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mengboSE face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2014


Climbed with Jeff. No issues of chutes finding. It is a beautiful peak, but be cautious of loose rocks under chockstone.
Posted Aug 25, 2014 2:25 pm

cabSE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2014


We didn't have too much trouble with the routefinding after reviewing the pictures on the SP page here. The chockstone was pretty cool with the all of the twisting and turning you have to do to make your way through the back of it. We also climbed Matterhorn afterwards which made for a long day.
Posted Aug 18, 2014 1:21 pm

WayneFrySE Face
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2013


A good challenging route find. Attempted to climb this peak with a team of four but encountered rockfall while climbing behind the chockstone. One of our climbers was injured and we stopped the ascent at that point.
Posted Sep 10, 2013 12:15 am

craig512Great climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2012


Barely made this one. Route finding was a little tricky, but the climb itself was fairly easy for a mountaineers peak. After summiting it started to snow, our hopes to bag Matterhorn were dashed and we headed back to base camp where it snowed about 1.5 feet overnight. Made the hike out interesting, but we had a blast!
Posted Aug 2, 2013 12:27 am

seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2012


After Matterhorn, for day 1 of the Sierra Challenge. Surprisingly fun, though I missed the chockstone tunnel. Trip report.
Posted Aug 11, 2012 9:30 pm

dshoshoneSE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2012


Fun cl. 3 climb
Posted Jul 31, 2012 5:25 pm

Shane RathbunLong approach
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2010

Shane Rathbun

Vitaliy and I attempted to day-hike this but after climbing Snake Dike the day before. We accidentally slept in to 7am in the back of my luxuriously Suburban and got a late start. We ended up calling the climb off at the col just pass Matterhorn, we ended up day hiking several unnamed peaks in the area and driving back to SF that night.
Posted Dec 6, 2010 3:43 pm

ckerthSE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2010


Fun climb with an interesting route. Left from Twin Lakes and camped overnight by a tarn at the base of the mountain.
Posted Sep 2, 2010 8:48 pm

mdoughertySE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2010


Up from camp at Horse Creek Pass. Really fun climb and great views.
Posted Aug 27, 2010 3:46 am

mrchad9Spectacular Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


Really enjoyed the route finding and scenery on this one. Camped at the lake south of Horse Creek Pass and climbed this in the morning after visiting Matterhorn the day before.
Posted Jun 13, 2010 8:07 pm

gjonbelaySE Face July 18 1999  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 1999


Climbed Whorl and Mattehorn on the same weekend with a group of PCSers.

Trip Report

Posted Mar 24, 2009 4:32 pm

BCLRoute Climbed: SE Face Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008


Solo day hike out of Twin Lakes. Fun climb.
Posted Sep 14, 2008 12:26 pm

steve_hiebertSE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008


We dayhiked it from Twin Lakes crossing Horse Creek Pass. The routefinding was a bit tricky. I think we crossed from Chute #1 to Chute #2 too high but we were (surprisingly) following another party. From Chute #2 to Chute #3 through the chockstone, and then to the summit, the climb was fascinating.
Posted Aug 29, 2008 7:02 pm

derbillySierra Challenge 2007  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007


Clmbed SE face in a sleep-deprived state and still managed to pick up the formidable Horse Creek Peak as a bonus!
Posted Aug 21, 2007 6:12 pm

bechttSE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007


With the 2007 Sierra Challenge gang
Posted Aug 10, 2007 11:59 am

Travis_SE Face with Sierra Challenge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007


Climbed Whorl and Matterhorn with a great group of guys from the Sierra Challenge. See Trip Report
Posted Aug 5, 2007 4:07 pm

metasyn11SE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007


Climbed with a contingent of 6 as part of the 2007 Sierra Challenge (most, or some at least, did the Doodad). Fun scrambling in the chutes and particularly through the chockstone. Grand views.
Posted Aug 3, 2007 6:15 pm

AlpinistSE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2006


Solo climbed the SE Face from Miller Lake during a 10-day backpacking trip from Leavitt Meadows to Toulumne Meadows. Beautiful and solitary hike up Spiller Canyon from the PCT (12-miles RT). I managed to get off route and climbed left of the first chute on a rib that semed more like Class 4 than Class 3. I reached the ridgetop well left of the chockstone, realized my mistake and had to do some low Class 5 climbing to transition from the west side of the ridge back to the east side. (Photo here.) I finally found the chockstone and finished the climb on route. If you find a pair of sunglasses on the summit, those are (were) mine.

Trip report.

Posted Sep 25, 2006 4:00 am

Michael GraupeRoute Climbed: SE face Date Climbed: Fall 2002  Sucess!

Michael Graupe

Beautiful dayhike out of Twin Lakes. Tagged Matterhorn Peak on the return as well.
Posted Oct 19, 2005 9:52 pm

soslawRoute Climbed: South East Face Date Climbed: September 17, 2005


Soloed Saw no other climbers. Given the good class 3 climbing its surprising that Whorl does not see more traffic. Based on the summit register, I was only the third party summiting this year. While the mountain is daunting when seen from below, the three chute system ascending the SE face makes the route feasible. The challenge is to enter in the correct chute and then to traverse into chutes 2 and 3. Like a lot of climbers I started too high and gained chute 2 which has better rock but is more difficult in the beginning than chute 1. Chute 1 is to the climber's left and has more talus and scree. SP's route description is excellent and one need only be patient in traversing to the south of the mountain to gain the entry chute number 1.
Posted Sep 19, 2005 12:17 pm

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