climberslacker wrote:I will hopefully be doing the east face about a week or two before this. What are the conditions usually like on the East Face in winter?
You'll probably be able to hit it up. I've seen clips of people climbing it in winter, though they were during lower snow years. There will be some pockets of snow in places like the Washboard, most likely. I'm saying this having looked at it from the base of the East Wall back in early January, a little over 2 weeks ago. Snow was pretty deep in the Whitney area, not that I can say from a lot of experience in the area, but rather, what I have heard from others since this was my first trip up Whitney. How are you getting up to high camp? We used snowshoes, but we saw some ski tourers blaze up pretty fast. The annoying bit for my friend and I came up when passing from Upper Boyscout Lake up through the gully to the base of the East Face. The snow was pretty unconsolidated at that point, so our snowshoes were wishy-washy at some times. The nice compact snow that we got going up the beginning of the North Fork Trail disappeared for the most part once we got to the upper section of the Ebersbacher Ledges near lower Boyscout. But that was mostly because we were up there on days with some pretty brutal wind, so the tracks got all covered up. I'll try to put up some photos in the near future if that can give you and idea.
Hope this helps.