Mid weight, 5.3 oz
85% combed cotton 15% viscose
Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimize shrinkage
WHAT’S THE STORY?
In July 1864, the members of the California geological survey named the peak in honor of Josiah Whitney. Whitney was the State Geologist and Chief of the California State Geological Survey from 1860 - 1874. During the same expedition, geologist Clarence King attempted to climb the mountain from its west side, but stopped just short of the summit. In 1871, King returned to climb what he believed to be Mount Whitney, but having taken a different approach, he actually summited nearby Mount Langley. Upon learning of his mistake in 1873, King finally completed his own first ascent of Whitney, but did so a month too late to be first. On August 18, 1873, Charles Begole, A. H. Johnson, and John Lucas, all from nearby Lone Pine, had become the first to reach the contiguous United States' highest summit. Because they climbed the mountain during a fishing trip to nearby Kern Canyon, they called the mountain Fisherman's Peak.
A16 has a long and reverent connection to this iconic mountain and the extended Southern Sierra Nevada Range. A photograph of the mountain was used on the cover of our first catalog flyer. Over the years we outfitted 10s of thousands who’ve climbed it from all approaches. And through our outings courses and speaker presentations we’ve help to teach countless numbers and several generations how to responsibly climb and return safely from the iconic peak.