Early morning summit from Guitar Lake on my final day of the John Muir Trail in 2007.
Awesome day trip from the Portal with John and Steve. Left at 4:15 AM, back by 6 PM...lots of quality time on top. Probably the only time I have been at 14K plus in short sleeves. #19 HP.
Despite severe altitude sickness starting at 13K I knew I might never get another shot, or a more perfect day. No wind, no clouds, just a will to overcome and get up top. Beautiful mountain. The glissade down the snowfield saved a lot of time!
Took off at 3am made the Summit at 8am beautiful summit!
great day, ascent ok, but really struggled on way down
did the mountaineer's route at a leisurely pace, spending two nights at iceberg lake. snow was perfect going up to the notch.
Drove up from San Diego after work and slept in the parking lot. Was on the trail by 6:00 a.m. and back to the car in 12 hours. This was my first mountain and I had no idea how difficult it was. Since that time I have ran 5 marathons and climbed other mountains. Yet, I still consider this the most difficult physical feat I have accomplished. Nothing has ever been harder for me.
Before the hordes, permits, and the N. Fork trail was a blaze. Ahh memories. 2nd time on top first was a day hike in 1987.
I've climbed whitney a few times but I finally bagged Muir on the last trip...Always something new to do on this mountain!
Great weather, though soft snow was a pain for the descent down the Mountaineers route. The Tower traverse really puts you in your place from the start. Insane exposure for the 1st pitch. Fresh air traverse was super fun, the crux for me was the 5.7 off width/chimney after the traverse. Very difficult with a pack full of ice axes and such.
We did it as a day hike from Whitney Portal. Weather was perfect. Still tons of snow covering the switchbacks so we climbed the snow chute to the right. We glissaded on the way down. Started at 5am. Summit at 2:45pm. Back to the truck at 8pm. Beautiful area! don't know why I haven't come here sooner...
Great trip for us out west.We camped 12,000 ft and summitted early in the morning via mountaineer route.Quite abit of snow in areas.Surprised that no one out west seemed to use snowshoes.Great veiw from the summit.We hiked down a snowy route to the right of the trail which shaved off about a mile or so of descent.We also climbed Mt.Alta and some lesser peaks throughout our week in California.It was all remarkable!!!JimW
Spent the night at Trail Camp then climbed via main chute. A perfect day.
Day hike from Whitney Portal with great weather. Still tons of snow covering the switchbacks so we climbed the snow chute to the right. Made for fun glissading on the way down!
...with Caltech Alpine Club on their annual winter mountaineering trip, on 20-21 Mar' 2010, via the class 3 Mountaineer's route
Climbed with a group of eight. All but two made it.
This was my first 14er and first time south of Bridgeport on the East Side. Sierra Mountaineering Group Meetup. We did the willows on the approach and descent (not the ledges). Camped just above UBSL, then climbed via MR and descended on the 24th. That was a long day. It was worth it. Love the East Side!
First time over 14,000 feet. Went up the main trail, and up through the snow covered chute to trail crest, then onto the summit. Up and down in one day.
Made the climb with my son, up and back in one day! Switchbacks still covered in snow and ice so we climbed via the snowfield and up the main chute. We had the summit to ourselves!!!
Nice climb, but watch out for rockfall. I got a nice shiner out of it.