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AlphaRomeroWhat's that throbbing in my head?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1991

AlphaRomero

Where do I start with my story? The second summer I lived in CA I had some time off in the fall and was browsing the maps and books at REI (as all serious research was done at the time). I decided to give Whitney a try. Not having any backpack equipment, and a day hike not requiring a permit at the time, off I went to Whitney Portal. Slept a bit, then hit the trail at 5:00 AM, TOTALLY UNKNOWING what I was doing.

I zipped past a backpackers camp, and kept going. Fortunately, 1991 was a very dry year so there was no snow or ice. I did not have enough water, and the headache started at about 12.5K. I painfully summited and headed down right away. Literally STUMBLED into camp after dark, and immediately went into my sleeping bag. THROB, THROB until the next morning. I wanted badly to drive down the hill that night, but couldn't get out of my tent. THROB, THROB. I survived, and am glad I did it. No pictures, no witnesses, but a "life lesson" for sure!
Posted Dec 24, 2012 1:20 pm

CatamountSolo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2009

Catamount

Planned for the better part of a year to hike this one with TLP but a car accident knocked him out of commission after he got to California. Great time nonetheless. Camped at Outpost Camp and hit the highest point in the lower 48 the next day. Was going to spend a second night but had plenty of time to pack out. State HP #45.
Posted Dec 12, 2012 2:52 am

fox045Lessons  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2012

fox045

With LeeAnne, Donna, and Rose.
Posted Dec 3, 2012 10:37 pm

FletchWith family  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2006

Fletch

only two other parties on the mountain. excellent trip.
Posted Nov 30, 2012 5:20 pm

marilouTough With AMS
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2011

marilou

Hiked up with the NHP2 Meetup group. Climbed via the switchbacks despite it being full of snow and closed in some sections. Had really bad AMS (nauseaus, bad headache, dizzy, etc) and had to stop every so often so I don't throw up. But, was able to summit successfully and descend safely. HP #5
Posted Nov 29, 2012 10:56 pm

MiguelVieiraEnd of High Sierra Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2011

MiguelVieira

From Guitar Lake on the last day of hiking the High Sierra Trail. Got caught in a mean storm with hail and lightning on the way down.
Posted Nov 14, 2012 12:05 am

telemarkdudeMountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 1985

telemarkdude

Camped at Iceberg Lake. From there, with the great weather we had, it was a very fast up and down scramble.
Posted Nov 12, 2012 4:47 pm

ZeroFCMountaineer's Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2012
Started from Lower Boy Scout Lake.

From that point, a bit of snow and ice on the route leading up to Iceberg Lake forced a slightly slower pace. Ice was too thin for crampons but covered large enough areas of the path to make it slightly challenging. Took about 3.5 hours to Iceberg Lake.

Taking the chute to the summit was a nightmare with crampons. No existing path meant postholing past the knees through soft fresh powder and hitting the loose scree underneath. I think microspikes would have been much more fitting under the circumstances. I thought that the snow would be firmer towards the top but that was absolutely not the case. Was a long slow climb up in deep snow up to the notch but weather conditions were fine.

Glissading down the entire chute was a lot of fun and saved a ton of time. Met three others who had setup at Iceberg Lake for a October 31st summit attempt.

A lot of fun and would consider coming back in the future.
Posted Nov 1, 2012 6:47 pm

crazyp43made it our bitch

crazyp43

whitney main trail 12 hours RT gorgeous day
Posted Oct 31, 2012 5:13 pm

FairweatherDay hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012

Fairweather

After a week of peak climbing, Whitney seemed much easier this year. Joined by Todd, Bob, and Devin. Nice clear day.
Posted Oct 27, 2012 11:10 am

ttalleyFun Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2012

ttalley

Started with a friend at 3:45 am and didn't hit snow on the trail until after Trail Camp. Needed microspikes from Trail Crest on since first snow had come 4 days before. Great day, perfectly clear, felt good! Was back at the portal at 7pm. Is it just me, or does the trail from Lone Pine lake back to the portal seem to be a few miles longer on the way down? =)
Posted Oct 18, 2012 4:10 pm

TyCPerfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2012

TyC

Amazing hike. Completed in 1 day
Posted Oct 14, 2012 7:01 pm

kteichertHP #29  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2012

kteichert

Did it from Whitney Portal in one day. Started at 5am and finished at 4:15pm. Was just gorgeous. I'm so glad to have done this.
Posted Oct 9, 2012 10:36 pm

cturturicaMt Whitney Mountaineers Rout  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 21, 2011

cturturica

First try. Took my time though. Drove up on Thursday on the 19th from Redding, CA and slept in my truck in the portal parking lot. Went up to Upper Boy Scout Lake with about 60lb pack on Friday the 20th. My friends baled on me last minute so I was soloing. Ran into a few friendly climber and joined up with them for the summit attempt on Saturday with only 25lb in my pack(took my MSR Reactor for melting snow). Everything was great in the chute. Good snow and not as steep is I had imagined. The last 400ft were a bit worrying since it was ice/snow covered rock. I was more worried about coming down the scramble then going up. Surprisingly it was easy coming down. The guys that I had met at Upper Boy Scout Lake decided to go back when they saw the ice covered scramble. Getting down from the top of the chute was easy just a run/slide. I spent another night at Upper Boy Scout Lake and got out on Sunday morning the 22nd. After eating a large pizza at the Pizza Factory I drove back home to Redding. Saw a couple of guys climbing the East Buttress. That's one I will be returning to do some day.
Posted Oct 2, 2012 3:31 pm

David NaylorWIth Mt. Muir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

David Naylor

Portal....began the 97 switchbacks under alpen-glow on Whitney....blood red sunrise. Gorgeous. Met a climber going up the switchbacks who was on his way to Mt. Muir so joined him and we examined the summit block and ascended as per Secor's route. Thrilling! Whitney was a slog from this point-on. Glad it's off my list.
Posted Sep 30, 2012 9:08 pm

funnyfarmFirst Extreme Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2012

funnyfarm

This was a challenge for me but it was a glorious day and I made the summit in just under 11 hours on the Whitney Portal trail. No speed record for sure but I got there!
Posted Sep 18, 2012 9:25 am

ScrambledLeggsPCT Ascent  Sucess!

ScrambledLeggs

I climbed Whitney during my 2012 thru hike.
Posted Sep 17, 2012 6:29 pm

DukeJHMeh...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012

DukeJH

Via standard route under threatening skies in a touch under 11 hours. Maybe better on the Mountaineers Route?
Posted Sep 10, 2012 3:11 pm

HaddadbTop of North America  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012

Haddadb

Second attempt on Whitney Summit. Last year tried the Mountaineers route, but it was too snowy and sunny at the same time, and got sun poisoning on the way up. This time went for the main trail and summited no problem!
Posted Sep 10, 2012 3:07 pm

sangusLabor Day Weekend Day Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

sangus

Clear day with sweet views and cool temperature. Day hiked Whitney starting 3:50 (with a full moon) ending at 17:38 on the main trail from Whitney Portal.
Posted Sep 4, 2012 3:49 pm

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