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    Three hikers missing on Mt. Whitney

    3 individuals out of a large group haven’t returned from their summit attempt on Monday. Not good. With breaking weather hopefully they’ll be found today.

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    And another thread from the other Whitney Portal BB -

    The post from Doug Sr. is among the more informed. Doug and his wife own the Portal Store, as well as the Hostel in Lone Pine.

    We've been having a period of stormy, unsettled weather, and it will likely continue for the next several days.

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    Looking at the webcam earlier the summit was in the clear. I can see now the clouds have once again moved in.

    Hopefully they are in the summit hut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Looking at the webcam... Hopefully they are in the summit hut.
    A little off topic, but I am intrigued that a place like this, (with no large power source), has a web cam. Does anyone know if it is powered by solar panels? And does it transmit a picture every few minutes to a monitoring station somewhere? And finally, how robust are these units, that they can work at this elevation, with the wind and weather conditions being pretty extreme?
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    Info on the cam, but the simple answer is that it's looking at the summit, not on the summit, which would answer your questions !
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    Tom -

    That webcam isn't up on the mountain. Rather, it's in Lone Pine. If I'm not mistaken, there are actually two webcams pointed at Whitney - one is located on the Doug Thompson's hostel (near the light) and the other is a bit south at the Lone Pine film museum building.

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