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NikkiFirst Attempt
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2015


My husband and I attempted Whitney and were turned around by a thunder storm about halfway up. We were bummed because we planned and trained so much but we didn't want to risk it. Whitney will be there next year!
Posted Oct 25, 2015 6:01 pm

fernandoe@yahoo.comWhitney Trail
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2012


Routine hike on the Whitney Trail. I took a detour to do Muir as Well.
Posted Oct 22, 2015 3:26 pm

JoeyrooLast Minute Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2014


Associate got the lottery for the permit, but two of his friends bailed. He asked if I wanted to go, so I got a spot to go few days before the trip. Weather was great.

My first non-winter conditions trip. Unlike my past winter Whitney trip where there was an overnight wind storm. My friend's tent pole snapped and the tent collapsed from the weight of the snow. Woke up to 2-3 feet around the tent with some snow on top.
Posted Oct 21, 2015 8:06 pm

elcy79.gpvia JMT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2013


Started Onion Valley on the 8th (32 wedding anniversary, sorry honey) with our group of 6. All but one made it to the top (got dysentery in CT Meadows). Great day and beautiful weather the entire 6 days of the hike.

2nd time on Whitney, 42 years apart.
Posted Oct 20, 2015 4:11 pm

BlackmouthRe: MR-Day Hike


Second Time
Sept 24, 2015
Solo dayhike up the Mountaineers Route to Whitney and then onto Mt. Muir and then the main trail to the portal. 16 hours car to car. A beautiful fall day in the Sierra with very little wind.
Posted Sep 25, 2015 1:23 pm

dakineDayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2015
Dayhike on the main trail, this time with trekking poles, almost feels like cheating.
Posted Sep 18, 2015 5:23 pm

fallonclimbsBusy mountain, fun 3 day trip  Sucess!


Trip report in 2012

Lots of people, blue bags suck....But otherwise beautiful, cute marmots, physically exhausting but fun! Way more enjoyable to do it in 3 days
Posted Aug 30, 2015 1:17 pm

JonodoMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2015


Nice hike, great views, met some real nice people.
Posted Aug 26, 2015 8:19 pm

dan-oWhitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2015


Great end to the JMT!
Posted Aug 11, 2015 11:24 pm

Puma concolorState Highpoint #45  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

Puma concolor

Hiked to the top of California via the 99 switchbacks approach after sleeping at Outpost Camp. Spectacular conditions. Perfect day. Elevation slowed me down a bit near the summit but I pushed through it.
Posted Jul 26, 2015 10:14 am

Keith MedlockMount Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2015

Keith Medlock

Summit number 7
Posted Jul 22, 2015 12:48 pm

ScottWhitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015


July 2

The original plan was for Kessler and I to climb Mount Whitney in one day, but the permit office in Lone Pine had three overnight permits, so my dad wanted to come.

We set off up the trail fairly early in the morning and enjoyed the scenery up to Trail Camp. At Trail Camp we were hit by a storm right after the tent was set up.

The weather was quite bad and other people climbing the peak were turning around. We were glad that we were attempting the peak the next day.

Kessler and I decided to check out Wotans Throne when the weather cleared in the evening. We climbed up the northernmost gully on the west side, reaching a chockstone not far from the summit. It was a nasty route and I didn’t want to climb the chockstone since I was afraid that we would pull loose rock onto us. We then checked out the gully to the south, but eventually the exposure became too great considering the loose rock (either route might make a good early season snow climb). We the bench around to the south side and explored along the South Chimney Route (we had no guidebook or beta since it was an unplanned ascent), but it too was pretty exposed considering we didn’t have any climbing gear or helmets. Thus, we returned unsuccessful since we ran out of time. We should have gone around to the north side which is much easier.

We also discovered that the marmots at Trail Camp are relentless and luckily bear canisters keep them out our your food.

July 3

In the morning, Kessler, my dad, and I set off to climb Mount Whitney. The weather was clear, unlike the day before. My dad (71 years old) lagged behind, so Kessler and I spent quite a bit of time on the summit waiting for him. He eventually caught up though.

On the descent, Kessler and I took off ahead so that we could climb Mount Muir. Mount Muir was rated class 3 and although I knew that class 3 was generally harder in California than in Colorado, we underestimated Mount Muir. It was harder than I thought it would be. It was quite exposed as well. Since we weren't planning on climbing Muir until we happened to get the overnight permit, I hadn't brought any good climbing shoes and we just had old running shoes. We also didn't have any beta and didn't bring helmets. We probed two different routes before climbing one in the center of the summit block. It wasn't too bad until we had to do a slab traverse to the left with our low-traction shoes (sticky shoes would make this a piece of cake). We got up to the rappel anchor at the overhanging rock, but with our old running shoes we didn't want to stand on the summit. It was fun, but I wish we had brought better shoes (and a helmet).

Still ready for more action, we descended Muir and climbed what our map labeled as Trail Crest Tower. Either the map was wrong or there is a non technical route up the tower, because we didn't do any technical climbing. It was still a great viewpoint.

After climbing the tower, we descended and caught up with my dad on the switchbacks above Trail Camp. We packed up camp and headed down the mountain. One sore point is that a lot of people seem to leave their poop bags at Trail Camp. I took two garbage bags and put the extra poop bags in them and tied the garbage bags to the outside of Kessler's pack. We don't like packing out other's human waste, but it needed to be done. People who leave the bags are scum and shouldn't be allowed on the mountain.

The rest of the descent was routine, but at the end, Kessler and I went ahead of my dad in order to get drinks and ice cream from the store. It was a good climb, but the only sore point was the extra waste bags.
Posted Jul 21, 2015 4:47 pm

KesslerWhitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2015


Posted Jul 20, 2015 6:17 pm

edsaxeIce waterfall   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015


Climbed up Mountaineers route in 1:15 to the notch on the left side up the rock above the snowy chute, then the last 500' was covered with ice and snow from the last 3 nights. we used ice axes and a rope and slowly made our way up, it was really slippery and took a long time with 3 people and a half rope. Then traversed over to the ridge on the right and scrambled the rest of the way up. Beautiful view but took almost 2 more hrs to get up from the notch
Posted Jul 14, 2015 1:08 pm

ljwoodwLabor(ious) dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2013
Got seriously, perilously off-route before the ledges, then struggled to find a way through the willows above Lower Boy Scout Lake, then went up too far to the right of the chute and had to traverse on an airy ridge over to the notch. Then, altitude sickness. Wanted to stop, but figured that downclimbing to iceberg lake would be harder and more dangerous than summitting and taking the trail. The Class 3 notch was probably the easiest part of the day. The whole hike took about 9.5 hours.

Picked up a JMT through hiker on the way down and drove him to Yosemite. Oh, but Tioga Pass was closed so this involved driving back to the Bay Area via Bakersfield. What a day.
Posted Jul 6, 2015 2:18 am

DukeJH14er Quest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014


Picked up a last minute day hike permit after coming out of the Palisades. 2nd time. Fast and light.
Posted Jun 25, 2015 2:19 pm

jdw10Mt. Whitney Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2014


Completed a 40 mile backpacking trip with Whitney's summit as the highlight of the trip. Beautiful weather and beautiful landscape. I'll be back in 2015!
Posted Jun 11, 2015 3:32 pm

Nick TurturaSpectacular  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2015

Nick Turtura

Weather was good. No need for picks and pons but there was snow above trail camp. We left TH at 4:00am 18 hours RT. The trail is 22 miles RT but feels like 30 so be ready for a never ending eternity of SWITCHBACKS! Hope this beta helps.
Posted Jun 6, 2015 7:24 pm

edge17via mountaineer's route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2015
Climbed via the mountaineer's route. Camped at Upper Boyscout Lake. It was fairly windy and never really went above freezing. Iceaxe and crampons above Iceberg lake. Went down through the willows while heading back to the trailhead the following day, rather than maneuvering heavy packs over the ledges. Snow flurries started coming down while Eric and I were heading back to the trailhead.
Posted Apr 8, 2015 7:52 pm

SimkinMountaineers Route in February  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2015


Here is the video

Posted Mar 18, 2015 7:43 pm

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