IMG_2656aDavid Dodge and a friend decided they’d make a quick jaunt up California’s Mount Whitney to add it to their list of highpoints.  Mount Whitney, at 14, 505 feet is the highest peak in the contiguous United States.

Summiting the peak is no small feat.

The trip is 22 miles round trip; more than 6,000 vertical feet and even a really fast trip is a 10+ hour affair.  Yup, David did it in 10 hours!  What a gazelle!

Not impressed yet?  Well, the day before, they camped in Death Valley, at 282 feet below sea level, the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America.

He told his dad that the air in the last 1000 feet of vertical was pretty thin and it slowed him down a little.  Yeah, right.

01b - Mt Whitney

If you’re not convinced how rugged the trip is, take a look at this photo.  Yeah, it’s not for the feint of heart.

Congrats David.  And keep those photos coming.