Visiting My Mountain! Mount Whitney!

Something interesting about me is that I am named after a mountain. Unlike most people assume, I am named after the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 States, not a singer. Pre-me being born and when I was younger my dad used to climb Mount Whitney. When my mom was pregnant with me he went to climb the mountain and a storm blew in and almost killed him. Anyways both parents liked the name Whitney so I was named after the mountain. Next question I usually get is if I have climbed to the peak of my mountain yet, and the answer to that is no…but hopefully someday in the future I will get to the top of my namesake. I have climbed up a little bit of the mountain to Lone Pine Lake.

Anyways, with Josh’s sister and her boyfriend visiting us this summer we thought it would be fun if the boys tried to climb to the peak of the mountain while the girls camped at one of the campsites at the bottom of the mountain.

Our camp setup at the base of the mountain

Our camp setup at the base of the mountain

So excited I'm not climbing the mountain :/

So excited I’m not climbing the mountain

Something you should know about Mount Whitney before a visit are that you will need a permit if you plan to climb to the summit and/or camp on the mountain. It can be difficult to obtain one of these permits since there is such a high demand to climb the mountain. There is a lottery system where you can apply to get a chance at a permit, which Josh has tried a couple of times without success. If you don’t get ┬ápermit through the lottery system then you can visit the Forest Ranger Office to see if you can snatch up one of the unclaimed lottery permits. There are two chances a day to get permits this way once at 7 am and once at 11 am. In our experience there are more permits available at 11 am and therefore you have a better chance at getting your hands on one! Luckily for Josh and Krummy (his sister’s boyfriend) they were able to get multi-day passes to climb the mountain.

Here is the Forest Ranger office in Lone Pine where you can get a permit for Mount Whitney

Here is the Forest Ranger office in Lone Pine where you can get a permit for Mount Whitney

After getting the permits, we all decided it would be a good idea to load up on some lunch before the boys headed off to climb the mountain.

Lunch Time!

Lunch Time!

We made sandwiches, salad and had some potato salad and chips

We made sandwiches, salad and had some potato salad and chips

Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

And when you're done you need to make sure to put all leftover food and anything else with a scent into a bear box!

And when you’re done you need to make sure to put all leftover food and anything else with a scent into a bear box!

After lunch the boys took off to try and climb the mountain in one day! They started a little after 1 pm and only took with them jackets, water and a water purifier, food, a stove and some beer. Here are some pictures of their journey towards the top!

Cue the Rocky music...these guys are ready to go!

Cue the Rocky music…these guys are ready to go!

Ready to conquer the mountain

Ready to conquer the mountain

There are scales around the Portal that will let you weigh your bags before you ascend

There are scales around the Portal that will let you weigh your bags before you ascend

Still fresh climbing up!

Still fresh climbing up!

Mount Whitney is truly beautiful, there are so many things to see on the mountain

Mount Whitney is truly beautiful, there are so many things to see on the mountain

Mount Whitney

So pretty!

Still doing good

Still doing good

Another great shot of the mountain

Another great shot of the mountain

One of the lakes on the mountain

One of the meadows on the mountain

This shot is higher up, towards the peak

This shot is higher up, towards the peak

Almost at the top....

Almost at the top….

And when Josh and Krummy were almost at the peak they decided to stop for dinner as they were starving….which probably wasn’t a great idea. After attempting to eat some dinner, Krummy had a really bad bout of altitude sickness and the boys had to turn around and climb back down. Unfortunately altitude sickness can affect anyone and if the symptoms are strong enough you can be very sick and need to be careful!

Awwww....no...so sick....this is the moment Josh knew they wouldn't be going to the summit

Awwww….no…so sick….this is the moment Josh knew they wouldn’t be going to the summit

So after almost reaching the top, Josh and Crummy climbed back down to recover…. Josh will eventually get to the top….one day…and hopefully I’ll be there with him!

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