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BlackmouthMountain Bike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2009

Blackmouth

Mountain biked from the Barcroft gate. Enjoyed a windless summit with beautiful views. The ride down took us a little over an hour. Mountain biking down was an awesome experience for a non-mountain biker, I wish I could do that on every summit.
Posted Sep 1, 2009 8:57 pm

fedakThe road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2009

fedak

Acclimation hike for a trip up Whitney the next day.
Slept at Barcroft Gate. (Note to the Koreans who got up at 4:30- your tents were *not* soundproof)

Pics are here.
Posted Aug 31, 2009 11:07 am

cabRoad from Barcroft Gate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2009

cab

Rode mountain bike from Barcroft gate to the base of the peak then stashed it and walked the rest of the way up. It was tough riding even that easy road due to the elevation (and the fact that I'm not really a mountain biker) but it was great having the bike for the way down. Would have had great views across the valley to the Sierra but it was pretty smoky due to fires.
Posted Aug 31, 2009 10:29 am

ridgelinefun, quick elevation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009

ridgeline

Good workout, quick elevation, views, nice day.
Posted Aug 19, 2009 8:20 am

Peak FreakGreat ride down!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

Peak Freak

Rented mountain bikes in Mammoth, camped at the trail head, rode up & flew down. Wooooo hooooo! Thanks, Phillip for being my partner in crime on this one.
Posted Aug 18, 2009 12:09 am

boyblueEasy 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 1985

boyblue

Full moon for pre-dawn start. Lots of vehicles at TH, but didn't see a soul on the entire trail (yes I was wearing my glasses) and had the summit to myself for an hour nap. Very windy and chilly.
Posted Aug 14, 2009 8:37 pm

SpiceManQuick  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009

SpiceMan

That was a nice stroll
Posted Aug 14, 2009 12:33 pm

McCannster21st CA County HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009

McCannster

Cool, easy hike. Met some other Sper's up there. Good views, a little hazy, but good nonetheless. 3rd CA 14er.
Posted Aug 13, 2009 4:49 pm

mdostby4th time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009

mdostby

Hiked with friend Joan Pan. Perfect day.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 9:35 pm

Mountain_girlMoonlike

Mountain_girl

I loved the moonlike landscape, very bare and raw. Plus from this range you have an amazing view of the entire Sierra! We camped at Barcroft gate and attempted to hike in the morning, but because we drove to this altitude (3600m) from 50m in the same day, the symptoms of AMS made us quit. We will be back more acclimatized, after at least one hike beforehand.
Posted Aug 9, 2009 12:44 pm

justingOn open house day
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2009

justing

Hiked to approximately 13.7k with Jaimie before she totally ran out of gas. Her highest elevation yet though, and she did great. The views were tremendous on a nice clear day.
Posted Aug 4, 2009 6:28 pm

Luciano136Re: 58th California County Highpoint

Luciano136

Funny coincidence! Did you have the Tacoma? We were parked right next to you in the Merc ML. We noticed the open hood and rather flat rear passenger tire but had no idea who the truck belonged to.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 2:13 pm

mrchad9Re: Switchback road?

mrchad9

I was in one of the groups well behind you, everyone made it out but true the lightning did get fairly interesting as the day went on. One boomed pretty close just as we crossed the ridge and started down to the Barcroft facility.
Posted Jul 21, 2009 7:38 pm

mrchad958th California County Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

mrchad9

My final summit completing the highest point in all the counties in California. The views of the peak were outstanding in the morning, but clouds and smoke from the Forks fire limited views from the top- and the lightning chased us off. Had a flat at the trailhead but went ahead and had a blast on our 2nd trip down Silver Canyon without another spare anyway- got some cool video of the creek crossings.

Hiking California's county highpoints has got to be one of the most enjoyable tasks I've taken on. They are all so remarkably different... each one a unique, interesting, and memorable experience.
Posted Jul 21, 2009 7:34 pm

Luciano136Switchback road?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009

Luciano136

JUL 19TH 2009
Hiked the road from the Barcroft gate; this must be the most indirect way to get to a summit; holy switchback! Well, guess it's a road and not a trail. Either way, nice hike! A bit tough coming down since we were breathing in smoke from the Bishop Creek fires. Lots of thunderstorm activity as well; we had the first rumbling at 1:30pm but luckily got back to the car by 2:30pm. A lot of people still behind us though; hope they made it safely because there was quite a lightning show on the drive out.

OCT 7TH 2006
Jeep Road - Great start with horrible end

Went up on Saturday (Oct 7th). Snow started about halfway between the observatory and the switchbacks. Some parts of the road probably have a foot of snow. It started snowing pretty heavily and we turned around just before the switchbacks as we got worried the truck might get snowed in (only 2wd). The snow was almost all the way to the trailhead, then there was a break and then another part of the road had a good layer. It was about 23 degrees at the trailhead at 4pm.

Then the trouble began. Made it past the snow but had TWO flat tires at about 10k. About 6 hours later we were towed back to Bishop. 10:30pm, no car, still no food and not one single motel room available. Finally made it to Mammoth with a shuttle to get a room around 1:30am. "Fun" day. Got back home Sunday 8pm, a day late. I was pretty annoyed.
Posted Jul 20, 2009 1:31 pm

RussThawquicky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2009

RussThaw

Had a another great day for a nice walk up White Mt. with my wilderness partner Cindy Thaw. Great weather. russ thaw
Posted Jul 16, 2009 10:24 pm

Matt WorsterWhite Mtn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009

Matt Worster

Nice hike for the elevation. Far more flauna than I expected: penstemon, desert marigold, and of course more sagebrush than you can shake a stick at. Drove down Silver Canyon Road - hubba hubba!
Posted Jul 12, 2009 5:57 pm

RobbIndependence Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009

Robb

What a way to celebrate. This was a hard one for me. The vertical seemed so much harder at this altitude, but prevailed, and checked this bad boy off the list.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 10:02 am

sierrasclimberLame  Sucess!

sierrasclimber

Ticked it but just for the list. Stopping and hiking off the road before the end was way cooler.
Posted Apr 7, 2009 10:39 pm

sagehawk88First 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2002
First attempt at a 14er at the age of 12. Hike up to the Observatory was fine but weather worsened and make the walk along the ridge line more treacherous because of the high exposure. The Clouds eventually passed and we were able to finish the climb. Only saw 3 other people on the trail. Made summit at about sunset time, with an amazing view of the Sierra Crest. Walked back to the light of the full moon. Excellent trip to take the younger kids on seeing as how there's fairly easy access and a road the entire way. Good hike overall, I've always loved the White Mountains.
Posted Jan 17, 2009 4:15 pm

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