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    Ruslan Moskalenko reviewed Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail

    2 months ago

    ok, some practical tips on hiking mt whitney now:
    1. bring some trekking poles. they may not be very useful when you go up, but definitely helps when you go down. the "costco" poles are great. amazon sells them too but at higher price. .
    2. water is heavy. there is plenty of water along the way, but the creek is polluted with e.coli downstream (yes, you know what it means). so a reasonable strategy is to carry about 1.5-2 liters with you and invest into something like - and then try to refill as high as you can (the main camp is at 12000 feet, so streams above 12k is much cleaner). or you can just carry about 3L, that should do it.
    3. start as early as you can. 1:30am, 2am. Hiking at night is much easier. Weather is nice, you need less water and you have more time to finish.
    4. it often rains in the afternoon, so bring some layers. hiking in rain is annoying because of mud and slippery rocks, but doable. However, if there is a chance of thunderstorm - the rangers will likely close the summit because it's dangerous.
    5. gloves! when it gets cold and windy turns out a lot of people have everything protected but hands :slightly_smiling_face: I've seen some people walking with spare socks on their hands - it's a nice trick too
    6. keep your feet dry. the trail crosses a creek multiple times and in many places you have to step into water. just a couple inches deep but if your boots are waterproof - it helps a lot. it also helps to bring spare socks.
    7. sunscreen and sunshades! UV is much more intense at higher altitudes, so try to cover as much skin as possible, protect eyes and face, especially your nose :slightly_smiling_face:
    8. food. you'll need calories and the easiest once to digest are carbohydrates. think bars, dried fruits. Caffeine - it helps some but makes worse for others, so unless you're sure - stay away. You may want to grab some gels. They are generally not sustainable for all day hike, but they may give you energy for the final push or if you get really exhausted.
    9. headlight and spare batteries. you'll be hiking in the dark.
    10. backpack. you'll need some water, food and clothes, so a typical day hiker carries about 14-20 pound backpack. You backpack should have a tight fit belt so you can off load your shoulders.
    11. assuming you're not allergic etc, you may bring Advil with you. 2 tablets every 4 hours is the normal dose. If you are sure your body handles advil well, you can take some more, otherwise stick to the normal.
    12. before you go, download google offline map on your phone. you should also use some tracker (like strava, endomondo or - they'll help you to stay on the path and get some stats. but when you hit the trail - switch your phone into airplane mode. the map and trackers will still work, they just need GPS signal and it's available in the airplane mode, but your battery will last much longer (phones burn a lot of energy trying to find non-existent signal)
    13. The trail will look really busy in the morning, but most people are trying to summit before 1 pm, so if you stay longer - you can still make it, but there will be very few people around, so you might be on your own.

    ok, that's all i could think about

    Ruslan Moskalenko added mt whitney

    2 months ago

    Ruslan Moskalenko completed Shell Beach Trail

    2 months ago

    Ruslan Moskalenko completed The Preserve Trail

    3 months ago

    Ruslan Moskalenko added workday trail

    3 months ago

    Ruslan Moskalenko reviewed Lassen Peak

    3 months ago

    One of the best trails to take your family and friends! On one side, it's a real mountain climb. You're going to enjoy the rocky peak, the snow and a little glacier, outstanding views and breath that thin air at 10000 feet. On the other side, 2000 feet elevation over 2.5 miles over a perfectly maintained trail is safe and doable for an average person. We've seen a lot of elementary school age kids and seniors making it to the top, so it's a very rewarding but doable challenge.

    Here is what you need. Absolute minimum is probably about a liter of water. It can get windy on top, so you may take some wind break jacket. And if sun is bright - make sure you protect your eyes and skin. That's about it. The trail is in really good shape, so a lot of people walk it in sandals.

    And the last thing - this park is closed most part of the year due to snow, so unless you go in the end of summer - make sure it's open before you go :)

    Ruslan Moskalenko completed Lassen Peak

    3 months ago

    Ruslan Moskalenko added lassen peak

    3 months ago

    Ruslan Moskalenko added mt shasta

    3 months ago

    Ruslan Moskalenko reviewed North Peak Loop via Donner Canyon

    about 1 year ago

    Just came back from that trail, including the main peak of Mt. Diablo - 14 miles in total. One thing people need to remember is if there are a few routes to the top, the shortest one is likely to be the steepest. This route sounds scary because of the mileage, but out the really steep parts are about a mile in total, the rest is fairly mild.

    The views were amazing. It's good to wear layers because there are some cold and windy areas and some hot and dry. Some trails on the way back are cut into clay, so I guess they could get very muddy after rain.

    Overall, it's a great way to spend a day, highly recommended.