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High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:27 am

Eight of us backpacked and met on the summit of Mt Whitney, taking different routes and start times. We slept on the summit, viewed the sunrise, descended the main trail (some of us bagged Mt. Muir and Trail Crest Tower) then carpooled to Death Valley to watch sunset from Badwater. We saw the sunrise at 14,497' elevation, and the sunset at -280' on the same day, just like Norman Clyde did 80 years ago.

This was the first backpack I've done in 2 years, first time taking an overnight pack up the Whitney trail, and first time sleeping at 14K. It was an awesome thing to do with BobR and friends. :D

Wednesday morning - Fall colors
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Our goal
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Sunset on our way to the summit
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Wednesday night - Slept in the summit hut with DaveG and SteveC
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Thursday morning - Gathering for the sunrise at 14,497'
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Sunrise
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Side trip to Muir (CL3 summit block)
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3 of us on small summit of Mt Muir (14,012')
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Descending Muir (BobR & Jay joined us)
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Side trip to Trail Crest Tower (we climbed the wrong one, the guys found it, old register from 1958) Mt Muir behind
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Thursday evening - Sunset at lowest point on the western hemisphere, Badwater in Death Valley (-280' elevation)
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The white sign says "SEA LEVEL"
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A trip to remember
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Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby maverick » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:06 am

Very nice Snowy!
A lot of first's in one trip, which makes it even more exciting.
What were the morning temps at sunrise on Whitney, and at sunset
at Badwater?
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby mokelumnekid » Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:45 am

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this.
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby quentinc » Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:16 am

That is certainly an epic day and a half!

I finally ran into Bob Rockwell in the Sierra, for the first time, a few weeks ago. It was by Cirque Lake and I was on a 3 day trip to Crabtree Lake. He was disappointed that I wasn't planning on doing Whitney as part of the trip. I was about to boast that I've been on top of Whitney over 25 times, but then I realized he's probably been there 25 times just this summer!
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Oct 05, 2010 7:54 pm

Temps were about 29 at sunrise (14K), and in the 80's (guessing) at sunset (below sea level). I'm just glad I slept in the summit hut. One of the guys froze (didn't bring enough gear, from back east), and had to get to warmer ground as soon as we took our sunrise group shot.

Yeah, BobR is up there almost every weekend now. I hope to be doing what he's doing when I'm in my mid 70s! :D
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby Herm » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:16 am

Snow Nymph;
Good for you to get out on a backpack trip again, and what a cool thing to do, geographically speaking, seeing sunrise from the highest point and sunset from the lowest in the same day.
CD says props to you.
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby copeg » Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:17 am

Looks like a spectacular trip. Must have been incredible spending the night on the summit! Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby windknot » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:12 am

Sounds like this was a great experience, thanks for sharing!
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby BrianF » Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:38 am

What a cool idea. Congrats on a good time. My one time spending the night on the summit I was treated to a fantastic sunset and sunrise from the summit and the perseid meteor shower in between - quite an experience
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:50 am

Herm, love the quote! Hi to CD! Didn't know you were on here.
Greg/windknot, it was a big event for me, with a lot of "firsts". Was totally mellow for a few days reliving the trip.
Brian, Thanks! And you just reminded me to update my profile. We are neighbors!
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby teejay » Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:51 pm

Great report! Very nice that you acknowledged Clyde in your title. It makes me sore all over when I consider that in his adventure, he not only made the climb, but also the experience he must have endured in traveling over the “roads” of the day in a auto with a primitive suspension system –ouch.
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Re: High sunrise, low sunset - like Norman Clyde did 80 yrs ago

Postby East Side Hiker » Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:21 pm

The second picture of the initial note in this stream is magnificent. Awesome. Thats the place - the ancient, undisturbed surface. That's where you go to see the best alpine flowers and ancient plant communities.
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