August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

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August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by wbdeford » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:45 pm

About to make my first August DVNP trip! Flying into LV on Saturday....No backpacking this time--nothing but day hikes

Get supplies from Pahrump Saturday evening
Camp along Harry Wade somewhere
Badwater the morning of the 18th....gotta start at the bottom
Bristlecone pines the afternoon of the 18th, camping at the gate to White Mountain
White Mountain Peak on the 19th
Down to Lone Pine the morning of the 20th to get my permit and up to Whitney Portal
Whitney day hike on the 21st
Over to Mahogany Flat on the 22nd--might stop and cross country hike to Bald peak if time and energy allow
Telescope trail and beyond to 10460 on the 23rd
Down to Yuma for a whirlwind visit with my daughter on the 24th, and back to LV for a red-eye home.

If anyone wants to join me for White Mountain or 10460, let me know. Starting early for both (headlamp before dawn).

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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by Aedwards27 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:08 pm

This sounds great. Badwater in August is doable EARLY in the morning (I did it last September at 4:30AM).

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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by wbdeford » Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:29 pm

Aedwards27 wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 3:08 pm
This sounds great. Badwater in August is doable EARLY in the morning (I did it last September at 4:30AM).
I'm really nerding out on this.....not satisfied with only going as low as the Badwater parking lot before attempting Whitney...fortunately, past experience has told me if I go about a mile out on the salt flats, I can say I've been to the bottom. IOW, I don't have to go 3.4 miles out to the central point.

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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by D.A. Wright » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:45 am

Lots of Marmots at gate to WMP. Just make sure to check coolant level and hoses before leaving. Marmots have a history of gnawing on hoses to get to that sweet but deadly concoction.
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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by wbdeford » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:52 pm

D.A. Wright wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:45 am
Lots of Marmots at gate to WMP. Just make sure to check coolant level and hoses before leaving. Marmots have a history of gnawing on hoses to get to that sweet but deadly concoction.
Wow, hadn't thought of that....thanks!

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Post by wbdeford » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:02 am

In Yuma visiting my daughter and will write a trip report in the next few days. No vehicle damage from marmots, though I saw quite a few of them :)

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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by D.A. Wright » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:04 pm

wbdeford wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:02 am
In Yuma visiting my daughter and will write a trip report in the next few days. No vehicle damage from marmots, though I saw quite a few of them :)
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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by MojaveGeek » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:45 pm

I saw a load of marmots in Colorado, where I was for the last two weeks :)

Did you summit Whitney? Probably. Lucky you! Looking forward to a TR. I got to the Colorado high point, Mt. Elbert at 14.4K.

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Post by wbdeford » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:45 am

Nice! Would love to spend that kind of time in CO. Posting trip report momentarily.....

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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by wbdeford » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:37 am

MojaveGeek wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:45 pm
I got to the Colorado high point, Mt. Elbert at 14.4K.
Elbert is now on my list!

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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by MojaveGeek » Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:44 pm

Elbert is pretty busy; I think "high point" attracts lots of people who don't hike that much. But you've obviously gotta be in halfway decent shape to summit - it's 4700 ft up from the trailhead and the air is thin. I am a slow but steady plodder who rarely stops, and people kept passing me, but eventually I'd leave them in the dust. There were maybe 15 people on the summit, maybe more, the whole half hour I was up there eating my lunch. The trail comes up from the east side, which looks back over the big valley, and you don't see the rest of the area peaks in all their glory till the summit. But the trail is in general excellent, as are many of the 14ers.

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Re: August 17-24: White-Whitney-10460

Post by blackturtle.us » Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:04 am

I've done Whitney three times and once up each for White, Langley, and Elbert. That's the extent of the 14er's I've done. Of the four peaks, Elbert was the easiest. There are at least a couple different standard trailheads up that one from what I can tell. I don't recall the name of the one I started from, but despite the thunder and lightening, there were a couple dozen people on the peak while I was there.

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