Happy and sad for it to be over. A six-hour drive back to the coast. The three of us were greeted by Tessa’s mom at Whitney Portal. (A requirement on Mt Whitney) Not only does it keep the bears out, but equally important, it keeps the pesky marmots from ripping up your gear and eating you out of house and home. It is about 3.5 miles from the start of the trail, so if you are taking your time, then it is a good place to stay, but if not, you probably want to push on to Trail Camp as it makes day two a lot more doable. On most of my wilderness backpacking and climbing trips, I place the @Camelback into my main pack and use it for my water supply. Started at the bottom of Whitney portal at the lower gate on Saturday morning and hiked up to Outpost Camp and stayed the night. MOUNT WHITNEY TRAIL: The two popular campgrounds on this trail are Outpost Camp at 10,335' and Trail Camp at 12,000' at 3.8 and 6.2 miles from the trailhead respectively. @Gortex or other breathable water resistant/proof Jacket and pants this combination can also act as a wind barrier. You can also camp at Consultation Lake (near Trail Camp), Outpost Camp (3.8 miles on the trail, 10400 feet), or Lone Pine Lake* (2.8 miles, 9900 feet). Outpost Camp Search and Evacuation Posted on August 13, 2013 December 12, 2015 At around 22:30 on 08/13/13, members of Inyo SAR were called out for a potential case of altitude sickness near the Outpost Camp on the South Fork Mt. The 4-hour hike from the Whitney Portal Trailhead to Trail Camp includes stream crossings, bridges, a variety of alpine flowers in the summer, a potential side-hike to Lone Pine Lake, and a constant view of the extraordinary ridges and mountains that surround the trail. On summit day, rather than taking my heavy main pack to the summit, I simply remove the little. Hat that can add warmth to the head area (and also provide sun protection). Headlamp: (make sure you have spare batteries). The minimum age is one. Hope to see some of you on trail next year! Hike to Outpost Camp Whitney. Be aware that black b… ... Another .5 mile past Outpost Camp, you’ll reach Mirror Lake, which sits at 10,640 feet. Summer Camp at Outpost is a San Diego tradition, and we look forward to you joining our camp family in 2021. This camp is located in Bighorn Park, in a meadow below treeline, with campsites sheltered by trees. Come paddle with Canoe Outpost-Peace River and enjoy a quiet, peaceful float along Florida’s most popular State Paddle Trail. Orion lounges on his side just above the skyline. Lightweight synthetic or wool long underwear. Hiking boots and a well fitted full size pack (in early season add an ice ax and crampons). A couple of guys nearly lost their lives due to this oversight. Larry would be arriving a couple hours later, so Christian offered to hang out at the Portal and wait for Larry, while I went ahead and started the hike. The headlamp can be a life saver if this should happen. The beautiful Peace River offers wildlife viewing, fishing, swimming, hiking trails, wilderness camping, fossil hunting, and of course, canoeing and kayaking. It is also a great place to take a break if your plans are for doing Whitney in a day or pushing on further up to Trail Camp at 12,000 feet. Wet gear is deadly. Large Trash Sack: to cover your pack if it should rain in the night. It’s also the first place that really introduced me to the great outdoors and let me fall in love with the mountains. Camera: You won't want to miss the opportunities to document your trip. Tent or Bivy Bag: to protect you and your gear in case of rain night or day. At least one fleece (or equal) jacket (2 layers if you are subject to getting cold). There were many hikers on the trail, most of which were passing Adam and I by. Outpost Camp is sandwiched by high granite walls and was once popular with multi-day hikers. Lots of people on the trail throughout the quota period). Makes for an outstanding pillow with hardly any extra weight). The tours are ideal for families with children. If you are looking for a place the night before you permit start date, better acclimation than Whitney Portal would be Horseshoe Meadows at 10,000 plus. We were careful with our trekking poles, but we lost our footing plenty of times. Outpost Camp felt more welcoming compared to the rocky and windy Trail Camp since the former sits below the tree-line, is near the lush Bighorn Meadow, offers lots of flat sites to choose from, and even has a substantial 50 foot waterfall in sight. All of these sites offer water and are first-come, first-serve. For the backpacker attempting to go up and back on the Mt. Outpost Camp, the lower of the two camps, is 3.8 mi (6.1 km) by trail from Whitney Portal, at 10,365 ft (3,159 m). We climbed about 500 feet to reach this camp. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. There is a waterfall at the edge of Outpost Camp. There is also a waterfall here and crystal clear running streams. Outpost Camp is just slightly more than one mile from Lone Pine Lake (3.8 miles from the Portal). Happy because we did it and were ready to be off trail Sad because it was over and were going to … Gradual gentle ascent along switchbacks from Whitney Portal up to Outpost Camp. At this point, Elevation was a non issue. (Again storms can come out of no where, and I have come across even experienced  hikers and climbers who got caught out in storms. Outpost Camp Search and Recovery. Summited 1/17/21. If you are caught out in the dark by underestimating your assent and decent time. Outpost Camp and Waterfall. There is also a stream running through it to provide a water source. Photos courtesy of Inyo SAR member Max Gallegos We’d be staying overnight at Outpost Camp one or both nights, which is about 3.8 miles up the Mount Whitney Trail at about 10,360ft elevation. Home. This is a nice place to camp if you are looking for something lower than 12,000'. And it started raining on us. Whitney. (Great for stuffing your jacket and clothing into. Mt. Unless you arrive early in the day, the parking lot can be packed during summer days. Whitney … And yes we did another photo op here. But it was an amazing experience that I can’t wait to do again. This trail goes by Bighorn Park, Outpost Camp, Mirror Lake, Trail Camp, Discovery Pinnacle, Aiguille du Paquoir, Aiguille Extra, Crooks Peak, Keeler Needle, Aiguille Junior, and Whitney Portal Trailhead. WHAT WILL I NEED TO TAKE ALONG FOR AN OVERNIGHT TRIP. The tracks of early hikers' headlamps mark the way up the switchbacks above Guitar Lake. We took another break here to refill on water and to regain our energy on some trail snacks. 0.7 miles later we reached Outpost Camp (10,400 ft), which was even busier than Trail Camp. I met some amazing people and learned so much and the trail and myself. The end. Whitney you have three campsite options on the mountain from Whitney Portal. Human Waste Sacks: provided at the Ranger Station (All solid human waste must be packed out). We were told that the missing person had little to no mountain experience, had been wearing jeans, and was not carrying a tent or a map. In recent years, bears have been known to make it up to Trail Camp so bear-resistant f… The switchbacks down the East side of Whitney made us appreciate what we had climbed earlier in the day on the back (West) side. According to her father, who was both the hiking partner and reporting party, she had always wanted to hike the Mt. Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. © 2019 UNEXPECTED ADVENTURES | All images property of Ellen DeLong, WASHINGTON, ENCHANTMENTS, HIKING, CAMPING, BACKPACKING, LAKES, WILDLIFE. The hike didn’t replace what I had planned for the year, nothing could. Everyone stopped to rest and refresh a bit at the bottom of the famous wall of 100 switchbacks before pushing on the final three miles to Outpost Camp (Camp … During \"bear season,\" you should be prepared for both bears and marmots. And then…. Sleeping bag: (Down or synthetic). A private behind-the-scenes tour at the non-profit Everglades Outpost Wildlife Refuge offers the unique experience of feeding and interacting with fascinating animals. Finishing the High Sierra Trail – Outpost Camp to Whitney Portal September 28, 2016By Greg Glass23 Comments We were in no hurry to get up and do this last 5 miles or so down to the portal – but when you’ve got Whitney hikers coming up all night long with headlamps blasting, you tend to not get the week’s best sleep. We broke down camp for the last time and made our way down to Whitney Portal. Outpost Camp is 3.5 miles in and sits at 10,400 feet, this is a … Whitney trail. Camping on the Main Mt Whitney Trail usually takes place at either Outpost Camp (3), or Trail Camp (6). On December 15th the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a deceased 18-year-old female at Outpost Camp, which is a stopping point on the route to Mt. Day 7 on the High Sierra Trail, hiking from Guitar Lake to the summit of Mt Whitney--the highest point in the contiguous 48 states--then on to Outpost Camp. Also, the tent or bivy bag protects you from the wind. Inside the community of Whitney Portal is the trailhead, located at 8,365 feet, for the Mount Whitney Trail as well as several other routes to the summit. We hiked down the Whitney Trail. Groups are limited to no more than 6. Whitney Trail, a popular travel plan is to stay one or two nights camping at Lone Pine Lake (10,000ft level), Outpost Camp (10,500ft level), Consultation Lake (11,000ft level) or Trail Camp (12,000ft level). Especially at Trail Camp where the pickings are good. Day Miles Day Miles Elev Trail Jct or Landmark; Su / 1: 0.0: 0.0: 4035: Happy Isles Trailhead Outpost Camp is 3.5 miles and 2000+feet up the trail from Whitney Portal. Map and compass (even though it is unlikely that you will get lost. (Very important). We broke down camp for the last time and made our way down to Whitney Portal. If you do camp at these spots, pick an established campsite, don’t damage the landscape by creating a new one. COVID-19 Park and Trail Closures Learn about the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge Outpost Camp (mile 3.8; 10,360') Once you pass Big Horn Sheep Park, the trail will take you right through the middle of Outpost Camp, a wooded camp area just below Mirror Lake with a seasonal solar outhouse. Started the climb at around 3am from outpost and reached Consultation Lake/ bottom of the switchbacks around sunrise. We got breakfast, talked, and cleaned up with wipes while waiting for my parents arrive. Whitney, to Outpost Camp: 10.7 miles; ERM = 36.3. These critters are everywhere on Mt Whitney. To “book” these, you just state on your permit where you’ll be camping. Outpost Camp is located 3.8 miles from the Whitney Portal trail-head and is a good stopping point if you want to sleep down a bit lower at 10,400 feet rather than proceeding up to Trail Camp at 12,000 feet. Those feeling the effects of the altitude will want to stay at Outpost Camp, however, most people making a multi-day trip stay at Trail Camp. Happy because we did it and were ready to be off trail Sad because it was over and were going to be off trail. It is sheltered by trees, near a waterfall and Bighorn Meadow. To reach the trailhead, take US-395 to Lone Pine, California and turn west on Whitney Portal Road. Pillow case. The next section after the meadows is Outpost Camp, where you can set up camp and continue the following day. We woke up to sunny skies. Happy and sad for it to be over. It was nice to spend a night on the mountain, which also shaved a couple hours and miles off the day to summit. Watch the video to the right for more information. Camp @ 10,400'. I would probably leave a bit earlier than 5am from Outpost Camp to summit earlier in the day and avoid the changing weather and afternoon storms. Outpost camp is a great place to spend the night if you want to gradually acclimate to the altitude so that you minimize your chances of getting Altitude Sick. Backpacking the John Muir Trail in 2012. If you decide to overnight to Mt. Posted on January 24, ... at 0700 on January 11 and to be prepared for a search for a missing 18 year old male last seen two days previously near Whitney Portal. We offer programs for children entering grades K-5 (Day Camp) and grades 6-9 (Senior Outpost), with four separate two-week sessions … It makes for a fantastic lightweight day pack on summit day and fits nicely into your main pack. This is now a requirement on Mount Whitney. Along with the bag, you should carry a lightweight insulating pad and place it between the ground and your sleeping bag to eliminate the cold from coming up from the ground and into you! Whitney was the first mountain to kick my butt and now keeps me coming back almost every year. Outpost Camp, at 10,360 feet, is another good option. Whitney hike, giant granite slabs on the trail Mt. Drinking Water: At least three Liter (approx 3 quarts) capacity water bladder with a drinking tube. Water filter: (Filtering your water supply is a must on a heavily populated mountain such as Whitney. Bear Canister: for safely storing your food. Trail Camp is 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from the trail head at 12,000 ft (3,700 m), in a rocky, often windy, alpine basin. This section, between Trail Camp and Outpost Camp, was a little challenging; there are large sections of steep slick granite and plenty of rocks on which to turn your ankles. I would highly recommend the @Camelback. Outpost Camp is nestled in the corner of the meadows on a stretch of dirt and rock and is a great place to spend the night. Assorted Items: Sun Screen, Bug repellent, and other toiletries, along with sun glasses, First Aid Kit, and Pocket Knife. This is a moderate/ difficult out and back trail to Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park. OUTPOST CAMP – Another very popular camping spot is Outpost Camp, which is 3.8 miles from the Whitney Portal trailhead at 10,300 feet altitude. We woke up to sunny skies. Drive for 13 miles until you reach Whitney Portal. Contact Us Corporate Office Address Guy Harvey Outpost, LTD. 1500 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 108, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 Phone 954-368-4845 Fax 954.467.4103 Coordinates 26° 12′ 7.776N | 80° 09′ 49.176W Reservations Click Here to learn about specific amenities and accommodations at each of our Guy Harvey Outpost properties, and find a specific phone … Fleece pants or some other equal for protecting your legs in the cold. On December 15th the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received notification of a deceased 18-year old female at Outpost Camp, which is a stopping point on the route to Mt. 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