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Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16 - 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:48:14 MDT Print View

Forester Pass is pretty darn impressive

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16, 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:49:24 MDT Print View

Looking back from the climb to Bighorn Plateau

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16 - 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:50:35 MDT Print View

The trees just before Bighorn Plateau have to exist at the edge of what is possible for trees - some don't make it

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16,1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:51:29 MDT Print View

Lone outpost before the plateau

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16, 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:54:13 MDT Print View

I liked the place so much, we made camp there the next year in 1990. Bighorn Plateau and the barren high country are what sets Sequoia apart from Kings Canyon

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16, 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:55:19 MDT Print View

I call this guy the "Guardian of Bighorn Plateau" - wonder if this tree still looks like this today, 20 years later

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16, 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:56:20 MDT Print View

Another one from Bighorn Plateau

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16, 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 12:57:45 MDT Print View

The sun disappeared when we were finishing up supper at Crabtree Meadows.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 16, 1989 hike - continued on 06/08/2009 13:00:26 MDT Print View

This was the moment we decided that we should just keep going - the full moon came across the Whitney Crest around 10pm. We had rested long enough, the weather was perfectly calm, and our food reserves were pretty low, so what better than reaching the summit at night, and hiking out the next morning? We got to the top at 3am under an extremely bright night sky. Surreal almost - too bad I didn't take any more photos, but we were moving to the summit and had really only that one goal in mind.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
JMT on 06/08/2009 13:59:26 MDT Print View

Peter, you are forcing me to take an unplanned trip in the area this summer. It has been a while since I was on the JMT, due to the hordes, but I am beginning to realise how much I enjoy it up there, people or no people.

Am currently negotiating with my wife for an extended kitchen pass for the SHR, but negotiations may need an aribitrator. :(

Your pictures are just plain awesome.

Jim MacDiarmid
(jrmacd) - MLife
Re: JMT on 06/08/2009 14:28:57 MDT Print View

These pictures are excellent. I'm definitely doing the JMT next summer(I say that now . . .) Three weeks next summer to do the JMT was part of the negotiating process for me to move to NYC with my gf. It would've been a dealbreaker if she said no.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Re: JMT on 06/08/2009 14:43:15 MDT Print View

Every time I get down to the question "where do I want to go and hike next" I keep coming back to the JMT. It's become a second home almost - going back again in two weeks for the double this year. You can't go wrong.

http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/outdoor/Muir2009/default.html

Crowds? Last July there was hardly anyone up there. On the section over Mather Pass we didn't meet a single person all day, middle of July.

Peter

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17, 1989 hike on 06/09/2009 08:15:52 MDT Print View

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.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17,1989 hike - continued on 06/09/2009 08:18:32 MDT Print View

Eventuall the sun came up - Owens Valley, 9000 feet below is still asleep.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17,1989 hike - continued on 06/09/2009 08:19:53 MDT Print View

I think I posted this before, but it has to be repeated here, in the proper order. Whitney's shadow with the full moon that illuminated the trail for us the night before

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17,1989 hike - continued on 06/09/2009 08:22:12 MDT Print View

A very special place - can't wait to be back up there for the sunrise, some time around July 16/17 this year (twice)

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17,1989 hike - continued on 06/09/2009 08:23:39 MDT Print View

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17,1989 hike - continued on 06/09/2009 08:24:14 MDT Print View

Whitney Crest

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17,1989 hike - continued on 06/09/2009 08:25:25 MDT Print View

Upper Hitchcock Lake, west of the crest

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
Day 17,1989 hike - continued on 06/09/2009 08:26:34 MDT Print View

Vintage Mt. Whitney Trail - these solar toilets do not exist any longer (it's now "wag bag" territory)