Mount Whitney Climber's Log
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|Chandra||Whitney Trail |
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|
|wdimpfl||East Face |
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|
|kjlineman83||out of shape for hike |
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 Zi||One Day: car to summit to car |
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2017
|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|
|WRGruener||Via the Trail - Day hike |
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2017
|From the Whitney Portal CG|
|Posted Sep 19, 2017 10:38 am|
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|
|dandrew||Mission accomplished |
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|
|sgenise||From Guitar Lake|
|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|
|philadendron||So beautiful |
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|
|SCHO||Mountaineer’s Route |
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2017
|Over night at Upper Boyscout Lake. Summit via Mountaineer’s Route.|
|Posted Aug 19, 2017 1:04 am|
|Harvest||Mt Whitney |
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|
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|
|BooRadley||Mt. Whitney Trail Hike |
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 FR||Trail |
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|
|kaylam87||End of the HST |
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|
|Glenn||First Summit of Mt Whitney |
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|
|Glenn||Summit Via Horseshoe Meadow |
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|
|orbitor||Mountaineer's Route |
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|
|rossrleone||amazing when you go with a photogrpaher |
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 Zi||May Summit via Whitney Trail |
Date Climbed: May 14, 2016
|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|