Climbing Mount Whitney

On June 25, 2014, Jim Scripps and I hit the road from Reno to Lone Pine, California and west from there to the Mount Whitney Portal to embark on what would be a test of our physical abilities, mental fortitude and a test on our already fragile friendship. Not really. We just decided that we wanted to climb Mount Whitney in a day and figured this would be as good a day as any to give it a try. Not really there, either. Just read on to see how it all went down. I am sure I forgot some stuff that Jim can fill me in on in later edits, but this is my story.

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Hiking the Hunter Creek Trail

I took Sunday morning to hike Hunter Creek Trail to the falls with my daughter. Just a couple of weeks ago, there was a fire in the area that grew bigger than I ever thought it would. That shut the trail down for a while. In fact, we were supposed to go last weekend, but the trail closure forced me to switch this trip with the trip up Mount Rose.

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Climbing Mount Rose

I’ve wanted to get out and climb Mount Rose for a few years. Knowing the round trip was about 10 miles made it seem like something that was possible, even if you moved at a slow pace. It would also signify a decent accomplishment. In my case, it’s the first real ascent I’ve made and the highest elevation I’ve reached outside of an airplane.

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A testament to ongoing training

I ran my first half marathon on Sunday. It was right here in Reno along the awesome Truckee River. I decided that I would do the race last Tuesday.

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What I have, what I need

My first order of business is going to be to just get the heck out there and do a little camping. But despite what I would like my time to look like, I do have to go to work and earn money. So I can’t just up and leave whenever I want to do so. That means I have evenings and weekends to look around at possible gear and read up on what I need to have in my possession when I eventually do get out the door and experience the backcountry.

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