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My Mt. Whitney day hike: up was easy; down … I’d rather not remember

My hiking permit was for Tuesday, August 2, 2016. So here's how the adventure went: Preparation Day minus 2: Sunday, July 31, 7:30pmArriving at Whitney Portal (elevation ~8300ft). Checking into the Ravine walk-in campground and setting up tent. Going to sleep soon. (Can you see my tent in the picture? There are no others. Had…

Things nobody tells you about hiking Mt Whitney

I managed to summit Mount Whitney in a day this week. It was my first time on the mountain and the first time camping at Whitney Portal. Here is a collection of things I learned which I wish I would have known beforehand. Posted in the hope that it may be useful to others: There…

How I learned about the 4th of July

It was a warm summer evening. I was studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Erlangen in my native country, Germany. As usual, I worked on homework that evening. I sublet a small room on the third floor under the roof, and I had the window open because it was so warm. All of a…

Bragging Time

I'm trying to get fit to hike Mt Whitney in August. Glad to report that my chances are improving: this Sunday, I ran and finished my first-ever half-marathon. Yay! My goals had been to 1) finish, and 2) not finish last. Surprisingly, I did quite a bit better than that: although I am older than…