You think our Blue Ridge Mountains are high? Try 14,496 feet above sea level atop Mt. Whitney, Calif., the Lower 48’s highest altitude. Scaling that height is what these two hikers — Board of Supervisors member Chris Parrish, of Viewtown, left, and Andre Lang of Sperryville — did on July 26. En route they traveled through Death Valley, with the nation’s lowest altitude, and also climbed Boundary Peak, Nevada’s high point at 13,140 feet.