Shasta, the Lake Tahoe basin, Mt. Whitney
, and the Giant Sequoia National Monument.
Actually, I'm completing the John Muir Trail at the summit of Mt. Whitney
. My senior design project prepared me for the challenging highs of consulting, and my undergrad degree gave me a broad overview of physical and biological sciences and engineering problem-solving that qualified me for a variety of internships--and put me on top for an interdisciplinary career.
The weather was severe clear on a cold February day and we skimmed barely above the spectacular Sierra Nevada without a ripple--in fact, just barely south of Mt. Whitney
, highest point in the lower 48 at over 14,000 feet.
I was cruising up Highway 395 when I saw Mt. Whitney
for the first time, standing out against jagged granite.
I made clay models of nearby Mt. Whitney
, showing each step of its formation.
Looming above Guitar Lake stands Mt. Whitney
. I stirred at 4 a.m.
Widely recognized as "the world's toughest foot race," Badwater is the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet with scorching temperatures in addition to challenging elevation gains for a grueling 135 miles beginning in Death Valley and ending in Mt. Whitney
. Gundy placed 8th male in 2008 and finished in the top 15 for three years.
Death Valley, the lowest point in North America, is the site of the start of the Badwater 135, which must be covered in less than 48 hours, ending at the Mt. Whitney
Portal, 8,000 feet above sea level.
Previous expeditions include Mission: Mt. Whitney
in California, the South Pole Allied Challenge (SPAC) with Britain's Prince Harry, as well as climbs of Peru's Mariposa 1, Ecuador's Cotopaxi and Nepal's Lobuche.
Bob Welch will speak on his 2014 experience of hiking 190 miles of the John Muir Trail from just south of Yosemite to Mt. Whitney
After an encounter with a nasty rotor in the lee of Mt. Whitney
many years ago, I have a heightened interest in understanding maneuvering speed.
He even managed to find the silver lining when altitude sickness forced him to abandon a long-planned trip to scale Mt. Whitney
, whose western slope is in Sequoia National Park: At least he finally had a story to tell about a time something went wrong.