Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! This week’s Mountian Monday Feature goes out to the tallest mountain in California, and the tallest in the Contiguous United States, Mount Whitney. This brute’s base starts at just 282 feet above sea level and tops out at 14,505 feet.
Mount Whitney was named after Josiah Whitney, the State Geologist of California in the mid 1800’s.
As is the case with many of the mountains on this page, Mount Whitney seems to also have a rather amusing story about its first ascent. Geologist Clarence King attempted to ascend the mountain on 3 different occasions. On the second, he did make it to the top... of the wrong mountain. At the summit, he learned that he climbed Mount Langley, not Mount Whitney. On his 3rd attempt, he made it to the top! However, he did so a month too slow, as the mountain was summited by 3 climbers exactly 1 month before he successfully made it to the top.
To this day, hikers are able to climb this mountain, generally starting at about 8300 feet up the mountain. The overall hike is about 22 miles and permits are required for the hike year round. The hike can be completed in 1 day, but is generally finished in 2.
To honor this mammoth of a mountain, we named The Mount Whitney after it! You can learn more about the bag and the mountain here:
Have a great week y’all!