Day 4 – Tuesday, 6/7/16
Unlike most who use Guitar Lake as base camp, which allows for quick departure and a light pack ascent, we are planning to continue our journey after ascending Whitney. Therefore, we must pack camp prior to departure. Packing in the dark is never fun and certainly not nearly as efficient but nervous excitement of my day negated the need for the snooze alarm and lollygagging. Selecting a departure time was challenging for our group. With temperatures barely reaching freezing at night, if that, and best practice to be off the snow by 10am to prevent post-holing and sloshy, sloppy dangerous snow walking. Most of the PCT thru-hikers were leaving camp between one and three a.m., hiking in the dark and reaching the summit 4-5 hours later, many with the goal of being there for sunrise. Since our group had little snow hiking experience and would be carrying full packs, we decided it would make the most sense to start hiking at first light. Safety First!
Thanks to One Step (Dee), you walk a few moments in my shoes.
Little did I know that the hard part of my day was just beginning . . .
To be continued . . . .
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- Essential Gear: Kahtoola MICROspikes
- Favorite Luxury Item: Digital Temperature Gauge
- Highly Recommended: High SPF sunscreen and lip balm, bug repellent, nasal moisturizer, extra dark sunglasses (my prescription glasses weren’t sufficiently dark),
- Latest Discovery (thanks Jasmine): Vapor barrier bags for use with trail runners in cold wet conditions
- Showers are available for $5 at the Whitney Hostel in Lone Pine
- Parking is available in Lone Pine at the Dow Villa Motel overflow lot for $25/week with a motel reservation.
- Transportation and parking options (overnight parking at the Whitney Portal is not an option unless you have an entry or exit permit). Our group of 7 was able to successfully hitch from the Portal to Lone Pine.
- Kurt Power is a good private shuttle option to/from Horseshoe Meadow Campground.
- Map – Tom Harrison Mount Whitney High Country
- Map – Halfmile (Section G, pages 14-16, and Section H, pages 1A-1B)
- Map – Printing by Yogi
- Book – Mount Whitney the Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Guide, by Paul Richins, Jr.
- Smartphone Apps – Halfmile, Trimble Outdoor Navigator, Guthook’s PCT Guide
- Emergency Communicator – InReach SE
- Lone Pine Campground
- Horseshoe Meadow Campground
- Mt Whitney Weather Forecast
- Mt Whitney Trail Conditions Forum
- Basic Trip Itinerary