Spotting Mount Whitney from Below

The USA’s tallest point rises slightly right of center, set back from peaks that look taller from below. My wife Sue snapped this view of Mount Whitney on March 11 from our site in the rustic Portuguese Joe Campground, just off the Whitney Portal Road west of Lone Pine, California. I had a lump in my throat as I gazed up and recalled my Whitney summitting in August 2021 with fellow hikers on the John Muir Trail. Whitney and the JMT are the greatest trekking accomplishments of my nearly 70 years. What’s next?

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