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December 27, 2011 12:56PM
That Yosmite are is so incredible! Yeah Rick " walking on water " is fun too :-) I remember walking on a few frozen lakes during a hike a friend and I did to the top of Mt Whitney in the fall of ( 1977? ), if I remember the year correctly. My friend fell into a shallow frozen pond at the Whitney Portal the night we arrived and he thawed out by our fire that night. The next day we hiked up to Mirror Lake and camped there for the evening. The next day we hiked up to top of Whitney ( walking out on Mirror Lake before we left ), and the trail was lost in places under frozen snow making the slog up the high switchbacks harder. The crampons we brought were a big help. We got to the top just afer sunset so decided it best to just stay and take shelter in the little rock building that is there which has two rooms seperated by a wall. A couple of other hikers were in one side so we took the other room which was mostly filled with frozen icy snow that had blown in through the missing front door. At roughly 14,500 feet on a cold/icy fall day that was the coldest night I ever spent. Didn't sleep much and watched the cracks on the eastern wall of the dwelling for the light of sunrise. It was a long time coming. Finally the sun came up and we started back down the mountain. At the switchbacks covered with snow we figured we would try and work our waydown a long steep snow field that went from the ridges around 12,000 feet pretty much all the way down to a little lake below Whitney. We started sliding slowly down it but then it began to get really hard and icy. Fortunately we were able to stop ourselves. If we had not I think past the point were we were, stopping our slide would not have been possible and that might have been the end for us hitting the rocks at the end of the slide at high speed. While hiking down the steep rocky cayons you could here big booms of the ice from the frozen lakes cracking from the heat of sunshine on the frozen lakes. I was a memorable and fun trip :-)
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