Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Mount Whitney

Dave, Casey, Skippy, Justin, Jeff

Back in January, Skippy decided that he wanted to accomplish hiking Mount Whitney. He has his eagle scout and was an avid back-packer back in the day (just ask him about Teenage Mutant Philmont Backpackers) So, he put in for the permit and was so excited when it actually came time to go. (Excited to carry 3 days worth of supplies on your back while hiking to 14, 500 feet??- I don't get it either) He packed all his gear, got new boots, and dusted off his sleeping bag- all the while Belen asking him if she could go camping too- she loved the idea of wearing a backpack and sleeping in the sleepingbag. He left Thursday night and started hiking on Friday. He did great until he hit about 12,000 ft. Then the altitude sickness started- altitude sickness is the worst possible feeling- nausia, vomitting, dehidration, dizziness- yuck. But, did he give up? NO! He persevered with the help of his friends and made it to the top. He can now say that he has puked on the top of Mount Whitney- not many people can say that. I am very proud that he stuck it out and made it to the top and accomplished hiking to the highest peak in the Continental US. Good job Skippy!!


On the trail

At the top , after the 3rd barf- looking good, Honey!





12 comments:

The last Unicorn said...

That is amazing!
It must have been an awesome feeling to complete such task...the altitude seems so brutal. Skippy has literally left hit mark on the world :)

Trena said...

Way to go Skip! Except thanks for freaking out Katie with the phone call! I'm glad you made it back alive.

A Rosie Family said...

Wow I'm impressed. I'm lucky if I can get Ryan to walk around the block!

Leah Dozier said...

How funny, I'm on my way back from Mt. Whitney right now. My friend just finished the Badwater ultramarathon. 135 miles starting in Death Valley and finishing at Mt Whitney, although they only run to the portal at 8360 ft. I was part of the support crew and helped pace him through 43 miles of it. I love little coincidences like that.:) Look for pics and stuff on my blog soon!

Andréa Morrow said...

way to go! that's awesome :)

McKenzie said...

That's awesome! I am sooo not a hiker, but Bryce likes it... I bet that was a fun group to go hiking with!

Titel Family said...

Way to go Skippy! Nothing like a couple good barfs before you accomplish your goal. I would have been done after the first barf! Next time invite my husband. He loves that stuff.

Jessica Stier said...

What a tough guy!!! That's awesome.

julesttdmom said...

That is awesome! What a mountain man you have!!! He is doing great at achieving all of his goals lately!!! We will see you tomorrow!!

zuniga family said...

I would love to be neighbors and live in that area. It is probably a little to high for us. But where is the house at and I can look it up online. Thanks for the tip. We are always looking! Tell Skippy congrats on climbing Mt. Whitney!

Maosi Fam said...

lol...thanks...but its actually going really well...i grew up sinc ei was 4 taking care of kids so its no biggy...there has only been one outburst of tears on tues...peyton was way over tired since it was 2 hrs past her normal nap time and didnt want to sleep and i wasnt taking it so she was mad at me lol but other than that no tears! woohoo...i have had such a fun week with them...they have kept me entertained! imma be sad when they go back home, they have kept my mind off the fact that my hubby is gone and made the week fly by-dang it- ill just have to borrow them agian hehe

Jackie Rama said...

How cool is this????? You inspire me to do something lofty with my time. But NOT climb a mountain. And camping is out too.