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linganaFast-Paced Climb by MR  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2006


Lost a day in Vegas, because of Airline people goofing up my luggage (sending it to Chicago).
1st Day - Portal to UBSL
2nd Day - UBSL - Summit - UBSL\
3rd Day - UBSL - Portal - Vegas - Houston - College Station, TX
It was exhausting ! But we made it !
Posted Jun 2, 2006 7:47 pm

downbootiesMt. Whitney- Main trail hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2003


The day before, I was able to walk right into the Lone Pine Ranger Station and pick up a permit. Didn't know any better at the time, but now I feel lucky (maybe because it was a weekday after school started?) Spent a peaceful night at the Whitney Portal Trailhead campground (also just walked-in). Began hiking 0300 and witnessed a spectacular red sunrise when I got to the Trail camp. Summitted around 1030 and down by 1500. Thinking of the views from the junction with the JMT onward to the summit still make me shiver with happiness.
Posted Jun 2, 2006 5:58 pm

Bill562Main trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2006


Climbed from Trail Camp, snow was rock hard, winds were strong and gusting. Had the summit to myself - now how many people can say that on Whitney? And yes, ice axe/crampons and knowledge how to use them came in handy (seems to be the burning question for the area) :-)
Posted May 30, 2006 8:30 pm

kommishMain trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2003


Left at 3am made the top and was down having a burger by 3pm. Fun day friend had a touch of altitude sickness though.
Posted May 22, 2006 5:05 pm

ElCapitanKoolAidNormal route  Sucess!


Went with my friends to hike to the summit. It was their first time on such a high altitude and I am sure they enjoyed it the lack of oxygen.
Posted May 22, 2006 3:55 am

Wandering Sole ImagesWhitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2005

Wandering Sole Images

There was still lots of snow on the ground, but the weather was perfect for my first 14er! An awesome day out!
Posted May 15, 2006 11:47 pm

lakenyontrail  Sucess!
Walked up in Sept 2003 and have not been back since. The drive is too long.
Posted May 14, 2006 10:24 pm

esugiMR Route finally  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2006


After having been unsuccessful on the MR route 3 times before (first time we accidently went up the wrong fork, second time we turned around at the notch due to conditions, and third time weathered in at high camp), I finally summitted under beautiful conditions.

We camped at Clyde Meadows and left camp too early in the morning (1am). We did not want to summit in the complete darkness so we froze our asses off at iceberg for couple of hours while waiting for little daylight.

Overall a fantastic time. Got little nervous going through couple of avalanche debris field on the way up to LBSL. It looked like more stuff could be coming down with the weather being so warm.

Posted May 4, 2006 8:07 pm

eggheadsherpaRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2006


Camped at Iceberg Lake and summited the next day. Had great weather throughout!
Posted May 4, 2006 5:58 am

Quadaxialvia MR route 4/2/6  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2006



My girlfriend, Niki, and I summited Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route after a winter of substantial storms. We started at 7am on Saturday, camped at Iceberg Lake, summited at 11am and returned to our car below the Portal at 6:15pm.

The weather was perfect! We really got lucky. I'll post a detailed trip report and pictures on my website.

Posted Apr 5, 2006 3:50 am

Tracy 2x from Whitney Portal - 38 years apart  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1973


I was 11 years old, my older brother Barton was 12 and my younger brother Eric was 9. We all made it to the top with our Dad. Beautiful clear day and mobs of other hikers. Camped at Lone Pine Lake. Completed within 24 hours start to finish.

38 years later (8/10/2011) I hiked this one again via the Mountaineers Route with Doug (summitpost member "Holsti97"), his niece Megan, and Ed (summitpost member "Edsclimb"). Great group to hike with. We overnighted at Iceberg Lake. It was Doug's 48th state highpoint, Ed's 30th, and Megan's 4th. For me it was a first state highpoint repeat (of my first state highpoint); however, it was by a more adventurous route.
Posted Mar 31, 2006 10:11 am

Matt WorsterMR day trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2005

Matt Worster

MR up, summer trail down, 17 hour day, snow continuous from Lower Boy Scout Lake. Awesome day.
Posted Mar 29, 2006 3:51 pm

Uncle Jams ArmyMountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2004

Uncle Jams Army

I climbed this route as part of a 5-day mountaineering course. We hiked up to UBL through the E-ledges on day one, and camped there for three days. On the fourth day, we summitted via the farthest left Chute above the notch, using ascenders to climb on ropes fixed by the guide service. Very nice summit day, as the weather was clear and perfect snow conditions.
Posted Mar 28, 2006 1:14 am

splattskiWhitney Trail in a day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2003


Climbed with my wife on our anniversary, along with my Dad, 74. What a gorgeous climb. After listening to the wind shake the roof on our hotel room all night, it was calm at the portal. We had mostly clear skies with some wind up high. But not bad. With a 4am departure, made it back to the car at 5 minutes to headlamp o'clock.
Posted Mar 25, 2006 2:22 am

ericdWeekend Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2005


Flew to Las Vegas, rented car, drove to trailhead, slept, climbed all day with a summit around 1pm. This has got to be one of the prettiest approaches, can see where Ansel Adams got all his photos from! Did the Pinnacle Peak (13,000')for extra-credit. 13hr climb with about 7000' elevation gain.
Posted Mar 23, 2006 11:58 pm

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

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