The Mt. Whitney Backpacking Page
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The Main Mt. Whitney Trail  - 60 lucky people/day get the chance to sleep with the marmots

Spring on Mt. Whitney - A trip up the main trail when there is still a bunch of snow around
Main Trail Alternative - For the adventurous and fit Main Trail Lottery Losers
New Army Pass to Whitney Portal - My exploits in 2001
Cottonwood Pass to Whitney Portal - A group of grumpy old men do Mt. Whitney

Onion Valley to Whitney Portal - Just another way to stand on Mt. Whitney at sunrise
The Mountaineering Route - Just a little bit about the permitting, we haven't done this route
Mt. Langley - Another 14er close by that lends itself more to backpacking than day hiking
Gear - This is what we take, naming names
The Light Way - Ways to lighten up your pack without sacrificing safety
Food - A list of what we normally take and some ideas about food
SoCal Trips - A bunch of trips to get into shape for your trip up the mountain
FAQ - A few different questions than the day hikers pose
Planning - Some ideas for planning a group trip
Permit Strategies - Some ideas to lessen the odds against you getting a Main Trail permit
Gear & Trail Tips - Some thoughts on gear and backpacking for newbies

Shared Pages

Trail Map - An overview of the area
Directions - Basic directions from SoCal and Las Vegas airports
Basic Information - Forest Service Handouts and Some Useful Stuff We Created
Photo Gallery - Four Whitney trips worth of pictures and other pictures in the E. Sierra
Message Board - Share your questions and experiences with others
Area Guide - There is more to the Eastern Sierra than Mt. Whitney and Lone Pine
Guide Books - These are the guide books we use
Links - Useful SoCal and Eastern Sierra Links
Permit 2010 - The latest permit information for the 2009 quota period

Snow and Ice Travel - Advice on Gear and Training

Trail Dangers - How to Minimize Trouble on the Trail

Wilderness Experience - How to Find A Wilderness Experience in This Crowded Area

The Blog - Opinion, reviews, trip reports and questions answered about Mt. Whitney and the Eastern Sierra