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ChandraWhitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2017


Left the car at 4am and came back at 2pm, endlessly grateful, happy and also a bit tired...
I was lucky enough to climb this mountain on the most gorgeous and clear autumn day one can imagine.
The moment you reach "trail crest" (all alone), when the view opens towards west and you admire the reflections of those rocky summits in the lower-laying lakes goes straight into the heart.
A day I won´t forget.
Posted Dec 29, 2017 11:08 am

wdimpflEast Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 1968


Exact date uncertain. On Kathy Reichardt's suggestion we climbed the East Face route. Hiking up the regular trail to Mirror Lake, where we camped. Rising early to travel cross country, climbing over Pinnacle Ridge to Iceberg Lake. It started snowing lightly when we reached the Grand Staircase. After summiting we hiked down the trail back to Mirror Lake, exhausted with a pounding headache.

Climbed the route again with Steve Beck and Marty in the summer of 1987 (I think). Used an early beta max camera to make a movie of the climb which you can see on my Youtube page.
Posted Dec 22, 2017 2:08 pm

kjlineman83out of shape for hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2015


Our group was successful in our day hike of mt. whitney using the main mt whitney trail. Weather was perfect other than a lot of smoke from nearby fires when you reached the summit. Wish I would have not been lazy and trained a little bit more. Still worth the trip as weather caused us not to summit a couple times before.
Posted Dec 17, 2017 7:04 pm

Yulia ZiOne Day: car to summit to car  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2017

Yulia Zi

It was a perfect day and we knew we had to start no later than 1am to have a chance to get to the top and back from the trailhead at Whitney Portal.

After a cozy evening in Lone Pine, we were weighing our backpacks at the trailhead by 12:50am. There was no sign of rain even though the lightning was "dancing" quite far away from us but still pretty spectacular. At 27lbs, I had the heaviest one-day pack.

I had driven in from San Francisco the day before, so 8+ hrs in a car, no sleep, no real acclimatization. I was wondering what's ahead of me at 10K+ high. We were making our way for 5 hrs through dark night, walking half asleep. I was grateful I knew the trail well and was leading the way after the Outpost Camp where it does get tricky. Download the Mt.Whitney app, was my best friend in doubt.

My master plan to meet the sunrise while on switchbacks came true. So did my fear of dizziness and tiredness. We were now at 11K+ high and I needed a few extra breaks to deal with my what's seemed to AMS at that point. My body was "WTH" is this given that I don't even belong to a gym.

Arriving at Trail Crest gave me strength and the motivation to keep pushing. We were still making the time. I dropped my backpack (stupidly leaving my warmer gloves there as well) and we pushed to the summit, one step at a time. Until we finally stood on top of Mt.Whitney. We were happy and cheery, but we also knew we are only halfway done.

After 30+ min on the top, we started our journey down. I was the weakest going up and felt pretty strong going down. We made it to the car by 5pm.

I had 4 liters of water with me and it was enough for the whole day. Even though there is plenty of water on a way, just make sure to grab a filter or some fast acting purifying tablets.

I can't wait to return and see yet another angle of this magnificent mountain.
Posted Sep 24, 2017 3:42 pm

WRGruenerVia the Trail - Day hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2017


From the Whitney Portal CG
Posted Sep 19, 2017 10:38 am

live4hillsInteresting  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2017


This was by far the easiest, most enjoyable climb I've done all year. California knows how to have nice trails.
Posted Sep 15, 2017 5:19 pm

dandrewMission accomplished  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2017


Whitney has long been goal of mine. Started from portal at 12:30 a.m. because couldn't sleep. Beautiful and calm hike under bright moon. Front had brought snow and ice beyond Trail Camp. Made it to top shortly after sunrise. Roundtrip in just under 12 hours. Loved it.
Posted Sep 13, 2017 8:23 pm

sgeniseFrom Guitar Lake  Sucess!


Second time on the summit for sunrise, but this time there was quite the glissade on the way down!
Posted Sep 8, 2017 11:25 am

philadendronSo beautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2017


Hiked to Trail Camp, spent the night. Up at 4, left for summit at 4:55. Hit the summit around 9:30, bagged Aguille du Paquoir on the way up, then hit Keeler and Discovery Needle on the way down. Did Wotans later that day, then we camped at Trail Camp that night again, then hiked out the next morning. GPS tracks
Posted Aug 28, 2017 1:41 pm

SCHOMountaineer’s Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2017


Over night at Upper Boyscout Lake. Summit via Mountaineer’s Route.
Posted Aug 19, 2017 1:04 am

HarvestMt Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2016


* Class 1 hike via JMT 9-14-16

* Ascent of the Mountaineers Route 3-17-17. FA John Muir.
Posted Aug 15, 2017 3:52 am

Jow#36  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2017


Long but successful day with perfect weather. Hike had it all. Started at 1:45am after "sleeping" at Horeshoe Meadows finished at 6:45pm. Rivers were raging and ice cold, snow crossings were short but i used microspikes which made me feel safer. Quite the epic day.
Posted Aug 2, 2017 11:20 am

BooRadleyMt. Whitney Trail Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2017


There's something incredible about descending from the High Sierras after ascending in the dark when the towering rock formations were silhouetted by darkness! Awesome day up the Mt. Whitney Trail to the top of the continental United States. Took the shoot up to the ridge but the switchbacks appeared to be melted out as well.
Posted Jul 21, 2017 1:06 pm

Ben FRTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2016
Rapid ascent up the trail. Beautiful day and weather. Total time car to car was 9hr30min. Approx 5hrs up and 4hrs down with 30 minutes enjoying the summit.
Posted Jul 17, 2017 12:45 pm

kaylam87End of the HST  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2016


Two friends and I hiked the High Sierra Trail, and our sixth day included a Whitney summit! We started from Guitar Lake, made the summit, and camped at Trail Camp. The weather was beautiful, and there were lots of people on the mountain.
Posted Jul 4, 2017 11:08 am

GlennFirst Summit of Mt Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2010


Summit Via Horseshoe Meadow and out the portal. Spent several days hiking before reaching Guitar Lake. Met up with a guy named Mel Turner and we summitted together. Storm came in - we had to hike to low camp for the night then out next day.
Posted Jun 7, 2017 2:31 pm

GlennSummit Via Horseshoe Meadow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2013


This was my third summit of Mt Whitney. Hiked from Cottonwood Lakes to the Summit and out the portal (43 Miles) in 2 1/2 days. Man I was getting it for sure...
Posted Jun 7, 2017 2:27 pm

orbitorMountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2014


Three-day spring climb in preparation for Rainier a few months later. Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake for two nights. The snow was in good condition up to Iceberg Lake and in the chute. Fixed lines for the last 400 from the notch. It was glorious to have the summit just to ourselves.
Posted Mar 27, 2017 3:23 pm

rossrleoneamazing when you go with a photogrpaher  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2015


easy but long walk up the cow path. t shirt weather on top. she was kind
Posted Dec 12, 2016 9:10 am

Yulia ZiMay Summit via Whitney Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2016

Yulia Zi

My first true summit and a summit registry entry. Was quite an intense climb due to the lot of snow and ice on the ridge to the summit.

Getting up to the high camp was an adventure on its own with people getting tired, lost, angry.

I did catch a summit fever though after climbing this beautiful California queen of a mountain.
Posted Nov 30, 2016 1:21 am

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