Ready for a challenge this summer? This High Sierra adventure appeals to women ready to meet a challenge, physical or otherwise!
This is our twenty-seventh backpacking trip to Mt. Whitney, and we've guided literally hundreds of women to the summit.
This 7-day trip covers about 58 miles in six hiking days. We'll walk through some of the most dramatic, beautiful scenery in the High Sierra.
Our route goes through Sequoia National Park and follows the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail. The climax of our trip is the summit of Mt. Whitney. At 14,495', it's the highest point in the contiguous United States.
If you ever wanted to experience the true, authentic nature of this challenging backpack, we'll help you accomplish your goal to become a Whitney Woman. Join us on this amazing women's backpacking tradition!
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What our clients have to say:
"My husband and I have been avid dayhikers for many years, but I had always wondered about those who would pass us on the trail with backpacks and everything they needed to get further into nature and away from civilization. I had this nagging feeling that I was missing out on an amazing experience.
So at the age of 56, just as I was finishing up my master’s degree and feeling a newfound sense of youth and adventure, I discovered Call of the Wild online and called Carol to inquire about going on the Mt Whitney backpack. After asking me about my backpacking experience (none!), she flat out said no, but that perhaps I could try an easier trip. And so in May of 2006, I joined my first Call of the Wild trip, hiking the Hermit Trail to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and beginning my love affair both with backpacking and Call of the Wild.
Two years later, I felt prepared to do the Mt Whitney trip so I signed up and eagerly awaited that moment of exhilaration when I would summit the highest point in the contiguous United States. We turned in early and awoke at midnight to begin our trek in the cold and darkness, our trail lit only by our headlamps. We literally hiked putting one foot in front of the other with no awareness of our surroundings until finally the sky began to lighten and we saw our first glimpse of Mt Whitney. But as the sky lightened, clouds also began to roll in and even as we approached Trail Crest, there were doubts about whether we’d make it to the summit. Our guides had a very tough call to make, but after talking with a ranger who was hiking down the trail, they told us it was too dangerous and we turned around.
We were stunned and disappointed that we could have gotten so close, but we also implicitly trusted that our guides had the experience and training to know it was the right decision. The remainder of our trip was still stunningly beautiful and the guides, the food, and the friendships that we made more than made up for our lack of summiting the mountain.
A year later, fueled with the confidence instilled in us through our experiences with Call of the Wild, I met up with a friend in Lone Pine, and we snagged a last minute permit for Mt Whitney. We left from Whitney Portal just before midnight, camped that night and the next, and left very early in the morning for our hike to the summit. The feelings I had upon summiting are indescribable – I was laughing and crying with joy at the same time. We had done it – a mere 2 years after my very first backpacking trip with Call of the Wild. I loved it SO much I went back the next year, again with Call of the Wild, and the experience was no less exhilarating.
I love everything about Call of the Wild Adventures – the guides are extremely capable, knowledgeable, and fun-loving, the food is SO good (forget about losing weight on this trip), and the views are breathtakingly beautiful. And probably most importantly for me, the friendships I have made on these trips continue to endure and enrich my life with love and more adventures. The challenge is there and you’ve got to be prepared both mentally and physically but it is SO worth it! Go for it!"
Minimum 4, maximum 12 clients; balance of $1095 due by 5/10/14
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Day 1 - Arrive at Horseshoe Meadow
Day 2 - Chicken Springs Lake
Day 3 - Rock Creek
Day 4 - Crabtree Meadow
Day 5 - Hike with daypack to Mt Whitney summit
Day 6 - Rock Creek
Day 7 - Depart Horseshoe Meadow