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Wind at the summit
#58805 06/06/21 10:14 PM
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Hello everyone,

My friend and I are slated to day hike Mt. Whitney on June 9th, and the forecast is predicting the wind to be around 40-45 mph at 14k elevation by the time we reach the summit. Is hiking with this wind still relatively doable?

Thanks!

Re: Wind at the summit
Dominick #58807 06/07/21 07:50 AM
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We hiked Whitney once in strong winds although I don't think they were as strong as 45 mph. You will need a wind proof outer layer or you will be very cold. Fleece is not windproof. A sudden gust could upset your balance. Be careful next to steep drop offs or at the "windows" on the last stretch of trail. I believe that the trail is doable in winds this strong with care, but it may not be much fun. If you get part way up the trail and start thinking that these conditions are misery, bail out and try again on another day.

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Re: Wind at the summit
RichardK #58810 06/07/21 10:58 AM
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Thanks for the advice-- I'm definitely feeling a bit better about it!


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