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Ascent of Mount Whitney in 2007-08

Climber: Ron Stangeland

Others in Party:Lindi Stangeland
Melissa Stangeland
Bryan Stangeland
Date:August, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Whitney
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14495 ft / 4418 m

Ascent Trip Report

My 2nd attempt (1st since 1984). My wife, son, & daughter were with me this time. We had day only passes for Friday but we pulled into Lone Pine and stopped at the Ranger station around 4:00pm on Thursday. I asked if they had any overnight passes for Friday night but they had only 3 (I needed 4). However, they did have 4 passes for Thursday night and suggested I hike up to the 1st camp site (about 3.5 miles) and spend the night. I surprised my family when I got back to the car and told them we would be spending Thursday night on the mountain rather than in a hotel. I could tell they were not all that enthusiastic at first, but then got on board when they realized having 2 days to conquer Mt. Whitney would be much easier than attempting it all in 1 day.
We hike up to the 1st camp site and got camp set up before dark. Left around 4:30am the next morning and hiked to the top around noon (I'm doing this report by memory, so times may not be exact). The trek up went well, but it was hot and we drank most of our water going up. Fortunately, there small streams of water on some of the lower 99 switchbacks and we used our water purifier to refill our bottles of water. That really saved us. I saw several hikers in distress coming down due to the heat and we were able to offer some of them our water. The only one in my family having problems coming down was me. My knee started causing me problems coming down. My wife had done very little preparation for getting in shape for this climb and she had no problems. My son and daughter had no problems either. Anyway, it was a great day for the family and we celebrated with a pizza and ice cream at the motel room later that day!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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