Who wants to climb the tallest peak in the continental United States at 14,505’? In recent years it has been very hard to get to the top. The permit system creates a lot of red tape. You have to apply for a lottery months before you want to climb it. The trail is very crowed.
However, permits are only required May 1 - Nov 1. Not many people climb it in the winter due to sub zero temps, fast moving storms, deep snow, and extreme avalanche danger.
Seems like it’s going to be a late winter in the southern Sierra. I’m thinking it would be fun to day hike it next week, after Nov 1. 10 day forecast shows no storms, and there is currently no snow on the mountain. Only risk is cold, sunny weather. Something we can handle. No crowds, nature all to ourself. No rangers. Clear skies.
Who is interested in joining me? Von Wong? Chris? Vilen?
Below is the current state of Mt. Whitney (at the date of this post)