I remember the first time I hiked to the top of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48. I remember the plaque that posted the exact elevation (14,496.811 ft.) and for some crazy reason the number always sticks with me even now at an age when I can’t remember what I walked into the kitchen for.

That elevation has now been updated with new, more accurate ways of measuring plus the fact that with every earthquake, the entire Sierra Nevada range rises a little bit in height. I believe Mt. Whitney is now around 14,505 feet! The young Sierra mountains are growing up. Literally!

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