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Yulia ZiMay Summit via Whitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2016

Yulia Zi

My first true summit and a summit registry entry. Was quite an intense climb due to the lot of snow and ice on the ridge to the summit.

Getting up to the high camp was an adventure on its own with people getting tired, lost, angry.

I did catch a summit fever though after climbing this beautiful California queen of a mountain.
Posted Nov 30, 2016 1:21 am

naderMt. Whitney
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 1993

nader

Original log has been deleted. Here it is again.
Posted Nov 28, 2016 1:54 pm

bkrauseDreaming of a fifth time

bkrause

1972 with my father via the Mount Whitney Trail
1977 with Chip and Dave upon completion of the John Muir Trail
1981 with John Oliver via the East Face
1981 with John Oliver via the East Buttress
Posted Nov 9, 2016 8:01 pm

climber46Lower 48 highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2006

climber46

Summited 5/30/2006, a high snow year via the main trail. I camped at trail camp. Awesome experience. You can read my trip report for more detail on summitpost.org.
Posted Oct 24, 2016 7:58 am

jmizzMountaineers Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2015

jmizz

Two day summit bid. Not much snow until Iceberg Lake at base of couloir. Scrambling up the snow-covered rocks just below the summit was interesting and fun. Brought a 70m rope and used it to protect the final few hundred feet and made one rap on the descent (not totally necessary but nice to have).
Posted Oct 2, 2016 3:58 pm

ljwolfemanmain route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2003

ljwolfeman

Great trip. Thirteen years ago to the day. Excellent weather. 3 am start. Still remember it like it was yesterday. Hankering to go back soon.
Posted Sep 22, 2016 1:13 pm

wanderweg83Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2016

wanderweg83

Went up the Mountaineer's Route yesterday. Fun way to the summit.
Posted Sep 20, 2016 12:24 pm

DukeJHMountaineer's route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2016

DukeJH

Ascended the Mountaineer's Route from UBSL after summiting Russell and Carillon the previous day. Avoided weather on the mountain but broke camp in graupel and snow.
Posted Sep 12, 2016 11:26 am

josephbschmitt0415Conitnental US High and Low In One Weekend  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2016

josephbschmitt0415

After a failed attempt last year (2015) due to the tail end of a hurricane passing through CA and NV creating flash flooding we returned and were successful via the Whitney Trail. Fun and long hike. Beautiful area! Started at the TH at 3:30 AM and back at 4 PM. Stopped at Badwater Basin on the way home for the low point. Almost 15,000' elevation difference and almost an 80 degree difference!
Posted Sep 7, 2016 4:38 pm

nayrbUp and Over Mount Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2010

nayrb

The summit of Whitney found us (Bill, Brent, & myself) ... one cold morning in Sep of 2010. This was 2nd attempt on Whitney since I didn't summit in 2008. Did the 40-mile-ish route around the back side ... then up (summit) and over to the Whitney Portal. Great trip!
Posted Sep 3, 2016 8:17 am

awilk7Inspiring  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2016
With a few weeks notice, I was able to join a group of family/friends on their day-use permit for hiking in the Whitney zone. Starting from the Whitney Portal trailhead at 4 am, all of our party except one were able to summit via the Whitney Trail. Rob was down with a nasty head cold and decided to stop and recover partway up the mountain.

The trail up was long, but never steep or tricky. The snow on the 99 switchbacks had melted just enough by our summit attempt on the last day of June to easily pass on the inside of the chains. We did also encounter snow at the main summit block, but were able to easily traverse the short section with hiking shoes and trekking poles.

I reached the summit at 12:40pm, but immediately took a couple of pictures, signed the register, and left as thunder rumbled for the first time in the distance near Lone Pine Peak. We quickly worked our way off the summit block and back toward Trail Crest, but were hit with marble-sized hail along the way. We were lucky that the storm was only producing cloud-cloud lightning as we made our way back down along the high ridge.

Rain fell intermittently from Trail Crest down to Trail Camp, making certain rocky sections of trail somewhat slippery, but not terribly so.

We were somewhat surprised by the weather. Though we did know well enough to expect a chance of lightning on any summer afternoon up there, the forecast for the summit even the night before had called for clear conditions all day. Clearly, the unstable air mass had not yet moved out.

If in the future I am attempting Whitney as a day hike, I plan to start even earlier (or move faster) to make sure to be back below Trail Crest by noon.
Posted Aug 22, 2016 1:03 pm

DieselVia Mountaineer's route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2016

Diesel

Successful attempt after a faild attempt in 2015 when I had to turn back from the top of the chute due to lighting and heavy rain. This time, good weather, although very sunny and hot. This route is much shorter that Whitney Trail, but much slower going. After 6 days of intense hiking, it took 6 hours to the top and 5 back to Whitney Portal.
Posted Jul 22, 2016 12:22 am

RomainEast Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2008

Romain

With R. Zeithammer. Much lower temps than the day before. Great climb.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 2:14 am

RomainMountaineer's route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2008

Romain

With R. Zeithammer on a cold and windy day.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 2:13 am

RomainTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2002

Romain

With S. Feldmann.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 2:12 am

socalpeakbaggerThe Big Honcho  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2012

socalpeakbagger

One of the most stunning views ever was on the way up to the summit from base camp as the sun was just coming up and the walls started to turn orange...
Posted Jul 6, 2016 12:38 am

GuydentsMountaineers Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2016

Guydents

First attempt at the peak and had to go via Mountaineers route. Made summit at 10AM and descended via the main trail to Portal Road.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 12:54 am

whatdoIknowEast Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2016

whatdoIknow

Dave, the guide said that many underestimate the EB. I guess so did I, but we summited in good times anyway to beat the thunderstorm. Very enjoyable climb.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 11:12 pm

Scott FultonClimbed it long ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1997

Scott Fulton

Climbed it via the trail many years ago with three other guys. We camped one night at the portal, and next morning we hiked up to trail camp and spent the night. My tent mate threw up just outside of our tent, and I ended up stepping in it with my sock. Next morning we hiked to summit, then back down to trail camp and broke camp and headed down to Outpost Camp where we spent the night. Then next morning headed out and had lunch at Whiskey Creek in Bishop. Good times!
Posted Jun 26, 2016 3:56 pm

nicozoneTwice climbed, twice summited  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2016

nicozone

After having an awesome time on the Mountaineer's Route in 2013, my girlfriend asked if I would take her up the mountain as well. Since Pinnacle Ridge divides Lone Pine Creek drainage from North Fork Lone Pine Creek drainage, I decided that the Whitney Trail would be an interesting exploration this time. Luckily, lottery results were in our favor again and we were able to get a 4-person permit for the weekend. Some new snowfall the weekend before gave us a bit of pause, but other than some early morning ice along the chains, we only had to contend with a biting cold wind all the way to the summit. Great views from the summit as always!
Posted Jun 23, 2016 11:26 am

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