After three years, the year of 2020, of participating the SoCal Six Packs of Peaks, on August 11, 2022 I for the first time, day hiked up to Mount Whitney! I am 58 years old and my 33 year old son Christ began our journey at 2:00 am during a full moon at Whitney Portal. It took us 12 hours to summit Mount Whitney! I almost gave up twice when I was at 12,000′ elevation on the 99 switchbacks. I took three 200mg each of ibuprofen and I kept going. The views of the Sequoias are breathtaking hiking through Trail Crest, the Windows and the Needles. The views up at the summit was spectacular. Going down was even harder. We arrived at Whitney Portal at 11:45 pm to be greeted by a full size black bear! My son described hiking up Mount Whitney is like hiking two San Jacinto hikes through Deer Spring Trail in one day. Hiking Mount Baldy, San Jacinto and San Gorgonio prepared me hiking Mount Whitney. Will I ever do it again? Yes! I would like to hike Mount Whitney by camping at Trail Camp, if I can secure a permit. But if not, I will day hike Mount Whitney again.
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