Next to the highest peak in North America, the highest in the lower 48 may be the known and sometimes coveted by aspiring and expert climbers alike. I have been working on my Colorado 14ers for several years in between remote climbs, but I got the idea to start working on the California 14ers earlier this year and set out to climb the highest, Mount Whitney, first.
Whitney is so popular that there is a limit of 100 hikers/60 overnight per day and requires a permit between May 1 and November 1 via a lottery system. Not a big fan of planning or restrictions, I made my scheme to go in late April, after the big snows and before the lottery. The plan worked.
The trip report goes into detail on my successful climb and a few missteps along the way.
This is the link to the trip report.