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Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: Walk-Up Date Climbed: August, 16 2002  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

A long long long walk. Started at 12am when our permits became valid. But well worth it. I encourage everybody to start at night...you'll get a good start and hiking at night is truly underrated.
Posted Oct 7, 2004 12:18 pm

elottRoute Climbed: Main Trail from Whitney Portal Date Climbed: 9/30/2004  Sucess!


My husband and I are 62 and 65. We climbed Whitney as a 3 day backpack trip. We were the last people to summit in September. We summited at 3:30 p.m. in a snowstorm. We were the only ones on the peak and saw no one on our trip back to Trail Camp. There was about 4 inches of snow on the trail all the way back to Trail Crest. While we missed the summit veiws because of the weather, it was a fantastic experienceto be on top. The day after we made the summit we woke up to 6 degree temperatures at Trail Camp. On our trip we saw many people who were much younger than us who turned around. Most of them were totally unprepared for the cold weather.
Posted Oct 6, 2004 10:56 am

MgrossRoute Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: June 13, 2003


Set out at rush hour (4am) to dayhike Whitney. I was not aware at the time of the madness of this, especially considering the fact that I was about 15 pounds overweight at the time. This is an amazing climb, and however many trip reports and photos you see, nothing compares with being there, especially in the silent, cobweb hours before sunrise. After losing all 15 of those overweight pounds (it must have been water weight!)we turned around a few switchbacks before Trail Crest, a mix of my bad knee, my brother's growing altitude sickness, and our being badly out-of-shape at the time. I would go there again in a heartbeat. In fact, it's easy to find myself fantasizing about being there. I did see much of the mountaineer's route this year on the way to Russell, but can't wait to go with our group next year on the Main Trail...(but probably won't try dayhiking!!)
Posted Oct 3, 2004 9:45 pm

n8jojohnsonRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 01 Oct 04  Sucess!


Two fourteeners down ... and a lot more to go.

Posted Oct 3, 2004 12:37 pm

ironmikeRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: Sept 20, 2004  Sucess!
Descended via the trail. Up in 6 hours from Portal.
Posted Oct 2, 2004 11:15 pm

AlRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: Sept 24, 2004  Sucess!


Great weather!
Posted Sep 28, 2004 3:48 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Whitney Portal Date Climbed: 9 August 2003  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

I had so much fun last month, that I had to come back and summit a second time. It was even better the second time. 9 August 2003
Posted Sep 22, 2004 7:05 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Whitney Portal Date Climbed: 12 July 2003  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

Beautiful weather. I did get a Altitude Sickness above Consolation Lake, but I pushed on to summit.
Posted Sep 22, 2004 7:03 pm

k2linkRoute Climbed: Muir Trail through to Whitney Portal Date Climbed: Augsut 2001  Sucess!


Hiked Mt Whitney, starting at Horseshoe Meadow, via Cottonwood Pass, Soldier Lakes, Crabtree Meadow, et al, and out at Whitney Portal. The weather was quite unstable throughout, and we got chased off the mountain by thunder/lightning/hail... very exciting! An incredible trip!

Posted Sep 22, 2004 5:08 pm

blmcclainRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: Sept. 19th, 2004  Sucess!


Headed up the NFLP on Saturday hoping to get Whitney/Muir on Sunday. Saturday night came crashing in with an early Sierra storm. Camped at Upper Boyscout without much wind shelter. Struggled through the early morning snow and departed for the couloir about 6:30. The hike up to Iceberg gave little warmth. Entered the chute a little before 8 am. The wind and the 15 deg temps made life tough going up the chute. Made the summit by 10:45 after taking the Class 3/4 gulley just past the top of the chute. Great climb, would be much more fun if it was warmer!
Posted Sep 21, 2004 1:45 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: trail, E Face Date Climbed: 28 August, 2004  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2000


Mt. Whitney was my first SIerra summit (well, after Pothole Dome). Even by the tourist route, I was impressed by the sheer verticality of the cliffs, the huge foxtail pines, & sparkling white granite that seemed to glow in the dark under a full (or close to) moon.

1st time: w/ my buddy Zathan from college (who was stationed in SD at the time). We left our camp (slightly below the standard one at the lake) @ 11.10 (8 October, 2000), summiting Muir ca. 13.45, & Whitney @ 15.03. We left the summit at 15.43, & arrived back in camp @ 17.54. Beer & burgers were enjoyed upon our return!

2nd trip: w/ homeboy Gordon. Only roping up for 3 pitches, we were slowed by excessive route description review, but things went at a good pace aside from that. Leaving Iceberg Lake @ 7.00, I started up the first pitch from the 1st Tower notch @ 8.40. Tower traverse was the psychological crux of the climb- easy, but well-protected (by 2 pins & somebody's unrecoverable Alien!) & exposed!! Roped up again for the Fresh Air Traverse, which I dreaded leading due to its infamous reputation. Luckily, I cruised right through it with no problems- over-rated (Tower Traverse was more stimulating!), but still fun! Roped up for the strenuous off-width- by far the crux of the route, with the most interesting climbing. Dicked around with some fairly easy 5th above that, before weaving our way to the summit. Summited @ 14.58, & chilled for quite awhile. Started descent @ 16.24. After almost getting killed by rockfall in the Garbage Chute- I mean, Mountaineer's Route, made it back to tent @ 18.30. Great route, great company, great day!!

Did the E Buttress with my man Eric. Deciding to camp at Upper Boyscout meant the approach was longer, but it still went smoothly (great place to bivy, btw). I wonder if the squirrel who raided our food bag survived his trip??? >:) Although we belayed every pitch, we made decent time. Started the route at ~9.10, summited at ~18.15. Great day, spectacular location, & a fun climb! Climbing a great route with a good friend is what it's all about. The Moose Burger (& beer, of course) upon our return was off the hook!

4x 6.12.'12
Another climb of the Sunshine Peewee route, with Faith (who'd never been up Fisherman's before & was stoked to do it). Was again reminded of what a great route it is! Coincidentally ran into Mike D's friend Sailor on the route with his girlfriend, whom we'd happened to meet ~a week prior. Small world! Beautiful, cloudless sky, & a great climb (& summit) with a wonderful partner!
Posted Sep 16, 2004 9:35 pm

stoneman5Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: July, 1997  Sucess!


Big day car to car. five hours on the route. Descended the trail, not recommended. Descend the Mtn'eers route instead.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 7:25 pm

orandallRoute Climbed: trail Date Climbed: Sep 10 2004  Sucess!


left portal at 2:45 AM, didn't see anyone until trail camp - a nice hike under the stars. trail crest 7:00 AM Muir Summit 8:30 (really poor routefinding) Whitney Summit 9:50, back at car 14:30. 14er #3 for me after Russell then Muir. Will do MR next year - just wanted to guarantee the summit this time.
Posted Sep 11, 2004 5:26 pm

woodstriderDate Climbed: August 26, 1997  Sucess!


What a beautiful day for my Birthday hike! Got sung to by a motley and throughly nice bunch of guys. Took highest altitude piss ever likely to. Mount Whitney has the crapper with the best views!
Posted Sep 8, 2004 5:20 pm

mt_daydreamRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's route Date Climbed: September 1, 2002  Sucess!


First 14-er for me. Learnt some lessons the hard way. Two novices going straight at Whitney mountaineer's route coming from sea-level. Got sick due to altitude, still pushed to the summit, and had to return by the main trail. If you're an experienced hiker/backpacker thinking of making that next step, better save some time (two nights at high altitude) for acclimatization, even if you're super-fit. Climb was enjoyable still (till the altitude hit me at 13,500 ft:)
Posted Sep 7, 2004 4:06 am

CompletebumRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!


Wasn't planning on bagging Whitney after Muir but decided I'd rather decend the Mountaineers route than have to deal with any nagging rangers.
Posted Sep 6, 2004 3:01 pm

pennibockerRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 22, 2003  Sucess!


Our party of 6 summitted about 10:00AM. Real cool thing was the high altitude helicopter rescue to retrieve a climber that darkness trapped on the summit. Helicopter takeoff from the summit was something to watch.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 2:29 pm

atcRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail (mule route) Date Climbed: Septermber 4, 2001  Sucess!
2-day trip to Mt. Whitney after winning the "Mt. Whitney permit lottery".
Posted Aug 31, 2004 4:04 am

sierramtngoatRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: August 29, 2004  Sucess!


Our objective was Mount Muir but I had fun "summitting" Whitney twice in one day! We had fun climbing the ledges in the center of the gully that leads to the crapper on the summit plateau. Sunrise on the east face of Whitney at Iceberg Lake was spectacular.

Route Climbed: Backpack from Horseshoe Meadow Date Climbed: 10/14/1999
A repeat trip, this time with Maria. I believe our reason for doing this was that we couldn't get a permit for the trail, but it turned out to be nice because we didn't see a soul until Crabtree meadow... not even an animal. Not a busy weekend I guess.

Route Climbed: Backpack from King's Canyon Date Climbed: July, 1984
Another backpacking trip with my dad and brother Alan. This time we started in King's canyon, followed Bubbs creek, crossed over Forester Pass, and followed the JMT out to the Portal. Bagged Whitney on the way out.

Route Climbed: Backpack from Mineral King Date Climbed: July, 1982
Another great backpacking trip with my dad, this time a trans-sierra trek, ending at Whitney Portal. Bagged Whitney along the way on a empty stomach because bears took half our food in Kern Canyon :(

Route Climbed: Backpack from Horseshoe Meadow Date Climbed: July, 1981
Possibly my first Sierra summit. Aside from nearly be struck by lightning on the second day, the trip was fairly tame, just a fun trip with my dad that got me into the mountains.
Posted Aug 30, 2004 7:55 pm

gordonyeRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August 28, 2004  Sucess!


Great climbing with Dirk (Diggler) from Iceberg Lake. We roped up for 3 pitches and free-solo'd the rest. The weather was perfect and we made good time since there were no other parties on the route. On the way down in the Mountaineer's chute tons of rocks rained down from the East Buttress, we were lucky to escape uninjured.
Posted Aug 30, 2004 4:16 pm

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