Day 4 of our Mount Whitney trek was really quite simple, but we had reached the summit, we were tired, and we were ready to be off the mountain – it was no longer about taking pictures and enjoying our beautiful surroundings.
We started day 1 of our Mount Whitney backpacking trip towards New Army Pass (note, you can also take Cottonwood Pass – both will get you to the same place). The camping area we wanted by Lower Soldier Lake was supposedly just on the other side of the pass, and we were ready to go (HA! Idiots.)! There were some thunderclouds in the distance so we all discussed procedures if a storm came through (span out, get low, don’t be the highest point in your area, etc.) and away we went!