Tag: high sierra

Climbing Matthes Crest

Climbing Matthes Crest

Climbing Matthes Crest

Matthes Crest is one of the iconic, classic High Sierra climbs, and it’s been on my todo list for god knows how long. A granite knife ridge cutting straight through the sky, this beast of a rock is tucked away in the backcountry of Tuolumne Meadows away from Highway 120 and any main trails. This was my one sufferfest this summer that didn’t feel too much like suffering. We somehow ended the long day still smiling and laughing.

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Mt. Whitney via Mt. Whitney Trail

Hike: Mt. Whitney via Mt. Whitney Trail
Where: Inyo National Forest
Trailhead: Whitney Portal
Level: Strenuous
Duration: 17 hours
Length: 22~ miles out and back
Gear: Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crew Long Sleeve, Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie, Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Compass Legging, REI Sahara pants, Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid jacket, CamelBak Aventura pack, Black Diamond Ultra Distance trekking poles, Outdoor Research Longhouse Gloves, Arc’teryx Bird Toque beanie, Outdoor Research Echo Ubertube, and Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX boots
Cost of Parking: Free

At some point last year, I decided that I wanted to tackle Mt. Whitney as a day hike. Applied for permits in February, got one, and assembled a crew of crazy folks, David Wherry of Hiker Adventures & Christopher Sunnen the Last Adventurer.

We spent the day meticulously preparing for the hike! We drove down to Lone Pine to pick up permits and postcards at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center. We stopped in the Alabama Hills and visited the Mobius Arch and Lathe Arch. Absolutely breathtaking. It’s hard to believe things like these aren’t photoshopped!

Inyo National Forest: Mt. Whitney via Whitney TrailAlabama Hills Recreation Area
We ate a bunch of candy and snacks while playing a very sober, yet still disturbing game of Cards Against Humanity. We also tackled an Italian-made, slightly Japanese game called Samurai Sword. Many battle cries could be heard from camp.

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