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Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 16, 2005  Sucess!

Augie Medina

My son and I left the portal at around 4:30 am. Halfway to Lone Pine Lake, we caught two deer in our headlamps. They took their time moving away from us so we had a relatively long encounter with them. At sunrise, it was awesome to see our destination in the distance with the adjoining needle peaks in the dawn's early light. We hiked at a moderate pace and got to the summit before noon. While the day had been clear, the clouds rolled in on us when we summited and obscured about 270 degrees of vista. We had taken crampons and ice axes because it had snowed near the summit two days previously. However, the trail was clear all the way and so we just ended up hefting extra metal. Don't mind admitting I was feeling pretty fatigued on the way back down. When we got back to Lone Pine Lake, my brain went on autopilot knowing the end was only a couple of miles away. Brains on autopilot keep the legs and arms moving methodically until the destination is reached.
Posted Feb 7, 2006 8:26 pm

Mountain JimRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: June 1989  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 1989

Mountain Jim

Round trip from Whitney Portal in a day. Great Route !!!
Posted Feb 2, 2006 12:00 am

TraipserRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
A lovely stroll.
Posted Feb 1, 2006 4:49 am

mkeselakDate Climbed: 3 Oct 2005  Sucess!

mkeselak

long, hard but very good
Posted Jan 27, 2006 7:00 pm

mkeselakDate Climbed: 3 Oct 2005  Sucess!

mkeselak

long, hard but very good
Posted Jan 27, 2006 7:00 pm

sprossedaRoute Climbed: standard trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

sprosseda

What a cool feeling to summit the highest in contiguous 48 states. Feels very high up there being almost 11,000 vertical feet above the town of Lone Pine. Camped at 12,000 feet where it froze overnight, and then back down in the valley it was 100 degrees F later that day. Crazy! Good view of Kaweah's and Williamson.
Posted Jan 25, 2006 5:42 pm

Joseph ClaghornRoute Climbed: Horshoe Meadows - PCT - JMT Date Climbed: August 1990  Sucess!

Joseph Claghorn

My first mountain at the age of 15 with my dad and brothers. Two previous attempts with the family ended in failure. We definitely didn't adhere to the Leave no Trace ethic. I pack other people's trash out on trails now to make up the karmic deficit.
Posted Jan 24, 2006 11:09 pm

FinanceguyRoute Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: September 14, 2005  Sucess!

Financeguy

Left the trailhead around 3:00 am, and joined a group of guys I met at Trail Camp. Reached the summit at 12:30 pm. Headed back down at 1:15 pm and reached the trailhead at 6:15 pm. A very long day, but well worth it.
Posted Jan 8, 2006 12:20 pm

plumeRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: July 28, 2005  Sucess!

plume

Brother's wife runs off with an opera star, so we go climbing to clear is head and distract him from the distress. Half way up the east face we get off route on the Fresh Air Traverse and head up this heinously loose 5.9 variation while it starts to hail hammers and nails followed by a lightening storm the likes of which I'd never like to see again. Still, we continued up between strikes, one of which came in sideways with such force it knocked a large boulder off the top of Keeler. The buzz would build up and we hunkered down until it released, then climbed through. Snow hid most of the holds, and dressed for a summer outing we started to shiver with abandon. At some point we had to make a choice between freezing and getting flashed with the cold winning out by a small margin. Eventually we made it to the hut and my brother finally had a chance to do what he had come here to do—throw his wedding ring off the summit, the emotional wounds already starting to heal.



In all, a great trip and a long day of climbing.
Posted Jan 3, 2006 5:40 pm

Smith93Route Climbed: Whitney Main Trail Date Climbed: August 15, 2003  Sucess!

Smith93

Terrible weather on the summit day. Blowing hail, snow and freezing rain. Not a fun hike to the summit. But definetly worth it even though there were no views. I would love to go back and hike it again.
Posted Jan 2, 2006 3:32 am

hundyRoute Climbed: Whitney Main Trail Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005

hundy

Awsome, a dream come true I have always wanted to get to the top of Whitney, but something always came up or got in the way. It was cold, there was some pretty bad electrical storms. I hope to try a different route in 2006
Posted Jan 1, 2006 5:05 pm

SawtoothSeanRoute Climbed: John Muir Trail Date Climbed: September 27, 1995  Sucess!

SawtoothSean

Not much to add- was a long day with great views of the Sequoia backcountry and made a nice friend on the trail
Posted Dec 31, 2005 12:24 am

kozRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 25, 2005  Sucess!

koz

Bagged highpoint # 34 while doing "Ascent for Autism Research" (AFAR). Excellent conditions, and managed to exchange our dayhike permits for the 25th for overnight 24th-25th permits - plenty of walk-ins available.
Posted Dec 30, 2005 8:46 pm

BaurMichaelRoute Climbed: Up Mt. Whitney Trail, Down the John Muir Trail, Out Onion Valley Date Climbed: September 2 2005  Sucess!
Michael Baur,

Kristin Long
Posted Dec 27, 2005 4:39 pm

RileywynaRoute Climbed: walk up Date Climbed: june 1999  Sucess!

Rileywyna

11 hours car to car
Posted Dec 18, 2005 8:45 am

chris615Route Climbed: MR Date Climbed: May 17th? 2005  Sucess!

chris615

SOLO, couldn't find E-Ledges so it go interesting...
Posted Dec 9, 2005 5:42 pm

usarock69Route Climbed: Whitney Portal Date Climbed: August 2005  Sucess!

usarock69

Beautiful, beautiful couple of days in the mountains. We spent the first night at Outpost, then we continued up to Trail Camp, where we set up a tent and then left for the summit. We summited pretty late, but the experience was again unforgettable. It got really cold after the sunset, so we were happy to find our tent pitched when we got back to TC. We just crawled into our sleeping bags and the next day we woke up to a gorgeous morning in the Sierras. Very nice hike, great weather and Kodak perfect scenery.
Posted Dec 6, 2005 6:07 pm

ptitzlerRoute Climbed: main trail Date Climbed: 26 November 2005  Sucess!
First time ascend on a beautiful sunny day after heavy winds and some snow fall the afternoon and night before. Trail was easily managable with crampons.
Posted Nov 28, 2005 3:25 pm

grahamRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: Oct-2-05

graham

Hiked the main trail the Mountaineer's Route a bunch of times.

Climbed the East Buttress twice (Sept-07) and (May-09)
Posted Nov 25, 2005 3:43 pm

auroraRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: November 12th 2005  Sucess!

aurora

Did the trip to Whitney together with Deb and Red. After a freezing cold night at trail camp we started out at 7:15. The switchbacks were covered with lots of fresh windpacked snow. There were several points with exposure and steep snow. With ice axe and crampons quite manageable. The whole trail from the cables up to the summit was covered with fresh snow between a few inches and up to 2 feet. Breaking a trail under these conditions was very hard. After about 4:30 h I reached the summit and enjoyed the great view for a while. I was back at Trail Camp at about 14:30.

A trip report in German with many great fotos can be found on my webpage http://www.thomasbahr.de
Posted Nov 21, 2005 7:16 pm

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