Mt. Whitney Overnight via Mt. Whitney Trail Friday, August 16, 2019 6:00 PM

US Hiking

We plan to spend 1st night at Cottonwood Lake (10,000') and 2nd night at Trail Camp (11,500') to acclimatize.

To participate in this hike, you must have successfully completed the qualifying hike at Lamarck Lakes & Piute Pass on 8/3/2019. This is the link to the event page: ttps://www.meetup.com/USHiking/events/256677062/

Organizer: Mike Cheng
Co-host: Simona, Duc, Tim Flavin
Hike Assistant: Jack, Youngki, Breonna, Wilkie

Hike Difficulty: Advanced, Level 10/10

Saturday
Distance: 6.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 3500'
Duration: 6 hours

Sunday
Distance: 4.5 miles uphill. 11 miles downhill
Elevation Gain: 3200'
Duration: 11 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail, 40% shaded

Water: Minimum 3 liters (We will refill at the Trail Camp.)

Weather Report: National Weather Service (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.5232685740005&lon=-118.23897742099967&site=all&smap=1#.VVV_RvlVhBc)

Liability Wavier: Required to RSVP. This is the link. (https://www.hellosign.com/editor/getStarted?guid=a89f5789)

Toilette: At the trail head

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What to Bring & Wear:

Day Hike Equipment List (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xHq38ckz4fyUUGW1G0j_QyzlvAoMQyHsyW7Q9KsATlo/edit?usp=sharing),

Organizer's Choice List (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BVNfVSOkf9q1pIVfK9UOJ9kb4LSn8TmtNYf_8brUWJk/edit?usp=sharing) and

Camping Equipment List (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eiyvRZQQihrRxg502iUwPpyka-74Lhg8qwYGM5b5eu4/edit?usp=sharing).

Parking: street parking at trail head

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Itinerary:

Friday: Depart separately to arrive at Cottonwood Lake Trailhead Campground by 6:00 pm.

Satruday: We will be at Eastern Sierra Interagency Center at 8:00 am to pickup permit. Afterward, we will head toward trailhead and backpack 6.5 miles and 3500' to Trail Camp (11,500' elevation). We will camp out here overnight.

Sunday: We will leave Trail Camp at 5 am and day hike to summit. We plan to wrap up the hike by 4 pm and head home.

Mandatory turnaround is 9:30 am. (No exception)

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

By participating in this event, you and your guests acknowledge that you have read US Hiking Liability Wavier (http://www.meetup.com/USHiking/pages/US_Hiking_Waiver/), fully understand its terms, understand that by participating in this event, you and your guests have given up substantial rights freely and voluntarily without any inducement.

Attending: 39

Cottonwood Lake Trailhead Campground Horseshe Meadow Rd Lone Pineca  93545