Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 8: Rocky Starts are Good

Climbing Mount Whitney

3434938524_a110311e83_oToday was a fantastic day!  My food intake was right on target, eating every 2 to 3 hours and taking in just the right stuff, with no simple carbs.  Loved it.

Day 8 also means Day 1 on the P90X Lean routine: Core Synergistics.  It was all about the band of muscles between the pecks and upper thighs.  There was ab work, push ups, lunges, and some minor shoulder work.  I was very happy with the results.  The first time I tried this routine, on the current cycle, I could only do 35 minutes of the 57 minute routine.  Today, I completed 53 minutes.  Woohoo!

All of this made me realize how  the initial steps for climbing Mount Whitney are no different than starting a new job search or business:

  1. Set Goals
    Every journey has an impetus and a start.  It may be the want to challenge yourself (my case for climbing Mount Whitney), a bad boos or layoff leading to the need to look for new work, or realizing that to best way to serve society is for you to just run your own business.  No matter how you come to the realization, you need to set a goal of what you want to accomplish, even if you end up changing the goal later.  More on that later.
  2. Do Your Research
    Once you set a goal, you’ll need to figure out how to get there.  Start out by first thinking that you’ve already reached your goal. You’ve found that perfect new company to work for, or established your business and are overflowing with customers clamoring to buy your products or services.  What does that picture look like?  How does the end result affect every aspect of your life?  What characteristics does the successful you have? Write these down.

    Now, think about what it took to get there.  What does a successful business owner do, or what attributes does he have that you need?  He needs to understand the market well, know how to negotiate contract terms with customers and vendors, have a clear understanding of accounting and cash flow, be intimate with his industry, be really good at creating and maintaining relationships for himself and amongst others, among many other characteristics.  Do you have all of these traits?  If not, gaining them are some of the steps in your plan to reaching your goal. 

    If you don’t know what success looks like, think of and talk to your mentors.  Use their example to determine which of their traits you’d like to have.  Don’t have a mentor? Think of people you admire, may be people you’re read about.  This may be your brother, sister, mom, dad, coworker, or neighbor. Imagine you’re having a conversation with them.  What would they tell you?
  3. Adjust Goals
    Likely you’ll find that you have to adjust your goal at this stage.  I did when I was thinking of climbing Mount Whitney.  I originally thought I could do two things right away.  First, I thought I could just show up and climb.  Wrong!  Research told me I need to apply for a permit and then only between February 1 and 15 of the year when I want to climb.  Second, I originally wanted to climb, not hike, Mount Whitney.  As I learned what type of physical stamina the climb requires, and that it’s recommended to do the hike first, I adjusted the goal so that I would graduate to the climb.  You’ll find similar obstacles while researching the steps to achieve your plan.

    The key is not to give up if you hit obstacles.  The most interesting and rewarding achievements in life require you to forego your initial plans and come up with a more creative solution.  That means starting out knowing full well that your goals and plans WILL need to be changed or adjusted. 

    But again, that’s most of the fun: the exploration and the problem solving you do while you work towards you goals.
  4. Develop a Plan
    So, you’ve adjusted your goal and have quite a lot of research.  It’s time to plan.  The plan is your roadmap.  Just like a street map, filled with roads, highways and biways, you can have many options.  In fact, you want to have many options to achieve your goal.  Likely, you’ll hit a snag like I did last week.  When on the road, I didn’t stick with my workout routine.  Instead, I filled in with other hikes around Seattle or calisthenics to help me stay active. 

    The point is that you should definitely write down what you need to do to get to your goal and know that you’ll need alternate paths and steps to get to your destination.  Each of the skills you need to learn are milestones along the way.  The plan’s intent is to help you detail out what it takes to reach each milestone.  I recommend breaking it down to monthly and weekly mini-goals.  Then at the end of each week assess your progress and adjust your plan for the following week.  More on that later.
  5. Execute Plan
    This is an enormously important step.  It’s what separates the day-dreamers from the doers.  You’ve developed a plan, even if your plan has only five steps, it’s still a plan that needs to be executed to get you to the finish line.  It has no value by itself.

    You may take the first step and realize you missed a whole lot of steps that come before or after it.  That’s GREAT.  This means you actually worked the plan and found what else you need to do to take you over the finish line.  That takes us to the next point.
  6. Review Results and Adjust Plan
    It’s time to rethink the plan after your initial execution.  You’ll want to do this frequently.  On your daily tasks, do this at the end of each day.  For your full plan, review your plan and results for the week.  Are you on-target?  If not, why not?  What additional steps do you need to take that you hadn’t thought about?  How else do you need to adjust your goal?  This is all good.  Any changes you make to the plan means you’re making progress. Good job. You’re on your way. 

    Adjust your plan based on the findings.  These lessons help you better plan the following weeks and months ahead, and better achieve your milestones leading to your final goal. 

As you can imagine, items five and six just get repeated until you reach the goal.  As a friend once told me, “just rinse and reuse.”

On that note, I’m going to hit the sack and get some rest since a part of the adjustment to my plan is to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night so that I don’t run out of energy each day.

What Do You Think?

It’s your turn.  Feel free to share your comments below.

Photo Credits

Alan Vernon

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Days 5-7: Back Home and Walking

Climbing Mount Whitney

I made it back home on Thursday.  On the plane, I finished reading the appendices to the Tribal Leadership book I reviewed earlier this week.   I didn’t get a chance to read my next book, One Best Hike: Mt. Whitney.  I’d picked this up earlier in the week and, based on the table of contents, it certainly seem like it’ll give me a better idea of what to expect.  There are segments dedicated to Precautions and Considerations, to Preparations and Planning, to the actual day of hike and how to set team expectations for all hikers in your group.  Look for a review of this book in the near future.

I’d mentioned that my Friend, Christopher T., volunteered to come with me for the hike in 2012 and the climb in 2013.  He’s an experienced climber, though new Southern California.  After reading about the goals to hike and climb Mount Whitney, he researched the mountain and sent me this link to  that describes the trails and hikes to the Summit.  This site puts the mountain in perspective for climbers and details the difficulty level of each of the trails.  To be clear, Whitney Trail is a Class I hike.  So, not very technical or difficult.  However, given that we plan to do the 21 mile round–trip hike in one day, it’ll be strenuous on our lungs and legs.  Suffice it to say, we have to have some stamina, especially more so than I have now. 

I took Thursday partially off from the gym and walks.  I didn’t have any energy after the trip and multiple meetings throughout the day.  I got in some calisthenics work: pushups, pull-ups, jump-rope, jumping jacks, and run-in-place; all done in a half hour.

On Friday we took a 3.3-mile walk locally on some hills around the house.  I took my day-pack filled to about 15 lbs.  Ferchie joined me and the dogs for the walk.  The dogs were panting 5 minutes into the walk, but they kept up with the our faster pace.  We finished the walk in 50 minutes.  For those interested, that’s a pace of 3.96 miles per hour.

Finally today, Scot T. and Ron T., the Mr. T’s, and I finished the week with the usual hour of racquetball.  We got only two games in.  I lost both games and smashed my right elbow against the wall, but we had a good time and played hard.  I’m looking forward to next week’s game.

I spoke with the Mr. T’s today about joining me for the climb.  There was a lot of hand wringing, then huffing and puffing, but we’ll likely have them in the team.  After all, who can pass up on camping at high altitude and a long hike with training that only makes you healthier and stronger?  Both of these guys are fantastic outdoorsmen.  Scot taught me how to camp.  I can’t imagine he would pass up on an opportunity to be one with nature.

I learned a good lesson this week.  In general, If I wait to workout past 7 PM, I’ll just skip it. So, starting next week, as a rule of thumb, I will workout no later than 5:30 PM.  Also, I’m looking forward to getting back into the P90X routine described earlier in the week.

Week 1 done!  51 weeks to the Summit!

What Do You Think?

Do you have any advice on how to better approach my training?  Do you have any other thoughts to share?  Feel free to comment below.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 4: Seattle Downtown

Climbing Mount Whitney

At various times today I thought about how to fit my P90X routine given the crappy room, sucking out the motivation from my very being. I finally decided to forego it today and tomorrow, and, instead, just walk downtown Seattle. After all, I'm in a town notorious for its cooler weather and hilly downtown. What better walking conditions could you ask for?

So, I took to the streets and headed east. This seemed especially a good idea since I was supposed to meet up for dinner at about 7 PM, which is like 5 or 6 PM anywhere in Southern California. If you don't know what I'm talking about, the sun sets at about 9 PM in the Pacific Northwest. In other words, twilight ends at about 9:30 or 9:45 PM. That's at least an hour more daylight than Southern California. The nights don't even seem as dark as Southern California!

In any case, I ended up walking past the local hospital and university. I saw some beautiful buildings. Sitting here writing this (with some remaining daylight at 9:31 PM) I realize my posts could use pictures of locations I visit. So, from now on, you'll get those too. They may be pictures from my phone, but at least you'll have a more intimidate feel for what I see.

Overall, I had a short walk of about 3 miles in one hour. It was slower than usual, but I was also walking hills, not just flat streets. So, I was happy with the progress and I'm looking forward to a longer and more rigorous walk tomorrow night.

My dinner friend didn't show up, dog...I ended up at the Purple Cafe. This place is a wine-lover's haven, not that I'd know. Nevertheless, I met a couple of great guys here and enjoyed relaxing after my walk. The food was very enjoyable and our bartender, a Maine native who had lived in Los Angeles for 13 years before settling in Seattle, was plenty knowledgeable about drinks and food.

The whole experience made me realize why I love traveling, walking the earth, and sharing a meal: it's fun meeting new people that share the same zest for life and bring a new perspective to it. The whole experience made me realize that I was exactly where I needed and wanted to be at that moment. I only wish Ferchie and Veda were here to share it with me!

As a very important side note, I got an Instant Message from a good friend today. Apparently he read the posts here and wants to join me for the hike in 2012 and, possibly, the climb in 2013. Hurrah!!!

We have room for 15 people in our outfit. Any other takers?

What Do You Think?

As always, feel free to share your comments below.

Photo Credit

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 3: Uneventful

Climbing Mount Whitney

Today was uneventful. I traveled to Seattle for work after waking up at 4:30 AM. I was too tired to do anything cardiovascular or otherwise after work. I'd originally planned a core / stomach exercise. Instead, I had dinner with a coworker. I was especially demotivated after seeing what kind of dump I was in (my hotel). I didn't even feel like taking my socks off in the room, much less workout on any agility or strength training.

What About Other Conditioning?
However, that brings me to a point. Aside from walking twice a week, I'm also working on agility, strength and endurance. I'm following a mostly calisthenics, weight-training, aerobics, and yoga routine from the P90X fame, if you've heard of it. Specifically, I'm doing the Lean routine which encompasses the following:
  • Day 1: Core Synergistics
    This is mostly stomach, glutinous, and lower-back routine with some calisthenics (push-ups and sit-ups) to strengthen the core of your body. This is especially helpful for carrying the heavier day-pack or nigh-packs.

  • Day 2: Cardio X
    The workout starts with some yoga, then jumps into Kenpo-style aerobics and finishes with plyometrics or high-impact aerobics. This is all good stuff for aerobics conditioning.

  • Day 3: Shoulders and Arms
    Most of the routines here are with weights. They're meant as strength training. I enjoy this routine since it focuses on two of my favorite muscle groups: the glamour muscles. I admit though, I can't imagine the benefit of these muscles for the hike. On the other hand, who wants to look out of proportion with huge legs and no upper body strength?

  • Day 4: Yogo X
    This is a grueling 1.5 hours of yoga of various styles. I write "grueling", but once I'm done with it, I truly feel at ease. The calmness of mind will come in handy on those long days hiking, helping me turn inward, stop thinking and relax.

  • Day 5: Legs and Back
    Another of my favorite set of muscles. You do a lot of squats with little to no weight and pull-ups. Who needs weights with pull-ups, right? The legs routine will certainly strengthen all the right muscles for the hikes.

  • Day 6: Kenpo X
    Another day of aerobics-style of workouts just insures the lungs are working well. I substitute racquetball or a walk day for this.
Day 7 is off for P90X, but I will either walk that day or play racquetball. The whole routine is designed to get the musculature and cardiovascular strength for making it to the top of Mount Whitney.

Bring it!!!

What Do You Think?

Feel free to share your comments below.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Day 2: Mount Whitney Resources & References

Climbing Mount Whitney

Whitney_Photo_8It’s been a good second day.  I started out with another 3.5 mile walk with the dogs and my daypack.  I’d loaded the pack up to 11 lbs. yesterday with my camelback filled, a two-way radio and extra batteries along with my cell phone and some snacks.  Mind you, I didn’t need the snacks, but I wanted to simulate what I’d carry.

Today I added the dogs’ water.  That added another 2.5 lbs., bringing the total bag weight to 13.5 lbs.  I still need to figure out the full equipment I need to take, including my walking gear.  Certainly my old work / hiking shoes are no good.  Ever since I lost weight last year, my feet seem to have shrunk as well.  They swim in the old shoes. 

In any case, I did some more research and thought I’d share some of the resources here.

How to Train
Most of what I’ve found is on training for the big hike or climb.  Here’s the list so far:

  • How to Train for Hiking Mt. Whitney
    This is an eHow page where I got most of my ideas on how to train for the hike.  There are some good pointers about hiking equipment as well here.
  • Mount Whitney Training Hikes, by REI
    This is way cool.  REI provides group hikes at the local mountains to help prepare os_activitylrg_hiking1with elevation acclimation as well as agility training.  The climbs are over various local mountain ranges in Southern California including Cucamonga Peak, Mt. Baldy, San Bernardino Peak, Mt. San Jacinto, and San Gorgonio Mountain.  The hikes are similar to Mount Whitney, except shorter and at lower altitudes.  They range from 8.5 to 16 miles round trip and cost $110 for REI members and $130 for non-members. 

    This’ll be on my list of climbs once I can do some of the local hills and climbs and traverse 10-15 miles round-trip.
  • Mount Whitney
    This is an excellent site about all things Mount Whitney.  I read the clearest description about getting the hike permits on this page.  I love the photos and video here as well.  They gave me a better idea of the views I’ll get to see when I get there. 

What Do You Think?

Do you have any Mount Whitney resources you can share? What do you think of today’s post?  Feel free to share your comments below.

Related Posts

Day 1: The Goal and Reason to Climb

Photo Credit

Mount Whitney Website’s Photo Page, REI Mount Whitney Training Hikes Page

Tribal Leadership Book Review

Book Recommendations

How effective is your company in achieving its mission?  What role do you play in your teams?  How effective are you as a leader?  How can you improve your leadership beyond steering or controlling groups?

No doubt we’ve asked these questions of ourselves.  We may have even come up with somewhat satisfactory answers.  However, there’s nothing like research-based studies and books to shed light on what we may already intuit, or in helping us understand how to better lead our professional and personal lives.

TribalLeadershipBookThis last thought is exactly what may occur to you when reading the paper-back edition release of  Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King, & Halee Fischer-Wright. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in better understanding how to lead teams, groups, or companies into a new level of productivity AND camaraderie.  Read on to learn why.

The book is well-written and easy to follow.  In fact, you may start the book and become addicted to the ideas, unable to put it down.  The conclusions are based on a study of 24,000 people in different companies at different levels of efficacy. 

The description of each stage of leadership, from complete chaos (Stage 1, “Life sucks”) to a well-oiled machine (Stage 5, “Life is great”), is lucid enough to seem familiar from your day-to-day life.    You’ll likely come away from this book  with a new mindset to navigate your personal and professional life to better serve, not just yourself, but your community at-large.

In short, after reading this book and applying its lessons, you’ll become a better member of society and the world community, increasing your happiness as well as everyone else’s.

The authors’ approach to leadership is based on a study of 24,000 people in different organizations. The focus is not purely on Drucker-style of leadership lessons, but historical evidence of effective leaders and the common theme that runs through each leader’s story.

This may sound like a typical theme for leadership books, except the authors approach and interpretation is different.  The authors focus on relationships and the languages that represent the different styles of leadership, not just ideas.  Given the book is based on studies of individuals and their results, the concepts aren’t theoretical in nature.  In fact, the authors admit they had to revise their pre-conceived notions based on lessons learned in the course of preparing to write and update this book.

The various levels of an organization and leadership are described as Stages, each signified by a general state of mind, consisting of a Mood and a Theme (table below is recreated from page 25 in the book):

Stage Mood Theme
5 Innocent Wonderment “Life is great”
4 Tribal Pride “We’re great
(and they’re not)
3 Lone Warrior “I’m great
(and you’re not)
2 Apathetic Victim “My life sucks”
1 Despairing Hostility “Life sucks”

The Themes are summaries of the language a person in each stage uses to express their state of mind.  Each of us have been at these Stages at one point or another in our lives, though, as the authors explain, the majority of population gets stuck at Stages 2 and 3.  Stage 3 is the most prevalent, as is apparent in our day-to-day interactions with overpowering managers, bosses, or business owners who portray the “I’m great, and you’re not” mentality, with especial emphasis on “you’re not.”

The goal of the book is to provide each person and, in turn, the groups that they lead, the tools to elevate to Stages 4 and 5 as quickly as possible.  However, there are apparently no shortcuts. You need to own and graduate from each Stage.  The graduation comes when we have mastered a stage and realize there has to be a better way of operating than the current Stage.  Trying to bypass a Stage by purely using the language of a higher one comes across as disingenuous.  We’ve all worked in companies where the leaders talk about how “we can be great if we do X,” but their actions demonstrate they mean “I can be better off if YOU do X.”  This approach doesn’t just come across as lacking, but also leads to distrust of leadership and eventual downfall of an organization into the ineffective Stage 2 mentality.

The stages are described as Viral.  To demonstrate this concept and how quickly Stage 2 groups can form, during a presentation to large groups, one of the authors often states aloud that, “My life sucks because I have to be here with all of you” (page 64).  After the audience gets over being stunned, one person may pipe up that their life sucks since they have to listen to the speaker.  Soon, everyone’s chiming in why their life sucks as people become comfortable airing their daily life frustrations. This viral nature isn’t limited to Stage 2, but can be replicated in all other stages as well, pointing to how language can be used to lead a group into a higher Stage of operation.  The caveat is that the members must be ready to graduate to a higher stage.

The authors warn that the Stages shouldn’t be used to categorize people, but to understand a person’s or organization’s language and relationships.  They argue that categorization leads to pigeon-holing which prevents a person’s or organization’s graduation to a higher Stage. 

The concepts in the book are sticky given the book’s clear structure and presentation.  Each chapter starts out by introducing the main points in the initial pages, then delivers the ideas in detail, and, finally, summarizes the chapter with Leverage Points and Success Indicators.  The summaries are essentially a bulleted list of key points that could be actionable. 

Aside from the main content, the book contains three key Appendices.  You may be tempted to skip them, until you realize they provide the ideas in brief for each Stage of Tribal Leadership, the summary of the research that lead to the book, and details of how the authors can be reached.  The authors do truly practice what they preach: setting up relationships that benefit a group or the society at large.

Some of the ideas in the book may seem academic, though nothing like theoretical models you’d see in textbooks.  In fact, the authors have skipped the “academics” by providing some of the theories and research details in Appendix B, thus allowing the reader to focus on the lessons learned in the main body of the book. In general, the ideas are approachable and will be comprehendible by most readers, from individual contributors to leaders.

Also the tips on how to progress from one Stage to another could be more detailed. For this, you’re directed to the the book’s website where you can further read about local events, training, and even blog posts on the subject. 

What Do You think?

Please feel free to comment on this review or share your thoughts about the book by writing a comment below.

Photo Credits

Tribal Leadership website.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 1: The Goal and Reason to Climb

Climbing Mount Whitney

It’s official: I've decided to hike to the summit of Mt. Whitney at 14,505 ft. in the Summer of 2012. 

2011.07.17_Mt.WhitneySome of you may have already known this since I’ve spoken offline about it for close to a year.  I just didn’t know when I’d do it or how to train for it.  All of that has changed.  In fact hiking it isn’t the end-goal.  I will hike the West face in the Summer of 2012 as a single or overnight trip.  That’s 21 miles round-trip.  I will then climb the East face, the climbing face of Mt. Whitney,  in the Summer of the following year. 

Why Do It?
So, why the heck would I want to do this? 

Many years ago my wife pointed out something I hadn’t realized about myself: I have dulled senses.  You see, I love spicy food and individual sports, and I like trying the boundaries when playing.  That doesn’t necessarily mean I’m the best at them, but I like to push my physical and mental comfort boundaries. 

But how does this get translated into dulled senses? My wife found an article that described people that seek extreme sports, foods, and lifestyles have dulled senses.  They seek the extremes to push their senses into “feeling” something or experiencing the reality of life.  In other words, since their senses are dulled, they’re always in search of a way to sense the world around them more.  For these numbed individuals, seeking the extreme is no different than a person with sharply tuned and sensitive senses leading their life experiencing everyday phenomena.

For example, I’ve now mountain-biked, played racquetball, snowboarded and sustained injuries from each.  The injuries only made me want to go back.  As much as I didn’t enjoy the pains, in each case they reminded my how alive I was.  Heck, I’m the guy who gets a thrill from turbulence when some folks are scrambling for the vomit bag!!!

When I was considering what new thing to do next, I thought of parachuting, bungee Whitney_Overview_3jumping, snowboarding big mountains (not resorts) among other adventures.  Then I heard Chapman University President Jim Doti talk about his mountain climbing experiences.  He has climbed or hiked mountains on various continents, including Antarctica.  He mentioned that Mount Whitney, right here in California, is the highest mountain in the lower 48 United States.  He talked about his experience climbing it, as well as how the lessons on the mountain applied to his daily life and leadership at the University. 

…And the light bulb went off.  My next adventure was going to be hiking and climbing high elevations.  The first mountain on the list, and a test of whether I’m up to the challenge, will be Mount Whitney.

Some Facts About the Mountain
When I began my research , I realized there was a lot I didn’t know about our local Mount Whitney.  Here are some very interesting fact:

Peak 14,505 ft. or 14,497 ft.
Depends on measurement tools
Coordinates 36 34'42.9 N, 118 17'31.2 W
Type Granite
Age of Rock Cretaceous
Approximately 145.5 to 65.5  million years ago – holy cow!
Range Sierra Nevada
First Ascent 1873 by Charles Begole, A. H. Johnson, and John Lucas
Name Named after state geologist of California, Josiah Whitney
Trail Difficulty Strenuous
Peak Season May to November

I originally thought I could just show up and hike this mountain.  Apparently not.  You need a permit from the Eastern Sierra Eastern Agency.  What’s more, you can only apply for a permit between February 1 and March 1 of each year.  Once you apply, your application is thrown into a pile and stirred.  During the selection, a lottery, you’re assigned advance reservations (15 per group maximum). There are only 100 day use and 60 overnight use permits issued daily. With the mountain being a popular hiking and climbing location worldwide, you can imagine how difficult it may be to get a permit.

All of this only makes the adventure just that…an adventure and one that certainly has my full attention and respect. 

Mount Whitney, here I come!!!

What’s Next?
Given the timeline and that I’ve never seriously hiked any more than 10 miles in high elevation (Lake George in Mammoth area at about 10,000 ft.), I need to train for my hike next year.  I’ve also NEVER climbed a mountain, with a few exceptions of small hills in Death Valley in my late ‘teens and some other unknown hills in Iran when I was a kid.

So, the next step is training.  My first focus is the hike in 2012.  I will complete increasingly difficult hikes each week, at least twice per week.  I started today with a  3.5 mile hike in my local neighborhood.  I’ve done this enough times walking our dogs, but I’m adding a backpack with water and some equipment to make it more challenging. 

I’ll continue to add weight to my day-pack until I get to the weight I’ll be carrying on my day-trip hike at Mount Whitney.  I’ll also increase the total daily mileage every three weeks by a mile.  This’ll put me at a 20 mile hike in 50 weeks.  Once I hit 10 miles, I’ll also change terrain.  I’ll begin climbing the local hills, then mountains so that the last two months of climbs will be at the local mountains with peaks above 10,000 ft.  This is to insure I have the proper musculature, aerobic and elevation conditioning for the final climb.

I’ll chronicle my adventures here.  I hope to be able to not only share my stories, but also get your thoughts on how I can insure my success.  I’ll post my progress after each training day under this newly created category, Climbing Mount Whitney.  Each post will have the number of days since start of the training, with the aim of chronicling the ascent in both 2012 and 2013.

The only thing I’m missing are partners.  I’m looking for folks with similar goals that are up to the challenge and interested to share the experience. 

Any takers?

What Do You Think?

Have you climbed Mount Whitney?  Do you have any tips on how I should approach my adventure?  Feel free to share you comments below.

Related Posts

Day 2: Mount Whitney Resources & References

Photo Credit

Thomas Hartmann, Mount Whitney Website