Comments: I, along with a number of other people, got up at about 4:15AM to get an early jump on Mt. Whitney from Guitar Lake. It was a tremendous struggle to get going while it was still dark, and while not visible here, it was still darn cold. After a mile or two, suddenly the dawn's first light hit the mountains ringing this basin west of Mt. Whitney, and Mt. Whitney itself. Pan to the right of the nearest person and look up and to the right--the pinkish light is hitting the tallest mountain in the lower 48. When I saw the sunlight I threw off my pack and quickly shot this scene without a tripod, 400 speed film, which is why some grain is visible. The trail goes practically up the side of the mountain--the degree of verticality has to be seen to be believed.
Smoke from multiple wildfires in the southern Sierra was obscuring what normally would be an excellent view into the heart of the wilderness.