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twigasaurusEarly Start on Main Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2011

twigasaurus

With a forecast for snow storms late in the morning, we decided to start our hike at 12:30am. Most of the hike up was in the dark under the stars. We reached the top just after sunrise. The whole trip down was new to us since we hadn't seen it in the light. Much more beautiful than I was expecting.
Posted Sep 11, 2011 2:29 am

mcphersonm80Perfect Day on Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2011

mcphersonm80

Could not have asked for better conditions on the mountain. Cold, perfectly clear skies, all the training paid off and we made it! First time, started at 3:15am, 16 hours. Photos here if interested: Mt Whitney Photos - Wattifoto
Posted Sep 5, 2011 4:27 pm

MtnDoser1st time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2011

MtnDoser

Mt Whitney trail dayhike. Started at 5am (a lil late), summited about 3pm, and finished at 1am... basically a 20hr hike. We had a couple of people in the group struggling with the altitude and length of the trip, so it took longer than expected. All 6 of us made it to the top and back in our 1st attempt, beating the odds of 1 in 3. So I'm happy, and I wanna go back and shatter that time by multiple hours!
Posted Sep 2, 2011 7:18 pm

wleuzingerSnowy Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2010

wleuzinger

Crampons and iceaxe from just above Lone Pine Lake all the way to the top.
Posted Aug 30, 2011 8:33 pm

RootsMR Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2007

Roots

Good times.
Posted Aug 29, 2011 7:06 pm

Peter50Mt Whtney Hike,
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2011
Hiked Mt. Whitney on August 27, 2011. It was 110 degrees in Lone Pine and 40 degrees on top of the mountain. It hailed up there the day before. Bring long pants and a warm jacket and gloves and you should be comfortable. We started at 3:30 am and returned by 6PM. Kept moving the whole time, the switchbacks are the longest and steepest I'ver ever hiked. The trailcrest at the top of the switchbacks is really something. This is a very difficult hike, definitely not for kids. On the way down I started to wonder why I do this, but once you are down you remember the reason for such grueling hikes and I can't wait to do this all over again. I love hiking, I will do it until the day I die!
Posted Aug 29, 2011 6:28 am

SawtoothSeanTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2010

SawtoothSean

Did the Carillon-Russell-Whitney-Muir traverse in a long day with SuperDave. Whitney was great, but Mt. Russell was spectacular. We had the summit to ourselves on Whitney about 3pm.
Posted Aug 27, 2011 9:27 pm

GaryJWolffMt. Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 1989

GaryJWolff

Here is a panorama pic from Mt. Whitney's summit, made back before people used digital cameras: http://www.garyjwolff.com/360-degree-panorama-from-top-of-mt-whitney.html
Posted Aug 24, 2011 8:43 pm

BrianChase6 times  Sucess!

BrianChase

beautiful alpine region. ive only ever been in winter.
Posted Aug 22, 2011 4:38 pm

blueshadeMountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

blueshade

Really easy route. Chute up to near the summit is mostly Class 2, but loose. Nice Class 3 above though, not for those that aren't used to that kind of thing. The little snow remaining is easily avoidable.
Posted Aug 16, 2011 2:08 pm

bc44caesarEast Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2011

bc44caesar

Climbed from Upper Boyscout Lake. Superb route. Iceberg Lake to summit in 3.5 hrs. Belayed Tower Traverse, up the notch, Fresh Air Traverse, the chimney, the 5.7 corner, and the short 5.5 slab above the corner. Simuled everything else.
Posted Aug 13, 2011 12:28 pm

xpdaA Few Years Ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 1973

xpda

Started hiking in Yosemite Valley, followed the John Muir Trail (more or less) to Whitney, descended and hitched a ride to Lone Pine. (Not sure which day in August, but the site demands a guess.)
Posted Aug 10, 2011 12:31 am

Paul1Solo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 6, 2010

Paul1

Not bringing the snowshoes was a BAD call!
Posted Aug 2, 2011 3:28 am

MissHMountaineer's Route up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2011

MissH

First time over 12,000 ft and enjoyed every foot of it! Ascended Mountaineer's Route. Good thing I had EricD to help find the disappearing route and a great trail description. Gorgeous weather except for brief moments of smokey skies. Descended in dark via Whitney Trail under very starry skies. Red moon rise around 9:30 pm due to smokey haze.
Posted Jul 20, 2011 4:58 pm

ericdthe mountaineers route is eye opening  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2011

ericd

A 1-day summit on Mt Whitney coming done in a little bit of dark. Got our day pass at Lone Pine ranger station and learned more about the ominous smokey air, then to the trailhead, perfect for car camping...it even has a general store to boot. Started out at 6:30am, about 1 mile in, took the Mountaineers route to the top. 10hrs, 6000' elev gain, nice lakes for breaks, snow patches and some loose rock. Class 3 scramble to the summit hut was an eye opener. Decended via the traditional route...a little less steep! Enjoyed the extra long day and tired feet.
Posted Jul 20, 2011 4:19 pm

IcemansurfLong day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2010

Icemansurf

Last year, lots of snow still, did the day hike from Whitney Portal. Left at 2AM, made it up the snow chute before it was post-hole city, and made the summit at 1130am. Didn't drink enough water, dehydration and altitude made me puke twice after glisading down to Trail camp. Back to the car by 6pm. Long day but glad to have made it. Weather was great and the views were awesome. Would love do to the Mountaineers route sometime.
Posted Jul 18, 2011 9:06 pm

zoomlocoRock routes best  Sucess!

zoomloco

Many times; the harder the route on this peak, the better it is...
Posted Jul 16, 2011 4:04 pm

wma204Mountaineers Route
Date Climbed: May 26, 2011

wma204

Went from trailhead to Iceberg Lake. The mountain seemed still firmly set in winter. High winds, low temps, insufficient tent, stove that decided not to work and a partner with possible AMS made us decide to turn around. However, it is a beautiful route. I can't wait to get back and give it another go.
Posted Jul 16, 2011 10:27 am

OsterizerOsterized  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2006

Osterizer

Made the summit around noon via the Hikers Route
Posted Jul 15, 2011 8:52 pm

reconronin949How dare you?
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2011

reconronin949

Late post here. Myself and two others attempted the Mountaineer's Route, only to be punted off due to a storm. Winds were raging at Iceberg lake. Probably in the 60+ range with higher gusts at times. While we were making our go/no go decision, some others who just turned around advised we should turn around as another guided rope team had a fall and winds were getting worse. I try to summit each winter, but not this year I guess. Oh well. Next year I may solo.
Posted Jul 14, 2011 7:25 pm

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