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DeeDeeRoute Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: July, 1997  Sucess!


Difficult route finding.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 6:57 pm

ChamiltonRoute Climbed: Mountaineers Rpute Date Climbed: April 2005  Sucess!


Leisurely 3 days up the hill with Guide Kurt Wedberg and Backpacker mag. Night 1 at LBSL, night 2 at Iceberg, then summit day. Fantastic weather, tonnes of residual snow, and fixed ropes above the notch.

The spa at the Dow Villa was jumping!!
Posted Aug 4, 2005 3:44 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2005  Sucess!


I had climbed White Mtn Peak two days before so I figured the altitude would be no problem and this turned out to be right. I opted for an early morning start just before 3 a.m. and donned my headlamp for the first few miles taking it off near trail camp.

I had perfect weather and actually enjoyed the whole trail, particularly the 99 switchbacks that are an impressive engineering feat when you think about them. Met a couple great guys from Kentucky on the switchbacks and we stuck together for the rest of the hike up. It turned out to be a very social trail as everyone is very friendly and are seemingly from every state and many foreign countries. The only thing lacking at the summit was a McD's. The summit was covered with hikers and one guy had parked his behind on the Benchmark which irritated a few who had to ask him to move over a bit as they preferred seeing only the Benchmark in their photos. Still, it was a perfect day and a perfect hike.
Posted Aug 4, 2005 8:44 am

jefflachRoute Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: July 31st, 2005  Sucess!


Beautiful climb. There's still plenty of snow in the chute, ice-axe recommended. Hailed and rained all night. Look out for the marmots!!
Posted Aug 2, 2005 5:54 pm

bennovakRoute Climbed: Whitnet Trail Date Climbed: July 31 2005  Sucess!


Went with some good friends on this second trip up the mountain. CTC in 10 hrs with a nice detour up Mt Muir too.
Posted Aug 1, 2005 7:53 pm

Climbing WebersRoute Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!

Climbing Webers

Good weather! There was very little snow on the trail and crampons are not needed. Early start 2:30am and ended at 3:30pm. Long hike with awesome views. Even with a couple days of acclimating still had a little altitude sickness. Wife had first siezure ever due to altitude (fun fun fun!). Great trip! ;)
Posted Jul 31, 2005 8:52 pm

easleygoneRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 1990?  Sucess!
My oldest son's first & only "big" climb with me. We

camped in the designated boulder field halfway up

and as we summitted the next day, he developed a

heavy dose of extreme altitude sickness. I got him

down and back to Oklahoma where he when on to

law school and never climbed with me again. At

least he didn't sue me.
Posted Jul 30, 2005 4:39 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: normal, mostly Date Climbed: 1995?  Sucess!


Great hike - there was a ton of snow on the route (think it was late April) and I remember postholing and swearing mightily while my 150-pound partner frolicked atop the crust of snow. Long day, too... think when i do this one again I'll make it two days and take it easier!
Posted Jul 28, 2005 2:51 am

citadel07Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: July 25, 2005  Sucess!


Great trip. Still plenty of snow in chute and at Iceberg Lake. Streams are still running strong which made for some interesting crossings and hailed on 2 afternoons in a row. Awesome trip overall.
Posted Jul 27, 2005 4:30 pm

tonyoRoute Climbed: main trail Date Climbed: July 23, 2005  Sucess!


Day hiked with my son, who made it to the summit in 4:25. Needless to say, I took a bit longer. Ok, maybe a lot longer. 3rd 14er.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 10:27 am

SusanMRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: July 17, 2005  Sucess!


Glissaded from Trail Crest down to Trail Camp. Big Fun! I can't wait to try the Mountaineering Route.
Posted Jul 23, 2005 11:29 pm

Matthew HollimanA nice peak if you avoid the trail...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2005

Matthew Holliman

Dayhiked the East Buttress out of the Portal on June 5 '05 with Brian Decker. Some amazingly slow members tagging along in our approach party meant we took several hours longer to reach the start of the climb than I'd expected, and Brian and I were climbing in the shade after the first two or three pitches. Damn, it gets cold up there! But the climbing is moderate, fun, and the route would be an absolute blast if climbed in the sun on a calm day. I think I enjoyed the last few unroped class 3-4 "pitches" best of all.

Cramponed down the MR (taking the North Face traverse variation to avoid the icy uppermost portion of the chute), and got lost while trying to descend the Ebersbacher Ledges in the dark--with some truly heinous bushwhacking around the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek while trying to find the trail--to round out the day's variety of adventuring. Memorable outing.

I've also been up a couple of the non-technical routes. On my first visit (Aug 17, '03), after a brief scramble up Mt. Muir, the result of changed plans on Day 9 of the 2003 Sierra Challenge, I figured I ought to at least stroll up the trail to tag Whitney's summit while I was in the area. This proved to be every bit as exciting as White Mountain Peak earlier in the week.

I came back a year later (Aug 28, '04) as part of a five-peak dayhike loop out of Whitney Portal: Carillon-Tunnabora-Russell-Whitney-Muir. This was much more enjoyable than the first visit. The north side of Whitney was a surprisingly fun scramble, maybe even better than Russell, with some steep slabs in places.
Posted Jul 17, 2005 10:51 pm

rockcairnRoute Climbed: Mount Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 12, 2005  Sucess!


There are still a few snow crossings, but no problem getting by the cable railing on the swtichbacks above trail camp.
Posted Jul 14, 2005 7:13 pm

CodyRoute Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: April 30 2005  Sucess!


Via Mountaineers Route. My first summit on Whitney.
Posted Jul 11, 2005 2:48 pm

mtldrinstrRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!


Beautiful trip, can't wait to do it again.
Posted Jul 10, 2005 7:45 pm

ajdonnerRoute Climbed: Trail from west side (via High Sierra Trail-Crescent Meadow) Date Climbed: Summer 2001  Sucess!


Awesome eight days with my father and brother-in-law.
Posted Jul 8, 2005 11:25 pm

oaklanderRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!


Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake. Route took longer than we expected. Rapped down mountaineers route. Nighted at Iceberg Lake and made an "unexpected " bivy. Super fun! Going back to do East Buttress soon.
Posted Jul 6, 2005 8:07 pm

jtostenrRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: June 27, 2005  Sucess!


We hiked up to Upper Boyscout Lake the first day and the rest of the way the next day. The final chute had quite a bit of ice at the beginning, but was not difficult to navigate around. Higher up, the snow was very icy so we chose to scrable up the rocks. This was a really fun climb. I hope to return some day to climb the east face.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 3:39 am

JanGRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: June 26, 2005  Sucess!


For me it was a great achievement to be once again [after 16 years, this time with my son] at the top of this awesome mountain ! Our guide from Sierra Mountaineering, Inc made all the difference for us. First, Neil found a very nice camping spot by Thor Lake, sheltered from the elements and without any snow on the ground. It was located a few hundred feet lower than Iceberg Lake which was still frozen and its usual camp sites all snow covered.

At daybreak we continued on our trek thru fields of snow cups and neve and did not encounter a single mountaineer the entire day. We began the rock climb below the Tower Traverse at about 7.30AM. It took us about 7.5 hours to reach the summit. It was Neil's expert guidance that facilitated our success at the usual critical technical spots [my crux of the climb was the dihedral at the top of the Grand Staircase]. The exposure and views during the climb were awesome and the technical aspects were definitely harder than anything I had encountered at the Hornli Ridge of the Matterhorn.Our descent via the Mountaineers Route was greatly facilitated by glissading in the snow-covered chutes.

I highly recommend the latter part of June as a great time to climb this spectacular route in total solitude and opting to camp lower to avoid snow and cold nights!
Posted Jul 4, 2005 3:06 pm

SkydiveKenRoute Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: August 20 2004  Sucess!


Perfect weather perfect climb great fun.
Posted Jul 4, 2005 1:41 am

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