Climbing Mount Whitney is an extraordinary experience, full of sights that are out of this world and struggles that feel almost unendurable. In the end, it is the most rewarding thing that I've done so far. In this essay, I share my tale of what it was like to ascend this magnificent mountain via the John Muir Trail.
Every single time I venture out into the wilderness, I learn something new. I believe there's always something to be learned from every experience, whether I've done it for the first time or done it a thousand times. In this article, I share some anecdotes, lessons learned, and a few entertaining bits of information that may be helpful to you on your next backpacking adventure.
The odyssey that is the Shepherd Pass Trail is told here to serve as a warning for those of you who will venture into the wilderness looking to take a 'shortcut' rather than follow the tried-and-true. Sometimes the path less traveled is such because it is a dangerous business. This is my account of the 'Shepherd Pass Ordeal'.