March 24, 2014
IMG partner George Dunn checked in from Lone Pine, CA this morning with an update on the Mt. Whitney climbs now in progress.
George reports that the first climb, March 20-23 was a great success with 7 of 8 team members making the summit. The approach hike is lengthened this year with a hike up the now gated and locked access road, but snow conditions are good up to the first camp and beyond. The group had a chilly early morning ascent on summit day, then the winds died down and the team spent over an hour on top enjoying the view from the highest point in the lower 48.
The second Mt. Whitney climb has their summit day today, they will descend from high camp tomorrow.
George heads back up on the third program, March 27-30, and is looking forward to another great climb. Hopefully the weather will hold, it has been perfect so far.