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I thought I would start this post with a quick beard update, enjoy the featured image.

We had to climb 4 miles back to Cottonwood Pass at mile 750 and then needed to get as close as possible to Mt. Whitney for an ascent the following day. After getting organized and procuring a ride, we did not start hiking until 12:30 buy viagra new zealand online.

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From the top of cottonwood pass

A mile after the pass, we came to Chicken Spring Lake, our first major Alpine Lake in the High Sierra.

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T-Rex utilizing our new gravity water filter in Chicken Spring Lake.

Shortly after, we entered the first National Park of the trip, Sequoia National Park.

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As we entered the park...

We needed to at least make it to Crabtree Meadow, which would allow for a 17.5 mile round trip up and down Mt. Whitney, but the late start and tough terrain slowed us (as well as stopping to stare at almost everything).

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My phone camera is not capable of capturing this sunset, it was far deeper and more beautiful than pictured here.

We made it to Crabtree Meadow around 9:30 PM, cold and tired. We set up camp, ate dinner and prepped for the next day. By 11PM we recognized a sunrise summit was out and decided to just get some sleep.

We were up and out by 6:15 AM and very excited to head up to Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states. It is not located on the PCT, but is a common side trip for us Thru-hikers.

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Timberline Lake

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The famous Guitar Lake, 3.6 miles into the side trail.

It was fairly clear heading to the mountain, but things got cloudy as we climbed to around 12,000 feet and snow/ice became common the ground.

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From about 13,000 feet, Guitar and other lakes visible.

We went without, but would’ve recommended crampons above 13,000 feet. The footing and grade became pretty sketchy, but we maintained focus while being surrounded with raw beauty.

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Nearing the top, the protruding rock furthest away is Mt. Whitney.

It was very cold as we neared the top (thermometer read 28, with gusts of freezing wind). All was worth it upon reaching the top…

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On top of Whitney, with the emergency hut in the background.

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Chilly lady on a chilly mountain.

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Mt. Whitney, you best excuse the break out the word "contiguous"

The title of this post is because the tallest mountain in the lower 48 is named after Josiah Whitney, the California State Geologist in 1864. Really? That’s the best we could do for the tallest mountain around?

We headed back down, tired, but excited about the accomplishments of the day.

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Me looking weird with my gear and Whitney in the background.

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Heading back down to earth...

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Down on the ground again, Marmot are an endless source of entertainment.

We had thought to get closer to Forrester Pass, but once we got back to camp, the effort of the day and rainy weather had us hole up in the tent and rest for the afternoon. After today, tomorrow we climb back up and head over the highest point on the PCT, Forrester Pass.