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PhotoHunt: Rock

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Mt Whitney from Alabama Hills
Mt Whitney - highest mountain in continental US

This week's photohunt theme is rocks. I knew I would not have any difficulty with this theme except the difficulty choosing a photo. We love to hike and there are always rocks when hiking. But what hike to highlight?

Our climb up Mt. Whitney won out. Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental US. Mt. McKinley is higher but it is in Alaska. The mountain is located in eastern California about 6 hour drive north of Los Angeles. It was 14,496 ft when we climbed it but it has been remeasured and is now officially 14,505 ft or 4,421 m. That is a lot of rock!

We climbed it in 2004 to celebrate my 50th birthday. You have to plan ahead to both train and get a permit for the climb. We entered a lottery in January and got a day pass to do the climb in late July. We decided to do it in one day so I wouldn't have to carry a heavy pack.

But it is a challenge to do in one day. It is 22 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 6,131ft. We started hiking at 3am - made it to the summit shortly after noon and arrived back around 7pm. I think going down was harder than going up. The trail was mostly rock and a killer. But what an accomplishment.

More pictures:

Along the trail to the summit of Mt. Whitney
Small tarn along the summit trail to Mt. Whitney

The Needles and Mt. Whitney above Trail Camp
The Needles and Mt. Whitney above Trail Camp near 12,000Ft

The Cables on Mt. Whitney Trail
The Cables above Trail Camp on Mt. Whitney Trail

Top of Mt. Whitney
Nothing but rock at the top

At the Summit
Happy hikers at the summit of Mt. Whitney

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Comments (16)

Great rock photos. :)

SnoopyTheGoon:

Wow! It's an accomplishment indeed, besides being beautiful.

Have a great weekend!

GASP!! Your first photo is absolutely gorgeous! It looks like a painting.

kaye:

great shots, I've never seen terrain like that.

my photo hunt is here Thanks

Eden:

Thank you for sharing. You always post the most wonderful photos!

What a cool way to celebrate your 50th (and an amazing accomplishment to boot). I've never seen terrain like that and it's so strange and beautiful.

I am so impressed! That looks like a difficult, but beautiful climb. What a great way to celebrate your 50th, and something to be really proud of. Thanks for sharing your photos.

That's a beautiful mountain and you got some great shots. What a great way to celebrate turning 50! Happy weekend.

Congrats on a great accomplishment. I love your photos, what an amazing place!

What an incredible accomplishment to have made that climb! great shots.

Have a wonderful weekend.

I see a frog in Mt Whitney in the first pic, wish I have the will to do such a climb

Cool - very cool! menehune

absolutely stunning. happy PH!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Marta, great photos for this week's theme. Congrats on summiting Mt. Whitney in one day. Your photos are all so beautiful. The rock formations are amazing to look at and the views from the top are incredible.

Congrats again on such a great accomplishment!

Kim:

These are just amazing photos! One day I hope to go hiking on mountains just like these. But for now I'll live through you and other hikers that I know. Thanks for sharing these.

I have mine up...not as interesting as yours but it's up.

Also if I may be so bold to ask...I've entered a photo contest and while you are over visiting would you please vote for me? It would be greatly appreciated.

Have a great rest of your weekend.

srp:

Thank goodness there are brave and driven people like you who make the climb and get the shots for those of us whose knees just won't do it. My hunt is up here -
http://melange1.blogspot.com/2009/07/sph-rocks-cry-out.html

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