Underestimating altitude and its effects remains the most costly mistake made by inexperienced Mt Whitney hopefuls. Diminished performance in an atmosphere 62 percent of sea level density represents only part of the problem. Coping with neurological changes, blistering headaches, appetite loss, and nausea while your "engine" gets smaller and smaller complicates matters greatly.
|Train high. Get strong. Climb Whitney.|
Monday: Arrive at Whitney Portal around 1:00 pm. That's the earliest time allowed to assume control of a campsite. Set up camp. Head up to the Portal Store and check the weather report. Look at the souvenir T-Shirts to see how tall Mt Whitney is this year. Make supper and hang out.
|Reserve your Whitney Portal site early or you'll have to switch sites in mid-stay like we did|
|Horseshoe Meadow is a pack station too|
|"A westful wetweat" - Elmer Fudd|
Thursday: Up at 2:00 am. Have a good breakfast. Use hand signals instead of talking as much as possible. After all, others are sleeping because Thursday may not be their day. Don't be one of those people. Pack your shower equipment in the car to ensure enough shower time before the facility closes after your return. Drive up to the trailhead and park in the "Day Use" area. Be making tracks by 3:15 am. Have a wonderful trip!
Friday: Eat more breakfast than you ever thought possible at the Portal Store before breaking camp, you successful Whitney climber you.