Mount Whitney climb – 2012

August 15, 2012

Nearly a week ago (last Thursday), I made what has become an annual trip – 4 years in a row – to Mt. Whitney to attempt to reach the summit. It was a difficult hike, but I persevered and made it to the top for the second time. I camped for a few days at altitude, June Lake for one day and two days with friends at Whitney Portal Campground. I began the hike at 3:15 am, reached the summit just before noon and got back to my truck at the trailhead at 7:00 pm. I covered 21.4 miles and climbed about 6,200′. (Starting elev: 8300′, summit: 14,996′). I was able to take usable photos starting at about 5:45 a.m., about 30 minutes before sunrise. I share them with you in gallery form. In my next post, I’ll put together a narrative and include some of my pre and post-hike photos.


About victorvolta

I am a freelance photographer/writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in the very suburban city of Santa Clara. Education: San Jose State University (class of '84) BA degree in Journalism with concentrations in Photojournalism and English. Favorite Foods: Ribeye steaks and Stan's Doughnuts (separate plates, usually). Favorite Drinks: Strong gourmet coffee and Trader Joe's Blood Orange Italian Soda (separate cups).
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4 Responses to Mount Whitney climb – 2012

  1. Kyle Kuns says:

    Fantastic photos! I was there Monday through Wednesday (Aug 13-15).

  2. victorvolta says:

    Thanks Kyle, I appreciate the compliment. Hope you had good weather. It was a bit dodgy when I was there and the ensuing days looked a bit iffy.

  3. Good job Victor, congratulations. You look very happy. Loved the photos.

    • Victor Volta says:

      Thanks Sherri, Although exhausted at the top of the mountain, I was elated and the entire trip (the drive through the Sierras, camping with friends, and the hike itself) was everything I’d hoped for.

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