P8310536 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr After a fair bit of hiking this spring and summer in preparation, I got the chance to take a stab Mt. Whitney via the standard hiking trail. Mt. Whitney is the tallest peak in the lower 48 at 14,505 feet. P8300112 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr Admittedly, this is barely higher than the numerous other 14'ers in the country, and significantly lower than a lot of stuff in Alaska, the Alps, etc. But it's still something of a claim to fame, plus it's within driving distance of millions of Californians, so it draws a lot of hikers. focus stack by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr We opted to do it car-to-car in a day. A lot of people break it into a 2-3 day hike, with a night(s) spent camping part way up the trail to make it a bit more manageable. The trail is about 11 miles one way, and gains 6,100 feet of elevation from the trailhead to the summit. P8310445 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr But while this can be a casual 6-8 hour (or less) "day hike" for an elite hiker/trail runner, for most hikers it will require pushing the definition of "day" towards "24-hour time period". We fit into the latter category, so we planned for a 2.30 am start, allowing around 10 hours to summit and another 7-8 to get down. I had just gotten the Samyang 7.5mm fisheye on ebay ($90!), and was excited to test it out. I'm hoping to use it for some Milky Way photography. The night before our 2am hike I stayed up long enough to see the sun go down and try a few long exposures. Unfortunately the sky wasn't quite clear, but it did give an idea of what the lens is capable of. P8300210 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr Before we knew it 2am was here and packed up camp and started hiking. My usual hiking kit is just EM-10 and Panasonic 14mm f2.5. This time I was of course going to try the 7.5mm fisheye, and decided to supplement with Oly 45mm f1.8. The lenses are small enough that the extra one could fit in my shorts pocket pretty easily. I didn't use any lens caps (front or back), so that I could quickly swap back and forth as needed. The trail is well marked and we had no trouble making good time with our headlamps and starlight. A full moon would have made hiking easier, but I enjoyed the chance to capture some of the night sky. P8310238 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr The sun rose, we kept hiking. P8310310 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr There were some alpine lakes P8310325 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr It may be vain, but honestly one of the best things about hiking with a fisheye is how easy it is to take selfies. Oh wait this is a photography forum. I mean self portraits. P8310365 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr The Samyang has decent flare/sun star performance. Not perfect pointed stars by any means, but it adds some interest without taking over the frame. P8310414 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr Don't forget your friends to watch their elbows if you ask for a picture. P8310516 by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr No pictures from the 8 hour descent. Suffice to say that as the sun went down and we were still hiking spirits took a bit of a dive. But we pushed through and finished the hike at 10 pm at about 19 hours car to car. riverstack-mean by Nathanael Myton, on Flickr Anyways. Might be over-sharing here, but honestly was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Can't wait for a return trip.