Standard route from Whitney Portal via Trail Camp. Made it a 2-day trip staying the night at Trail Camp before summit day.
Pretty straightforward. In ideal conditions this is not a difficult summit at all if you are well-trained.
No water available above Trail Camp, especially this time of year.
From Trail Camp it was just under 2 hours for us to reach the JMT. From there, another 90 minutes to the summit; quite leisurely, as this is by far the highest my wife has ever been so we took frequent breaks about 13,600' for her to catch her breath. We started at 4:30 a.m.; spent 45 minutes at the summit; another 60 minutes breaking camp and filtering water; and reached Whitney Portal by 4:30 p.m. This was a relaxed pace but important to me my wife got to go with me.
Those we met who were attempting a single-day summit seemed to overestimate their fitness level -- even with loaded packs we were moving faster than most we encountered on both the ascent and descent.
It was an overwhelmingly beautiful day and the views were just incredible.
Worth hiking the 220-something miles along the John Muir Trail to the summit. Got an alpine start, watched the sunrise and bolted down to the Portal for burgers, fries, and beer.
My brother John, his son and I backpacked in to Outpost Camp and summited Whitney via the Whitney Trail + JMT in remembrance of our father, who introduced us to the high Sierra. My father and I did multiple trans-Sierra backpacks to the summit of Whitney and did the Mountaineer's Route independently. We love you Dad!
Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: August 29, 2004 Sucess!
Our objective was Mount Muir but I had fun "summitting" Whitney twice in one day! We had fun climbing the ledges in the center of the gully that leads to the crapper on the summit plateau. Sunrise on the east face of Whitney at Iceberg Lake was spectacular.
Route Climbed: Backpack from Horseshoe Meadow Date Climbed: 10/14/1999
A repeat trip, this time with Maria. I believe our reason for doing this was that we couldn't get a permit for the trail, but it turned out to be nice because we didn't see a soul until Crabtree meadow... not even an animal. Not a busy weekend I guess.
Route Climbed: Backpack from King's Canyon Date Climbed: July, 1984
Another backpacking trip with my dad and brother Alan. This time we started in King's canyon, followed Bubbs creek, crossed over Forester Pass, and followed the JMT out to the Portal. Bagged Whitney on the way out.
Route Climbed: Backpack from Mineral King Date Climbed: July, 1982
Another great backpacking trip with my dad, this time a trans-sierra trek, ending at Whitney Portal. Bagged Whitney along the way on a empty stomach because bears took half our food in Kern Canyon :(
Route Climbed: Backpack from Horseshoe Meadow Date Climbed: July, 1981
Possibly my first Sierra summit. Aside from nearly be struck by lightning on the second day, the trip was fairly tame, just a fun trip with my dad that got me into the mountains.
Words will never describe the breathtaking view! Along with the amazing feeling you have when you summit mount Whitney in a day!
Portal out and back
Great 2am ascent from Trail Camp.
Hiked from guitar lake in the middle of the night. Made it in time to watch the sun rise over the White mountains. COLD!
Summited Whitney via the Whitney Trail with two friends in a 15-hour push. Left Whitney Portal at 3am, summited by noon, back down by 6pm.
Do not let people fool you, the trail after Trail Crest is still a long, dispiriting slog to the summit
Second attempt this time up the mountaineers route. Much more interesting than the trail.
Up the Whitney Trail. Weather and failure to acclimate turned us back.
Cruised up the trail and then took a snowy shortcut up the chute towards the top. That last half mile of the trail goes on forever! Great success!!
Come for the rock climbing, stay because you're trashed after climbing Whitney without acclimatizing
Trails were mostly clear of snow until Consultation Lake. We (and most groups) used crampons from High Camp to Trail Crest, taking them off at high camp for a bit before putting them back on once more for a few snowy stretches on the back side. A few people used microspikes but were slipping and not having a great time. There is one well-worn glissade path and people were starting from the very top of Trail Crest when the snow had softened enough.
Finally won the lottery on the 4th year! -Climbed Mountaineers route in 1 day, very long and strenuous push above Upper Boy Scout Lake, Beware: 6100' gain over 15.8 miles in 1 day gave hiking partner (native CO 14er finisher) altitude sickness
Did my first hike up this alone and got caught in a snow storm at the top. Despite some route finding issues on descent it wad a crazy fun time. I’ve only climbed/hiked it during off season so I can’t comment on it with the crowds but I think if you can get there it should be a must do.
Preseason climb. Relatively inexperienced group and early year conditions made summiting dangerous, although we did get through the real meat of the hike. Crampons and Ice axes were essential in this attempt and made it a real experience.
Enjoyed the day hike with a group of friends. Took 18 hours to complete and well worth the long day. The sun was out and the weather was cool. Perfect conditions.
Mountaineer's route in a day in winter conditions. Hardest day yet :thumbs up:
Left the car at 4am and came back at 2pm, endlessly grateful, happy and also a bit tired...
I was lucky enough to climb this mountain on the most gorgeous and clear autumn day one can imagine.
The moment you reach "trail crest" (all alone), when the view opens towards west and you admire the reflections of those rocky summits in the lower-laying lakes goes straight into the heart.
A day I won´t forget.
Exact date uncertain. On Kathy Reichardt's suggestion we climbed the East Face route. Hiking up the regular trail to Mirror Lake, where we camped. Rising early to travel cross country, climbing over Pinnacle Ridge to Iceberg Lake. It started snowing lightly when we reached the Grand Staircase. After summiting we hiked down the trail back to Mirror Lake, exhausted with a pounding headache.
Climbed the route again with Steve Beck and Marty in the summer of 1987 (I think). Used an early beta max camera to make a movie of the climb which you can see on my Youtube page.