The OSIsoft "Mt. Whitney" Team Challenge will traverses some of the most notable routes of the Sierra before culminating with an ascent of Mt. Whitney (elevation 14,505 feet), the highest point in the lower 48 states. This five night-six day out-and-back hike is open to fit and motivated individuals of all ages and experience levels. You’ll cover 55 miles while backpacking sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. No prior backpacking experience is necessary, but you must be motivated!
Round trip transportation will be provided from the OSIsoft parking lot in San Leandro, CA.
- Round-trip transportation to and from OSIsoft corporate headquarters.
- Guided multi-night trek through Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Mt. Whitney
- Orientation and personalized pack-check prior to departure
- All meals and snacks while in the back-country
- Group permits, gear and equipment
- Backpack, tent, and sleeping pad if needed
- Inspiration for a lifetime
What’s not included
- Meals in the front-country, including while in transit
How it works
Registration is open May 15th through May 31st. We need 10 participants to register by May 31st to turn this deal "ON" for OSIsoft team members! Friends and family of OSIsoft employees are welcome to join. Upon registration participants will be asked to complete an experience and medical questionnaire, as well as an acknowledgment of risk form. A trek confirmation email will go out once 10 participants register, or on June 1st. If we do not receive enough partipants, you may elect to transfer payments to other TSX experiences, or receive a refund in full. Beginning in 2018, all trips have a fee required by the National Park Service (3% in 2018, up to 5% in 2019 and beyond). This fee will be applied when your reservation is made and passed through to the national park, or approriate federal agency. Maximum group size of 15, including two guides.
Day 1 – Horseshoe Meadow to High Desert Camp (moderate)
Trail: Moderate trail, then stiff climb before dropping to camp at 11,000′
An early start will get us over Cottonwood Pass and to Chicken Spring Lake before lunch. After traversing several sandy bowls, we’ll drop to a high desert plateau where we’ll make our camp on the high desert above Rock Creek.
Day 2 – High Desert Camp to Crabtree (moderate to moderate-intense)
Trail: Descent, long gradual climb, then descent to view Mt. Whitney group
A quick desent, long gradual climb, then descent followed by moderate trail will get us to camp near Crabtree Meadows at 10,800′. Our goal is to camp at the postcard-perfect campsite with an awesome view of the west side of Mt. Whitney.
Day 3 – Crabtree to Mt. Whitney and back (intense up and downhill)
Trail: Long day hike to summit and back with roughly 4000′ of elevation gain, and loss
Our early, before sun-up start will get us to the top of Mt. Whitney at 14,505 feet by lunch (weather permitting). The adrenaline will be flowing as we move past Guitar Lake, up the switchbacks, and parallel the Hitchcock peaks. After signing the book and taking pictures (you can also call home from the top) we’ll hike back to camp for dinner.
Day 4 – Crabtree to High Desert Camp (moderate to moderate-intense)
Trail: Morning climb to near 11,000′, mid-afternoon descent, and then climb back to 11,000′
We will leave our base camp and start our final segment to cars and civilization. We will hike a moderate trail for about 9 miles to our remote camp on the high desert above Rock Creek.
Day 5 – High Desert Camp to Horseshoe Meadows (moderate)
Trail: Relatively flat, then 500′ climb, before dropping to trail exit
An early start will get us to Chicken Spring Lake before lunch. We will cross over Cottonwood Pass and then descend the eastside of the Sierra. After a cool drink and dinner we’ll load the vehicles and head back to the Bay Area, and home to brag.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Joining a TSX experience is easy. Don’t own a backpack or tent? Not a problem. We provide backpacks, tents and sleeping pads for those who need them, at no additional charge. We also take care of all group items like pots, stoves, food, food storage, water filters, first aid and more. Your guides will do the cooking and dishes. Just show up with your boots and personal items, ready to hike!