Scout 50 miler to Mt Whitney

12:23 a.m. on September 7, 2010 (EDT)
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As part of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America, a number of scout troops approached Mt Whitney from all possible trailheads. I went with a scout troop on a 50 mile trip from Onion Valley to Whitney last month.

Here is the crew at Onion Valley

It was a steady climb to Kearsarge Pass, where we could look down on Kearsarge Lakes and Kearsarge Pinnacles:

From there we descended past Bullfrog Lake

To camp at the bottom here, in Vidette Meadows

The next day we ascended the Bubbs Creek drainage

And camped at this nice tarn on the north side of Forester Pass

12:30 a.m. on September 7, 2010 (EDT)
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The following day we went over Forester Pass (13,180'). This nice lake was on the north side of the pass

The group getting close to the top of the pass

The view south from the pass

We went down the basin below the pass

And then up to Bighorn Plateau, here are a few views from that area:

As we crested Bighorn Plateau, Mt Whitney came into view, here is the group enjoying the view of the goal

We went down to Wallace Creek, where we camped for the night.

12:33 a.m. on September 7, 2010 (EDT)
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The next day we went to the small tarns above Guitar Lake. On the way we passed Big Sandy Meadow

Timberline Lake (with Whitney in the background)

And Guitar Lake

And here is where we camped that night

12:37 a.m. on September 7, 2010 (EDT)
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Summit day required an early pre-dawn start, so I don't have pics from the first part. After the sun came up the summit was getting close

Here they are at one of the windows between the needles

Getting close

And finally, on the top! The highest point in the lower 48, at 14,508'.

Looking north from the summit

12:41 a.m. on September 7, 2010 (EDT)
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Views on the descent, first looking west

On the trail descending

Once we dropped down to the Trail Camp area, we could see Consultation Lake

We camped that night at Lone Pine Lake

And the final day was a short hike out to Whitney Portal, where they could relax and smile after their accomplishment.

Everyone had a great time, and there were no major incidents. The scouts did well and had a great time, they were very positive and cheerful even on the hard days.

10:49 a.m. on September 7, 2010 (EDT)
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Beautiful pictures. Looks like a fantastic trip!

10:46 p.m. on September 7, 2010 (EDT)
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Wow, I'm envious. How long were you on the trail? We don't live close to any terrain like that but most of the boys in our troop aren't that ambitious either. Great scenery and what an accomplishment for them.

1:47 a.m. on September 8, 2010 (EDT)
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We were on the trail for six days. We entered on Monday morning and finished on Saturday morning.

6:50 p.m. on September 8, 2010 (EDT)
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Most excellent, and something the scouts will always remember.

Did you guys see any rocks? (ha)

I loved the photos.... having never been to that part of the country.

Thanks for sharing.

1:45 a.m. on September 9, 2010 (EDT)
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Great report and pictures, thanks for posting. Some freinds and I plan on doing almost the same trip in the next year or two. I'm still working on how we can get it done and spend some quality time fishing. There are some awesome Golden trout lakes in that area and it would kill me not to take advantage of them when so close.

5:55 a.m. on September 9, 2010 (EDT)
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Looks fun. It reminded me of my scout days and fifty milers in the Sierras. But I am curious: they now have group size restrictions, how did you get a permit so a large group?
Ed

12:07 p.m. on September 9, 2010 (EDT)
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For established trails, the permit size limit is 15, and we had 13 on this trip. They are talking about limiting permits to 8 people for some of the more popular areas that involve off-trail travel.

2:08 p.m. on September 12, 2010 (EDT)
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one scouter to another, i'm jealous.

looks like a great trip

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