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#6094 - 07/17/10 11:49 AM Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20?
Ronald Mao Offline


Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 8
Loc: CA, USA
Hi my fellow hikers,

I am looking for people to hike Mt. Whitney on Tuesday, July 20 together. Two of my partners dropped out due to unforeseen events, leaving me the only one in the group. My wife won't let me hike alone, and I don't want to miss this opportunity because I have prepared for this hike for six months.

Even if you are not hiking on that day, you are welcome to give me suggestions.

Regards,
Ronald Mao
(Cell phone) 858-761-5060

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#6097 - 07/17/10 04:45 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
You are never alone on the Main Mt. Whitney Trail. There are 100 day permits and 60 overnight permits daily. There can be up to 200 people between the TH and the summit.Plus there are Rangers in the Whitney Zone. So tell your wife that there are many people to hike with. This is a high traffic trail so you won't ever be alone.People go up and down the trail 24/7 this time of the year.Seriously there will be people on the trail literally all day and all night. As wbtravis says the Mt. Whitney Main Trail is not a "wilderness experience". You will be in the company of many.Go for it.Permits are hard to obtain and as you said you have prepared for 6 months. The time to go is now!!!! It is an amazing experience but you won't be alone.


Edited by Rod (07/17/10 04:46 PM)

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#6107 - 07/17/10 11:09 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Rod]
Ronald Mao Offline


Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 8
Loc: CA, USA
Hi Rod,

Your valuable opinion is very much appreciated. My wife feels much more comfortable to let me go. I will pack my stuff on Sunday and drive to Lone Pine on early Monday morning from San Diego. Very excited to be able to continue. Thank you for keeping my plan alive!

Ronald

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#6109 - 07/17/10 11:25 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7554
Loc: Fresno, CA
Ronald, spending less than 24 hours at altitude before your hike sets you up for altitude problems. Going up Sunday and spending the night plus all day Monday would be better acclimatization.

Read about the altitude issues in the Orientation Notes (above on the left).

Good luck!!!

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#6116 - 07/18/10 01:15 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Ronald Mao Offline


Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 8
Loc: CA, USA
Dear Steve:

Your point is taken. I am driving up to Lone Pine now.

You guys are awesome. Thanks for the advice!

Regards,
Ronald

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#6198 - 07/21/10 10:00 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Ronald Mao Offline


Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 8
Loc: CA, USA
Rod and Steve:

I did it! The hike was extremely hard, but the view was spectacular beyond word at the summit. I am so happy I did it!

Thank again!

Ronald

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#6200 - 07/21/10 10:18 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Rod Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 660
Loc: Santa Clarita, Ca. USA
Awesome job!!!! I am proud of you. Glad I kicked your butt a little to get you to take the opportunity few get. Write us a trip report detailing your summit experience as soon as you can. Would love to hear the details.

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#6203 - 07/21/10 10:33 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7554
Loc: Fresno, CA
Congratulations, Ronald! I am happy that we could help with just a tiny contribution to your success. Mt Whitney is an amazing place, isn't it.

I would love to hear more details.

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#6207 - 07/22/10 05:20 AM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Bulldog34 Offline


Registered: 11/12/09
Posts: 1254
Loc: Atlanta
Congratulations Ronald! That feeling on the summit makes it all well worth the effort, huh?

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#6285 - 07/25/10 05:14 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Bulldog34]
Ronald Mao Offline


Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 8
Loc: CA, USA
I reported my trip under the topic "Solo Ascent on Mt. Whitney." in trip report section. Forgive me if I did not use the right format. I just felf I owed you guys some details so I wrote this.

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#6293 - 07/26/10 12:45 AM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Ronald Mao]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7554
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: Ronald Mao
I reported my trip under the topic "Solo Ascent on Mt. Whitney." in trip report section. Forgive me if I did not use the right format. I just felt I owed you guys some details so I wrote this.
What a great trip report, Ronald. Congratulations again on your hike. I am sure your training for the Marathon in March helped you accomplish this hike, too.

...I hope you don't mind, I edited your subsequent post so the pictures would appear within the post. I love that sunrise picture.

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#6308 - 07/26/10 11:27 PM Re: Who is hiking Mt. Whitney on July 20? [Re: Steve C]
Ronald Mao Offline


Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 8
Loc: CA, USA
Steve,

Thanks for adding the pictures. I don't mind at all. The more I use this website, the more I learn. You guys are doing a great job in keeping this a resourceful and inspiring forum. Thanks!

Ronald

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