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Two 14ers in One Day

Postby Vaca Russ » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:45 pm

Recently I bagged two 14ers in one day (Puffs out chest! :cool: ).

Sport had Whitney on her “bucket list” and I thought, “Hell, if I’m climbing all the way up there I’m taking out Muir as well!” This in spite of the fact I have zero rock climbing skills.

We started by acclimating for three nights at Horseshoe Meadow and CL #4.

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1 Camp.jpg


We spent our time enjoying each other’s company at the base of Army Pass. :D

2 Lake #4.jpg


We also spent time fishing.

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After 3 nights we headed down to Lone Pine. We had a beast to tackle.

4 Distant Whitney.jpg


Our early alpine start afforded us the opportunity to capture some alpenglow.

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Soon we found ourselves at Trail Camp. There is a reason why we need to secure our food. #-o

5a Trail Camp Mess.jpg


From Trail Camp you have an excellent view of the eastern escarpment.

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You find these cables half way up the notorious switchbacks.

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After you cross Trail Crest the trail can get a little sketchy.

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To be continued…
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Re: Two 14ers in One Day

Postby Vaca Russ » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:55 pm

You have an excellent view of :rock: :rock: Guitar Lake :rock: :rock: from the western side of the escarpment.

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Eventually you do reach the summit.

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13 Summit.jpg


Sport bagged the mountain behind her (Langley) three weeks earlier.

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We had fun on the summit but I was determined to bag Whitney’s little brother to the south.

14a Muir.jpg


At this point Sport and I went our separate ways. She declined to join my climb up the scree slope and had 5 good reasons why.

1. She is way, way smarter than me.
2. She has much more common sense than me.
3. Her cognitive capacity trumps mine by far.
4. Climbing a class 3 rock with no equipment, training or experience is just plain dumb.
5. She knows Muir is going nowhere and we’ll do it again after we get the equipment, training and experience.

So, I was on my own.

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I made it up.

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And I made it down. I had skinned knees and elbows but the climb was exhilarating! I caught up with Sport on the switchbacks. I think I made it because of my special genetic disposition.

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Na zdrowie!!


Jestem Polakiem!!

The people known as the world’s greatest climbers:

Jerzy “Jurek” Kukuczka, Andrzej Czok, Andrzej Zawada,
And more…
Kinga Baranowska, Anna Barańska, Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Tytus Chałubiński, Leszek Cichy, Bronisław Czech, Anna Czerwińska, Jan Długosz , Ryszard Gajewski, Artur Hajzer, Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich, Konstanty Jodko-Narkiewicz, Zygmunt Klemensiewicz, Janusz Kurczab, Wojciech Kurtyka, Janusz Majer, Antoni Malczewski, Piotr Morawski, Janusz Onyszkiewicz, Maciej Pawlikowski, Ryszard Pawłowski, Tadeusz Piotrowski, Piotr Pustelnik, Wanda Rutkiewicz, Marian Smoluchowski, Jan Alfred Szczepański,Mieczysław Szczuka, Krzysztof Wielicki, Martyna Wojciechowska, Mariusz Zaruski,Wawrzyniec Żuławski

Thanks for reading my post.

-Russ
Last edited by Vaca Russ on Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Two 14ers in One Day

Postby kd6swa » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:32 pm

How much wind was there on the summit?
Could you go into the Smithsonian Hut or see into it?

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Re: Two 14ers in One Day

Postby giantbrookie » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:48 pm

Great report--- great year continues: fishing AND peak bagging up and down the Sierra. Great tribute to Polish climbing legends, too. I am an armchair mountaineer, rather than truly being part of the mountaineering community, but through my reading I am familiar with quite a few of the names on the list (ie more than just Kukuczka whom I assume everyone knows).
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Two 14ers in One Day

Postby Vaca Russ » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:49 am

Yes, Professor, we have had a very busy year. Especially when you consider we don't post all of our trips. Trips including taking children to easy access, backcountry, Top Secret, fishing lakes.

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And trips to other sensitive, off trail, Top Secret, fishing lakes.

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Bob, it was not at all windy. The weather couldn't have been more perfect. \:D/

The cabin is split into two rooms. You can access the room to the south through to door with the lightening warning posted. The note from the National Park Service was posted in that room. Have the Federales not heard of Microsoft "Word" and a printer? :)

Thanks for the comments,

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Re: Two 14ers in One Day

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:03 am

Congratulations Russ!! Would liked to have seen some pictures of your climb up to Muir
and some views from the summit.
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Re: Two 14ers in One Day

Postby Jimr » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:50 pm

Wow, two in one day. It took me 16 years to bag two, neither one of them Whitney.
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Re: Two 14ers in One Day

Postby Vaca Russ » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:32 am

maverick wrote:Congratulations Russ!! Would liked to have seen some pictures of your climb up to Muir
and some views from the summit.


OK, Maverick! "Sport" wanted to climb this peak as well. She managed to make it to the top on Monday.

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She also bagged Whitney. Now she has bagged two 14ers in one day. Look forward to the upcoming report. I remembered your request and took some more pictures of the climb. :nod:

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