Nice to be back on this summit after 18 years. Trip report.
from Upper Boy Scout Lake... long day up and over
the summit block is quite the perch.
Loved the solitude atop the summit block - had it all to myself that morning! :D
Final scramble was definitely a bit spicy coming from the carefree (mindless?) slog up the switchbacks and trail crest. I started right, traversed left, and then headed up the vertical crack. Not sure if I followed the correct beta, but I jugged across the flake for the traverse.
I found this picture really useful for the start - keep an eye out for the boulder with green speckles: http://qitnl.com/d/16817-3/whitney072210-178.jpg
The hardest part of the climb is finding the start off the Whitney trail. There's a cairn at the base of a talus shoot up to the summit block. The climb to the summit is straightforward but will definitely get your blood pumping!
Solo ascent from the JMT. Class 3 summit block.
Those last few moves to the summit keep your attention! Spectacular views of all around from the summit.
Made the side trip to Mt Muir on the return trip from Whitney.
The best summit block! I've never seen so many perfect slabs back to back. I summited Whitney twice this day, and went on to tag Mount Muir, before descending the way I came up on the Mountaineers Route, or Direct Route. Great views of Whitney, Langley. Definitely worth coming back for.
After summiting Whitney with S. Feldmann, I sauntered up Muir late in the day. Snow covered ledges made this more interesting.
First time above 13,000 ft.
First time above 14,000 ft.
First class 3 summit.
Went on to do Whitney after, another first.
I thought it would be most fitting to make this peak my first 14'er as a humble tribute to the man who did so much to preserve this incredible, sacred wilderness.
Loved the little nubbin summit block. One of the tiniest I've ever been on. Was too dizzy to actually stand on it.
RIP Mr. John Muir.
Took a detour off the Whitney Trail
Beautiful fall day in the Eastern Sierra. Solo dayhike up the Mountaineers route to Whitney and then onto Mt. Muir and down the main trail to the portal. 16 hours car to car. Amazing how few people pass up on the opportunity to summit Muir. Middle Pal is my final Ca 14er left.
On the descent fro Whitney, Kessler and I took off ahead so that we could climb Mount Muir. Mount Muir was rated class 3 and although I knew that class 3 was generally harder in California than in Colorado, we underestimated Mount Muir. It was harder than I thought it would be. It was quite exposed as well. Since we weren't planning on climbing Muir until we happened to get the overnight permit, I hadn't brought any good climbing shoes and we just had old running shoes. We also didn't have any beta and didn't bring helmets. We probed two different routes before climbing one in the center of the summit block. It wasn't too bad until we had to do a slab traverse to the left with our low-traction shoes (sticky shoes would make this a piece of cake). We got up to the rappel anchor at the overhanging rock, but with our old running shoes we didn't want to stand on the summit. It was fun, but I wish we had brought better shoes (and a helmet).
Still ready for more action, we descended Muir and climbed what our map labeled as Trail Crest Tower. Either the map was wrong or there is a non technical route up the tower, because we didn't do any technical climbing. It was still a great viewpoint.
Started free climbing up the west face from the whitney trail, but the rocks were covered in ice and snow so we used a rope, nuts, and slings to climb up to the summit, amazing exposure and view on top, definitely wouldnt have felt comfortable climbing without a rope because of the snow. downclimbed to the north around the other pinnacle and back towards the west down a small chimney, was alot easier that way.
Tagged on to an impromptu Whitney day hike.
2nd time up Whitney but first time up Muir - was a bit nervous on the class 3 climb up. Memorable views, great day! TR is HERE.
While guiding for Jim Gurnam's Adventure Travel, my wife Penelope hiked up the Whitney Trail with couple of clients and scrambled up the Muir's regular route in 1999.
In summer of 2012, Pen and I climbed the prow of the East Buttress on good and steep rock.
In January of 2013, Pen and I tried to climb the same East Buttress in winter but the snow on the buttress was unconsolidated and deep. We bailed.
This hike was suggested on the day by my climbing partner, who said basically...hey, we're on the way to Mount Whitney so lets do this peak too. The sharp contrast in experience between these two peaks, to this day, remains in my memory.
While Whitney's summit was rather a large, flat, and open summit crowded with hikers (over 90 had already signed the register when we got there), Muir's summit was a small rock outcrop on which we both could barely get on to- the summit register crammed into a crack. It was very windy and the views were wonderful- I have a summit photo of myself, my hat firmly strapped to my head, with the "100 switchbacks" behind me. I was scared and I look it. This was my third 14K. I hope to return.