Very short diversion. I see a maximum prominence of about 280' above ridgeline. I take it that there isn't a 300' prominence rule for CA 14er's, or perhaps this was a just exception to the rule for a good cause?
Climbed from the main trail after climbing the MR up Whitney. Almost made the long hike out the main trail worth it. Almost. Some fun scrambling up to the top.
This is an aweful route. Secor describes it as "a splendid climb." He probably never climbed it. All that we found was choss, loose rock, plants growing in climbing cracks, and talus sliding on top of sand for the class 3 sections. Tried to climb the Misha variation but ended up climbing a differnt hand crack (5.7) to the left. I would not recommend this route to anyone. Climbed with emppeng27 (cool kid)
this made the slog up the whitney trail worth it!
Day tripped this along with Whitney in a little under 12hrs car to car. The summit block seemed more challenging than the class 3 I expected After a few tries found a workable line to the top.
Aug ?, 1997
A fun detour on the way down from Whitney. The East face looks great.
Fun scramble after whitney, nice exposure.
It's a fun side trip with a little pucker power. If you've got a extra hour on your Whitney assent you should do it. 2005 was a great snow year.
Scrambled up and down on my way to the summit of Whitney. My climbing partner turned around at this point.
Climbed on the way down from Whitney.
Not sure I found it at first, its not so obvious off the Whiney main trail.
Uneventful dayhike of Whitney & Muir.
Climbed Muir on the way back down from Whitney. I met awagher on the way up and he and his friends helped coach me up the last move to the summit. I doubt I would have summited had they not been there. I guess I'm just a pansy sometimes.
Nice dayhike. Something like 51/2 hrs from the portal. 8hrs round trip.
I tried to summit Muir and the way back from Whitney, first I summited the wrong peak, then I figured out which one I needed to climb but could not find the class 3 route, started what I figure was a class 4 route and retreated. I was tired and did not feel good about it, next time,
Passed it on my 1st trip to Whitney, so went back when I decided to start climbing more 14ers. Fun scramble from the trail. Only a small amount of 3rd class from what I remember.
I had previously passed this summit 5 times, not this time, cool scramble, class 3+.
Dan and I got stuck about 50 feet from the summit and couldn't figure out a way up to the next ledge up. Bob R's photos helped but weren't enough for us gravity challenged hikers. Oh well, we'll try again someday.
From the main trail