Our club had a weekend in the Lone Pine area and 19 riders made the 4 hour drive to try some of the most difficult climbs in California. I borrowed a 30 tooth cassette and did 2 of the 4 featured climbs. I love riding in the mountains but I've never done these monsters before and it really kicked my butt.
First we did White Mountain road to the Ancient Bristlecone forest, a 22 mile climb with at least 6600 feet of gain.
Early in the climb.
A view near the top, looking west. Lots of snow still up there.
Sunday I went up to Whitney Portal with a small group of 50+ riders. Here is a shot near the bottom.
Near the middle of the climb.
Relaxing before the descent.