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Brian Costello of Concord, having just turned 50, wanted to test the limits of a solo hike and trained extensively for seven months for a 14.5-hour, 22-mile roundtrip trek on Californiaís Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet. He caught up with the community news in the Concord Transcript at the summit hut.

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Brian Costello of Concord, having just turned 50, wanted to test the limits of a solo hike and trained extensively for seven months for a 14.5-hour, 22-mile round trip trek on California's Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet. The ascent, which began at midnight last Aug. 8, took eight hours and culminated in a "spectacularly clear view." Despite the 35-degree temperature, Costello spent a half-hour resting and enjoying the view of the eastern Sierra and Owen's Valley. He also took a moment to catch up on the community news in the Concord Transcript at the summit hut. At the end of his 6.5-hour descent was a well-earned bacon cheeseburger and pale ale at the Whitney Portal store, capping off his exhausting adventure.

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