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crnhlioGood workout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 17, 2007


Camped on the top for 3 nights before going to AK. Should have brought some non-climbing magazines.
Posted Sep 2, 2008 10:39 am

Tom FralichEast Face and East Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2008

Tom Fralich

East Face (III 5.7) -- August 28, 2008 -- Jeff Bance and I climbed this classic route from a camp at Iceberg Lake. The climbing took us 4.5 hours with a fair bit of simul-climbing. Routefinding was straightforward with the SuperTopo. We enjoyed a few minutes on the summit, but were quickly recruited for a rescue of some hikers off-route on 5th class terrain from the Mountaineer's Route. It took about 2 hours to extract the stranded hiker from a ledge about 200 ft below the summit. The ranger was appreciative and his berating of the knuckleheads after the fact was good entertainment.

East Buttress (III 5.7) -- August 13, 2009 -- Went back with Mary to do this route. We took it slow and easy, camping at Lower Boy Scout Lake and then at Iceberg Lake before climbing the route. We had excellent weather the whole time and the climbing on the route was excellent. We met some interesting characters on the summit and saw a knucklehead off-route on the descent, giving me flashbacks to the year before. Took us 5 hours to climb the route and 2 hours to descend back to Iceberg Lake.
Posted Sep 1, 2008 1:41 am

Lips74One Day = Ouch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2008


Climbed Mount Whitney via the tourist route in one day with Daniel Malinow. While presenting no technical difficulty this route will ruin your knees as all that granite dishes out quite a pounding. 35 degrees F on the summit with 30 mph winds.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 12:30 pm

NefsekWhitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008


Set up camp at Iceberg, went up East Face the next day, down Mountaineers. Best climb so far...
Posted Aug 25, 2008 2:16 pm

Fins1292nd Choice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008


We're planning on getting a permit to camp at meyson lakes, ended up with a Whitney permit. Great hike, did Muir on the way down.
Posted Aug 25, 2008 3:45 am

SummitJunkieFantastic!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2008


Climbed Whitney as a day hike from the portal, 11 hours round trip. Left the portal at midnight, got to see the sunrise at the summit. Very cold and windy at the summit, the hut was a welcome respite.
Posted Aug 19, 2008 6:07 pm

MoapaPkTrail slog x2  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 1999


I can't believe I've never signed this log. I took the trail route both times, with a detour to Muir.

This certainly isn't my proudest adventure, but I did enjoy the trips, and had many positive interactions along the way.... plus I enjoyed the chance to participate in a "rescue". Hats off to my friends, who did all the lottery stuff. Matt and I ran much of the way down. Wonderful scenery. Perhaps the best value of the experience is to make one realize the price of making things "easy".
Posted Aug 18, 2008 8:22 pm

tannerpuma15Amazing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008


What a way to finish the John Muir Trail!!! Amazing views from the top and a perfect way to end a 12 day journey through the sierras on the JMT!
Posted Aug 18, 2008 2:56 am

The TailorWhitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008

The Tailor

1st successful attempt on the Whitney Trail - had a great time! I'd love to attempt a day hike, but it looks brutal.
Posted Aug 17, 2008 8:53 pm

ScottySStill a zoo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2008


Went up again with some friends, it's still a zoo, just more regulated. I can't wait until they fence off the trail margins.
Posted Aug 13, 2008 8:51 pm

seanpeckhamOnion Valley to Horseshoe Meadow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2008


7-day hike, summitted Whitney from Guitar Lake on Day 4 at 8:30 am with mostly sunny conditions. This was my first time in the Sierras. The point was to go backpacking; summitting Whitney was a bonus I'd not previously considered trying before picking this route, since the crowdedness of the dayhike trail seemed a turnoff. Loved Kearsarge and the JMT, especially the Forester Pass part, thought Guitar Lake was too crowded but gorgeous, and thought the PCT south of Crabtree was anticlimactic but our campsites were pretty nice.
Posted Aug 11, 2008 11:35 pm

kevin trieumost of the routes  Sucess!

kevin trieu

been on most of the routes to Whitney.
Posted Aug 8, 2008 1:03 am

ericnoelWhitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2008


Took the two day option with a camp at Trail Camp to acclimate my lowlander lungs. Definitely a zoo but I nicer trip than I imagined it might be.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 12:34 pm

Successfully climbed.
Posted Jul 20, 2008 2:12 am

Sierra Ledge RatMultiple Solos  Sucess!

Sierra Ledge Rat

Multiple solo ascents of the Mountaineer's Route and the North Face.

3-pin ski descents of the Mountaineer's Route and the North Face.
Posted Jul 18, 2008 2:12 am

Karl HelserMR Route...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008

Karl Helser

Weather was questionable. Thunder & lightning in the forecast. We decided to do the one day climb. Left the crampons & ice axe in the car. The snow in the gully is almost gone. Left Whitney Portal at 4:15am and hit the summit at 11.45am. No view at the top. Descended the main trail...OUCH! Eleven miles of crowded switch backs...beautiful country though...
Posted Jul 17, 2008 11:30 pm

jonmeek16MR Route
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2008


See full trip report under the Mountaineers Route
Posted Jul 15, 2008 11:19 am

BradBartickSummitted  Sucess!


Climbed the standard trail and came back a year later and did the East Face. I recommend the East Face route more!
Posted Jul 12, 2008 9:55 pm

Chris DoigMade it this time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2008

Chris Doig

The California Clydesdale's (2 45 year old guys that weight 250lbs) were successful this year on Whitney. Last year we were just a lousy mile from the top and had to turn around due to thunderstorms. It was worth going back, we had a great time.
Maybe the Mountaineers route next year!
Posted Jul 11, 2008 12:32 am

mvpolGreat end to the HST  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2008


Took the HST from Crescent Meadows and "ended" on Whitney on the sixth day. Went down to Trail Camp where we hiked out through Whitney Portal on Day 7.
Posted Jul 10, 2008 7:23 pm

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