My trip to Trail Camp via Mt. Whitney Trail
In: Trail Notes
I had a hard day yesterday on Mt. Whitney Trail hiking from Whitney Portal. With with all the snow in the Sierras and getting an altitude sickness later in the day, I avoided climbing to the top of Whitney the next morning. Experienced small abrasions and minor bleeding on my right hand after falling and tripping over a rock at Trail Camp. I got a small dark bruise on the upper lid of my left eye. Due to dehydration and altitude sickness, I decided to postpone my trip to the summit. I barely slept due to high winds in the middle of the night. I woke up multiple of times. My headache did eventually go away. The following morning, as much as I desired to summit, it was not my day to climb the mountain.
From Whitney Portal to Trail Camp snow is visible everywhere on the trail. I was able to avoid a lot of it by walking around it. I did not use spikes, or crampons to get to Trail Camp. The trail is visible for the most part. Distance from Trail Camp to Whitney portal is 6 miles one-way. It took me 6-8 hours to get Trail Camp from Whitney Portal. From Trail Camp to the summit, conditions are much difficult requiring an ice axe, helmet and crampons.
As much as I try being prepared by avoiding getting sick on the mountain, I got sick while camping at Trail Camp which sits at 12,000ft. I felt nauseated, had a pounding headache. Finding a shade was nearly impossible. I kept drinking water, and taking Advil. My headache did go away eventually.
Avoiding Strong Winds
To avoid strong winds at high altitude, I parked my tent behind a boulder. It is the best to park your tent behind a boulder at Trail Camp. During my stay at Trail Camp, the winds unfortunately picked up in the middle of the night. I barely slept, waking up more than five times.
Getting a Permit:
During a month of May, more overnight spots available to climb Mt. Whitney. Overnight permit can be obtained via recreation.gov website.
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