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GuiltyRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: 09-23-01  Sucess!

Guilty

From car to car in 5:58 hours. Saw a couple of friends

on route who where video taping it. Practicing for next- year California 14'ers speed record. This was my 9th time on the summit.
Posted Oct 10, 2001 11:03 pm

tiogapRoute Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August, 1984  Sucess!

tiogap

a fun route with a lot of third and fourth class. climbed Shaky Leg Crack(5.6)and not Fresh Air Traverse. Spent night at east face lake(aka Iceberg Lake). Climbed east face descended Mountaineer's Route, and out to cars second day.
Posted Sep 2, 2001 10:24 am

tiogapRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August, 1983  Sucess!

tiogap

one day ascent 12hrs round trip.
Posted Sep 2, 2001 10:18 am

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Traverse from Mt. Russell Date Climbed: 08/18/01  Sucess!

Guilty

I started at Lower Boy scout Lake, I wanted to start at the trailhead but it was to noisy, so me and friend hiked up to Lower Boy Scout Lake for a good night sleep. After sleeping in, we left at 9:45am and arrived at the summit of Russell at 12:15. After visiting with other climbers, Tom Hallendorf, and Larry, I left at 12:45 for Whitney. The north face of Whitney was tricky. It took longer than I thought.

I summit at 2:45 to a small crowd of 25 or so hikers.

I left for Muir at 3:00 and was at the summit at 3:45. I left at 4:15 and back-track to the Mountaineer's route. Was down at 6:45. Nine hours round-trip.
Posted Aug 24, 2001 2:51 pm

diveboyRoute Climbed: Main Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 08/18/01  Sucess!
Will, Brent, Rube, Aron, Joe and I made the long drive from the bay area to take this long walk. We hung out at Whitney Portal for about 12 hours before our hike. The idea was to acclimate and catch a few z's before our planned 1:00 am departure. After a lively game of wiffle ball we kicked it in our camp site, but I don't think any of us got any sleep. I still highly recommend this to flatlanders like myself who may not be used to thin air. Great hike, perfect conditions and not too many people. The quota system works. Cocktails and beer in Lone Pine after the hike!

Mike
Posted Aug 21, 2001 4:26 pm

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Aug. 12, 2001  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Day 9 of 10 in the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. 6:45a start, 10:15a summit of Mt. Muir, 11:15a summit of Mt. Whitney. It was a gorgeous Sunday and there were folks all over the trail. I felt quite strong after 9 days of acclimatizing and climbing other peaks. Also managed to climb Keeler Needle, Crooks Peak, and Discovery Pinnacle on the way down. Excellent beers at the Portal at 5:50p!
Posted Aug 17, 2001 12:51 pm

mrolphRoute Climbed: Trail from Guitar Lake to Whitney Portal Date Climbed: August 10, 2001  Sucess!

mrolph

Climbed Whitney as the last day on the JMT. Left Guitar Lake at 2:00 A.M. On top before 5:00 A.M. Watched the sun come up then headed down at 6:00 A.M. Reached Whitney Portal at 10:30 A.M. The west side is a nice hike, pretty easy if well acclimated.
Posted Aug 15, 2001 3:46 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 4, 2001  Sucess!

Josh

This was the tenth summit of my CA 14er speed climbing tour! Check out the trip report here.
Posted Aug 8, 2001 5:05 pm

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: January 1, 2001  Sucess!

Guilty

Climbed up from Upper Boy Scout Lake to celebrate the New Year right! Took a video of the ascent. Not to much snow this year, I didn't use crampons, only a ice axe. But, very, very cold.

I also did this mountain in July 1987, 1989, and 1995.
Posted Aug 2, 2001 10:29 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Mount Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 9/19/99  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Ten hours door to door...a long day...first time I ever felt early AMS symptoms...
Posted Jul 23, 2001 6:07 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail (Traverse of Muir, Whitney, and Russell) Date Climbed: July 10, 2001  Sucess!

Josh

Did a single day car-to-car traverse of Muir, Whitney, and Russell -- the three 14ers in the area. The day before, it had rained and then snowed an inch or so at the higher elevations. This made for some icy Class 3 climbing to the top of Muir. After Muir, I continued over to Whitney, and arrived on top at about 7:30 am. Then I headed down the North Face of the Whitney. The North Face is supposed to be Class 2/3 climbing, but because all of the gullies were iced up (and I didn't have an ice-axe or crampons with me), I had to follow a Class 4/5 ridge down. After a while it became too icy there too, so I traversed over to the Mountaineer's Route and went down that for a while (very easy). Near the bottom of the Mountaineer's Route, I traversed north to the Whitney-Russell pass. Over the pass I went, then up eternal scree on the South Face of Russell to a short section of Class 3 rock. This brought me to Russell's summit ridge. Thunderstorms were quickly rolling in, so I surfed back down the South Face and back over the Whitney-Russell Pass. Then I began the HORRENDOUS descent along the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek in the pouring rain. I got back to my car at 2:30pm, giving me a car-to-car time of 11 hours. Don't ask me if I had a Whitney Zone Permit ;-)
Posted Jul 12, 2001 3:46 pm

RomainRoute Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: August 8, 2000  Sucess!

Romain

Soloed the mountaineer's route. Pretty straightforward climb but very impressive views. Watch for ice on the rocks beyond the notch late in the season.
Posted Jun 20, 2001 10:22 pm

peak baggerRoute Climbed: Main Mount Whitney Trail Date Climbed: June 12 and 13  Sucess!

peak bagger

We started on the 12th at 7am reach high camp at 11:23, set up camp took a nap. Left for summit at 6am switchbacks were still snowed in for the most part, so we climbed up the snow shoot to trail crest 13,777 ft. We summited at 9:30 am stayed on top for about a half hr, 23 degrees at the top, and windy, headed back at 10:07 and glissaded down the snow shoot we came up. We were back at high camp at 12 noon. packed up camp and head for the portals. Total trip took 11 hrs 34 min. You save alot of time going up the snow shoot. Snow was pretty icy at 6 am make sure you use crampons.
Posted Jun 15, 2001 2:09 pm

tbnelsonRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 3, 2000  Sucess!

tbnelson

Made the summit in about six hours via the trail. Total round trip in under 11 hours. We spent one night a 5000 feet at the Lone Pine Campground, did a day hike to Lone Pine Lake for acclimitization the next day and on the next morning made a 4:00 AM departure for the summit. Strenous 21 mile round trip hike.
Posted Apr 11, 2001 8:57 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail both times Date Climbed: September 1963 and September 1992  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

I first climbed Whitney with my dad at age 16 in 1963. We camped part way up, and got an early start because we had to hike all the way up and out on summit day. I was sicker than a dog on the summit. And I was dead tired back at the car. For the '92 climb we started very early from Whitney Portal and did the round trip, getting back in mid-afternoon. I had started running two years before, so I felt great on the summit. Instead of being totally wasted back at the car, I jogged to the store to buy the "I hiked the big one in one day" T-shirt, or whatever it says. Running is by far the best thing I ever did for myself. I HIGHLY recommend it! One benefit is that I no longer feel sick at elevation.
Posted Apr 5, 2001 1:01 pm

peak baggerRoute Climbed: Main Mount Whitney trail Date Climbed: June 16 and 17 2000  Sucess!

peak bagger

This was my first time climbing the mountain. There was still quite abit of snow, but no crampons were needed. Had a great time. I plan on going again in 2001, if I am lucky enough to draw a permit.



peak bagger
Posted Apr 2, 2001 4:55 pm

JoshRoute Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 5/1998  Sucess!

Josh

I drove up to the "Whitney Portal" trailhead on the evening of May 19 and camped near the parking lot. The next morning, at 2:46 am, I awoke to my watch alarm, stuffed a few pieces of bread into my mouth, drank a liter of coke, and downed a handful of instant coffee crystals (caffeine is currently my drug of choice). I grabbed my pack and began hiking at exactly 3:00 am. The first few miles were uneventful, but at about mile 4 the trail became very unclear. There were footprints in the snow leading in seemingly every direction. In the dark it was very difficult to tell which way the real trail went, so I just headed uphill and somehow got to "Trail Camp" (~12,000 ft) without really getting lost. Above Trail Camp, I put on my crampons and hiked up the 35 degree snow slope to the right of the switchbacks. From there, I followed path along the "back" (west) side of Mt Muir and up to the summit of Mt Whitney. I arrived on top at 7:32 am. After 20 minutes on top, I got bored, so I started the trek down. I got back to my car at 10:49 am. I didn't see another person the entire time.

Posted Mar 28, 2001 10:59 am

mdostbyRoute Climbed: Mountianeers Route Date Climbed: various times  Sucess!

mdostby

I've climbed the Mountaineers route twice and the normal route one time.
Posted Mar 24, 2001 10:00 pm

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