First Whitney Access Lottery February 16

The first lottery for access to Mount Whitney will be February 16. Your requests to participate in the lottery must be completed by March 15 for other drawings. Details are on the Forest Service Website. Unfortunately at this writing the link to the lottery is broken on the Forest Service site.


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Disney Tears Down Mount Whitney


Disney has torn down the Mount Whitney/Mount Shasta mural on its California Adventure entrance to replace it with Buena Vista Street. Which will be this romanticized version of the Los Angeles that Walt Disney encountered in the 1920s after he made that fateful train trip from Kansas City to Hollywood in 1923.


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History of Sierra-Nevada Growth

Hari Mix and Page Chamberlain of Stanford have published a report on the growth of the Sierra Nevada 50 million years ago and ending some 20 million years ago rising from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and passing through a phase when it was coverer by jungles and crocodiles.


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5 Emerge From Being Snowed in On Mount Whitney

All five hikers who were missing for nearly 5 days on Mount Whitney following a snowstorm on October 18 have been accounted for.
Phillip Abraham, Stevan Filipsand Dale Clymens, all of Omaha were found in a cave. They had initially been text messaging but lost that capability early on. Abdolreza Sadeghi and his son Sina Sadeghi Baghsorkhi were also lost and walked out. More than 50 people were involved in the search.


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Doing a Yo Yo on Mount Whitney

Signon San Diego reports on “Crazy Jack” Northam who has climbed Mount Whitney 86 times including 4 “yo yo” where he climbed it up and back twice in a day. His goal is to join a club of people who have summited it 100 times. Here’s our post on the Whitney Portal Store asking for a list.


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Badwater to Whitney Summit Record Holder in New Documentary “Running America”

A new documentary focuses on
Marshall Ulrich running 3,063 miles, from San Francisco to New York, in 52.5 days. (Frank Giannino holds the coast-to-coast speed record, running 3,103.5 miles in just over 46 days in 1980). Among Ulrich’s credits is the record for running from Badwater to the summit of Whitney. Ulrich’s article on running has lots of interesting rules including when it is o.k to use an IV and when it’s not.

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NY Times article on Whitney and Owens Valley

The New York Times has an extensive article on Mount Whitney and places to visit in the Owens Valley.
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Climb Against the Odds Breast Cancer Climb

Climb Against the Odds is climbing Shasta this year to raise breast cancer awareness. Breast Cancer Fund’s past expeditions: Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina in 1995; Alaska’s Mt. McKinley in 1998; Mt Fuji, Japan in 2000; Mt. Shasta, California in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and Mt. Rainier in 2005.


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Report Indicates Mount Whitney is 14,508 Feet

The Whitney Portal has a discussion about Mount Whitney actually being 14,508 feet. Thanks to Alan Ritter for posting this on our forum.


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NY Times Article on Wag Bags Replacing Whitney's Toilets

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The New York Times has an article on Wag bags replacing the summit toilet on Mount Whitney (and in other wilderness areas).
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