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Ascending Mount Whitney by one of the 13 trails/hiking routes described in Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Hiking Guide is not technically difficult but does require good planning, stamina and persistence.
Ascending Mount Whitney by one of the 13 trails/hiking routes described in Mount Whitney: The Complete Trailhead-to-Summit Hiking Guide is not technically difficult but does require good planning, stamina and persistence. Whether you have climbed the peak before or are planning your first ascent, this guide will equip you with the necessary information for a safe and enjoyable climb. In a typical year, about 30,000 hikers secure a wilderness permit for Mount Whitney while many others are denied access due to trail quotas. Of these 30,000 hikers, only about one in three attempting the peak successfully reach Whitney's summit, a relatively high attrition rate given the fact that there are excellent trails to the top. This guidebook will increase your chances of securing a wilderness permit, improve the likelihood of a successful trip while encouraging the use of many wonderful routes other than the crowded Whitney Trail.
- 1. The guidebook features the Mount Whitney Trail and 12 other trails and hiking routes
- 2. Detailed maps and mileage chart. The mileage chart graphically depicts the elevation gain and loss of each trail
- 3. Equipment Checklist for single-day hikes and multi-day backpack trips
- 4. Backcountry Menu Planner
- 5. Wilderness First Aid Kit
- 6. Mountain Medicine-hypothermia, mountain sickness, water purification, dehydration
- 7. Wilderness Permit Requirements Explained
- 8. Locations of bear-proof wilderness food storage boxes
- 9. Route Descriptions for 5 Other Fourteeners-Langley, Russell, Muir, Tyndall, Williamson
- 10. List of California's Fourteeners