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MichaelJRoute climbed: East Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2005


Doing one of the technical routes up Whitney was one of my goals when I started climbing at the end of the previous season. Had to wait a long time for 120 to open to get here this year. Climbed with Damien. We originally started up the East Face but wound up traversing over to the East Buttress. From this point I stopped looking at the topo and just kept going up. Didn't need to place gear for about half the pitches. Fun climbing and the views just kept getting better. Warm and sunny on top. Long slog down a very snowy MR to get back to the tent at Iceberg Lake just before dark.
Posted Mar 20, 2006 5:08 am

jakefrisbeeEnd of JMT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2005


Went up July 4th weekend, 2005 then again at the end of July for the end of the John Muir Trail. We got pushed down to Trail Camp from Trail Crest because of thunderstorms, but we got a nap in and started for the summit at 7:30pm from Trail Camp. We were on the summit in time for a full moon rise and we were treated to a grand lightning show out across the Nevada desert. Absolutely no one else around up there at night! I was in the best hiking shape of my life.
Posted Mar 14, 2006 8:47 pm

bajaandyWest side approach  Sucess!


Started in Horseshoe Meadows, through New Army Pass and around to Crabtree Meadows and Guitar Lake. This was during a summer that there were big fires all over So. Cal, so views were minimal. Great trip none the less.
Posted Mar 9, 2006 4:02 pm

tjbst47Mount Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2004


Hiked up on trail from the west.
Posted Mar 8, 2006 8:59 pm

e-docBackpack with old friends  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 1992


Great 4 day backpack with a successful summit. Hiked in at Cottonwood Lakes. We climbed over New Army Pass, went crosscountry and camped at Upper Soldier lake. Next day we hiked by Mt Guyot and camped at Guitar lake. Day #3 we met an episcopal priest from SF who knew the priest that married my wife and I. Small world! We summited, camped at Outpost camp, and hiked out on day #4
Posted Mar 5, 2006 10:35 pm

couimetWhitney Main Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2004


Lots of snow, but beautiful weather. Was my first and so far only 14er. Would like to do it again.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 11:04 pm

EManBevHillsMountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 1998


45th B'Day ascent of 1st 14'er
Posted Feb 25, 2006 5:57 pm

BCLMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2005


Night hike. Pretty cold on the summit at 5am.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 5:05 pm

mthilgard13Winter 03 Climb
Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2003


Made it to the top of the mountaineer's route chute (~14000 ft). Extremely windy, cold. Our leader got altitude sickness, so we unfortunetly turned around. Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake.
Posted Feb 22, 2006 10:19 pm

b_bettsRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Nov 2005  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2005


Pretty cold and windy at the top, otherwise pretty straightforward.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 9:29 pm

waltraudRoute Climbed: the standard walk-up; Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!


What an easy mountain. The scenery is fantastic, but the standard trail has no challenges what so ever. I was first to be on the summit that day, hiking up from Whitney portal.
Posted Feb 14, 2006 8:53 pm

Augie MedinaRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: August 31 2003  Sucess!

Augie Medina

We packed in from the Portal and set up camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake the previous day (climbed Russell that day as well). The weather was good on the day of our summit. There were a few patches of snow to skirt in the gully. We reached the summit 3 hours and 10 minutes after leaving UBSL. We descended back to UBSL to break camp and then back to the Portal.
Posted Feb 10, 2006 1:22 pm

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!


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

mkeselakDate Climbed: 3 Oct 2005  Sucess!


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

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


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

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


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

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