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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



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 miniature Monopoly houses. My 28th state highpoint. And those 99 switchbacks? I didn't mind them at all during the descent. Climbed Mt. Whitney for the second time on August 1, 2015 upon completing the John Muir Trail.
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

dakineDayhike main trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2013
After a week of monsoon the weather finally cleared. Started out at 7:00 a.m. and the trailhead was like a ghost town. 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

JordanHMt. Whitney  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2009


Elevation is tough, but great views during last hour!
Posted Sep 4, 2013 7:19 pm

THalkyHP #27  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2013


Camped at trail camp. 99 switchbacks went on forever, but making it to the highest point in the lower 48 was well worth the time it took to get there.
Posted Sep 3, 2013 11:52 am

BorolfMountaineers Route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2013


Great weather and climb with SWS
Posted Aug 29, 2013 10:56 pm

AirMasonMLK Day Backpack  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2012


Started at Lone Pine Campground for fear of it being too snowy at Whitney Portal. Stayed at outpost camp. Summitted next day. Very little snow for January. Very windy storm hit on way down, but there was little snow falling.
Posted Aug 21, 2013 4:20 pm

AirMasonWhitney and Muir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2012


-7 F the night before at 12000 ft. Warmed up on Summit day. 15 F felt really warm in the sun.
Posted Aug 21, 2013 2:56 pm

lalpinistSlow & Easy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013


I missed this hike last year (Mountaineer's Route) because I got hit by a car riding my bike two weeks before my trip. But I made it this year (standard route) with a lot of advil ...

Semi-cloudy day. Only one or two patches of snow remained. Easy route.
Posted Aug 19, 2013 3:40 pm

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