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Mount Whitney

These are a few pics of my climb on the tallest mountain in all the land -- well, in the 48 states anyway -- Mt. Whitney (14,497') on 27-28 July. Carrying a 40 lb. pack and a lack of oxygen because of the altitude made for slow going but we made it. Going down was a breeze but of course we had gravity working with us and we were much more acclimated to the altitude.

My buddy Chy. She's small and weak but has a big heart for adventure and literally travels the world.

This place is called Outpost Camp and at 3 miles into our hike is only halfway to our camp for the night. It is a beautiful place and there was even deer here.

This is Trail Camp. It was our camp at the end of the first day at 12,000' and 6 miles up the trail. If you like granite this is a great place to be. We would leave our gear here and just take day packs to the summit the next day.

This is Eric a friend of Chy's. Look! He has an iPhone!! It was good to have a young energetic fellow with us... to carry a little extra weight! Ha! The little puddle on the left of the picture is the lake we camped next too. Can you see our tent?

This is the crest where we pass from the east side of the mountain to the west side. We are at 13,600' here. Only 900' and 2 miles to go!

We made it to the summit!! Tired and happy. The view was awesome up there but after this picture my batteries soon died. Now to attempt a higher climb we must leave the country. Chy's thinking Kilimanjaro and says I should start saving my money... maybe... maybe....

Myron Combelic

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