Amazing granite, Amazing View, and the most fun I have ever had at altitude on a rope!! CD, Ben, Elliot, and I had a blast climbing to the top of the lower 48 states! 14,497!
At this time you can drive almost all the way to whitney portal, in fact a 4wd could probably make it all the way, as it is, we started at about 7700'. Used the E-ledges, stayed on the north side of lone pine creek on the way up, nasty bushes. Camped at UBL, bad winds at night were cold. Next day up and down the MR, good weather, more wind, great snow conditions. Returned to camp to find one less tent, if you find one, my friend might like it back. Great hike, great route. PICS
Took a leisurely 4 days to enjoy the trip. Great weather although a little hot and snow was a little soft in the afternoon. I don't think I'll ever do the main trail again!
A beautiful day. camped at the portal and trail camp.
Felt like shit at trail camp (drank to little, as usual), however, after 10 hours of cozy rest and drinks in my bag, summit day was great.
got stares from the peanut gallery on the summit wondering where my permit was.dont need no permit for a 6am to 730 pm walk.
Left high camp at three on the summit by eight.Perfect weather and the snow in the last chute to the top was the best part of trip.Steps already kicked in and some great exposure.All three of use made it.A great trip.
A lot of people (6) on the mountain - all who reached the summit were SP'ers... Great weather and conditions.
Climbed with 150 of my closest friends
I was the 6th person to reach the summit on March 7, and the 8th in 2004. (2 guys made it to the top in February).
Climbed the MR with Jim. Day 1: ~7200' to LBSL. Day 2: LBSL to the moraine right under the east face. Day 3: climb MR to summit, back down to LBSL. Day 4: back to the truck.
We had perfect snow and weather conditions. Thanks to the guys from Ohio for breaking trail all the way up to Iceburg lake.
Almost everyone on the mountain was a summit post member.
We started at 12:45 am from Upper Boy Scout. Beautiful, clear night, full moon - didn't have to use headlamps. Above Iceberg Lake we had to break the trail, slow going. I summited at 8:30 am. Perfect weather, nobody else on the summit - how ofted does that happen?
We hiked the Whitney Trail in one long day. We left at 3 am and got back something like 6:00 pm. Notice the date. We climbed this mountain the day before 9/11. We actually got back home (by plane from Las Vegas - Seattle) on 9/11. I went to bed about 3 hours before the first plane struck WTC. Little surreal.
We have been back twice now to do the Mountaineer's Route. Because of various reasons, we've yet to summit via MR. Hopefully, third time is a charm as we will be attempting another go via MR in April/May 2004.
wow, long climb. give yourself a full day. acclimatization wasn't happening as fast as i would have liked.
I climbed with my family, it was my first time to carry my own pack I had lots of fun, but every night it rained for about an hour and on my last day we hiked to the bottom through some hail and sleet. i was nine.
We took the steep gully on the way up and returned via the traverse. There was a bone chilling wind at the top that significantly shortened our summit siesta.
Had an awesome trip. Spent two nights at Trail Camp. We had no wind at night. It did hail, sleet , and rain on us both days around 3 pm.
First time up the long but spectacular main trail. Thankfully the we left at 4:15AM on a Friday and the crowds had probably thinned out a bit since labor day weekend so it was a few notches closer to a "wilderness experience". We made good time, hitting the top in just a hair under 5 hours including breaks and water refills at Trail Camp. Incredible view from the top in every direction, thankfully, as by 11:30AM the previous day storms were already firing up on the Sierra Crest. This is what inspired us to shoot for the top early and fast. Total trip time just under 12 hrs including a hour and a half on top and Mt. Muir. Be back when the snow melts in 2004 to test out the MR.
I first climbed this peak in 2000, and then climbed it for the second time in 2001. It was an inspirational time, seeing that we were just one month removed from the tragedy on Sept 11th. Someone had carried a huge American flag to the summit, which made the moment even better. I was with my girlfriend at the time who was so excited to summit Whitney. We sat down on the summit and enjoyed a snack together. When she opened up the peanut butter jar, inside was a diamond ring. The moment couldn't have been better to get engaged. She said YES !!!
Hiked up with hyperbolictans and rgreene and friends. First major hike ever for me! Camped at the Portal and hiked up to Trail camp in ~6 hours. Felt OK but should have stoped and had lunch at Outpost Camp. Broke camp at 4 am and headed up the 99's. Great view on the backside of the massif, unfortunately drained my 3 litres before the summit. This made for a strong headache and a long walk down. Can't wait to do the mountaineers route in summer '04!
Day hiked in 13 hours round trip.
Day hiked East Face. Left car at 5am, started climb at 930am, summit at 11am,back to car at 2pm.