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Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby ChristopherFranklin » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:25 am

Doing the MR in early May, I saw some photos on flicker the EWO. My question is is this just an alternate route if the final class 3 climb is iced up? It seemed like a much longer way around.
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby Josh Lewis » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:01 am

The Mountaineers route is cooler than the standard route from what I understand. I haven't done the walk up route, but I have done the mountaineers during December. Yes there was ice at the top, but it was manageable. So bring an ice axe and crampons as well as a helmet. The route itself is not that steep and is glissadable in the gully, although many folks would caution against that. :wink:
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby mrchad9 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:03 am

I'd expect in May you'd have no problem descending the ascent route. I wouldn't worry about the route back.
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby clmbr » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:53 pm

A few years ago two solo climbers died on MR while descending the icy slope in two weeks apart. Sometimes something easy may kill too. So stay focused.
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby Palisades79 » Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:40 pm

After ascending a grand 5.10 East Face route to the summit in a July ,I thought descending the MR was a gripping rock bowling alley . I guess any gully feels confining compared to a massive open face . Have a great climb !
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby sharperblue » Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:02 pm

If it's badly iced, stay far left against an obvious low rock wall and you'll be fine
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:28 pm

I am assuming that you'll be approaching the MR from Iceberg Lake?

The north face might give you an alternate descent.

I have climbed the MR and skied down the north face. (I've also skied down the MR.) From the base of the north face, it's a short walk east up Whitney Creek to the Whitney-Russell pass above Iceberg Lake.

Beware, the descent is not a straight shot down, you've got to traverse across the top of some class 4-5 slabs to reach a chute that drops to Arctic Lake. This photos illustrates the terrain best (the route is in red):

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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby sharperblue » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:30 pm

^^^^^ that's true, but that face also gets wind slabs that linger; be careful if you choose that descent
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:34 pm

Yeah, the N face can be sketchy and icy and avalanche prone, chose your poison wisely.

I always perfer to descend over known terrain.
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby ChristopherFranklin » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:20 pm

Great photo ledge rat! I've never seen a pic of the side like that past the notch. Yeah the photo's I saw the guys went through the notch and traversed accross that 4-5 area you have circled in white not sure where exactly they went up.

Our plan is to climb up the final 300/400 at the notch. Were bringing a rope and will rappel down the same way. But its always good to have a back up plan or two.
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby Deb » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:28 pm

Bump this junk ~
Recent (of course) beta on MR after the Notch? Ice? Rock? Whiffle balls? :)
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby mrchad9 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:31 pm

Deb wrote:Bump this junk ~
Recent (of course) beta on MR after the Notch? Ice? Rock? Whiffle balls? :)

It's rock.

Two posts here:

mr-mt-whitney-biggest-mistake-t64667.html#p915125
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Re: Mountaineers route "easy walk off"?

Postby Deb » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:08 pm

mrchad9 wrote:
Deb wrote:Bump this junk ~
Recent (of course) beta on MR after the Notch? Ice? Rock? Whiffle balls? :)

It's rock.

Two posts here:

mr-mt-whitney-biggest-mistake-t64667.html#p915125

Oh ick! I wasn't interested, a friend; I'll tell her to go pick on some other peak. :lol:
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