July 16, 2013 Back from my travels in the Sierras feeling a bit unfulfilled. I got rained out on Mt. Whitney on Thursday. I’ll do a longer post later in the week, but with a wilderness pass for last Thursday (7/11), my window of opportunity closed quickly. I’ve learned from personal experience not to try to out-macho a 14,500 foot mountain. As I drove up the mountain toward the Whitney Portal Tuesday morning, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and Whitney looked benign. How quickly things changed. It started clouding up on Wednesday, sprinkled a little late in the afternoon, then it rained all night – not hard, but I figured that if it was unsettled at 8,200′, it wasn’t going to be better six thousand feet higher. Here are some photos as the day progressed.
Wednesday morning, 9:23 a.m.
Thursday, just past noon as I drove from camp down to Lone Pine
Finally, at sunset on Thursday. Still unsettled, but magnificent