Slideshow (5 photos)

Whitney Portal, The Beach (map)

Eating lunch at The Beach (Copyright © Colin O'Connor)

Banana Hammock: Slippery friction; our first route at Whitney Portal (Copyright © Colin O'Connor)

Lizard King: We all got a taste of 5.9 friction…yikes!

Manta Ray: More 5.9 friction

Hiking to the crags around Whitney Portal involves some portion of the Mt. Whitney trail, which is where we're standing (Copyright © Colin O'Connor)