Mount Whitney

View from the top of Mt. Whitney
View from the top of Mt. Whitney

I must admit a few things have gotten in the way of my enjoyment of barbecue lately. For one, I have been training to hike Mount Whitney (the highest mountain in the lower 48) for the last couple of months and this has caused me cut down on my barbecue consumption. Yesterday was the big day and I am happy to say that our group was successful. We reached the peak, roughly at around noon, after hiking for nine hours (yes, we started hiking at 3am). Climbing up the mountain was definitely the hardest part of the hike; coming down only took seven hours. In the time that it took me to complete this hike I could have barbequed up some kalua pig… what was I thinking?
I didn’t find any BBQ restaurants in the city of Lone Pine, which was close to our camp, but we did snack on some K.C. Masterpiece BBQ potato chips. I have a BBQ restaurant review for Barn Burner Texas Barbeque coming up, so stay tuned.

5 thoughts on “Mount Whitney”

  1. Congratulations. I hiked up Mt. Whitney when I was twelve, and we spaced it out over a 3 day period. Now I am 22, and I am going to see if I can do it again. Congrats!

    Oh and the thin air, I agree, quite possibly the hardest obstacle to overcome.

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  2. The thin air was the most difficult obstacle to overcome. We hiked Mount Baldy(10,000 ft) the week before our hike and hung out at Horseshoe Meadow (10,000 ft) the day before. Since all six members of our group made it, I believe that this did help us in acclimating to Whitney.

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  3. Very cool you made it to the top. I hiked it a couple years ago, but we split the hike into 3 days. I want to do it again in just one day.
    Ive been seeing alot of Mt. Whitney stuff recently. When I was hiking in Yosemite 2 weeks ago, I talked with a group that was training to hike whitney in one day. Then some people in one of my classes happended to randomly mention they hiked whitney.
    Then just yesterday I saw someone with a California license place that was the Yosemite National park and it said “ihikdit” and the license plate holder frame said “Mt Whitney 14,xxxft” then bottom was “I hiked it one day”
    Did the thin air get to you at all?

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  4. Thank you very much. I can’t wait to get back to BBQ’n on a regular basis. Along with this hike I had to do a few training hikes that took up many of my summer weekends. But, I do love being outdoors so much.

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  5. Congratulations on the climb. There’s nothing better then being in the great outdoors. Now if you find yourself Qing in the great outdoors – well it’s the cherry on the cake!

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