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.
Way to go...and the hard way, not the easy trail up Whitney. (One of these days, I'd like to go back to Whitney and do the Mountaineer's Route...back in 2001 when Nathan and I did Whitney, we used the main trail because I figured the MR was beyond Nathan's capabilities at age 12.)
Since I live in Wisconsin I am not really close to real mountains which I enjoy. That makes pursueing other peakbagging lists difficult. My wife has 30 state highpoints so I will probably return to some of the states that she needs. Hope to do Hawaii yet. I love the Wind River Range in Wyoming and will probably return there to backpack. County highpointing intrigues me especially in Arizona and out West. Also in the Northeast. I am closer to the Boundary Waters and Quetico canoe wilderness areas and will return to those areas which I love. (Have made 15 canoe trips before I discovered Highpointing.) If the right opportunity arises I will consider Denali. Hope to attend the 2012 Konvention in Oregon and do some climbs while out there. Highpointing has been a great experience and I never would have dreamed of climbing so many beautiful mountains before I started in 2003. Thanks to all on Summitpost, America's Roof, and the County Highpointers forums for advice, beta, and finding partners to climb with. I have climbed with over 20 different people from all over the United States and it has been fun. Keep Klimbin'.