Mountain Biking White Mountain Peak

On July 29, 2015 myself and four friends set out to ride our mountain bikes to the summit of White Mountain Peak. White Mountain sits at 14,252 feet (4,344 m). It is the highest peak in the White Mountains of California, the highest peak in Mono County, and the third highest peak in the state after Mount Whitney and Mount Williamson.

The video was shot with my GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. The photography was shot by both myself and Phil Calvert. My images were photographed with the Nikon D7200 using a 35mm f/1.8 prime. Phil's photographs were capturing with his Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 with the 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens.

We began the ride at the closed gate to the research station. The entire ride took about six hours. It was roughly four hours from the gate to the top and about an hour and half to get back down. If you have ever been above 14,000 feet then you know how difficult it can be to get there. At about 13,000 feet is when the elevation usually hits me. It's not so much the breathing that hits me, but the lack of energy. 

It always seems as though I don't breathe that much harder. Rather, I just can't seem to get moving at any decent rate of speed other than dragging my feet. The last few hundred feet I just pushed my bike to the top. Not only were we at a high elevation, but the top  of White Mountain is super rocky with basketball sized boulders everywhere. I'm not sure I could have ridden this road at sea level.

On the way down, and once we were past the top, riding was a bit easier... and fast. I would recommend this ride to anyone who has a bit of fitness, and a sense of adventure.