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Ascent of Mount Whitney on 2008-08-13

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Tim Newman
John Hilts
Rex Martin
Date:Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14495 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was another awesome one-day ascent of Whitney - we started the trail at 2 AM, enjoyed the annual meteor shower during breaks (although it appeared weaker this year than in prior years), summitted by mid-day, and were back down before dark. I had forgotten about the elevation loss (and subsequent regain) after trail crest, and that was a little disheartening, but the trail beyond that was the easy part of the day. Also, this time, the weather/air quality was perfect - 100 miles visibility if not more!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:6330 ft / 1929 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:21.6 mi / 34.8 km
    Route:Mt. Whitney Trail
    Trailhead:Whitney Portal  8365 ft / 2549 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:8 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:5 Hours 



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