Badwater to Mt. Whitney - A father's reflections 
Travel between the lowest point in North America (Badwater, Death Valley (−282 ft))  and the highest point in the contiguous United States (Mt. Whitney's summit (14,505 ft)) by cycling and hiking
Cumulative Ascent 19,138' (5925 m); Total Distance
157 miles (253 km)


2012 
Participants:  Stephen Herr, John Herr, Andrew Roos, Thomas Roos
Start time: 6:55 PM, September 28th, Badwater
Arrival at Trail Camp (12,000'; 3658 m): 12:15, September 28th
Arrival at the Summit of Mt. Whitney 4:08 PM
Elapsed time:  21 hours, 13 minutes
Total elevation gain:  19,138' (5925 m) John, Andrew, Thomas; 16,633' (5070 m) Stephen
Total distance traveled: 157 miles (253 km) John, Andrew, Thomas; 148 miles (238 km) Stephen
High Temperature at Badwater:  106°F;  Low Temperature on Mt. Whitney 26°F (-80°F differential)

Badwater to Mt. Whitney 2012

2011 
Participants:  Stephen Herr, John Herr, Andrew Roos, Thomas Roos
Start time: 6:55 PM, October 7th, Badwater
Finish of cycling time: Whitney Portal (end of bike trip): 7:50 AM
Start time of hiking: Whitney Portal 9:50 AM
Arrival at Trail Camp (12,000'; 3658 m): 3PM, October 8 (approximate)
Note:  Due to heavy snowfall on October 5-6, it was not safe to attempt the summit. 
Total elevation gain:  16,633' (5070 m)
Total distance traveled: 148 miles (238 km)

Badwater to Whitney - 2011