Buried in work, thinking of the mountains. 57 days until Mt. Whitney, can’t wait to be up high!
I was ready Saturday morning right at 7am when they release the Mt Whitney permits that weren’t purchased by lottery winners, and I scored an overnight permit! I’ve got a July 20th entry date, and because of last summers issues with altitude I’m going to take my time up the mountain. This should give me a good chance to acclimate, so I can enjoy the upper sections of the mountain! I got a campsite at the Lone Pine Campground the night before, probably do the quick Mobius Arch hike and then crash out to get ready for a big couple of days!
So here’s the plan:
July 19th: Drive to Lone Pine Campground
July 20th: Hike to Outpost Camp for the night
July 21st: Hike to Trail Camp or Constellation Lake for the night
July 22nd: Up early for the summit attempt and back to Trail Camp. Depending what time I get back to camp I’ll either sleep there or start to hike out. I think I’ll probably want to chill out after summit day, and enjoy being high in the mountains one more night!
July 23rd: Hike out
So that’s the plan. I’m kicking it into gear to get fit as possible, hoping to get in a few other big hikes to get ready!
Any tips from people who have done the hike are always appreciated!
Hopefully the world gets a little more back to order and I’m able to get in some more outdoor adventures this year! While I was able to get in some cools things last year, overall it did not go as planned. Big surprise, right?!
Main Adventure Goal; Mt. Whitney!
I got in the lottery for a Mt Whitney permit, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I choose 6 dates for an overnight permit, if I don’t get one of those I’ll try and pick up a day permit after the lottery.
Really hoping for an overnight permit! If I get one of those my plan will be to hike to the Trail camp and spent the night, wake up early the next morning to summit and then back to trail camp. At that point I figure I can stay there another night, or hike down to Outpost Camp and camp there, or just hike out. I want to enjoy myself on this trip and not make it a mad rush for the summit and back.
If I end up with a day permit it’ll be a whole different story! Day permits allow you on the trail from midnight to midnight, so I’d start just a bit after midnight and try and get it done in 12-13 hours.
If I don’t get either permit I’ll just have to find some other cool place to go, hiking Mt Langley via the Cottonwood Lakes looks pretty sweet, or there’s always the old stand by, the Colorado mountains!
Especially if I get a Mt Whitney permit I want to be super fit to enjoy the hike! So there will be some other shorter weekend type adventures. I definitely would like to do another day hike of Grand Canyon this spring and hopefully at least one trip up Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff for a little altitude training! Other than that I plan on doing some serious hiking and trail running around the house.
Should be a cool summer, if I can pull it off!
What are your outdoor goals for this year?
I’ve probably posted this view before, but it’s pretty cool and the trailhead is 10 minutes from my house!
A few years ago the main road I used to ride my bike on was torn up for a new freeway. They said a multi-use path would be built alongside the freeway, but I was skeptical.
Yesterday I got to ride on the new path and it’s pretty awesome!
I was really doing good pedaling during the spring lockdown, feeling strong! Unfortunately I allowed my return to work in early May and the Phoenix summer heat to put the kibosh on my riding (and most other fun outdoor activities).
I’m past ready to get back at it, so it was nice to get back on the bike on such a beautiful day. Did my standard start and cruised down to the new path.
It’s wide, smooth, has some hills, and is super protected from the freeway traffic. As skeptical as I was about it existing, I have to say ADOT really hit a home run with this. I love living in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix and this is just another great addition!
Now there’s really no excuse not to ride, and it’s the best time of year in AZ!!