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Hiker4lifeFirst 14er/State HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2006

Hiker4life

Started on the main trail at 5:45 AM and reached the summit just after noon. Weather was perfect! I've been hooked on hiking ever since.
Posted Feb 28, 2015 8:36 pm

IronHikerMain trail day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2013

IronHiker

Six in party. One dropped out at Trail Crest, another had to be helped down due to altitude sickness. Long day, but great day.
Posted Feb 28, 2015 5:52 pm

camden kirkpatrickThe Unforgiving Hike
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2014

camden kirkpatrick

When I got to the mountain it was about 6:15 am. I started to make our way up the mountain, and I ran into a stream which was about 2 feet deep, and 12 feet wide. All there was to cross it was a wet log, and a few sticks washed up in the stream. I thought that the water was melted snow, and ice from the top of the mountain. I was able to cross, and got across without getting wet. I was making it up to 11,500 feet up the mountain, and then I ran into some slopes that were going up at a 85 degree angle, and about 4 of them. As I was making it up the 3rd one, I slipped, and fell 50 feet! Not exactly straight down, but it was almost like that. I was able to keep going cause I only got a few cuts, and bruises. I was able to proceed, and I was at 13,225 feet when a blizzard came in. My Mom, and Dad were with me when they said that we couldn't continue. So we had to turn around due to a blizzard, almost sub-zero temps, and finally they were tired, but don't worry cause I'm going to climb mount Elbert again this year!
Posted Jan 28, 2015 2:15 pm

HawkeyeHuffWhitney in a Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2000

HawkeyeHuff

I flew down from Alaska to go up Whitney. Had a one-day pass so I got on the trail a little past 5am and got to the top about noon and back down to the start at 5pm. What a beautiful day and gorgeous scenery! Met nice and interesting people along the way, which always seems to happen going up these mountains. This was my first hike since turning 50 on August 7th. "

Steve Hufford

Anchorage, Alaska USA
Posted Jan 26, 2015 4:20 am

endo.the.timberMountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2014
started @ 4:30am. Was solo and kept veering off in wrong path making me back track several times. From the top of notch a direct climb to the summit. All together 8 hours to summit.
Posted Jan 9, 2015 2:59 am

bkcasteelAn incredible introduction to Mountaineering  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2013

bkcasteel

I seized an opportunity to climb Mt. Whitney (via the Mountaineer's Route) with the Summit for Someone program (supporting Big City Mountaineers). The weather was beautiful and the climb was life-changing. I am hooked!
Posted Dec 31, 2014 3:29 pm

McKennaThanks Anders  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2010

McKenna

A great way to get into mountaineering. Just bring ice axe and crampons.
Posted Dec 22, 2014 12:08 pm

bachandoMountaineers Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2009

bachando

First climb on this mountain. Loved it
Posted Dec 9, 2014 12:08 pm

SeanReedyFinally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 9, 2014

SeanReedy

With the perfect window of pleasant weather, I convinced myself this was the day to finally drive up to the end of Whitney Portal Road and summit Whitney. No quotas, no crowds, no hassles. Most of the other twenty or so others I saw wore spikes, especially between Lone Pine Lake and the 99 switchbacks. The switchbacks were snowy, but not icy late morning nor late afternoon. Trail Crest to the summit was scenic and worth slowing a bit through the thin air.
Posted Nov 10, 2014 9:41 pm

bshirleyLong day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2003
Day hike with my buddy kent. Cool hike - I was glad that we did
it as a day hike after I saw the camping area (maybe it is better now?)
Posted Nov 5, 2014 4:35 pm

charitydominicEssential Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2006

charitydominic

Extended dayhike. Jello legs. Loved the many languages and flags on the trail, felt like it was a much bigger mountain that way.
Posted Oct 30, 2014 6:21 pm

CptAmericabeautiful approach  Sucess!

CptAmerica

whitney trail. absoluteluy beautiful, but unfortunately class 1 the whole way. attempting the east buttress this weekend
Posted Oct 21, 2014 5:14 pm

Dalian16 times so far  Sucess!

Dalian

I hiked to the top of this mountain in:
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
4 times as part of the John Muir Trail hike (once as a start for JMT, three times as an end)
3 times with a partner as a day hike
car-summit-car in 12 hours on the Mountaineers Route in snow (April 2011)
13 times solo (first time solo)
Posted Oct 11, 2014 7:54 pm

ozarkmacJMT thru hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2014

ozarkmac

Last day on the John Muir Trail. Alpine start from Guitar Lake for Equinox sunrise at Trailcrest. Amazing ever-changing light. 4 of us had the summit to ourselves for a long while before the hoards from the East side arrived. A very cool way to finish an incredible adventure. The trudge down to the Portal makes for a long day.
Posted Oct 8, 2014 8:58 am

watterdogEnd of the trail (almost).  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2011
I reached the summit after 18 days on the John Muir Trail. I started at Curry Village in Yosemite.
Posted Sep 23, 2014 1:39 am

davidoFoggy summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2012

davido

Fog and light drizzle rolled in as we neared the summit so we couldn't see much...at least it was clear on the way up and I got to see the beautiful orange reflection of the rising sun off the mountain.
Posted Sep 11, 2014 2:26 am

RoryKuykendallLong Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2013

RoryKuykendall

Long dayhike with my girlfriend to celebrate our one year anniversary as a couple. I love this trail and I love the energy of the people on it. A special experience.
Posted Aug 20, 2014 11:51 pm

farristjOnion Valley to Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2003

farristj

My first ever trek on the John Muir Trail!
Posted Aug 11, 2014 7:18 pm

ScottWhitneyBoundOvernight at Trail Camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2014

ScottWhitneyBound

I did it solo. I camped two nights at Horseshoe Meadows and hiked to Chicken Springs Lake and back to get acclimated. Then backpacked to Trail Camp, got up the next morning and started hiking at 7:25am, summited at 10am after negotiating nearly 3 miles of snow on the trail between Trail Crest and the summit, and made it back to the car by 7pm.
Posted Aug 10, 2014 12:16 pm

harbor10th State HP  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2014

harbor

Acclimated at Great Basin Ntl. Park in Nevada for a few days before driving out to Whitney. Day hiked all 22 miles. Gorgeous cloudless day. Probably one of the nicest all summer. Glad I wasn't up there this last weekend with the freak August snowstorm dumping 6-12 inches on much of the High Sierras. A lot of leftover snow up on top. Like every hike I've done at higher altitudes my stomach went into a knot at 13k feet but luckily the feeling went away after 30 or so minutes. Highest I've ever been so far.

Hiked with brother, sister, and father-in-law. Great experience. Stayed at the hostel in Lone Pine.
Posted Aug 8, 2014 1:27 am

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