H2L2H PLUS

"High to Low to High Plus"

 

A Reverse Yoyo plus of the L2H route

approached with a Reverse YoYo Plus of the High Sierra Trail

 

 

Mt Whitney lookin' toward Badwater

Mt Whitney lookin' toward Badwater

THE H2L2H! A "reverse yoyo" hike of the perilous L2H route! Approached with a "reverse yoyo" of the HST...

towards Owens Valley and the Inyos

towards Owens Valley and the Inyos

Mt. Whitney and the Sierra

Mt. Whitney and the Sierra

owens valley

owens valley

water cache

water cache

Long John Canyon

Long John Canyon

On Inyo Mountains above L.J.

On Inyo Mountains above L.J.

Inyo mountains toward owens valley

Inyo mountains toward owens valley

Lee Flats

Lee Flats

Descent from Darwins Plateau

Descent from Darwins Plateau

Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley

THE fixer-upper

THE fixer-upper

Tuber Canyon

Tuber Canyon

Looking back down into Tuber Canyon

Looking back down into Tuber Canyon

Waking up on Telescope Peak

Waking up on Telescope Peak

looking down ridge and Hanaupah (R)

looking down ridge and Hanaupah (R)

Dropping from ridge into Hanaupah

Dropping from ridge into Hanaupah

following the shade out the canyon

following the shade out the canyon

Into Badwater Basin

Into Badwater Basin

Miles and Miles of salt formations

Miles and Miles of salt formations

THE L2H trailhead sign

THE L2H trailhead sign

tough hiking through the night

tough hiking through the night

headin out of THE basin

headin out of THE basin

climbing to the ridge from Hanaupah

climbing to the ridge from Hanaupah

looking back down towards badwater

looking back down towards badwater

Telescope Peak

Telescope Peak

Looking back up telescope

Looking back up telescope

looking back up to telescope from bennet peak

Telescope Peak and Bennett Peak

Telescope Peak and Bennett Peak

Charcoal Kilns, Best in the West

Charcoal Kilns, Best in the West

burro territory

burro territory

Burro!

Burro!

Wildrose Canyon

Wildrose Canyon

Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley

valley floor sunrise

valley floor sunrise

Climbing Darwin Canyon

Climbing Darwin Canyon

Above Darwin Canyon

Above Darwin Canyon

Rain Sets in...

Rain Sets in...

On Darwins Plateau

On Darwins Plateau

Darwin Plateau

Darwin Plateau

Lee Flats rain

Lee Flats rain

Desert Rain

Desert Rain

flat of Joshua trees

flat of Joshua trees

Lee Flats Rain... photo by puppy

Lee Flats Rain... photo by puppy

Sun Sign...

Sun Sign...

Rain Sign

Rain Sign

heading up the inyos

heading up the inyos

up and up into the Inyo Range

up and up into the Inyo Range

Cerro Gordo mining ghost town

Cerro Gordo mining ghost town

The Sierra and Owens Valley

The Sierra and Owens Valley

THE salt tram, following the crest

THE salt tram, following the crest

Dropping into Long John Canyon

Dropping into Long John Canyon

Owens Valley

Owens Valley

Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills

Almost to the Sierra

Almost to the Sierra

In the Whitney zone...

In the Whitney zone...

gettin up there

gettin up there

back to the High Sierra

back to the High Sierra

up through the snow

up through the snow

straight up!

straight up!

Lookin down the other side of top

Lookin down the other side of top

lookin back after heading up ridge

lookin back after heading up ridge

taking in view...

taking in view...

another nice shot by puppy

Mt.Whitney 5th summit of season

Mt.Whitney 5th summit of season

Lookin Northish

Lookin Northish

Back to the hut

Back to the hut

headin down...

headin down...

down the east side

down the east side

Trail Camp

Trail Camp

Made it!

Made it!

Hiking from the highest point in the continental United States,

Mt. Whitney (14,508ft ) of the Sierra;

I traversed two additional mountain ranges and four low valleys on the main route

making it to the lowest point, Badwater Basin (-282ft) in Death Valley.

 

Then turning around I marched back to the summit of Mt. Whitney,

 with some alternate and bonus routes and peaks along the way...!

 

Some describe the Low to High Route "L2H"

as "Trecharous and Perilous"

and the great majority of the time it is, BUT...

I walked to Low gettin thru the hot stretches followed by my moon shadow

and strolled back to High with afternoon desert rain showers...

 

Though I walked "thru" the Valley of Death, I feared no evil

 

Approx 57,000 feet of elevation gain and loss in approx 285 miles

15 Days

100 Gigabytes of Photos

 

Summit of

Mt. Whitney  x3  (1 bivy night) (14,508ft) (once on approach)

Telescope Peak x2  (1 bivy night)   (11,043ft)

Three unnamed Peaks along the Telescope Ridge (Just below telescope elev)

Bennett Peak (1 Bivy night)  (9980ft)

Rogers Peak  (9994ft)

 

THE "Plus"

1 summit of Mount Whitney was on route approach.

Charcoal Kilns (the best preserved in the west)

WildRose Canyon and Oasis

Darwin Falls and Canyon

China Garden Springs

Cerro Gordo Alt Route

Rain in Death Valley

My water bottles froze in Death Valley (Bennet Peak Bivy night)

THE HST reverse yoyo plus as an approach

 

Special Thanks to

Water Cachers

Cris and Chica

L2H Thru hikers

Puppy and Bulldozer

for being AWESOME!

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the sky.... but its also down.

there was a young lady named bright,

who coud travel much faster than light,

she set out one day in a relative way,

and arrived the preceeding night.

A happy soul is the best shield for the cruel world of people

My Trail Family

 

To the ones who I have crossed paths with along the way, who have been so great and real! Thank You; I miss you all

The Crew

I could not do it without them...

For the support, guidance, and encouragement to dream dreams, and to chase them...

 

 

Abraham of the River

 

Since the Dawn of Dream

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