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California here I come!

Postby NW » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:52 am

Well I decided to go for the save money on tickets now idea and take my chances with a Whitney permit. I got 2 roundtrip tickets from Maine to L.A. in early July for...drumroll please... 661.60! How sweet is that?!?
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Re: California here I come!

Postby Clark_Griswold » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:19 am

If you can do it via the Mountaineer's Route and the North Fork, you stand a better chance of getting an overnight permit, should you not get a lottery permit.
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Re: California here I come!

Postby QITNL » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:42 am

If you want to reserve a permit for the MR/N. Fork, call the permit office immediately.
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Re: California here I come!

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:52 am

There's plenty for you to do if Mt. Whitney falls through.

How about approaching Whitney from the west via Shepherd's Pass?
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Re: California here I come!

Postby Princess Buttercup » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:22 pm

Woohoo!! Fun will definitely ensue!
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Re: California here I come!

Postby goldenhopper » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:17 pm

I agree with SLR. If your plans for Whitney go south it might actually be a good thing. Sure you loose the highpoint of the Contiguous US, but you also loose a trip to the zoo.

Renting a car? I'll be driving up the east side quite a bit this summer. Feel free to send me a PM with your exact dates if you like. I'd be happy to offer a ride if it works out I’m heading up when you are.
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Re: California here I come!

Postby drpw » Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:28 pm

Two words if Whitney don't work out: The Palisades.
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Re: California here I come!

Postby NW » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:20 pm

Yea I have got alot of backup plans if Whitney doesn't go through. It's not like it's the only fish in the sea as it were. I just couldn't pass on such cheap tickets. I'm super excited. I want to go everywhere though, lol. We'll be up for about a week so will fit in as much as possible. Yosemites on our must go places as well.
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Re: California here I come!

Postby rlshattuck » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:09 am

If you can spend the time you might only have to hang out in Lone Pine for a day or two in order to get a "walk-in" permit . . . best place to wait it out––the hot tub at the DOW VILLA MOTEL. You can get the economy rooms there for about $55-60
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Re: California here I come!

Postby NW » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:23 pm

An important question is where's the best place in Lone Pine to get an after long day of hiking meal? The after mountains meal has become quite an important part of our hiking morale after we've reached the trudging along stage. :p
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Re: California here I come!

Postby WML » Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:53 pm

There is a pizza place on US-395 right near where Whitney Portal Road intersects it, which will do after a few days in the hills (What says 'thank god for civilization' like downing pizza and beer?). If you happen to meander an hour or so North to Bishop, your options become quite plentiful. I have to recommend Las Palmas, a great and friendly Mexican restaurant in Bishop. Cheap food, good service, strong margaritas...ah, what more could you ask for?
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Re: California here I come!

Postby Tom Fralich » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:07 pm

NW wrote:An important question is where's the best place in Lone Pine to get an after long day of hiking meal? The after mountains meal has become quite an important part of our hiking morale after we've reached the trudging along stage. :p


Drive up to Independence (about 15-20 min from Lone Pine) and go to the French restaurant (Still Life Cafe). It's really quite an experience. The food is awesome, prepared while you wait...and wait...and wait...by the owner and his wife (who are about as "French" as it is possible to be). Set aside a good chunk of time, order appetizers/salads to combat the hunger pains while you wait for the main course, and enjoy the magazines and books. A place like this on the East Side of the Sierras, and especially in a place like Independence, still confuses me, but that's part of the appeal.
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Re: California here I come!

Postby NW » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:06 pm

Haha, I looked at the weather there as compared to here today... hmmm 25 C there -33 C here... slight difference... you can actually go outside without parts of your face freezing... that's kinda nice
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Re: California here I come!

Postby JasonH » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:04 am

NW wrote:Haha, I looked at the weather there as compared to here today... hmmm 25 C there -33 C here... slight difference... you can actually go outside without parts of your face freezing... that's kinda nice


It's kind off rough when the sun gets in my eyes.
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Re: California here I come!

Postby rlshattuck » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:11 am

Don't forget the obvious, assuming you're hungry as soon as your boots hit the end of the trail, there's always a tasty "mooseburger"right there at the Portal Store and the beer's not a bad deal either . . . you can phone the DOW and get a room from the portal and yeah, there's pizza right across from the Dow.
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