Re: [John Muir Trail] camping on top of Mt. Whitney
- This is David Carbiener. I received this email a few minutes ago, but the email was addressed to Peter. Did you intend to send this email to me? I did have one bucket for my son Dillon Carbiener that did not arrive at MTR during our JMT trip last month.Thank you,David----- Original Message -----From: Carole WarnerSent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 1:31 PMSubject: Re: [John Muir Trail] camping on top of Mt. Whitney
Peter,I'm here at Muir Trail Ranch, and Pat is asking me to ask you what you'd like her to do with your other resupply bucket. Could you e-mail here and tell her whether you'd like her to send it back to you or just donate it to other hikers (or whatever)? Thanks!Carole
--- On Mon, 8/16/10, Peter Burke <pburke@...> wrote:
From: Peter Burke <pburke@...>
Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] camping on top of Mt. Whitney
Date: Monday, August 16, 2010, 7:41 AMOn 8/16/2010 3:56 AM, carewarner wrote:
I'm considering actually camping on top of Mt. Whitney (weather permitting of course...) rather than getting up super early and stumbling along in the dark to try to get up there in time to watch the sun come up. That way I can watch both the sun set AND the sun rise, perhaps even from the comfort of my toasty sleeping bag!!! (Assuming the sky is clear enough for that...) I've read that some of you have done this, but wanted to make sure you meant literally on the TOP of the mountain, and if so whether you slept in the hut or in your tent? I'd really love to hear from anyone and everyone about this who has anything to contribute to the subject from direct experience to warnings, wonders, tips, etc. Also, as far as I can tell, Guitar Lake is the last spot on the JMT where one can get water to take up there. Is that right? I'm assuming that at that altitude you would want to drink a LOT of water to stay well hydrated. Info and tips on that are also appreciated. Carole
Go for the very top of the mountain - you aren't going to be up there too many more times in your life (and well acclimated like you will be this time), and you're going to find some place to rest, even if it's just between two large boulders with a tarp thrown over your sleeping bag. On a lucky day, you may get some room in the hut, but most years that's either full of snow or you're getting sitting room only. A small tent may even find a spot up there.
thing is, with the low humidity up there and over Nevada, the show isn't that great - I've seen better sunrises in Wisconsin than that "light-switch-on-type" sunrise you get over the Nevada desert on Whitney. Sunset may be better, but we didn't see that the year the photos were taken, because we hiked up during the full moon the night before and got to the top around 3am.
- When I did the JMT there was a group from Maryland that slept inside the cabin. One was a serious photographer who wanted to be at the peak at ohdarkthirty before sunrise. When I saw him later and asked about the sunrise, he replied "It was OK..."
I slept near the trail intersection that same night with a few others. Sure, it was cramped, but seeing shooting stars around me was a moment I'll never forget. Winds were calm and the cold was bareable.
There are also a few cleared areas on the summit where one can pitch a tent.