The Many Faces of Mt. Whitney Adventure Journal Quarterly, Summer 2018

Friends had related stories about Whitney’s increasing defilement. How strangers brought together through Meetup routinely ditched each other on their flight down from the summit—then later congregated at Whitney Portal aprés-climb wondering where the guy with the car keys was. How thousands of PCT and JMT thru-hikers were storming
Whitney’s four-acre summit. How tribes of millennials were partying their way up the Whitney Trail, topping out, then abandoning their Whatever-mart tents and bags on the hike back down so as not to burden themselves with unnecessary weight.

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