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Mt. Whitney Backcountry Adventure

Updated: May 18, 2023

Obtaining permits for Mt. Whitney is well-known to be a challenging task, and our adventure was no exception. However, there is an alternative option for those willing to embark on a longer hike and have sufficient time available. By obtaining a "Backcountry permit" with a Mt. Whitney exit permit, securing permits becomes comparatively easier. Our journey began at Onion Valley, where we traversed Kearsarge Pass and followed the JMT (John Muir Trail) southward. After four days and covering a distance of 55 miles, we successfully reached the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States.

Prior to ascending the summit of Whitney, many hikers choose to leave their bulky packs behind on the saddle, easing the journey to the top. It is worth noting that on this saddle, there is a friendly and plump Marmot who gladly keeps an eye on your gear while you venture away, sometimes even sneaking a taste of your snacks.

On our fifth and final day, we took ample time to savor the breathtaking views and picturesque landscapes as we descended the mountain, bidding farewell to the majestic Sierras.

Marmots are also known as "Rock Bears" to some. They love to get into and chew on everything. They are found all over the Sierra Mountains.

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