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Almost to the Summit
#53111 05/13/18 02:15 PM
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So my plan was to spend Friday night on the Summit of Whitney.

I spent Thursday night at the portal. I left the portal around 4am Friday morning no hurry to get up there. I took my time going up the Chute to Trail Crest heavy pack with extra warm clothes and gear, 10 steps at a time then taking a break. Now I new there was a low pressure coming in Saturday but I heard that it could come in Friday night. So 1.4 miles to the summit I saw some clouds coming in its the afternoon now and If I went to touch the summit the Chute will be getting ice over at that time. If I stayed at the summit I would be worried about the weather, so I went back down to Trail Camp and spent the night. Nice weekend just being there.

And on the way back down to the Portal Saturday East of Outpost camp along the rock wall the stream is overflowing the trail and its icy in the morning and at night well 3/4 the way across I step on a rock that I thought was a non ice issue was covered in ice it dumped me in the stream up to my chest laying sideways, I jumped out and said to myself at least its getting warmer the farther I go down hill. I did have a extra pair of waterproof shell pants in my pack If I thought I would need to change but by the time I got to the portal I was 95% dry.

Just another Bitchen time at Whitney

pictures here Whitney 5-11-18








Re: Almost to the Summit
So.BayMark #53113 05/13/18 07:16 PM
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Hi Mark, thanks for posting the report.

With it that cold at Trail Camp, can you imagine the temps on the summit? eek

By the way: I love your pet marmot. grin


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So.BayMark #53126 05/14/18 10:45 AM
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Thanks for the post and the update. Going up on May 24th.

Re: Almost to the Summit
So.BayMark #53181 05/20/18 10:54 AM
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Mark,

That is a very nice looking bivy! How is it holding up with the rocks on top?

Dave

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David Miles #53211 05/22/18 03:58 AM
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Hi Dave bivy is working out good I've only got one hole in it and used my therm arest patch kit last year to fix it...

Rocks have been good holding down the tent no problems.

thanks
mark

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So.BayMark #53216 05/22/18 11:13 AM
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I have found a little piece of Tyvek tape works great as a permanent patch. If you are driving by Ridgecrest sometime, swing by and I'll fix you up with a tiny patch kit.

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David Miles #53584 06/19/18 04:28 AM
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thanks Miles


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