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ZzyzxRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: April 19, 2003  Sucess!
Easter weekend trip. First time up the Mountaineer's Route. Great climb! Lots of snow, perfect sunny weather. Climbed with Daniel and Eileen, all 3 of us summited.
Posted Aug 6, 2003 10:32 pm

Scott M.Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 31/2003  Sucess!

Scott M.

Did a run/hike up with my friend Rob McNair on a generally rainy day. Left at 6:45 AM and made the top at 10:30 AM. A bit of fresh snow on top. Back at the trail head at 1:45 PM.
Posted Aug 1, 2003 6:12 pm

stayteRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: October 16, 2002  Sucess!
Amazing hike...had the summit to ourselves before the storm clouds rolled in.
Posted Aug 1, 2003 12:33 pm

grandwazooRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 7-24-2000  Sucess!


Left the Whitney Portal @ 3:00 am, hit the summit @ 9:00 am and back to the car @ 1:00 pm.

Since it was dark for most of my journey ascending it was good to see different views for the decent.

The weather was perfect until the summit, very windy and cold.

I had drove from Salt Lake City the day before and was planning on hiking White Mountain also during this trip but after drinking a bottle of tequila after the summit of Whitney I decided to drive back to SLC.

Posted Jul 29, 2003 7:44 am

tyler_durdenRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 7-26-03  Sucess!
Climbed the main Whitney Trail with five others and all made it...a great trail although the threat of thunderstorms diminished our stay at the top.
Posted Jul 27, 2003 11:38 pm

Paul SpraycarRoute Climbed: East Face Route Date Climbed: August 12, 1999  Sucess!
Climbed with Phil Marshall via the East Face Route from our camp at Iceberg Lake. What a great climb. Plenty of class 3-4 climbing, ledge by ledge. Snow and storms surrounded the area, so we popped over the top to find nobody on the summit!

(Whitney 5x)
Posted Jul 26, 2003 4:10 pm

tbnelsonRoute Climbed: East Face via Shaky Leg Variation, III, 5.7 Date Climbed: July 24, 2003  Sucess!


Followed our ascent of the E. Buttress with an ascent of the E. Face via the Shaky Leg variation - felt more like 5.8. Great route, but I never want to do the Tower Traverse again!
Posted Jul 25, 2003 5:30 pm

tbnelsonRoute Climbed: East Buttress, III, 5.7 Date Climbed: July 23, 2003  Sucess!


Summited via the E. Buttress in about 5 1/2 hours. Great climbing.
Posted Jul 25, 2003 5:19 pm

gazelleRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: july 17th, 2003  Sucess!
Pretty easy trail for the highest peak in the continental U.S. Great view from the summit. The trail is really well taken care of and not steep at all. Next time i'll try the Mountaineers Route.
Posted Jul 23, 2003 12:52 am

brandonRoute Climbed: JMT Date Climbed: July Something, 2003  Sucess!


1:00 am summit, full moon, no one around. A fitting end to an 11 days JMT solo trip.
Posted Jul 22, 2003 1:29 pm

43moonRoute Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 14, 2003  Sucess!


Left trail camp at about 3:45am and summited at about 8:30am. Spent almost 2 hours in mostly wind-free conditions. Enjoyed the amazing view.
Posted Jul 18, 2003 5:30 pm

395guyRoute Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 13, 2003  Sucess!


Great hike that I've been looking forward to for over a year. Camped in the walk-in campground at the trailhead (8300 ft). Awoke at 4am. Broke camp, ate breakfast, and made final preparations. On trail with hiking buddy Dan at 5:05am.

Even though the trail was long (11 miles), it had to have been the nicest and easiest trail I've ever hiked to a 14er. Never got winded because it never got steep, even on the 97 switchbacks -- and yes, there are 97 of them because I counted!

The trail is beautiful, especially the flowing mountain streams, waterfalls, and lakes (Lone Pine Lake, Mirror Lake, and Consultation Lake to name a few). It was exhilirating to reach trailcrest and get the first peek (no pun intended!) across Sequoia National Park.

On top by 11:40am. Not bad to be up the trail and on top in 6 hrs, 35 min. Spent two hours on top because it was a perfect day: sunny, 60s, no clouds, and virtually no wind. Great place to eat lunch and take a nap. A glider buzzed the peak while I was on top. Cool.

While basking in my accomplishment of bagging this great peak, I was humbled to see a climber come up and over the east face.

On the way back down the trail, I attempted to bag Mt. Muir (14,012) to make it a double-14er day. I never could find the correct way up to Muir. I got within 50' of the peak (I think) before I decided not to risk it. Oh well. I'll leave Mt. Muir for another day.

The hike down was long, but the gradual descent is easy on the knees and feet. Back at the car at 6:30pm. Eleven and a half hours of hiking. 22-miles. 6200' of elevation gain. 14,497.61 peak. What a day!

Next time, I'll have to attempt the Mountaineering Route. That sounds like fun.
Posted Jul 15, 2003 8:00 pm

FelsbergRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: September 2, 2002


see here for pics
Posted Jul 10, 2003 4:26 pm

Vertigo soulRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 30, 2002  Sucess!

Vertigo soul

It's been a while, But I do remember being there (ha, ha!). It was a beautiful weekend with lots of people wandering around the trail. I was with two other close friends - Davis and Dan. We camped at Outpost Camp, and started our summit attempt around 7:00 a.m. from camp. Since this route is basically just a walk up, I decided to use my trail shoes instead of boots - good idea until the decent took its toll on the bottom of my feet. We made the summit in around 4.5 hours, and spent a good 45-60 minute rest on top. The only negative was the haze from nearby fires, which blurred our view of the Owens Valley and into the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. But overall, it was rewarding....but I think the Mountaineer's Route will be my next choice to avoid the crowds and for a more satisfying climb.
Posted Jul 8, 2003 11:24 am

sierragatorRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's route Date Climbed: July 6, 2003  Sucess!


Bagged this peak for the fourth time today (it never gets old).

Second time summitting via the MR. Snow was not an issue as it was easily by passed.

Posted Jul 6, 2003 10:35 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: JMT to Mt Whitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2003


Happy Isles TH to Mt. Whitney = 211 miles. Have not figured out the vertical yet but it was huge. What a hike.

JMT trip report
Posted Jun 30, 2003 10:56 pm

dkantolaRoute Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 7, 2002  Sucess!


A very long and scenic day hike. The McNalley Fire burning to the south obscured views in most directions. Marmots now live at the summit -- surviving off of tourist handouts.
Posted Jun 29, 2003 12:54 am

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: May 17, 2003  Sucess!


Started from Whitney Portal with three other climbers. Snow level was between lower and Upper Boy Scout Lakes. The weather was very warm and partial cloudy. You needed snowshoes. I did not bring them which I regret. What a work-out!

By mid-morning I was sinking up to my waist. Very bad snow conditions. After summiting, the hard work just began. By Iceberg Lake I was sinking to my chest in some spots. My friends turn around because of this.


After reaching Whitney Portal alright, I had to treat my friends to dinner for making them wait why I summit by myself.

Go figure.
Posted Jun 27, 2003 1:24 am

kk6ybRoute Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!


First time. Summitted with engineer_charley after spending the night at Whitney Portal and Trail Camp. Great weather. Long, hard hike, with tired feet afterwards.

Time: Portal to Trail Camp - 8 hrs. Trail Camp to Summit - 5 hrs. Summit to Trail Camp - 4 hrs. Started June 13 at 9:15 am, finished June 15 about 2:30 pm.

We saw a nice campsite about halfway up the ridge above Mirror Lake in the Bristlecone Pine trees. Another two nice sites on top of that ridge near the last tree at the tree line. But we stayed at Trail Camp both nights. Wish we had another night to spent at Outpost Camp in the trees (Trail Camp is above the treeline).

Lots of great pictures from the trip, click here to see them.

Thanks Gabriela for being our support crew at Trail Camp! Thanks also to Jonathan (USFS), who rescued an item that fell off our packs near Trail Camp and happened to run into us at Outpost Camp as we were heading down!
Posted Jun 23, 2003 9:19 pm

engineer charleyRoute Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 14 Jun 03  Sucess!

engineer charley

First time. Overnighted at Trail Camp Friday & Saturday. Beautiful weather, comfortable nights. Full moon lit the huge walls. Trail is mostly clear of snow, though there were a few tricky spots--leave the crampons at home. Cables still down in the switchbacks, one toilet open at each of Outpost and Trail Camps. Water everywhere except above switchbacks--3.5 liters was plenty for me. Tired and headachy enough on top that I forgot to look over the east edge--probably a good thing! One look at the climb up Muir and this trailwalker said no thanks. Met some fascinatingly in-shape people flying up and down the trail--one couple had no packs, and we saw them on Saturday and Sunday! We took 3 days, but would like to have spent 4--lots of pretty places to stay between Outpost and Trail Camp. Portal Store's shower and burgers not to be missed. Yum!
Posted Jun 16, 2003 11:31 am

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