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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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Mt. Shasta via Clear Creek

Hike: Mt. Shasta
Where: Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Trailhead: Clear Creek
Level: Strenuous
Duration: 9 hours
Length: 12~ miles out and back total to summit
Gear: Icebreaker Tech T Lite shirt, Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie, REI Sahara Pants, Black Diamond Ultra Distance trekking poles, CamelBak Aventura Pack, and Ahnu Sugarpine Boots
Cost of Parking: Free, but summit permit is $20 per person

Mt. Shasta, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Shasta, you got the best of me this time, but I’ll be back. Just you wait and see. Friday afternoon after work, the boyfriend and I drove up to the Clear Creek trailhead to camp out and hike up Shasta the next morning with a Meetup group. We ended up getting in later than expected after driving around in the middle of the forest squinting at all the little forest road signs. We attempted to sleep in the car to save time instead of setting up tent, but it became insanely hot. Cars and people trickled in noisily and slowly after 11pm.

We started our adventure at 6am. Coming from sea level and hiking with lack of sleep made our progress extremely slow. The first few miles of the hike are fairly moderate with a gradual incline to Clear Creek Meadow. Clear Creek Meadow seemed to be the destination of choice for overnight attempts at the summit; we ran into tons of quiet and empty tents next to a clear, babbling spring. After Clear Creek Meadow, the fun really begins.

Mt. Shasta via Clear Creek August 2014 Review Mt. Shasta via Clear Creek August 2014 Review Mt. Shasta via Clear Creek August 2014 Review

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