Trying to cram in as many peaks into my small four-day timeframe as possible, I ended a long day of peakbagging and driving with a trip to White Mountain Peak. I hiked up, and hiked/jogged down... which did not help my already-aggravated big toes. 4.5 hours up, 3 hours down. This is a true high-elevation desert peak.
The highlight (or lowlight) of the day was when I started hallucinating while driving along Highway 395 near the city of Bishop; the combination of long driving, little sleep, and very hot temperatures really messed with me for a brief period. I quickly pulled over for a short power nap, which did wonders.
With Jon G and Ruby. One 14er left.
Climbed it on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, it was cold and windy, but overall a gorgeous day, and we had a great time. This mountain is a real asskicker, more than the internet would suggest, mostly because you have to go down twice on your way to the top. Coming back is where you really get hit, when you must climb up two hills which seemed small earlier, but are now massive walls of pain and suffering, making this hike difficult for the faint of heart. Overall however, 10/10 would climb again.
Getting to the start by car was a struggle. I broke the front sway bar in my Acura Legend. Needed a truck, which I got after this. Left really early in the morning and it was cold.
Very cool day...
First 14er of 2012. Nice weather and great group to share the experience with. Fabulous views of the Sierras. Just a walk-up as long as well-acclimatized.
Mountain biked the entire 'trail/road' except for the last scree pile. Great September day. Wouldn't call it mountaineering, but fun nonetheless.
Started before the sun came up, so I got to watch the sunrise over the Great Basin and the full moon set over the Sierra Nevada simultaneously. Pretty awesome stuff really
3:08 round trip from the gate. Forgot to eat anything beforehand, so more painful than expected! Great, alien scenery though.
Hiked up the usual route from the trailhead before the research station. Arrived at 2 after a day spent meandering around Schulman and Patriarch, looking at the mightily old Bristlecone pines. A thunderstorm broke out to the east, lightening close by and thunder roaring from the hill immediately above me so I dipped down below the trail and cut across. Passed hikers fleeing the peak but I decided since I made it all the way there I'd continue onward. Ran up the last section of the peak since I could feel the static in the air and reached the summit with a fantastic view of the thunderstorm striking below to the east in Nevada. Sublime scenery and a look at the Great Basin. Despite the ease of climbing it via the standard route (around 3000' gain roundtrip, around 15 mi), this was a surprisingly awesome summit. I ran down much of the peak and hiked home, arriving at my car in time for sunset and getting a taste of the amazing stargazing of the Whites on my drive back to Bishop. The first 14'er I've climbed, hopefully many to come.
Standard route past the research center. Highlights were the flat tire on the drive in and the large group of big horn sheep near the road.
I left Bend, OR on Monday. I was on the summit the next day with my mountain bike. I was planning to hang-out at the gate and putter around, and go for the summit the next day. However, I rode up to the Barcroft Science Station, and I felt really good. So I continued on.
From gate to summit: 2 hours 45 minutes.
Summit to gate: less than 90 minutes.
I had to push the bike up the "scree" like conditions of the "road" the last 1/2 mile. I did ride down the whole way. It was a blast riding from the summit of a 14,000+ foot mountain. My first 14er on a mountain bike.
This was a warm-up for Mt. Whitney two days later.
WARNING! The rocks are sharp! After leaving the gate and heading back to Bishop, a tire was destroyed by a rock that was embedded deep. The people at Bishop Automotive told me that Silver Canyon and White Mountain Road sends them a lot of business. I took the WM road route.
Did this as a warm up for Langley and Whitney later this summer. Grandview was full when we rolled in around 9pm on a Friday night from San Jose. After some searching lower down we came back up and camped at a nice spot just about a 1/2 mile up the road on the east side to acclimatize. Did well with the elevation but the mileage was getting to me in the last few miles. Total time was 8 hours with an hour on the summit. Weather was perfect, didn't sweat and didn't get cold with just a long sleeve shirt on. Views are amazing all around. Tons of marmots and saw my first Sky Pilot at about 13800'. Pictures and track here: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1664158
I've now been to or near the trailhead 3 times and as far as the pavement goes a half dozen times. Vehicle problems or unambitious travel companions have kept me from the peak each time. I'll get up there eventually. The views are nice even without summitting.
There's a reason why people do not climb often the west ridge (not the "normal" south-west ridge) of white mountain! Long outing, but well worth it. Cabins at Black Eagle camp are awesome! Trip report here.
Semeed like a long haul from Barcroft Gate (especially on the way back) but good weather, a good friend, sweeping views of the Eastern Sierras and the fact this was my first 14er made this a memorable hike.
Nice hike with my wife and dog.
My first 14'er. Quite happy. Slept in, slow poked it on the way up, was treated with a beautiful sunset just before getting back to the car. Awesome.
Fun hike with blue skies
Relatively easy (compared to Shasta which is my only other 14er), but still uphill and thin air for sure. Was glad I had a couple of extra layers for the way back