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#102794 - 09/18/18 10:27 AM Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18)
ScottWhitneyBound Offline
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Registered: 06/10/14
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Loc: CALIFORNIA
No water on the Switchbacks. On Sunday, Sep 16th, in the morning, I could not find any water around the 23rd Switchback. Nor is the spring under the rocks near the trail at Trail Camp running. (Some have reported that these sources are there, but they are frozen until late afternoon.) Earlier in the year those are both reliable sources, but not now. If you're going to refill, the highest place you can count on right now is the lake (tarn) near Trail Camp.


Edited by ScottWhitneyBound (09/18/18 10:49 AM)

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#102795 - 09/18/18 11:23 AM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: ScottWhitneyBound]
thorn Offline
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Registered: 08/15/15
Posts: 56
Loc: berkeley, CA
going up this weekend, thanks for the update. Was there much ice by the spring up near the cables? Sounds like probably not/ last year was a bit scary.

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#102796 - 09/18/18 01:19 PM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: thorn]
Jeff M Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 736
Loc: Rattlesnake Hill, CA
There are actually two more year-round water sources above Trail Camp not too far off the trail, but the last time I posted their whereabouts, Hightinerary slashed the tires on my truck. Ask anybody you see crushing boxes or lassoing bees at the Portal, they'll know. (But just don't ask to see the menu, 'cuz then you'll be SOL.) Personally, I just carry the 9 liters I need since I don't trust the water anywhere in the Sierra. I knew a guy who's cousin's wife's German Shepherd got Giardiasisis once and it got the runs so bad that after two weeks all they ended up with was a Schnauzer. The last thing I'd want is for that to happen to me, since I look terrible in a hot dog costume...

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#102799 - 09/19/18 08:12 AM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: Jeff M]
JamesL Offline
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Registered: 07/16/07
Posts: 613
Loc: California
Damn it Jeff I just spit coffee all over my keyboard.

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#102802 - 09/19/18 09:35 AM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: JamesL]
hightinerary Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 751
Loc: Maryland
I hope it was FAIR TRADE coffee, or I'll be very offended.

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#102803 - 09/19/18 11:09 AM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: hightinerary]
JamesL Offline
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Registered: 07/16/07
Posts: 613
Loc: California
Mind reader. It was Green Mountain Columbian Fair Trade Select. How come I don't have this hypoxic clairvoyance? Witch!

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#102805 - 09/19/18 01:22 PM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: ScottWhitneyBound]
Ridgeline Offline
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Registered: 12/08/03
Posts: 397
Loc: Granada Hills Ca
flowing nicely at 0900 on 9/05/18. 39-40 deg. must be freezing in the early mornings now.

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#102806 - 09/19/18 04:35 PM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: JamesL]
hightinerary Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
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Loc: Maryland
Originally Posted By: JamesL
Mind reader. It was Green Mountain Columbian Fair Trade Select. How come I don't have this hypoxic clairvoyance? Witch!


Hmmm... I'm beginning to think JamesL and Jeff M are actually the same person! Just like Einhorn and Finkle!

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#102811 - 09/20/18 09:22 AM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: hightinerary]
JamesL Offline
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Registered: 07/16/07
Posts: 613
Loc: California
Always nice to have an Ace up your sleeve.

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#102812 - 09/20/18 09:43 AM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: hightinerary]
Jeff M Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 736
Loc: Rattlesnake Hill, CA
I like to think that he's the Ray Milland to my Rosey Grier...

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#102813 - 09/20/18 10:19 AM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: Jeff M]
JamesL Offline
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Registered: 07/16/07
Posts: 613
Loc: California
You're head and shoulders above the rest.

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#102814 - 09/20/18 02:27 PM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: Jeff M]
hightinerary Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 751
Loc: Maryland
Originally Posted By: Jeff M
I like to think that he's the Ray Milland to my Rosey Grier...


Maybe I'll see you two around Einhorn Pinnacle some day. Do you belay each other?

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#102815 - 09/20/18 03:07 PM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: hightinerary]
Jeff M Offline
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 736
Loc: Rattlesnake Hill, CA
You know damn well it's Einhorn Pinochle, you knuckle-dragging, granite goober! Quit trying to offend those of us who have actually met Hoyle, and met him in winter no less.

Getting back to the topic at hand---that you so offensively hijacked---since most people take oxygen tanks up Whitney, why not just take an extra tank of hydrogen and you can make water whenever you need it? Seems to make the most sense...

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#102816 - 09/20/18 04:05 PM Re: Water sources along the Mt Whitney Trail (9/16/18) [Re: Jeff M]
hightinerary Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 751
Loc: Maryland
As you know, I don't carry any water on a hike up Mt. Whitney. But I have drones deliver Diamox to me on the hour.

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