List for Mt. Whitney Day Hike:
list is broken into “must haves” and “nice to
I opt for going light, so think carefully about the “nice
to haves” when filling your pack.
Obviously, this list is for an “average” summer
day on Mt. Whitney, where temperatures and weather are
reasonably good, but can turn quickly.
If the weather looks particularly cold or nasty, or
you aren’t climbing in the height of summer, modify this
– Synthetic preferred (cotton kills!)
– fleece or thin nylon spring skiing gloves
– thin synthetic liners and wool blend hiking socks (NO
– some people do this hike in tennis shoes.
I really don’t recommend it
– you need a light, yet warm layer in case it gets cold
Shell – it can rain at any time here, plus wind is always
a factor. I
prefer a thin gore tex jacket.
A poncho can also work, but this doesn’t really
Pants – don’t go overboard on this item.
Get the really crappy $15 rain paints.
These are really only for a downpour
– bring a nice light, supportive pack.
Not a monster, and not your little schoolgirl bookbag
Poles – I’ve got the Leki Makalu shock absorber poles.
Accept no substitute
– to prove you did it
Bottles – however you transport water, you’ll need at
least three liters from Trail Camp to the summit.
Don’t skimp on this, you will/should drink it all
– you will need this for the pre-dawn hours, and for an
emergency in case you are stuck above the trailhead after
Treatment – you should definitely treat all water on the
Whitney trail. Use
either an EPA certified filter or treat your water with
iodine tablets (don’t forget the neutralizing tablets)
Balm – get the good stuff with a high SPF
Paper – when nature calls
rehydration Salts – I put this in the must have category
because I have been hospitalized for dehydration and it is
not pretty. This is way more common than people realize, and can lead to
shock, kidney failure and even death.
These salts are light and can be bought at most REIs
& Blister Treatment – you really don’t need a full
blown first aid kit. You’re
on the Whitney highway, for pete’s sake.
Do, however, bring these two essential items.
For blisters, nothing beats COMPEED bandages/pads by
Nice to Haves:
on what you eat, you probably won't need one of these heavy
– not just of the Whitney Trail, but a larger map of the
entire southern sierra, so you can pick out peaks from the
summit. You don’t NEED a map to do this hike. If you lose this trail, you really don’t belong here and
should probably be placed in some sort of an institution for
your own protection
– for die hard photoheads only.
You will find more than enough people to snap your