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Monday, July 04, 2005

Mt. Whitney Summitted Barefoot

A big THANKS to Andy Kumeda and purEndurance.com for organizing this trip!

And, yes, thanks to Dennis Lee and his wife for loaning me an ice axe at the frozen snow traverse. Without you, I would not have been able to continue safely. Thanks! And, congratulations to your wife. I know she was suffering from the altitude even before the switchbacks. Thanks for the photos, too.


Dennis Lee took this photo of me descending at the Windows


The Windows with Special Sandals I wore for the descent


Me at the finish 12+ hours after starting up...


Mt. Whitney from a safe distance


I am going up there?

Started midnight July 4th with Andy Kumeda. Summitted at 8 am. Back to Whitney Portal by 12:30 pm. Got lost MANY times, especially going up at night. It was hard to find the trail in snowy sections. Dennis Lee and his wife, together with Andy and I worked as a team to find the trail in certain sections. I feel confident that I could get to the summit in 4 hours without snow and not getting lost. Maybe I'll try again later this year.

I was curious to find out if anyone else has climbed to the summit barefooted. So, I posted a question at the Whitney Portal Store Message Board. Click here to read the responses. According to Whitney Portal Doug it seems common to the point of a non event! Okay?!


Looking up to Trail Crest

Wore my special rope sandals with wool socks coming down. Went through snow, rivers, mud. They dry very quicky. Absolutely no blisters, not even a hint. That's the benefit of lightweight footwear.


Looking down from Trail Crest


Crossing streams is more fun barefoot...

Best, Barefoot Ted

PS. I stubbed a little toe up on the Trail Crest and left a little half-penny sized blood stain on the rocks all the way to the summit. I actually saw them for miles as I descended.


Photo of blood on rock

PSS. I did have some unusual visual hallucinations, probably from sleep deprivation and altitude, while descending the mountain and driving back to LA.Click here to read my report at the Whitney Portal Message Board.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Mark I. said...

woa! That is SO cool!!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

 
Anonymous Paul said...

Ted, You are either the only, or maybe the last, real man I know or a lunatic! You do great work. Congratulations!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

 
Anonymous Dave Moore said...

Just climbing Mt. Whitney is tough; Doing it barefoot is awesome!!! Dave Moore

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

 
Blogger Mattw514 said...

So when i was climbing whitney for the second time i was 13, and i saw this man is what you call hurraches and i thought you were out of your mind. So basically i thought you were crazy for climbing whitney barefooted.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

 

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