This week three years back, i backpacked up the highest #mountain in the #contiguousunitedstates - #mtwhitney at 14,505 ft. The 22-mile #hike was somewhat strenuous with 6145 ft elevation gain. However, we decided to #backpack it over three days and had a very pleasant time. Well, sort of, because while descending, i suffered from what i now know as #monkeybutt ! And it made every step super painful .
#whitney hike was also notable for one more reason- we had to pack our own 💩. Yes, two days worth of it, in poop bags developed by #NASA . At higher elevations, there is little topsoil to decompose things and this is the easiest (and the grossest for the hiker) way to keep the mountain clean.
The #landscapes were incredibly beautiful, but I didnt want to slow down by taking a lot of pictures.
The #sketch - #inkandwatercolor on a 4" x 6" #stillmanandbirn#sketchbook