• My first attempt at Mt. Whitney in 2005 we had to turn back at 12,000ft because my right knee started to hurt. Thankfully I didn't push myself, because 4 miles down until we reached Whitney Portal I was in so much pain that every downhill step, no matter how minimal, my right knee was taking a beating. 4 miles in pain seemed like 40 miles. That following week I visited the doctor who then informed me 2 things: 1) my right leg caves slightly inward which becomes more prevalent when hiking downhill and 2) my right leg was also slightly shorter than my left. Say whaaa?! 😳 Anyway, I embraced his findings, went forward with physical therapy for a good month and thankful that it wasn't a meniscus issue, although I'm sure that if I hadn't gotten it checked out it would have become a bigger problem. •
This was by far the most excruciating challenge I've ever had to encounter on a trail. It's tested my patience (and that of my husband's), kept me on edge and almost made me question what the hell I was doing on a mountain. What has tested your limits on the trail and how did you overcome them?