Time to close the loop - final day, and I hope it is obvious from the photos why I prefer to make Mount Whitney the ultimate goal of the hike, not a first day drag:
Before sunrise, about 5:45am, -8.5 degrees Celsius, no wind, perfect. July 11, 1989. If you were up there, this might be you, because I don't know this person. There were maybe 6 people on the summit that morning.