One Week Til Mount Whitney

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One Week Until Mount Whitney



     Since moving to California nearly a year ago (WOW time flies), I've Mount Whitneybeen fortunate enough to see some truly amazing places.  Since I was a kid I've been fascinated by the mountains, and where I lived in Delaware, well...we didn't have any of those.  Pennsylvania had mountains that were fun to visit to play in the snow, but none were too tall or intimidating.  Here in California, we've got some treacherous terrain.  I've gotten lost in the San Gabriel mountains, have climbed Mt Baldy (3 times now), and have hiked and climbed so long I needed a full day in bed for my knees & ankles to recover.


     Next weekend I'll understake my toughest challenge yet.  Myself and 2 friends were fortunate enough to be selected for this years Mount Whitney lottery.  Mount Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous United States, with the summit sitting at 14,505 ft above sea level.  To this point, I've never been above 10,064 ft without the help of 2 wings, jet engines, and a seat I wish would recline just a little bit more.


     We'll be doing an overnight trip, starting off early Friday morning, exploring the mountain area and a few of the scenic lakes along the trail, attempting to summit in time to catch the sunset, before hiking down 3000 feet and setting up camp.  With any luck (and the cooperation of my knees), we'll be getting up to summit again for sunrise, before heading down the mountain and leaving Saturday afternoon.


     I've been camping, but have never been hiking overnight with a tent packed in my bag.  In preparation for the trip, REI has become my new favorite store on the planet, as I had to get new hiking shoes, a hiking backpack, walking poles, and a water filtration system since we'll be getting most of our water from natural sources.


     With 22 miles and over 12,000 feet of elevation change round trip, it's safe to say I'll be sleeping pretty well Saturday night.  While I'm excited for this trip and will enjoy the journey, it's a babystep toward a bucket list goal of climbing Mt McKinley (the highest point in the US, located in Alaska).  We've all got to start somewhere, right?


     Those that work with me know that normally I'm an evening & weekends kinda guy, but next Friday & Saturday, I'll be offline and climbing mountains.


     One of my favorite parts of living on the west coast is all of the nearby opportunity for adventure.  What's the greatest adventure you've been on?


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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Wow, that sounds like an amazing adventure. It sure is a challenge, but you will rise to the occasion.

Thank you for commenting on my post.

May 23, 2014 03:53 AM #1
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi John, well you certainly have picked a real adventure this  time...Good luck...

May 23, 2014 03:55 AM #2
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Joe - should be a great challenge & a lot of fun.  Have a great weekend.

Ronald - Thanks for the comment and yes, this will be one of my biggest adventures so far.

May 23, 2014 04:46 AM #3
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

John - that is a great adventure.  We will be waiting for your upcoming blogs.

May 23, 2014 05:44 AM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

John that is some experience you have a head of you.  I will be looking for your blogs with hopefully lots of picture of your climb up this mountain.  Good luck and stay safe.

May 23, 2014 05:58 AM #5
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

I haev hiked some smaller mountains and been to the top of Mt Evans at 14305 (but that was a cheat compared to yours as its the highest paved road so I got to drive near the top of that bad boy.

You will have fun and be safe!

PS - Take PICS!!!!

May 23, 2014 10:46 AM #6
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Be safe on your trip to Mount Whitney.  Until this post, I had never heard of it.

May 23, 2014 01:37 PM #7
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Sounds like you are really enjoying living out on the West Coast!

May 27, 2014 10:10 PM #8
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