Our Fearless Leader/Organizer/Mother Hen
Just a few rules to follow...
Looking down the canyon from the lower part of the Whitney trail.
Sure seemed hot on our "easy" hike to Lone Pine Lake.
Enjoying lunch in the shade by Lone Pine Lake.
Lone Pine Lake
Some "young" guy still hiking well into old age.
We had lunch in the trees near the center of the picture.
Looking towards Owens Valley from the other side of Lone Pine Lake.
You can make out the trail near the center of this picture. Not a place to be on a hot afternoon! Good thing the tree cover takes over as you climb higher....
The woman behind Shonnie is coming down from her successful trip to to the top. We were all hoping to be in her position the next day.
Wotans Throne - left of center. Mirror Lake would be at the bottom of this depression.
An amazing hiker/nurse/woman. She carried a heavy pack (way too much water for herself). She was prepared for nearly anything. Thankfully, she shared her water and food with the rest of us.
Hiking towards Trail Camp. Katie Shonie & Jim are in their somewhere.
Mirror Lake (at the bottom of the frame).
Uncle Ralph & Shonie are moving towards Trail Camp.
Everyone looks so relaxed. Have we started climbing yet?
Relaxing by Trail Camp before the 97 switchbacks...
If these two did not have it in their pack you did not need it!
A little stretch before the real work begins....
The cables protect a stretch of trail where some ice continuously forms from a nearby seep. Hard to tell but the right side does drop a few hundred feet or so and steeply.
Hitchcock Lake from Trail Crest
Trail Crest looking towards Hitchcock Lake
Trail Crest looking back towards Consultation Lake
Shonnie at Trail Crest
Smiling and laughing at 13,600 feet!
Uncle Ralph and Shonie at Trail Crest
An Ipod Shuffle motivates Katie to cruise up the 97 switchbacks with a smile.
The entire group at just over 14,000 feet smiling and having a good time.
Looking back at those pesky switchbacks that take one from 13,500 feet to 14,000 feet.
Past Trail Crest - a descent that has more than a few dropoffs.
Summit of Mt Whitney in the background
On the way to the top of Mount Whitney...
Looking down one of the "Windows"
This GPS is pretty accurate for the altitude. I turned the device on around Lone Pine Lake.
Another successful climb for Uncle Ralph.
On the return from the summit, just shy of Trail Crest.
A sleeping Bee.