I came up with a goal to reach the top of Mt Whitney in my 50th year and I'm happy to report that I did it! My brother and I made it to the top of Mt Whitney at 1:15 p.m. on August 30th. It was a very hard hike. We left at 2:30 a.m. and hiked with headlamps for the first 4 hours. We struggled with altitude sickness a bit but with a good rest at Trail Camp around 7 a.m. managed to feel well enough to continue. We reached the top at 1:15 and stayed there for 15 minutes. We couldn't dawdle too much as we were doing the hike as a day hike and had 11 more miles down to go! We ran on fumes most of the way down and got back at 8:50 p.m.
We also did two training hikes on Saturday and Sunday before the big Whitney hike. One to Kearsage Pass and one to Bishop Pass. Pictures from all those trips are at https://picasaweb.google.com/cdrdash/Whitne...feat=directlink
It feels great to accomplish my goal but I don't know that I would repeat the experience anytime soon. It was very difficult. I'm stoked that I was able to do it at 50 years old!!