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awilk7Inspiring  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2016
With a few weeks notice, I was able to join a group of family/friends on their day-use permit for hiking in the Whitney zone. Starting from the Whitney Portal trailhead at 4 am, all of our party except one were able to summit via the Whitney Trail. Rob was down with a nasty head cold and decided to stop and recover partway up the mountain.

The trail up was long, but never steep or tricky. The snow on the 99 switchbacks had melted just enough by our summit attempt on the last day of June to easily pass on the inside of the chains. We did also encounter snow at the main summit block, but were able to easily traverse the short section with hiking shoes and trekking poles.

I reached the summit at 12:40pm, but immediately took a couple of pictures, signed the register, and left as thunder rumbled for the first time in the distance near Lone Pine Peak. We quickly worked our way off the summit block and back toward Trail Crest, but were hit with marble-sized hail along the way. We were lucky that the storm was only producing cloud-cloud lightning as we made our way back down along the high ridge.

Rain fell intermittently from Trail Crest down to Trail Camp, making certain rocky sections of trail somewhat slippery, but not terribly so.

We were somewhat surprised by the weather. Though we did know well enough to expect a chance of lightning on any summer afternoon up there, the forecast for the summit even the night before had called for clear conditions all day. Clearly, the unstable air mass had not yet moved out.

If in the future I am attempting Whitney as a day hike, I plan to start even earlier (or move faster) to make sure to be back below Trail Crest by noon.
Posted Aug 22, 2016 1:03 pm

DieselVia Mountaineer's route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2016

Diesel

Successful attempt after a faild attempt in 2015 when I had to turn back from the top of the chute due to lighting and heavy rain. This time, good weather, although very sunny and hot. This route is much shorter that Whitney Trail, but much slower going. After 6 days of intense hiking, it took 6 hours to the top and 5 back to Whitney Portal.
Posted Jul 22, 2016 12:22 am

RomainEast Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 14, 2008

Romain

With R. Zeithammer. Much lower temps than the day before. Great climb.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 2:14 am

RomainMountaineer's route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2008

Romain

With R. Zeithammer on a cold and windy day.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 2:13 am

RomainTrail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2002

Romain

With S. Feldmann.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 2:12 am

socalpeakbaggerThe Big Honcho  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2012

socalpeakbagger

One of the most stunning views ever was on the way up to the summit from base camp as the sun was just coming up and the walls started to turn orange...
Posted Jul 6, 2016 12:38 am

GuydentsMountaineers Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2016

Guydents

First attempt at the peak and had to go via Mountaineers route. Made summit at 10AM and descended via the main trail to Portal Road.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 12:54 am

whatdoIknowEast Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2016

whatdoIknow

Dave, the guide said that many underestimate the EB. I guess so did I, but we summited in good times anyway to beat the thunderstorm. Very enjoyable climb.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 11:12 pm

Scott FultonClimbed it long ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 1997

Scott Fulton

Climbed it via the trail many years ago with three other guys. We camped one night at the portal, and next morning we hiked up to trail camp and spent the night. My tent mate threw up just outside of our tent, and I ended up stepping in it with my sock. Next morning we hiked to summit, then back down to trail camp and broke camp and headed down to Outpost Camp where we spent the night. Then next morning headed out and had lunch at Whiskey Creek in Bishop. Good times!
Posted Jun 26, 2016 3:56 pm

nicozoneTwice climbed, twice summited  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2016

nicozone

After having an awesome time on the Mountaineer's Route in 2013, my girlfriend asked if I would take her up the mountain as well. Since Pinnacle Ridge divides Lone Pine Creek drainage from North Fork Lone Pine Creek drainage, I decided that the Whitney Trail would be an interesting exploration this time. Luckily, lottery results were in our favor again and we were able to get a 4-person permit for the weekend. Some new snowfall the weekend before gave us a bit of pause, but other than some early morning ice along the chains, we only had to contend with a biting cold wind all the way to the summit. Great views from the summit as always!
Posted Jun 23, 2016 11:26 am

ScottWhitneyBoundVERY windy and snow/ice around the cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2016

ScottWhitneyBound

My third attempt and my third successful summit. Extremely windy at Trail Crest and from there to the summit. Snow and ice on the trail around the cables made micro spikes a good idea. Also snow for a 100 yards below Trail Crest was another good place to have micro spikes, then a bit of scrambling over the rocks to bypass the snow in the pass. Seven out of nine hikers from the Malibu Hiking meetup group summited.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 10:23 pm

Travissmith2251Whitney  Sucess!

Travissmith2251

HST finish
Posted Jun 12, 2016 12:25 am

KevintheclimberMR route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2015

Kevintheclimber

fun climb
Posted Apr 4, 2016 12:13 pm

Mike D'Spring Ski Mount Whitney Trail
Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2016
Departed portal lot ~1:30pm Saturday with skis on back, about an hour hike to consistent snow ~1/2mi. past wilderness boundary...soft snow for easy skinning, had to take skis off just a few times till Mirror Lake...contrary to standard route, traversed climber's left of lake, then ascended a steep snowfield ("variation 2" on the Whitney Trail page), too steep & icy, had to remove skis and posthole to boulders on climber's left, a grueling but somewhat short ascent to link back with standard route...continued upward and set camp just north of Consultation Lake ~6:30.

Lazy sunny Sunday awaiting snow to soften, decamped ~1pm and the spring corn was prime...eventually went skier's right of the rocky outcrop ("variation 1") that most hike over, some really nice turns out there but take care not to cliff out if you stay close to the big outcrops, furthest right is safest...from there it's however you can get down as the snow thins out, still some fun trees to get down through...skies off at 2:30, another hour down on the trail.

Cold night. Snow seemed good & soft around noon and thereafter. Good times.
Posted Apr 3, 2016 11:49 pm

fatdadThree different routes  Sucess!

fatdad

I've hiked the trail (up and down), climbed the East Face (solo)and East Buttress and descended the Mountaineer's Route. Still more I'd like to do.
Posted Apr 2, 2016 3:00 pm

MaverickMerkvia Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2016

MaverickMerk

Great conditions beautiful mountain... what more can you ask for.
Posted Mar 21, 2016 1:39 pm

jboldt1971Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2013

jboldt1971

Beautiful cold day. Amazing!
Posted Mar 19, 2016 2:51 pm

SchwartzOnPR is getting better  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2010

SchwartzOn

I do this every so odd often years. First it was in Summer, then in Fall, and I'd like to run it in a day now. Every time is different. Every time unique.
Posted Feb 12, 2016 11:39 am

MalesoreRetreat!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2015

Malesore

https://suenosong.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/mt-whitney-trip-report/
Posted Jan 28, 2016 9:08 pm

SandyWrightGreat Friends  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2013
Definitely a trip to remember. About half way coming down I did get tired. Breathtaking and amazing!
Posted Jan 16, 2016 5:49 pm

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