Posted 12 July 2007 - 07:28 AM
Your Right ShooterJohn, Mt. Whitney is a blast. I went in the summer of 1991 with troop 496. We almost didn't get to go to the top. The thunderstorms had been really bad and a couple days before we were to go to the top we met a park ranger on the trail who let us know three people were killed by lightening up on the mountain. The lone survivor told of how the lightening was literally bouncing off the rocks. Instead of getting off the mountain the decided to take refuge in the old ranger cabin that's up on top of the mountain. Big mistake. Stone walls, metal roof, and metal chimney. The lightening came down the chimney and proceeded to bounce around off the walls inside the cabin. They never had a chance. Fortunately the rain the thunderstorms stopped the day before and we had perfect weather. The view is incredible. Those 90+ switchbacks to get down the mountain were quite a pain. A couple of the scouts on the trip didn't heed the bear warnings and kept leaving food in their packs. Night after night the bears would come into camp and rip up their packs. Fortunately none of them were in my patrol. Finally after several lectures they finally figured it out. There was usually a flippin bear box right next to their tents too. We ended up being short on food though because of these folks and had to share our patrols food and suppliment it with trout. I ate trout almost every day. It took me a long time afterwards before I would consider eating trout again. We had trout nearly every meal because of those yahoos!!!!!