Newly updated March 2013.People travel from all over the world to stand on the summit of Mt. Whitney 14,500 ft., the highest point in the contiguous United States. Miles of rugged granitic terrain, blue green lakes, and impressive ridges are just some of the awesome vistas awaiting those who make it to the top.Peter Croft, winner of the American Alpine Club's Underhill Award for outstanding achievement in mountaineering, has updated this new edition for every level of climber: how to get the most out of your conditioning prepping for overnight trips dayhiking the main Whitney Trail the North Fork approach Whitney from other passes cross country routes and challenging technical routes for advanced climbers.Written and published in the Eastern Sierra, and printed in the USA, Climbing Mt. Whitneyhas sold more copies than any other guide to the peak, standing on its own merits as the best Whitney trail guide of all time. Approved by the USFS. Includes new Whitney elevation data 14,500 ft. provided by the USGS and NOAANGS.