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sloggerWhiteny Trail in Winter
Date Climbed: Dec 27, 2005
I didn't get too high on this one. The weather was poor, and I wasn't feeling too fit. I didn't need snowshoes, crampons worked perfectly at that time. If you know what you're doing, Winter is definitely a good time to climb Whitney. I really enjoyed a wilderness experience on the mountain that not everyone gets. I'll definitely be back!
Posted Dec 19, 2006 12:07 pm

tpdwrOn the trail!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 1993


Overnight with Keeler needle and Mt. Muir.
Posted Dec 18, 2006 11:19 pm

ahaassahaass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2006


Mt Whitney winter summit
Trail conditions on the main route are excellent. No snowshoes required. Summitted without strapping on crampons, but probably should have! Crampons (and axe, of course) required from trailcrest to middle of the switchbacks on the way down. Photoson the Mt Whitney main page show the trail starting to fill in with packed snow which freezes. Above trailcrest the trail is 25% covered and half of that is solid ice. See photos of trail conditions on Mt Whitney main page dated Dec 6th. Camped at Trail Side camp @12,000', 15 degrees overnight. 15.5 hrs total hiking.
Posted Dec 7, 2006 4:58 am

danman3156East Butress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2006


What an awesome climb! It was very hot the day that we chose to climb and we apparently did not bring enough water as we were very dehydrated by the time we reached the summit. Splitting headaches.
Posted Dec 5, 2006 6:44 am

MickP321One long day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2005


Started at about 3am and reached the summit by noon. I slept well that night.
Posted Dec 3, 2006 1:55 am

gregoryvWhitney Portal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2005


Mellow trip. Camped at 10,500'. Late start. Summit around 12:00. Beautiful weather.
Posted Nov 2, 2006 5:49 pm

Chuckpeezy1so worth it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 22, 2006


the switchbacks on the main trail aren't so fun, but the summit makes it all worth while
Posted Oct 25, 2006 5:53 pm

Desert_SolitaireMain trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2006


Day hiked it...beautiful! The trail is relatively easy...
Posted Oct 19, 2006 5:03 pm

heyitsmewhitney  Sucess!


easy climb, trail well marked. good views
Posted Oct 17, 2006 9:22 pm

mlarkin2002Dayhike via trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006
Dayhiked Muir, then went for Whitney as a bonus.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 1:36 am

mlarkin2002Whitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2003
Ascent via main trail, 8/3/03. Snowstorm kept us in camp 8/2. Climbed with 5 others. Camped 8/1 at Outpost Camp, 8/2 at Trail Camp.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 1:33 am

EleutherosFirst for the Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2006


First of only three to summit today. Snow, driving wind and ice drove back more than 30 other climbers, including everyone else in my party. Overnight at Trail Camp on Saturday.
Posted Oct 9, 2006 6:34 am

Outdoorpartner16 hour marathon  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2004


Started at midnight right after having a bear encounter in the parking lot. Took me 16 hours; I lost the route several times and had to backtrack. Solo ascent.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 5:53 am

atavistWhitney, every which way  Sucess!


My first summit of Whitney culminated my 11 day JMT trek in Aug 01. I returned and climbed the MR in March 05. After suffering car trouble en route to the Palisades in June 05, the weekend was salvaged with a dayhike attempt of Muir/Whitney/Russell. I made it up the Whitney Trail and down the MR. I didn't quite make Russell that day. My fourth Whitney summit was via the East Buttress in Sep 06. I think it is overstated at 5.7, although we found a challenging squeeze chimney about 250' below the true summit.
Posted Oct 1, 2006 10:36 pm

thedusEast Face Car to Car in a Loooong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006


Robin and I wanted to get up Whitney in a memorable way, so we settled on the historic East Face route. Getting to the base of the route was no problem, but a few routefinding fumbles on the route itself conspired to make us take quite a bit longer than expected. We summitted shortly after sunset and, after regrouping and warming up in the hut, we began the long plod down the Whitney Trail. The day ended successfully, but far more memorably than either of us had hoped (or wanted).
Posted Sep 26, 2006 3:51 pm

Tbacon251Made it!!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2006


After taking the standard route we finally made the summit on Sept 21nd. We started on Sept 20. Great weather!!!
Posted Sep 25, 2006 7:43 pm

cagedalpinistFirst CA 14'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006


Perfect weather, classic E.Face route. Fresh air traverse very memorable. Dedicated to our friends battling breast cancer.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 4:21 pm

shawniemcMy first California 14er, my buddies first summited 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2006


We took 3 days, started on the 27th, camped at both Outpost and Trail.
Posted Sep 20, 2006 3:41 am

Cookie AddictGreat view!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2006

Cookie Addict

We won a lottery on Friday for a Whitney permit and hauled ourselves up to Trail Camp and spent the worst night of my mountain life in a tent at 12,040'. The temperature dropped to 20*F, water in the lakes and streams froze, and we had sustained 50MPH winds with gusts over 60. The tent held - mostly, but it beat on us. It was a three season tent so dust and microscopic bits of marmot poop swirled around us all night. It blew in under the fly and there was a thick layer of the gritty mix on everything when the wind stopped after 2:00am. The next day was still clear and amazing! The view from the top was crystal clear. A very good day in the mountains!
Posted Sep 18, 2006 9:20 pm

surgentFirst 14er for me  Sucess!


Went up with five friends. Got severely sunburnt. First time on the big peaks. Made a lot of rookie mistakes, but had an amazing time.
Posted Sep 18, 2006 7:23 pm

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