5-Solo Self Contained SSC

The summary of Marshall Ulrich trip from 1999

  1. No IVs.
  2. No aid of any kind from an outside source and/or person.
  3. No using any shelter other than nature’s shade (i.e., boulders, creosote bushes, trees, etc.).
  4. You must have everything from start to finish: food, clothing, equipment, and all necessary water. If a water source along the course is available, it cannot be used.
  5. Trailers or any other apparatus are allowed as long as that apparatus is pushed, pulled, or carried. No motorized trailers. The trailer or apparatus can be disposed of only at the Lone Pine Junction (the intersection of Whitney Portal Road and Hwy. 395) or the Whitney trailhead.
  6. With the exception of water, nothing can be disposed of along the way, not even trash.
  7. Medical emergencies must be dealt with and/or administered by the individual only. No help or supplies can be used from an outside source.
  8. Only a.m. starts are valid.
  9. No leaving the course is allowed; you must remain on the course at all times.
  10. There must be at least one person monitoring the above compliance at all times.

Several rules that were added thru the years: You need to have

  1. a live GPS tracker with tracking at 5-10 minutes intervals
  2. an NON related "person monitor" ( non related, not your best friend, wife, kids, gf) or a SECOND GPS tracker that will track at 30-60 seconds interval when you are several miles before and after area where one could get or buy provisions ( like all the Oasis, Lone Pine, Whitney Portal)
  3. "Proven Athletic Track Record"

Certain people had a 1 minute interval non-stop time lapse camera, like Brinno