If you're up for the challenge you'll want to get a copy of [this book]. -- Tail Winds
From the Author
Based on many years of backpacking and ski mountaineering experience in the Mount Whitney environs, I have carefully-crafted this guidebook to include thirteen hiking routes to Whitney's lofty summit for outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities. Eight routes follow established trails over their entire course while five others traverse seldom-trodden trail-less terrain linking one trail with another before reaching the highest point in the 48-contiguous states. This coveted peak has much to offer those willing to leave civilization behind and explore the vast wildernesses surrounding this magnificent mountain.
The book is an important resource for all outdoor enthusiasts regardless of experience and skill level. The first several chapters focus on safe and enjoyable wilderness travel. The later chapters contain detailed descriptions of single-day and multi-day ascents of the peak.
Several of the cross-country routes are difficult: probably more difficult than you might imagine. Those attempting these excursions should have extensive route-finding experience and be in excellent physical condition. Not only have I hiked each route depicted in the guide on foot but I have traversed the region on mountaineering skis several times. Based on these many experiences, I was careful to describe the potential difficulties one might encounter on the cross-country ventures. However, it is easy to get off-route where further complications can occur. A well-conditioned and experienced hiker may be required to tackle these unanticipated difficulties.
I hope you benefit from the guidebook, but more importantly, that you have many opportunities to safely climb to the top of Whitney. I would be happy to answer any of your questions. I can be reached at email@example.com or my website the Backcountry Resource Center.
Happy Hiking, Paul Richins, Jr.