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Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

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Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby calicokat » Fri May 03, 2013 4:43 pm

Patrick (Lilbitmo) and I dayhiked Mt. Whitney and several needles & pinnacles last Friday (April 27th). We went up the Main Trail and down the Mountaineers Route. Here are some photos....they are all here: http://calicokat.smugmug.com/Hiking/Sie ... &k=Qnh7nRJ

First Light On A Couple Needles We Are After
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The Slope & Cable Route (Both Were Being Used Succefully)
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Trail Crest Slope
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Trail Crest Slope
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One Of The Best Views In All The Sierra Nevada
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Whitney Pass, Mt. Langley, Le Conte, Crabtree Pass From Discovery Pinnacle
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Lakes Are Thawing
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The Switchbacks & Trail Crest Slope From Mt. Muir
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Downclimbing Mt. Muir
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Make Your Knees Weak Exposure From Summit Of Keeler Needle
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Coming Down Off Keeler Needle
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My 21st Time On The Summit Of Mt. Whitney :)
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Starting Down The "Final 400"
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"Final 400"
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Dry Conditions In "Final 400"
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Heading Over To The Main MR Chute
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Top Of The Chute Is Dry
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Bottom Was A Mess, Icy In The Middle, Posthole Nightmare Closer To Iceberg Lake
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Last Rays Of Sunshine On Thor Peak
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Ice Fall Melting Fast
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Our Route For The Day: 15.0 Miles, +7,600'
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby dskoon » Fri May 03, 2013 10:17 pm

Very nice!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby artrock23 » Sun May 05, 2013 4:14 am

Excellent pics from some unusual perspectives. Thanks for posting them! :D
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby mountainal » Sun May 05, 2013 9:35 pm

great pics, sure is looking dry again this year!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby Deb » Sun May 05, 2013 9:41 pm

Very cool! What was your car to car time?
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby Burchey » Sun May 05, 2013 9:48 pm

Sorry guys - I have it on good authority that you've never actually been on Whitney.

Out!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby lilbitmo » Tue May 07, 2013 8:44 pm

Burchey wrote:Sorry guys - I have it on good authority that you've never actually been on Whitney.

Out!

Adam, by the time we reached the last summit we were floating on Air, so technically we've never been on the Whitney Summit :D (P.S. I thought you fought against authority :wink: )

Deb, it was 4 AM start, 8 PM finish, 16+ hours. Part of that was due to taking our time on the way out to lead the two Marines just back from Afghanistan that we met at the summit and doing their first hike ever on the mountain they asked if they could join us for the MR back to the car. They were strong healthy guys but had very little experience, so we took our time through the rougher sections for obvious reasons. They did amazingly well.

(Special note to Calico Kat - we went up on Friday the 26th to the portal walk in campground but we did the hike on Sat the 27th, not that it matters, but if someone joins the board that we spoke to on the trail I want them not to be confused about the day they met us).

I did the MR on the previous Sat the 20th and coming down the chute above Iceberg Lake half the snow had melted in just one week, yes it's a very dry year.

Both outings were a blast - much fun was had before the lottery season begins and the cattle drive is on :D
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby sierraman » Tue May 07, 2013 9:14 pm

Shocking lack of snow for this time of year.
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Re: Mt. Whitney Main Trail & MR Photos: 04/27/13

Postby youngclimer123 » Wed May 08, 2013 10:26 pm

man, by September Whitney may be snow free
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