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28 viewsAll of us at summit. Camera facing South, Ice storm rolling in from West! We didn't realize how this would affect our decent until an hour later.Aug 06, 2007
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46 viewsDoug at summit- camera facing North. The small hut is for emergency lightning protection. Hikers die every year from lightning strikes. On the West side of the hut, a geo-cache and logbook for hikers. The entries and notes were interesting. They would make a good book!Aug 06, 2007
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22 viewsQuiet contemplation at summit. Call it cliché if you want, but it was spiritual.Aug 06, 2007
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21 viewsOne of our many pauses on the switchbacks. Consultation lake in background. It is aptly named- by this point, you are assuredly doing some consulting with God.Aug 06, 2007
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32 viewsDoug & Heather at Trail Crest. Camera facing West.Aug 06, 2007
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22 viewsLooking up at evil, evil switchbacks. You feel like you're in the twilight zone- they never seem to end. At this point, you must put the thought out of your mind that you are going to have to descend this miserable stretch in a few short hours.Aug 06, 2007
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26 viewsBaby steps, trying not to collapse. One step to the right, I would have fallen 15 feet, then bounced a few hundred. That skinny line at the bottom of the cliff is the trail. (!!!) After what seemed like hours of back and forth, I admit I was demoralized. The summit seemed too distant. We pressed on.Aug 06, 2007
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43 viewsDoug and Heather- beginning evil, evil switchbacks. Ice/glaciers in background are much larger than they appear. Without trees as reference, size and distance became very deceiving from this point to the summit.Aug 06, 2007
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29 viewsA bite to eat at Outpost Camp. The marmots (high altitude groundhogs) and chipmunks were very busy! This is the last campsite before the summit. No fires allowed here, so I don't know how you keep warm at night! You have no way to tell the relative size of the boulders behind us; they appear small. They were HUGE!Aug 06, 2007
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47 viewsAmbient temps warming up, ready to move!Aug 06, 2007
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35 views4:00AM, Whitney Portal. Doug Bair, Brian Bastinelli, Heather Hiester, Chris Perry, Andy StahlAug 06, 2007
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46 views1st break. 10,100 ft 5:26AM. Morale high, average moving speed over 3mph. Sweat from exertion, temps in the high 50's.Aug 06, 2007
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23 viewsBreakfast at the Whitney Portal Camp store early the next morning. Biggest pancakes I've ever seen!Aug 06, 2007
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27 viewsBrian and Chris at summit.Aug 06, 2007
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29 viewsHeather dangles her feet. After what we had just traversed, hanging from the edge seemed like childs play.Aug 06, 2007
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18 viewsExposure like I've never experienced.Aug 06, 2007
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28 viewsAndy just left of center, Chris behind. Very rocky. Camera facing south. We hopscotched each other the last 2 miles. I thought I would be last to summit, but I ended up passing everybody but Doug.Aug 06, 2007
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29 viewsDid I mention it was rocky? Heather picks her way along. My mantra the last few miles: Slow & Steady.Aug 06, 2007
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29 viewsThe marmots were friendly, too! You shouldn't feed them, but they inevitably find bits of trail mix dropped by hikers, and this makes them very tame.Aug 06, 2007
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45 viewsZombie Andy attacks Brian with his bare hands. He never saw it comin'...Aug 06, 2007
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32 views...and about 72 degrees warmer!Aug 06, 2007
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36 viewsDriving back to Las Vegas through Death Valley, about 14,700 feet lower in altitude (!!) than 24 hours previous...Aug 06, 2007
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34 viewsFacing West towards the Whitney Portal canyon.Aug 06, 2007
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41 viewsLeaving Whitney Portal, still over 7000 ft altitude.Aug 06, 2007
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