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caysedaveMountaineer's Rt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2009
First 14'r and more challenging than I could have imagined as the altitude was intense for me.
Posted Nov 4, 2013 3:08 am

MadGrad96Whitney  Sucess!


Mountaineer's Route
Posted Oct 31, 2013 7:14 pm

JeremiahJohnsonHappy Birthday to me!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2013
Very happy to see a summit sunrise on my birthday after hiking a very long version of the JMT (10 extra peaks and 3 hot spring side trips). Was happy to go up with Bob Shattuck, a JMT vet and strong hiker. Great day.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 12:42 am

jamesglazeThird Time No A Charm  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2013
Climbed with my two daughters (No. 10) and a running friend of mine from high school. Started from the portal at 4:00 a.m., per Doug Thompson's advice. Trip routine to Trail Camp, with rain and sleet above. Trail very slick along trail ridge and I recommended we turn around about a mile from the summit. The others decided to head on up as I turned around (this would have been my third time to summit, vs their first). The weather cleared while the others were at the summit and back down to Trail Crest (by the grace of God). Moderate rain at Trail Camp where I waited. Back to the Portal at 9:45, a very long day. As anyone who has hiked this trail knows, the 2.5 miles from Lone Pine lake seem like 5. Whitney was HP 3 of 5 for this trip, which also included Humphreys, Elbert, Harney and White Butte, as well as 12 national parks plus Mount Rushmore.
Posted Oct 18, 2013 11:50 pm

Bezoar GoatRoad is Open  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2013

Bezoar Goat

As of Sunday the road was open to Whitney Portal and the standard route is packed powder/ice for the top 30%. Microspikes are encouraged, hauling crampons was overkill. The guys at "Elevation" in Lone Pine informed us that nobody has broken trail to the Mountaineers' Route yet and there are hip deep drifts to the upper lake.
Posted Oct 16, 2013 11:24 am

bruno baschungMt Whitney trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2013

bruno baschung

I climbed Withney on the normal route in 2 days in perfect weather conditions, not too hot. The hike is quite long, very well marked and very good though also very rocky. It's quite long, one gains only very slowly altitude, which is thus not tiring but requires time due to distance. Except for training, it's better to take two days in my vies both for acclimatization and enjoying the landscape.

The permit issue and red tape make of course this hike much more complicated to organize than other, let alone for overseas climbers who have thus to plan very much in advance.

Bruno Baschung
Posted Oct 8, 2013 12:42 am

Pastorron2nd Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012


One day. Left at 3am and was on summit by 11am. Back to car by 5. Great fun with my brother-in-law.
Posted Oct 6, 2013 12:51 am

Dan WinterMt. Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2013

Dan Winter

My first climb in the Sierra. Made the summit in a 14 hour marathon from Whitney portal. Going directly from sea level to 14k with no sleep made this a rough trip.
Posted Sep 30, 2013 5:38 pm

MarlinWhitney.....WOW  Sucess!


Arrived from Guitar Lake. Leaving my pack behind at the spur trail, I flew along the narrow trail dynamited into the massive mountain's western slope. The weather and summit views were fabulous! The town of Lone Pine, over 10,000' below in the Owens Valley, resembled those miniature Monopoly houses. My 28th state highpoint. And those 99 switchbacks? I didn't mind them at all during the descent.
Posted Sep 29, 2013 5:31 pm

wildanessXMain Trail   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2013


3am start, made the summit at around 11:15am. Was pretty fatigued upon return, but very much so enjoyed my day on the trail.
Posted Sep 28, 2013 8:42 pm

HohnikerVery long walk  Sucess!


14 hours round trip from Whitney Portal, starting at 3:30am.
Posted Sep 25, 2013 6:34 pm

punchlineVia Trail Camp  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2013


Due to a change in my vacation plans at work I ended up with the week of Sept 16th open. On a whim I read a Mt Whitney webpage with a link to the permit site. Unbelievably, there were 7 open permits for 9/18 so away we went. Beautiful, easy trail and the 99 switchbacks were not an issue although we heard a lot of people complaining? Also saw a lot of people that probably shouldn't have been up there - doubled over on their trekking poles an hour up the trail ... Perfect summit day - blue skies and no wind - beer and burgers upon our return to Whitney Portal. Not too many people as it was mid-week.
Posted Sep 23, 2013 10:24 am

dakineSummer dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2013
After a week of monsoon the weather finally cleared. Beautiful day with no wind below the crest, and no clouds. Started out at 7:00 a.m. and the trailhead was like a ghost town. I was expecting crowds like Disneyland. Was passed on the trail by runners, impressive. Felt great until the switchbacks. Finally reached the crest and was hit by wind and an unforgettable view. Dragged myself to the summit, spent just five minutes on top, concerned about getting myself back down. Recovered a bit halfway down thankful for steep elevation drop in richer air. Very happy to reach treeline. The final switchbacks to the portal were frustrating, just wanted to run straight down the hill! Reached the car at 8:00 exhausted.

I recommend using poles for this trail, I didn't bring mine but wish I had.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 4:53 pm

AFmountaineerLong Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2013


Did Mt Whitney trail in a day, pretty lengthy day but the views were worth it.
Posted Sep 16, 2013 12:27 pm

douggrangerMain route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 1991


Great day with Dave & Dave
Posted Sep 12, 2013 8:14 pm

TyC3 highest in California in a week  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013


Final peak of my California trip. Up and down in 10 hours.
Posted Sep 11, 2013 10:49 pm

Jimmy RiversJust simply amazing!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2013

Jimmy Rivers

State HP #27. This was my favorite summit by far! The views were spectacular, and i had some emotion as i stood on the lower 48's tallest peak. The trail wasn't too difficult, though very long and my body was exhausted beyond belief upon finishing. Camping at trail camp at 12k feet in the boulder field was neat. I am so happy with my experience there, and will remember it for a long time. Mt Whitney, wohoooo!!
Posted Sep 11, 2013 12:07 pm

jrnewmannMountaineers Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013


Climbed this bad boy via the mountaineers route and descended the main trail. This was my first time up the mountain on any route and my Dad's third (he climbed via the main trail his other two times) and we thouroughly enjoyed our climb. It was a perfect day on the mountain in the morning, sunny and warm until above iceberg lake. The consensus between us was that the mountaineers route kicks the crap out of the main trail and is a ton more fun to climb, however we can't comment on descending it although the trail is long and boring. The views of the peak are far superior to that of the main trail and we only saw like 7 people all day, none of them dayhiking like we were. It snowed on us a little bit up at the top. It was a long ass day but absolutely fantastic.

Best day ever...
Climb the mountaineers route.
Posted Sep 9, 2013 10:01 pm

WZimmermanMount Whitney via Trail Crest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2007


It rained in the night ... it snowed in the early morning. Snow in August! I was wearing shorts. I did not have the sense to turn back as others did on the way up the snow-lined 99 switchbacks -- and I'm glad of that. Alone I was with God on the summit that morning. The combination of spectacular views and peace and serenity cannot be described. This trek was an experience like no other.
Posted Sep 6, 2013 4:37 am

jeffh25HP # 39  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013


Completely socked in and zero view so I felt kind of cheated. Then it started sleeting... Overall an awesome experience though. I didn't feel like the 99 switchbacks were as bad as I thought. Hiking back uphill to Trail Crest on the way down was awful though. It's not a long stretch but your body's had enough up at that point.
Posted Sep 4, 2013 7:44 pm

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