My brother Al asked me to pass this information on to you. He'll provide details and impressions later.
Attempt #1: Al began from Whitney Portal on Wed. 9/20 at 11:30 am, well-rested. At the trail junction, Al stashed his stuff and headed up the 2-mile trail to the summit. Was pleased to make the summit in 4 hr 28 min. The night before, winds at summit had probably been about 100 mph, but Wed. was "blazing and beautiful." Seemed strange that no on else was up there. On way back down, he noticed large, black birds cawing overhead. Found his food spread around, half his jerky gone and holes pecked in his Accelerade bags. Stunned and discouraged, but not defeated, he descended to Whitney Portal, spent the night there, and found a ride down to Lone Pine, where he resupplied and treated athlete's foot that was making toe-taping for blister prevention difficult.
Attempt #2: Al began again from Whitney Portal on Sat. 9/23. At mile 7 he developed a blister bad enough to turn him around. He's now holding at Whitney Portal and will advise me of his next move.
Al and I are both very grateful for your interest and encouragement and the good thoughts you are sending his way.
Janet, Al's Sister