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Michael TolchardRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 18 August 2002  Sucess!

Michael Tolchard

My first ascent to the top of the lower 48. Started just after midnight and was pretty much freezing and falling asleep by dawn at Trail Camp. Somehow managed to stay awake long enough to make it to the top. Valuable lessons learned, such as get some sleep beforehand and wear layers of Capaline.
Posted Jun 3, 2003 11:00 pm

tahoeclimberRoute Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: May, 11,2003  Sucess!

tahoeclimber

Perfect Weather, not a cloud in the sky as far as we could see. Snow was nice and firm. Climbed with Kris.
Posted Jun 1, 2003 6:52 pm

HawkeyeHuffordDate Climbed: August 11, 2000  Sucess!

HawkeyeHufford

I flew down from Alaska to go up Whitney. Had a one-day pass so I got on the trail a little past 5am and got to the top about noon and back down to the start at 5pm. What a beautiful day and gorgeous scenery! Met nice and interesting people along the way, which always seems to happen going up these mountains. This was my first hike since turning 50 on August 7th. "

Steve Hufford

Anchorage, Alaska USA



Posted May 2, 2003 1:01 pm

Peak FreakRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: April 19, 2003  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2009

Peak Freak

2003: Met up with Daniel & Kris to do the Mountaineer's Route. Weather was perfect. Snow conditions were great. Did not need snowshoes. Will post details in the trip report section.

2009: Went back and did the East Face with Kurt & Andy Aug 10, 2009
Posted May 1, 2003 4:29 pm

dankrasRoute Climbed: mountaineer's route Date Climbed: April 19, 2003  Sucess!

dankras

One of the most spectacular summit days; perfect snow, cloudless sky - one can't ask for more.
Posted Apr 26, 2003 1:37 am

RickFRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: July 6, 2002  Sucess!

RickF

Strenuous with some tricky route finding but well worth it! Accompanied by my brother and my very good friend We set out from the Portal at 5:30 a.m. and summited by 3:00 p.m., stopping on the way up to make camp at Iceberg Lake. When we arrived back at our camp we realized that had we not been carrying tents, sleeping bags, stoves, and a two day supply of food we could have done it as a single day hike. Even with the excellent descriptions in the books available, the navigation is challenging in some portions.
Posted Mar 10, 2003 10:49 am

theisRoute Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: 15/9/01  Sucess!

theis

Climbed in one very long day. Attempted in March too - did not succeed
Posted Feb 26, 2003 5:38 am

mookyeeRoute Climbed: whitney trail Date Climbed: october2001  Sucess!

mookyee

car to car was an ill 17 hours, probably because we didn't roll into the portal parking lot until midnight and some fools ended up (not) sleeping (at all) in the car or on the asphalt. Aside from all that it's a dope climb/trek and a great intro to high(er) altitude excursions. Nice views from the top, too. Thanks, CalCC!
Posted Jan 21, 2003 1:33 am

mjwillert2Route Climbed: Main Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 14, 2002  Sucess!

mjwillert2

Excellent day hike. Left the trailhead at 4 am, reached the summit around noon, spent 2 hours on the summit, got back to the trailhead at 7 pm. Since the hike involves starting at an elevation of 8,360 feet and ends on the summit with an elevation of 14,497 feet, and covers 22 miles round trip, I would recommend you spend at least one day and night at the campground near the trailhead to get accumulated to the thin air especially if coming from an elevation at, or near sea level.
Posted Jan 15, 2003 4:51 pm

agorokhovRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!
Posted Jan 3, 2003 3:01 pm

agorokhovRoute Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!
Posted Jan 3, 2003 3:00 pm

Eric TiptonRoute Climbed: Keeler Needle "Harding Route" V 5.10 Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!
Offwidth Training. Thats what it takes to get up this most beautiful, majestic, awe inspiring ,heart thumping, gut checking monolith of stone.This peak was the one peak I absolutly had to do. Bob Cable and I subjected ourselves to countless hours thrashing and mashing up cracks to wide for the sane man to attempt , pints of blood and pounds of flesh were sacraficed to reach our goal. Schedules were set and training climbs met before we dared to attempt this climb.

I think we over did it. The climb was great, I thought some of the lower pitch cruxes were the toughest, but they were short and sweet. The red dihedral was magnificent. The crux offwidth, a great pitch, was not as tough as anticipated but what a euphoric relief to put that pitch behind us. The upper pitches were good and scenic,the rock quality was good, and we toped out on the summit. What an awesome climb,even mere mortals made it up. It took us 13 hours to complete the climb, we decended the mountaineers route and as usual got back to camp well after dark.
Posted Dec 10, 2002 11:56 pm

Eric TiptonRoute Climbed: "The Great Book" IV 5.9 Date Climbed: July, 1999  Sucess!
I climbed this excellent route with Bob Cable as a training climb for Keeler. The route starts up a large chimney system in a huge dihedral right of the "Direct East Face " dihedral . Some route descriptions show the route leaving the chimney earlier and gaining the bottom of the washboard, but we stayed in the chimney system until we gained the top of the washboard. Above the washboard we encontered two great pitches of real 5.9 climbing, The best climbing on the route. We toped out @ 7:30 and decended down the Mountaineers Routes . We arrived back to our camp well after dark, a seemingly standard practice for us
Posted Dec 10, 2002 9:56 pm

kullabergRoute Climbed: high sierra trail from crescent meadow Date Climbed: sept 2002  Sucess!

kullaberg

guided the HST twice this summer. this amazingly diverse trail culminates on the summit of whitney after 8 days in the backcountry. funny to experience the contrast between the largely empty interior of the range and the sudden collision with civilisation at 13500' on trail crest.
Posted Nov 30, 2002 12:06 pm

aidclimbRoute Climbed: whitney trail using winter variations Date Climbed: November 25, 2002  Sucess!
started on 11-24-02 to trail camp.

left trail camp at 2:30am 11-25-02 and summited at 8:00am.

returned to trail camp packed out and went to get some real food at 4:30pm in town.
Posted Nov 26, 2002 7:58 am

asmrzRoute Climbed: The snowed in trail (hike from Whitney Portal) Date Climbed: November 1980  Sucess!

asmrz

Miguel Carmona, Andy Fried and I hiked the trail from Whitney Portal to the summit in November of 1980. Early snow storm at the high camp had us dreaming, talking about future climbs and planning the next few years. This was THE FIRST TRIP of what turned out to be 22 years of sharing the same rope (so far) for Miguel and me. What a team!
Posted Nov 14, 2002 1:43 pm

asmrzRoute Climbed: East Face III, 5.4 Date Climbed: February 19th, 1983  Sucess!

asmrz

Miguel Carmona and I climbed the East Face in full winter conditions in February 1983. I remember, that year was very heavy snow year, we were ski mountaineering in the Eastern Sierra till mid July. Miguel and I took 10 hours from Iceberg Lake (including the descent) to climb the route. This was our first technical winter climb together. Many years later, people told us we did the third (or fourth) winter ascent of the face. 1st WA John Mendenhall and a partner, 2nd WA Galen Rowell and a partner, go figure that one.
Posted Nov 13, 2002 7:44 pm

MishaRoute Climbed: Whitney Portal Date Climbed: November 3rd, 2002  Sucess!

Misha

After spending a very cold night at the Trail Camp (temperatures well below freezing), we took off at 7:30am. Switchbacks were covered with ice and snow, but easily managed w/o crampons. We reached Trail Crest at 9:40am, and scrambled to the summit at 12:40pm. There were maybe 15 people on the summit that day. Day was cloudy but nevertheless beautiful. After spending close to 1 hour on the top and taking lots of pictures, we descended to the Trail Camp before 4pm. We are coming back next year to climb Mountaineering Route!!!
Posted Nov 9, 2002 3:33 pm

notinkansasRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: June 21, 2001  Sucess!

notinkansas

Still some snow on parts of the trail by late June. "Cable Crossing" above trail camp was built up badly with snow and ice. The build up was higher than the cables, which made it dangerous especially in the afternoon when the snow softened. Afternoon thunder shower on the hike down was exciting and a welcome break from the relentless intensity of the sun.
Posted Nov 9, 2002 11:25 am

RomainRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Oct. 27, 2002  Sucess!

Romain

With Sven Feldmann, in semi-winter conditions - it snowed a couple of inches in the preceding night, adding to the snow and ice already on the trail. The bad weather discouraged hikers from showing up which means we could get permits and had the trail (almost) to ourselves. Also bagged Crooks Peak (on some accounts a California 14er) and soloed Mount Muir from the trail.The bad weather lifted as we reached the summit and gave way to a perfect day - beautiful.

You can find a full TR with photos on my webpage.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 9:40 pm

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