Originally Posted by JG
Still considering trying Whitney in the summer.
Did a hike this week to check my conditioning...Guadalupe Peak in west Texas. It's 9 miles and 3000' of climb. Good news and bad news...took me under 5 hours and I wasn't even tired. Never stressed at all while climbing.
Bad news...toes were already sore from being crammed into shoe. Imagine another six miles and double the drop. Gotta find me some good shoes, or I'll screw up my feet coming down.
Sounds like you need a shoe/boot/trailrunner with a bigger toe box.
It also sounds like your physical condition won't be an issue. Keep in mind, though, that there is a significant elevation difference between Whitney and Guadalupe. The elevation will factor in along with the length of hike and elevation gain/loss. Don't kill yourself . . . literally or figuratively.