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.