Trip Report
Lone Pine --> Whitney --> White Mountain - Link up Hike & Bike Mega Push Adventures!
Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm
We made a big enduro push effort/adventure this week on this linkup. I'm getting ready to return for a go on the Badwater to Whitney Summit record next week. Brent and I are local nurses in Mammoth Lakes and Bishop, CA. For those that like a good sufferfest :

Credit: Ryan Tetz
Starting off Badwater to Whitney with Brent non stop last year at midn...
Starting off Badwater to Whitney with Brent non stop last year at midnight!
Credit: Ryan Tetz

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Ryan Tetz
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Ryan Tetz is a trad climber from Bishop, CA

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Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Oct 5, 2017 - 02:28pm PT
Great pictures in there!

Trad climber
Red Rock
  Oct 5, 2017 - 02:47pm PT
awesome!! Ive done part of your adventure ..(badwater to whitney) and I thought that was hard...

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Oct 5, 2017 - 02:56pm PT
killer push!

Social climber
Lida Junction
  Oct 5, 2017 - 08:45pm PT
Excellent, good job.

Just livin' the dream
  Oct 5, 2017 - 09:44pm PT
I can't believe you're still alive....:-)

Stunning photos! Thank you for posting.
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
  Oct 6, 2017 - 08:14am PT
Righteous pictures, Hella effort, you DO know how to stage an outstanding sufferfest. I am impressed. Thanks for sharing.

P.S. I could not help but admire, once again, just how outstandingly beautiful is the east flank of the Sierras. What a beautiful country we get to share, to be sure.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Oct 6, 2017 - 08:26am PT
Ha ha, I tried to write "glutton for punishment" and my iPhone corrected it to "project bushmeat". Maybe my smartphone is smarter than me. Gnarly effort dudes.

Oakland, CA
  Oct 6, 2017 - 09:22am PT
23.5K for the day, 116.5 miles, 25 hours and 40 minutes

...bunch of that in sub-freezing temps and battling headwinds. Just, damn.

10/10 photographer, really good stuff.


(city, state)?
  Oct 6, 2017 - 10:15am PT
That was an excellent read and got me really stoked to get outside this weekend! Thank you for your report and good luck on your future adventures.
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Author's Reply  Oct 6, 2017 - 05:45pm PT
Thanks guys. Glad you enjoyed some of our adventure! The excellent photographs are all taken by Peter Clark, local family practice MD and big time runner/skier/climber enduro nut himself!


Social climber
Lida Junction
  Oct 6, 2017 - 06:21pm PT
Ryan, just curious. You said switched to a bike with lower gearing for the climb up to Schulman Grove. Did you have a triple? What kind of gearing on the cassette?

The Good Places
  Oct 7, 2017 - 06:30am PT
way to go, Donnie!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
  Oct 7, 2017 - 07:44am PT
Psychotic :)
Ryan Tetz

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Author's Reply  Oct 10, 2017 - 09:59am PT
Hi @10BforMe

In regards to gearing I prefer to run a 1:1 gearing ratio option on endurance climbing days. This was something originally suggested back when the Everest Challenge was a big thing in Bishop.

I generally run some variation of 34:34 still.

Until recently that has always meant a mountain bike derailer on the rear and a compact crankset up front, or as you suggested - a triple - though those are becoming increasingly rare lately.

Recently Shimano has released a 34 tooth ultegra cassette/derailer 11 speed option, which I'm really excited to switch over to in the future on my hill climbing bikes. The mountain bike derailer/cassette works, but isn't nearly as smooth as a true road 105/ultegra setup or as durable feeling.

Ice climber
  Oct 13, 2017 - 05:09pm PT
I just did the MR route in the dark and had the same "lightening flashes" you were talking about, never experienced that before. It was quite an adventure in tennis shoes, glad I had a strong headlamp too ! Left the car at 3pm to scatter some ashes on top, no way I was coming back down that route. Even the ledges below Iceberg were frozen. My water in my pack was frozen at 8pm on top. Stayed an hour on top all alone, just me and my friend in a bottle. Made it back the the car at 2am and home by 6am.
No way was I going to ride a bike guys are badass !!!
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