Well I did it!! My brother David and I backpacked to Lake No.1 on Sunday where we set up camp for the night and fished for the day. Sunday we hiked up to where we could get a look at Old Army Pass and found it clear of snow so we decided that would be our route instead of New Army Pass which would take longer and have a bit more elevation changes. Sunday I went to bed early and I awoke Monday morning feeling great and ready to conquer the peak that stood beyond our campsite.
At Lake No.4 with the pass behind me.
Here I am taking a break and enjoying the morning scenery.
Dave and I half way up Old Army Pass with Lakes 4 and 5 in the background.
Me on top of Old Army Pass and at the entrance to Sequoia National Park.
The trail to Langley was very defined and easy to follow.
Now just beyond here I'd say around the 12,500ft elevation range I started to get nausea really bad, and could only do 4-15 steps between breaks or I'd nearly throw up. So I had a LONG SLOW SLOG up towards the summit of Mt. Langley, the trail was excellent and if it hadn't been for the damn altitude sickness this hike would've been pretty darn easy for me, except for a little boulder scramble, but it wasn't very difficult or scary.
I could not believe how many marmots were around, I've never seen so many in my life and also was surprised to see them so high up 13,000ft. +
Near the summit looking West.
FINALLY 7 hours later (very embarrassed to say that) I made it to the summit of Mt. Langley, 14,042ft. elevation. Here is Dave and I with Mt. Whitney in the background.
We found the geological marker very quickly and signed the registry as well.
Out on a ledge with the Owen's valley in the background.
Looking into Miter Basin, I want to fish this Lake sooooo bad!!
Since it took me forever to get up there and we had to go all the way back to the truck this day my time on the summit was limited to about 20-25 mins. Crazy thing is I was also able to make 3 phone calls from the summit, I have Verizon.
Here is David on our way back down, you can see Lake No.1 where we stared way in the background.
I think my biggest mistake was that I did not eat a thing till we got to Lone Pine around 9pm. I know not smart but hey, I wasn't hungry then when I got hungry I was too sick to eat my sandwhich that I had packed up with me due to the elevation. I never felt better until I got at least half way down the stairs to about the 10,800 ft level. Had it not been for the AMS I'm sure I could've easily made the summit in 4 hours, my brother who lives in Scottsdale had no problem with the altitude what so ever. All I care about is I finally accomplished my first peak and a Fourteener as well.