Number 48 is in the bagAugust 15 2011 at 8:30 AM
Doug Urban (Login Holsti97)
We had a great time climbing Telescope Peak 11,049" in Death Valley, CA and then spent a day exploring Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills. Climbed Mount Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route on August 9-10. We climbed up to Iceberg Lake and camped under the stars with no tents. Iceberg Lake froze solid that night.Had to break ice on lake in the morning to get water for coffee. Scrambled up the chute and the 3rd crack to the summit the next morning. Climbed with HP member Tracy Foutz (33 HPs) who had climbed Whitney 38 years earlier at 11 years of age, and my friend Ed Erickson (30 HPs), and my niece Megan (4 HPs). Mount Whitney was my 48th United States Highpoint. We also visited Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, Galen Rowell Gallery, and Mono Lake. I climbed Mount Rainier in 2003 for my 1st HP, climbed none in 2004, and then got serious and averaged about 8 highpoints a year after 2004. It has been a wonderful journey.