. There are many switchbacks as I seek the top of the peak. I am seeing beautiful views of the mountains as the sun is hitting them. It is breathtaking. I have to keep reminding myself that I - me - am climbing to the highest peak in the continental US.
Three other hikers camped with me last night - Jason, Ice Bag and Razor. They too will be ascending the peak today. There is another trail from the Whitney Portal on the other side of the mountain that will also have hikers attaining the summit. This is the side of the mountain that permits are monitored and rationed. Thru-hikers only must apply for their Whitney permit when they apply for their thru hiker permit and they are given it.
The climb is strenuous. I am going from 11,400 to 14,492.
I can't believe it when I finally see the stone hut on the top. Three hikers are there, a young couple fromt he portal side and ice bag who passed me on the trail. It is 9:30. What a high - eating my breakfast on the top of Mt. Whitney. I captured a 360 degree video but you will have to see that when I get home. So close to the sky - the valley on one side and mountian peaks on the other three.
Celebrating My 60th On The PCT
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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