At midnight on Wednesday, June 13 Just Retired, Bronco and I left camp on our ascent attempt of Mt. Whitney. An hour later Yankee Son, Macho Taco, Fairway and Auto Pilot left our camp at Crabtree Meadow, making their way up. All of us reached the summit of the highest peak in the lower 48, standing at 14,505 feet, just in time for sunrise. It was a beautiful morning and a beautiful moment for all of us. The summit of Mt. Whitney is 8 miles off of the PCT, but well worth every step.
Eating my summit Snickers
In our sleeping bags awaiting the sun (sorry it's hard to see)
Snickers and sun streaming
The Usual Suspects strike again (though we were missing Just Retired and Bronco, who'd already started descending). Fairway, Macho Taco, Yankee Son, Hallmark, Auto Pilot
At the base after the descent