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The White Mountain Peak MTB Challenge™ (from Bishop to Summit)

Introducting the first annual White Mountain Peak MTB Challenge™ — one of the toughest mountain bike rides in the country, from the Bishop valley floor to the summit of 14,252 White Mountain Peak.

My buddy bonked at 13,600' in 2004, so we turned around short of White Mountain Peak, high in the White Mountains of California.

But this year, I’m going to summit White Mountain Peak, riding from the valley floor near Bishop, CA to the summit of 14,252 White Mountain Peak. Is is one of the few high summits in the United States which can be ascended by bicycle or unicycle (I stick to two wheels).

Total climbing is about 16,000 vertical feet, but it’s much harder than on a road-bike on paved roads, due to loose rocks in places, and “washboard” surfaces and extreme altitude. In 2004, my buddy and I climbed nearly 14,000 vertical feet, and we were bushed.

If you care to join me (for a fee and/or with a photo tour as a photographer), contact me. Or just the photo tour, as this will be a very strenuous ride.

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Silver Canyon, east of Bishop, CA, proposed route from valley floor to summit ridge enroute to White Mountain Peak summit
Silver Canyon, east of Bishop, CA, proposed route from valley floor to summit ridge en route to White Mountain Peak summit
Just about “bonk” time for my buddy Road is closed to motorized vehcicles just shy of the Barcroft Research Lab
Just about “bonk” time for my buddy
Road is closed to motorized vehicles just shy of the Barcroft Research Lab
About 12,000'. White Mountain Peak is visible in the distance
About 12,000'. White Mountain Peak is visible in the distance
About 12,000'. White Mountain Peak is visible in the distance
About 12,000'. White Mountain Peak is visible in the distance
It’s a long way home, and there’s nowhere to buy any beer  about 12,500' two miles past Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains of California
It’s a long way home, and there’s nowhere to buy any beer
about 12,500' two miles past Patriarch Grove in the White Mountains of California
At the Barcroft research station late in the day
At the Barcroft research station late in the day
Ancient Bristlecone Pine at dusk in Patriarch Grove (White Mountains of California)
Ancient Bristlecone Pine at dusk in Patriarch Grove (White Mountains of California)

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