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HeyItsBenRoute Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: April 2004


Walked solo to the summit in April using the main route. 54 miles round trip (4 days) since the road was closed. I was surprised when I heard dogs as I got near the research station. There were 2 guys staying through the winter, observing the dogs at altitude, and offered me a beer on my way down. Awesome!


I've got two thrwarted attempts on the West Ridge also. Need to get back there...
Posted Nov 10, 2004 3:51 pm

GlennGRoute Climbed: The road Date Climbed: August 18th, 2004  Sucess!


Ran into a whole herd of bighorn, and a couple crazy looking researchers from the UC research facility. Jogged the whole way out to escape the hail.
Posted Nov 1, 2004 1:27 pm

LangenbacherRoute Climbed: West slope of Barcroft, then the road. Date Climbed: Dec. 25, 1976  Sucess!


Tried to climb it Xmas 1974 but turned around at Barcroft with bad weather coming in. Spent the night on top Xmas '76 with Fritz and David. Spent the night on top in the summer of 1975 with Markle and Fritz. Climbed it in Oct. 1989 with JPL hiking club, summer '74 with Fritz and ???.

First tried to climb it in the spring about 1970, but snow blocked the road just past the Bristlecones and we only made it as far as Barcroft before we tired out - we had driven all night from San Diego to get there and had no sleep.
Posted Oct 18, 2004 5:51 pm

CornvallisRoute Climbed: The Road Date Climbed: September 13, 2004  Sucess!


After a failed attempt on Ritter the day before I decided my ego needed a peak with a high probability of success. This was the mountain for me then! Tough road, passenger cars beware. Amazing views of the eastern Sierra on this clear day. Well worth the time if your in the area.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 1:42 am

thebeave7Route Climbed: Bancroft Gate trail Date Climbed: July 20th, 2004  Sucess!


Spectacular views of the Eastern Sierras, ran into a whole heard of Bighorns near the top.

Eric J Lee
Posted Sep 10, 2004 3:06 am

AlRoute Climbed: Barcroft Rd Date Climbed: Jul 4, 04  Sucess!


Posted Sep 8, 2004 11:20 am

sierramtngoatRoute Climbed: Barcroft Road Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!


Hiked with Balajisv and Brian under a fairly clear sky. The hike to the summit, including picture taking and messing with the fat marmots on their rock pile, took me a minute or two under three hours. Skipping the switchbacks on the summit massif is clean if you take the decent use trail on the far left side of the face.

Route Climbed: Barcroft Road Date Climbed: July 19, 2003 Sucess!
This is an easy hike, though you should acclimatize before hand as it is about five hours of hiking at altitudes > 12K. The most difficult thing about this hike was the drive to the gate.
Posted Sep 1, 2004 4:06 am

stellineaRoute Climbed: road Date Climbed: june 2001  Sucess!


awesome view
Posted Aug 31, 2004 5:34 pm

atcRoute Climbed: 4WD road Date Climbed: August 3, 1999  Sucess!
This was the first 14er for me. Not too difficult, but still had a mild headache....
Posted Aug 31, 2004 4:08 am

MelbaToastRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: 1975  Sucess!


Did this with my family many years ago. I asked my Dad what altitude sickness was and he told me to run and find out. I did and I did! Sick as a dog... but I still remember the bristlecone pines.
Posted Jul 27, 2004 9:55 pm

josephgdawsonRoute Climbed: Westguard Pass Approach from the West Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!


Hit the trailhead at 8:00am and tagged the summit at 11:10am. Left the summit at 12:00pm and got back to the car at 2:50.

I enjoyed hiking up White Mountain although it was not very hard. I did not believe it was 14 miles roundtrip but it turned out to be every bit of it. Somehow or another both the way there and the way back seemed to be low grade uphill. Saw loads of Marmots and a goat or a deer.

White Mountain definitely has a distinct beauty to it although I would not consider it rugged. I had a good time. A couple who had summitted a couple of days before reported feeling some serious electricity in the air as a thunderstorm moved in on the summit and below it.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 7:57 pm

pusdkq6eeRoute Climbed: Bristlecone Pine Nation Forest Date Climbed: July 10 2004  Sucess!


I DID IT. It is easy hike. There is nothing difficult. The main problems are long hike, high elevation and cold wind. Otherwise, it is prefect.
Posted Jul 11, 2004 3:36 pm

Ol WalsherRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: June 26, 2004  Sucess!

Ol Walsher

Camped at the gate the night before to acclimate. Summited around 9:00 a.m. and got off the mountain before the weather set in.

My buddy got two flat tires on the road.

A nice hike!
Posted Jun 29, 2004 12:50 pm

cbuelowRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: June 26, 2004  Sucess!


Rolled up to the gate at around 8pm on Friday night, had a few brews and watched the sunset over the Sierra. Slept in my truck until 4:30am, brewed some coffee and then off to the summit. A beautiful, clear morning and a great views from the top. Some ominous clouds rolled in as we started heading down, and flurries were coming down as we traversed south along the ridge back toward Barcroft. A great hike, but I'm glad we got off the mountain when we did.
Posted Jun 28, 2004 1:41 am

derbillyRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: June 19, 2004  Sucess!


Little snow was left from the storm a day earlier except on the north face of every rock on the ground. Ideal weather and not very windy at the top. Several gliders flew up and away from Owens Valley while we were at the summit. Outstanding views in all directions. Truly an outstanding summit.
Posted Jun 23, 2004 2:05 am

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: 6/18/04  Sucess!


I hiked/ran both ways on this day and started from Patriarch Grove Fork. Lots of thunder and then snowing on the way down. Read my trip report "Caught under Thunder Storm ". It tells how scared I was and why.
Posted Jun 21, 2004 5:38 am

flexter17Route Climbed: White Mountain Rd Date Climbed: 06/11/2004  Sucess!
On this hike I bagged my first 14'er! Took about 5.5 hrs to reach the summit from the trail beginning 2 miles below the Barcroft Facility. The last 1000 ft to the summit were the toughest.. I had to lay down and rest a few minutes about every 40 ft in elevation that we ascended. There were incredible views from the summit.. the kind of views I had only seen from an airplane before. It was cold.. dry.. and generally uncomfortable :) .. but the weather was relatively benign!

On the way back down at around 13,500 ft I yakked my guts out a few times.. got a good abdominal workout from that, though.
Posted Jun 19, 2004 10:43 am

daveheadRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: 6/11/04  Sucess!
Brought 2 east coast friends up to the summit. Spent the previous day around Bristle Cone Pine Forest to acclimate. A beautiful day with 10-15 mph winds and temps in the upper 30s and low 40s. Encountered a few snow flurries on the way back down. The road was still covered by snow near one of the last switchbacks near the summit and had to do a little scrabbling up the rocks. A great but challenging 'First 14er' for each of us.
Posted Jun 15, 2004 7:45 pm

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: 6/8/04  Sucess!


I went and climbed it on the road today. Great hike/run. I enjoyed crystal clear skies, although it was cold.. Needed to cut about .15 from top as the road is covered with ice/snow.
Posted Jun 9, 2004 1:08 am

goscRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: May 30, 2004  Sucess!


Drove to the trailhead a few miles below Barcroft Station without any problems. No snow on the road but occasional patches on the sides. My friend and I rode bikes from the trailhead for about 5 miles and decided to go on foot from there. The snow and mushy dirt road made uphill climbing on bikes very taxing and not worth it. At the 12,700 ft level, my friend decided to turn back since he was tired. I gave him food and water and we rested a bit to make sure he was OK.

Very windy and cold most of the road but the wind subsided on the switchbacks up to the summit. Not a cloud in the sky. Patches of snow still were on the switchbacks. Since I was wearing my bike shoes which snow easily entered, I bypassed the switchbacks by going straight up the rock scree and made the summit at 10:15 a.m. No crampons or ice axes were required on this route. It was very, very windy and I was alone at the summit. Beautiful views of the Sierras to the West and Death Valley to the East!
Posted Jun 1, 2004 12:17 pm

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