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amochkaRoute Climbed: Research Station Road Date Climbed: September 2, 2003  Sucess!

amochka

A great trip to the Sierras, Death Valley and Bristlecone Pine Forest. Camped in parking lot at gate to research station road (12,000 ft.) night before climb. Looming thunderstorms over in the Sierras, but never seemed to reach us as we climbed. Interesting flock of sheep at research station....saw yellow bellied marmots that felt the need to cackle at us as we ascended. Saw a family of foxes at 13,000 ft. Great view of Sierras and thunderclouds from the summit. Dark clouds moving our way made for a quick descent on our part. A great high-elevation climb! Wish I could say I was jogging it like two other guys we saw who were training for Whitney....
Posted Feb 17, 2004 11:07 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: The Road Date Climbed: Labor day 2003  Sucess!
Some snow and hail, but all and all a pretty nice day. This was my wife's first 14000 foot peak.
Posted Jan 27, 2004 10:50 am

thenunzRoute Climbed: Jeep Trail Date Climbed: 10/17/03  Sucess!

thenunz

Best view of the Sierra's ever. Worth the slog, but bring a mountain bike!
Posted Oct 26, 2003 1:23 pm

mgp5000Route Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: October 19, 2003  Sucess!

mgp5000

My first successful summit of a 14er! Not technically difficult, but it sure is a long slog in one day. Saw a pack of Bighorn Sheep rams near the summit. Another single ram got within 50 feet of us. That was probably more exciting than the summit itself.



Regarding the road to the trailhead - we navigated it in a Subaru Outback Sport (4WD, moderate to low clearance). Passed as least one truck with a flat tire. It's much more about the driver than the vehicle. Make sure you have good tire pressure and check your spare as well. Take it slow, and you'll be fine.
Posted Oct 20, 2003 12:12 pm

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: Sep 20 '03  Sucess!

TDRoberts

Easiest 14er - road goes right to the top - though elevation is appearent on the endless switchbacks up summit.
Posted Oct 20, 2003 9:18 am

rgreeneRoute Climbed: The Dirt Road Route Date Climbed: 16 August 2003  Sucess!

rgreene

Poor acclimitization led to a miserable descent, but the summit was tres cool. Trip Report and Pictures
Posted Sep 29, 2003 11:17 pm

mtndaveRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: Sept. 13th, 2003  Sucess!

mtndave

Drove up the night before to TH for acclimation at 12K, left car at 515 am and reached summit at 815 am, car to car, 5 hours .Nice views of the Sierras and the Owens Valley . 2 cars blew their tires on the gravel road so go slow on the last 17 miles to TH. Wanted to summit a 14er with levis and cotton clothing so I picked this one ! Summited again with 14 yo daughter, 8-9-04, awesome !
Posted Sep 17, 2003 1:10 am

lidijagrazulisRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: September 13, 2002  Sucess!

lidijagrazulis

Drove up on Friday night, summited on Saturday. Stunning moon-like landscapes!
Posted Sep 16, 2003 12:48 pm

rgmackieRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: September 2, 2003  Sucess!
Rain and hail fell on the Sierra to the west, but it was a fairly nice day across the valley on White. A leisurely hike that took 4:15 round trip.
Posted Sep 4, 2003 2:59 am

Bill OttRoute Climbed: The road Date Climbed: 1995  Sucess!

Bill Ott

Drove to the trail head in a 1988 Dodge Caravan. Intended to spend at least one night at the gate to acclimate. However, there was a full moon that night, so the temptation was too great. Started hiking at around 2100 hrs. It was like being on another planet. Did great, until about half way back to the car, total nausea.



Shuffling along the road, with the moon to light the way, I could see what appeared to be a boulder in the middle of the road. Hmm, that wasn't there before. It turned out to be another stricken hiker wrapped in a sleeping bag, sitting in the middle of the road. We ended up helping each other back to the trail head.
Posted Aug 31, 2003 9:28 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: The road Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2003  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

I was supposed to be climbing Mt. Sill today as part of the 2003 Sierra Challenge, but I'd slightly strained one of my quads on the descent from Red and White a couple of days before, and found I needed a rest day. I drove up here for the first time (itself a bit more exciting than I'd have liked), had a leisurely stroll up to the peak and back in 5 hours, and went to check out the bristlecone pines--an awesome experience. Most of the excitement came in dodging the mountain bikers on the way down.



This was the first day that week that actually felt like part of a vacation!
Posted Aug 19, 2003 6:23 pm

keemaRoute Climbed: South Road Date Climbed: August 17, 2003

keema

We camped at the gate and had a bit of rain fall on us. After the clouds cleared it chilled off. Awoke to ice on the tents. We were the first hikers to reach the summit. Two 4WD vehicles passed us as we neared the saddle near the base of the peak. When we reached the summit there were two other vehicles there besides the 2 that passed us. There were also 2 tents and a whole bunch of people inside the building. Apparently U.C. Davis was conducting a teast of altitude on some aspect of human physiology. The test subject / victims were brought from sea level to the summit with no acclimittization time and got spend the night there while being tested. What fun ;-P Spent an hour on the summit. A very enjoyable hike. On the way out I passed a VW Golf getting help for a cracked oil pan. Be careful on the drive in and out.
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Posted Aug 19, 2003 12:27 am

GuiltyRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: August 11, 03 and May 25, 02  Sucess!

Guilty

The day was nice with a little wind. Made the round-trip in 4 1/2 hours, with time for lunch on top.

The road looks great for mountain biking. Last year when I was up here Gallen Rowell sign in the day before. I wish I could of climbed with him.
Posted Aug 18, 2003 2:23 am

trekrbearDate Climbed: July 1, 2003  Sucess!
Although the hike was on a fire road the altitude made it a challenge. Acclimating at Grandview CC really helped. There's a very serene beauty about the area. Really enjoyed the hike.
Posted Aug 7, 2003 5:25 pm

GuyzoRoute Climbed: Southroute Date Climbed: July 26 2003  Sucess!

Guyzo

Started at 3:30pm, on foot alone, passed many exhusted folks along the way. At the summit I was surprised to find 2 SUV's parked, about 10 people were having a party! Lots of lightning and a growing storm. The partiers warned me about the dangers of lightning but denied me entrance to the "research station"-nice folks! Anyway I watched a fantastic sunset

over the Sierra and left the summit as the snow started to fly. Returned to the car at 10pm, wet, cold, tired, hungry and happy. This is a worthwhile summit. Go do it!!! PEACE
Posted Aug 7, 2003 12:45 pm

stephenzRoute Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: 06 July 2003  Sucess!

stephenz

First 14er! It really was a great hike and I was very happy that i had spent the night befor at grandview camp (good aclimitization.) made it to the to in 4hr20min got back down in 3hr flat.
Posted Jul 8, 2003 8:30 pm

Rick KentRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 6/21/03  Sucess!

Rick Kent

It was a rather cold and windy day. Started up in the afternoon and was just about the last person to reach the peak that day. Drove out shortly before sunset and climbed Cirque Peak the following day. This was my 3rd 14er. Did Whitney and Langley last year. This one was a bit more strenuous than I expected but was still easier than Whitney and Langley. Lack of aclimation didn't help.
Posted Jul 2, 2003 8:21 am

mike rickettsRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 29th 2003  Sucess!
Did White a few days after Glass Mtn to the NW. Very mild and pleasant on the summit.
Posted Jun 30, 2003 5:58 pm

Paul SpraycarRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: August 11, 2000  Sucess!
Ran most of the roundtrip from the gate, in order to summit quickly and catch a plane home. The drive to the gate is almost as enjoyable as the climb itself!
Posted Jun 29, 2003 3:36 pm

dkantolaRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: August 4, 2002  Sucess!

dkantola

Started from the Barcroft Lab parking lot on the only day the locked gate is open to the public each year. Thin air slowed me down near the summit, but low winds and relatively warm temperatures made for a pleasant day. Smoke from the fire in the southern Sierra severely limited visibility over the Owens Valley.
Posted Jun 29, 2003 12:38 am

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