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Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: October 25, 2003  Sucess!
The altitude took a lot out of me on this long day hike. I was amazed by the crowds on the summit.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:05 pm

brutus of wydeRoute Climbed: Hairline Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

brutus of wyde

E. Stefke, L. Stefke, Em Holland and B. Bindner rebolted this route during a 7-day climb, bivouacking on Frisbee Ledge and the top of Pitch 9.
Posted Jan 8, 2005 7:59 pm

sierratrekkinRoute Climbed: Mountianeer's Route Date Climbed: July, 1998


Whitney was my first of many peaks in the spectacular Sierra. Myself and three others climbed the Mountaineer's Route on a summer trip. Since then I have returned to the Sierra every summer to backcountry trek and peakbag along the way.
Posted Dec 22, 2004 8:23 am

GeneRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 1979  Sucess!
Me too!
Posted Dec 20, 2004 4:04 am

uintasRoute Climbed: Whitney Portal, Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August, 1973  Sucess!


Had a great trip with my friends after graduating from High School. We all made it to the top. Some stayed too long at the top and ended up hiking the last few miles in the dark on the way down. My kids today would not believe that their old dad made it to the top if I did not have the pictures to prove it.
Posted Dec 9, 2004 9:58 pm

bricewilsonRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: September 9, 2003  Sucess!


First time, just drove up from SoCal and camped at the Portal the night before. We made good time and only got a little sick. Nothing in this world tastes better than one of Doug's cheeseburgers after a long day on the trail!
Posted Dec 8, 2004 6:29 pm

flotzillaRoute Climbed: main route Date Climbed: feb 2001  Sucess!


six very cold days but made the summit and had a great time.
Posted Dec 1, 2004 9:17 pm

eateverythingRoute Climbed: Whitney Portal, Mountaineers Route. Date Climbed: August 21, 2000  Sucess!


What an awesome experience. We came in from Whitney portal, and during our first summit attempt my Dad came down with a pretty advanced case of HAPE, which was really horrifying. I was only 18 at the time, but the thought of your dad dying on the mountain, right in front of you is pretty motivating. We sent our 3rd party member ahead to get help while I acted as surrogate legs for dad. We all made it out OK. I'm glad it was August.
Posted Nov 30, 2004 8:29 pm

HeyItsBenRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: June 6th, 2003  Sucess!


First hike ever. Done it a few times since, and in all seasons.
Posted Nov 10, 2004 3:59 pm

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: October 4, 2003  Sucess!

Steve Larson

Great weather, awesome climbing, and stunning views all day long. Who could ask for more? Okay, well maybe an escalator back down to the portal (never let it be said that wouldn't opt for the easy way down...). My partner didn't tell me this before the climb, but apparently he had been dreaming of an east face route for years. He had walked up the trail, noticed climbers popping up from the east, peered over the edge, and said, "Wow!" That was the start of his climbing career.
Posted Nov 5, 2004 9:23 pm

usarock69Route Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 29 May, 2004  Sucess!


This was a killer day. We decided to try to hike Mt. Whitney in one day this time. There was a lot of snow after the Trail Camp, it was very hard. The weather was perfect, we just didn't have enough energy (after sleeping only for 3hrs). Two guys from our group made it to the summit at 7PM, which was very very late and the conditions coming back were icy, windy and dangerous. They made it back to Portal safely, but extremely exhausted. I descended by myself after 5PM, so I was toasty in my sleeping bag, but made some fresh brew for the brave ones as they came back . Very good trip with lots of memories.
Posted Nov 3, 2004 7:01 pm

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 1962, 1988, 1992, 1996,  Sucess!


Most memorable climb was with my sister when we hiked with an approaching summer storm. We had a sleepless night at Outpost Camp with the wind howling. The next day we bucked the wind and summited just in time, but it snowed going down and turned to rain at Mirror Lake. What an adventure and challenge fighting the weather. The other three summer hikes were pleasant.
Posted Oct 30, 2004 9:32 am

physicsRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: October 24, 2004  Sucess!


climbed with akullar. ~ Left on Friday morning at 8:45 AM; after walking through 3-4 feet of fresh powder snow, reached Upper Boy Scout Lake at around 5:45 PM and camped; left Saturday morning after getting up at 6:45 AM for Whitney, it was very cold, winds above 30 MPH, and ~300 feet visibility; reached base of Whitney and continued up route with 4-6 feet of snow to summit which took 5:30. Camped 10 feet below the summit Saturday night and then summitted first think Sunday morning after being totally worn out; walked down the walk-up route. good climb
Posted Oct 26, 2004 7:29 pm

GlennGRoute Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!


We camped at Iceberg Lake and summited on a Saturday. Was a beautiful blue skied day. Developed a loathing for chutes on this trip, not only because the chute up from Iceberg is a nigtmare, but due to a 4-5ft. diameter boulder that came careening past us as we ducked to the side.
Posted Oct 15, 2004 12:04 pm

ChuckORoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: jul 2002  Sucess!


Overnight schedule. I carried only light bivy gear for the sleep over at high camp.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:45 pm

ChuckORoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: sep 1998  Sucess!


Great time. 13 hour round trip.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:44 pm

kovarpaRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: October 9, 2004  Sucess!


Climbed with Bill - beautiful route, just a little trouble route finding (we did the Fresh Air without knowing it). Somehow we skipped the class 3 to the summit, veered too much to the right (I think) but the benefit is that you top out directly on the summit...
Posted Oct 11, 2004 10:59 pm

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

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