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[pct-l] Mount Whitney, The Zoo, a story...


Whitney summit ain't much BUT the hike along the ridge is fascinating. You
are correct that the trail is overloaded with dayhikers and "one overnight"
hikers [first day to Consultation Lake (Trail Camp}, next day summit and
out]. However a young stud like yourself should consider the mountaineers


-----Original Message-----
From: Bighummel@aol.com [mailto:Bighummel@aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2002 9:50 PM
To: pct-l@backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Mount Whitney, The Zoo, a story...

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My friends are flabbergasted that I haven't climbed Mt. Whitney with all of
the backpacking and climbing that I have done in the Sierras.  I explain
I go to the Sierras for the purpose of seclusion, peace, quiet and a near
spiritual communing with nature. For that reason I have never climbed Mt.
Whitney and may never and don't believe that I am really missing much.

Now Mt. Rainier is a mountain that is inspiring to climb even though it
"the highest peak in the contiguous U.S".  I suggest to all PCT aspiring
hikers to pass up Whitney and aim for Rainier.  You'll be in such incredible
shape by the time you reach Rainier that you can almost fly up it!

Best regards,

Greg "Strider" Hummel

In a message dated 8/24/02 10:34:08 PM !!!First Boot!!!,
michaelgosnell@hotmail.com writes:

> I think that you have to realize
> that this trail is NOT for seclusion, but for the communal-like experience
> of hiking a challenging peak.  So if you want to hike Mt Whitney and not
> come into contact w/ others, then don't take the Whitney Trail.

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