Album: Mount Whitney (15x) - Main Trail


Category
Outdoor Adventures
Album Date
12/1/2006 12:00:00 AM
Date Added
1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM

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12/1/2006 8:16:55 AM
Whitney Portal Trailhead. 8:16am. 
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12/1/2006 8:17:04 AM
Doug Forbes at the Whitney Portal 
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12/1/2006 8:17:39 AM
 
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12/1/2006 8:28:24 AM
 
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12/1/2006 8:37:36 AM
Richard 
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12/1/2006 8:38:06 AM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek crossing (water flowing but an icy crossing). 8:38am. 
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12/1/2006 8:38:18 AM
 
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12/1/2006 8:46:14 AM
 
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12/1/2006 8:46:34 AM
 
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12/1/2006 9:32:01 AM
 
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12/1/2006 9:38:45 AM
Lone Pine Creek log crossing (frozen). 9:38am. 
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12/1/2006 9:42:31 AM
 
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12/1/2006 10:12:06 AM
Thor Peak -- always an impressive sight from this side. Courtney Pursell and I did the Stemwinder route up the face earlier this year. 
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12/1/2006 10:15:14 AM
Crossing the frozen creek at Outpost Camp. Watch your step! 
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12/1/2006 10:15:17 AM
Outpost Camp. 10:15am. 
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12/1/2006 10:19:07 AM
Vandals burning the remains of the restroom. Ok, they're not vandals. They're forest service employees. 
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12/1/2006 10:23:37 AM
 
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12/1/2006 10:24:46 AM
 
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12/1/2006 10:24:55 AM
 
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12/1/2006 10:25:05 AM
Smoke from the burning remains of the restroom at Outpost Camp. Two fellows we talked to said the flames the day before were 80 feet high. That must have been a sight. 
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12/1/2006 10:45:44 AM
Mirror Lake (frozen). 10:45am. 
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12/1/2006 10:50:55 AM
Thor Peak 
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12/1/2006 10:51:03 AM
Side view of Thor's south face 
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12/1/2006 10:51:15 AM
Wotan's Throne 
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12/1/2006 10:55:01 AM
 
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12/1/2006 11:04:41 AM
 
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12/1/2006 11:24:37 AM
 
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12/1/2006 11:27:30 AM
Trailside Meadow. 11:27am. The meadow was completely frozen except for a couple breaks in the ice that were sufficient to dip water bottles in. This was the last running water source we had. 
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12/1/2006 11:27:42 AM
 
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12/1/2006 11:28:22 AM
Trailside Meadow 
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12/1/2006 11:53:52 AM
 
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12/1/2006 11:53:55 AM
 
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12/1/2006 11:55:57 AM
 
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12/1/2006 11:56:01 AM
Looking down at Trailside Meadow 
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12/1/2006 11:56:03 AM
 
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12/1/2006 12:05:38 PM
Consultation Lake 
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12/1/2006 12:05:48 PM
 
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12/1/2006 12:10:30 PM
 
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12/1/2006 12:25:52 PM
Restroom at Trail Camp. 12:25pm. 
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12/1/2006 12:46:08 PM
 
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12/1/2006 12:46:13 PM
 
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12/1/2006 12:46:18 PM
Mount Muir 
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12/1/2006 12:46:20 PM
 
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12/1/2006 12:50:30 PM
Looking back toward Trail Camp 
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12/1/2006 12:56:40 PM
A short distance up the switchbacks we vear off to an old trail on the right 
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12/1/2006 1:09:49 PM
 
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12/1/2006 1:14:06 PM
 
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12/1/2006 1:14:12 PM
Looking up at the cables 
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12/1/2006 1:14:22 PM
 
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12/1/2006 1:14:25 PM
 
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12/1/2006 1:24:03 PM
The slope up to Trail Crest. This is a good way to go (sometimes). 
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12/1/2006 1:39:19 PM
Snow slope up to Trail Crest 
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12/1/2006 1:39:24 PM
 
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12/1/2006 1:59:11 PM
So far so good 
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12/1/2006 1:59:15 PM
 
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12/1/2006 1:59:17 PM
 
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12/1/2006 2:02:12 PM
 
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12/1/2006 2:10:52 PM
Looks nice, but we were begin to posthole 
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12/1/2006 2:14:29 PM
Hey, maybe this mixture of snow and loose scree would be better. Maybe not. 
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12/1/2006 2:14:31 PM
Might be hard to believe but it took us another hour and a half to ascend the snow you see in this photo! 
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12/1/2006 2:14:37 PM
 
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12/1/2006 2:20:12 PM
Postholing is getting worse with every step 
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12/1/2006 2:20:17 PM
Oh boy. Isn't postholing fun? 
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12/1/2006 2:35:10 PM
 
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12/1/2006 2:49:50 PM
 
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12/1/2006 2:50:08 PM
 
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12/1/2006 3:10:22 PM
 
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12/1/2006 3:10:24 PM
 
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12/1/2006 3:24:57 PM
We can now see the Trail Crest Sign. Tantalizing close, yet it would still take us another 21 minutes of struggling to get there. 
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12/1/2006 3:33:31 PM
Richard looks up to Trail Crest. So close, but a struggle to the end. 
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12/1/2006 3:33:35 PM
Almost up to Trail Crest. What you can't see here is that there is a steep layer of solid ice six inches under the powder. 
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12/1/2006 3:41:36 PM
We found a gap between the hidden ice and the rock face. In the gap we found stable footing. 
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12/1/2006 3:41:38 PM
 
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12/1/2006 3:41:40 PM
Looking back down the slope 
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12/1/2006 3:41:42 PM
 
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12/1/2006 3:45:40 PM
Trail Crest at last. 3:45pm. 
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12/1/2006 3:45:44 PM
 
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12/1/2006 3:45:49 PM
Richard at Trail Crest. We rested and warmed up in the little sun we had remaining. 
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12/1/2006 3:55:58 PM
Trail Crest sign 
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12/1/2006 4:01:22 PM
Just past Trail Crest 
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12/1/2006 4:01:24 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:03:03 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:03:05 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:03:52 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:03:57 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:05:43 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:18:11 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:26:45 PM
Orange glow begins to deepen as sunset approaches 
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12/1/2006 4:26:48 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:29:20 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:29:26 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:31:04 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:33:38 PM
Nearing sunset. 4:33pm. 
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12/1/2006 4:33:48 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:36:23 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:36:29 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:36:35 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:36:39 PM
Shortly before sunset on the Sierra Crest 
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12/1/2006 4:39:13 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:39:15 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:39:22 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:42:12 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:42:17 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:44:05 PM
Richard on the trail below the crest at sunset. A crow flies in the background. 
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12/1/2006 4:46:02 PM
 
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12/1/2006 4:46:07 PM
Last glimpse of sunlight. 4:46pm. 
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12/1/2006 5:16:32 PM
Now in darkness we slowly make our way to the summit 
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12/1/2006 6:15:06 PM
Finally, we arrive at our accomodations for the night on the summit of Mount Whitney. 6:15pm. 
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12/2/2006 7:50:42 AM
The deluxe room (or rather the only room available). Too bad it doesn't have a hot shower. A mouse was happy to see us and inspected our gear during the night. 
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12/2/2006 8:35:59 AM
8:35am. We slowly pack up, melt water, and prepare to leave. 
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12/2/2006 8:36:10 AM
 
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12/2/2006 8:36:16 AM
The Kaweahs. I dayhiked the Black Kaweah earlier this year with Bob Burd and Matthew Holliman. 
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12/2/2006 8:36:18 AM
 
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12/2/2006 8:36:34 AM
 
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12/2/2006 8:36:45 AM
Richard absorbs some warmth from the sun. 20 deg F. 
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12/2/2006 8:37:23 AM
 
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12/2/2006 8:37:29 AM
Mount Russell 
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12/2/2006 8:37:36 AM
Mount Williamson 
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12/2/2006 8:37:42 AM
 
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12/2/2006 8:40:49 AM
We signed in just before leaving. My previous signature was the last one since the weekend before. 
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12/2/2006 8:44:44 AM
Got enough sunscreen there Richard? 
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12/2/2006 8:52:58 AM
Summit photo 
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12/2/2006 8:55:59 AM
Keeler Needle 
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12/2/2006 9:03:00 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:05:29 AM
Keeler Needle and Crooks Peak 
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12/2/2006 9:05:34 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:10:27 AM
Mount Whitney 
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12/2/2006 9:10:29 AM
Keeler Needle 
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12/2/2006 9:15:56 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:16:02 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:18:21 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:20:03 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:28:20 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:30:01 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:32:25 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:36:26 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:41:46 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:44:36 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:44:56 AM
Looking over toward the switchbacks 
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12/2/2006 9:45:18 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:45:20 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:45:29 AM
The last switchback leading to Trail Crest 
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12/2/2006 9:45:33 AM
Closer shot of the switchbacks 
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12/2/2006 9:45:34 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:45:52 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:45:57 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:46:03 AM
Looking down at the snow slope below Trail Crest 
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12/2/2006 9:46:05 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:49:42 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:49:47 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:53:41 AM
 
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12/2/2006 9:56:13 AM
Approaching Trail Crest 
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12/2/2006 10:01:48 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:01:51 AM
We arrive back at Trail Crest. 10:01am. 
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12/2/2006 10:24:24 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:24:31 AM
We decided to take the switchbacks down 
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12/2/2006 10:24:36 AM
A little exposure and fresh snow but good enough footing 
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12/2/2006 10:24:38 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:24:40 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:26:15 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:26:19 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:29:11 AM
Mount Muir 
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12/2/2006 10:29:16 AM
Mount Muir 
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12/2/2006 10:29:23 AM
Looking back toward Trail Crest 
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12/2/2006 10:29:50 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:32:10 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:41:18 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:41:23 AM
A couple was coming up the switchbacks 
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12/2/2006 10:42:59 AM
Consultation Lake 
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12/2/2006 10:43:02 AM
Looking down at Trail Camp from the switchbacks 
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12/2/2006 10:56:19 AM
Nearing the cables. Footing was good. All ice was covered by sufficient snow. 
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12/2/2006 10:56:22 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:56:33 AM
The "Cables" 
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12/2/2006 10:57:03 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:57:07 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:57:47 AM
Richard coming down the cable section 
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12/2/2006 10:58:33 AM
 
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12/2/2006 10:59:37 AM
Someone left some shoes. Probably from the couple we passed above the cables. 
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12/2/2006 11:11:41 AM
 
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12/2/2006 11:11:51 AM
Mount Muir 
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12/2/2006 11:11:56 AM
Mount Muir 
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12/2/2006 11:12:01 AM
Exceptional shot of Mount Muir. This is probably the best one of Muir I've taken. 
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12/2/2006 11:12:07 AM
 
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12/2/2006 11:12:15 AM
Trail Camp and the frozen pond next to it 
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12/2/2006 11:21:41 AM
 
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12/2/2006 11:21:50 AM
 
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12/2/2006 11:27:14 AM
Wotan's Throne as seen from Trail Camp. 11:27am. 
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12/2/2006 11:27:24 AM
Near Trail Camp 
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12/2/2006 11:27:29 AM
 
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12/2/2006 11:45:53 AM
Consultation Lake 
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12/2/2006 11:45:53 AM
Not a good shot because of the distance, but a coyote (photo center) was ascending to Consultation Lake 
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12/2/2006 11:57:50 AM
 
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12/2/2006 12:00:52 PM
Trailside Meadow and running water. 12:00pm. 
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12/2/2006 12:23:41 PM
 
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12/2/2006 12:24:35 PM
 
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12/2/2006 12:24:40 PM
Mirror Lake 
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12/2/2006 12:39:32 PM
Mirror Lake 
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12/2/2006 12:51:22 PM
Outpost Camp. 12:51pm. 
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12/2/2006 12:52:33 PM
 
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12/2/2006 12:53:58 PM
Thor Peak 
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12/2/2006 12:54:03 PM
 
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12/2/2006 12:54:09 PM
 
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12/2/2006 12:54:11 PM
A shot of the lower section of the Stemwinder route on Thor Peak 
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12/2/2006 1:02:15 PM
Lone Pine Lake 
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12/2/2006 1:02:21 PM
Lone Pine Lake 
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12/2/2006 1:11:51 PM
Exiting the Whitney Zone 
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12/2/2006 1:12:43 PM
Just above Lone Pine Lake. Time for a break in the warm sun. 
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12/2/2006 1:27:06 PM
A particularly icy spot on the trail 
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12/2/2006 1:35:32 PM
 
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12/2/2006 1:46:25 PM
Sure doesn't look like December does it? It was surprisingly warm in the mid-afternoon. 
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12/2/2006 2:01:41 PM
North Fork Lone Pine Creek crossing 
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12/2/2006 2:17:15 PM
The two of us back at the trailhead. 2:17pm. The Pizza Factor awaits! Temp at the Portal was 33F (the same as when we started).