Hiked/climbed Mt Whitney four times now. The first three times were one-day trips via the Mt Whitney trail (08/1997, 07/1998 and 08/1998). The last time I did it was via an ascent of the Mountaineer's Route, with a descent of the Mt Whitney Trail (07/1999). The last trip was an overnighter (where we stayed at Iceberg Lake). Each Mt Whitney experience I have had can be summarized in just two words: Simply Fantastic!!!
Great trip! I went with 2 friends and we had a great time, the mountaineer's route is pristine. Other climbers we met were a pleasure to talk with. The toilet on the top was pretty funny to see.
The one thing that I can remember the most was there were 2 guys smoking and had to stop at each switchback to take a puff. I don't think they made it to the summit. Don't remember seeing them there.
Enjoyed each trip up Whitney, but I favor the Mountaineers Route for its solitude, a bit more scenic, & it's a little more than just one foot in front of the other.
Second time up Whitney, last time in 1991. The weather was terrible, and snowed on the summit in July (see accompanying photo). Not wanting to do the switchbacks, we glissaded from Trail Crest nearly all the way down to Trail Camp.
The crux was finding the trail head in the dark. After several rounds through the parking lots, we discovered the trail was right next to our car. Later, the only people we saw on the summit said they were in the car parked next to us and they had the same problem finding the trail that we did.
The day started out very windy, but calmed down considerably by mid-morning and was beautiful on top. A long one-day walk, but well worth it!
I was solo and tried to find the Mountaineers route.
I got lost and had to return to the parking lot, so I started again and just
did the Trail up & down in the rest of that day instead. (Was quite tired at the end ;-)
It was beautiful wheather, sunny and nearly no snow.
Only 2 other people summited that day.
I hiked it in one day wth my father, I was 11 years old. I heard a disturbing rumor that White Mountain Peak in Inyo National Forest might actually be taller; but is not posted as so to keep people from wanting to climb it. This is because it was a military high altitude research center and observatory. I think the University of California System owns it now. It is no way as beautiful as Whitney though.
From car to car in 5:58 hours. Saw a couple of friends
on route who where video taping it. Practicing for next- year California 14'ers speed record. This was my 9th time on the summit.
a fun route with a lot of third and fourth class. climbed Shaky Leg Crack(5.6)and not Fresh Air Traverse. Spent night at east face lake(aka Iceberg Lake). Climbed east face descended Mountaineer's Route, and out to cars second day.
one day ascent 12hrs round trip.
I started at Lower Boy scout Lake, I wanted to start at the trailhead but it was to noisy, so me and friend hiked up to Lower Boy Scout Lake for a good night sleep. After sleeping in, we left at 9:45am and arrived at the summit of Russell at 12:15. After visiting with other climbers, Tom Hallendorf, and Larry, I left at 12:45 for Whitney. The north face of Whitney was tricky. It took longer than I thought.
I summit at 2:45 to a small crowd of 25 or so hikers.
I left for Muir at 3:00 and was at the summit at 3:45. I left at 4:15 and back-track to the Mountaineer's route. Was down at 6:45. Nine hours round-trip.
Will, Brent, Rube, Aron, Joe and I made the long drive from the bay area to take this long walk. We hung out at Whitney Portal for about 12 hours before our hike. The idea was to acclimate and catch a few z's before our planned 1:00 am departure. After a lively game of wiffle ball we kicked it in our camp site, but I don't think any of us got any sleep. I still highly recommend this to flatlanders like myself who may not be used to thin air. Great hike, perfect conditions and not too many people. The quota system works. Cocktails and beer in Lone Pine after the hike!
Day 9 of 10 in the Sierra Emblem Challenge 2001. 6:45a start, 10:15a summit of Mt. Muir, 11:15a summit of Mt. Whitney. It was a gorgeous Sunday and there were folks all over the trail. I felt quite strong after 9 days of acclimatizing and climbing other peaks. Also managed to climb Keeler Needle, Crooks Peak, and Discovery Pinnacle on the way down. Excellent beers at the Portal at 5:50p!
This was the tenth summit of my CA 14er speed climbing tour! Check out the trip report here.
Climbed up from Upper Boy Scout Lake to celebrate the New Year right! Took a video of the ascent. Not to much snow this year, I didn't use crampons, only a ice axe. But, very, very cold.
I also did this mountain in July 1987, 1989, and 1995.
Did a single day car-to-car traverse of Muir, Whitney, and Russell -- the three 14ers in the area. The day before, it had rained and then snowed an inch or so at the higher elevations. This made for some icy Class 3 climbing to the top of Muir. After Muir, I continued over to Whitney, and arrived on top at about 7:30 am. Then I headed down the North Face of the Whitney. The North Face is supposed to be Class 2/3 climbing, but because all of the gullies were iced up (and I didn't have an ice-axe or crampons with me), I had to follow a Class 4/5 ridge down. After a while it became too icy there too, so I traversed over to the Mountaineer's Route and went down that for a while (very easy). Near the bottom of the Mountaineer's Route, I traversed north to the Whitney-Russell pass. Over the pass I went, then up eternal scree on the South Face of Russell to a short section of Class 3 rock. This brought me to Russell's summit ridge. Thunderstorms were quickly rolling in, so I surfed back down the South Face and back over the Whitney-Russell Pass. Then I began the HORRENDOUS descent along the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek in the pouring rain. I got back to my car at 2:30pm, giving me a car-to-car time of 11 hours. Don't ask me if I had a Whitney Zone Permit ;-)
Soloed the mountaineer's route. Pretty straightforward climb but very impressive views. Watch for ice on the rocks beyond the notch late in the season.
We started on the 12th at 7am reach high camp at 11:23, set up camp took a nap. Left for summit at 6am switchbacks were still snowed in for the most part, so we climbed up the snow shoot to trail crest 13,777 ft. We summited at 9:30 am stayed on top for about a half hr, 23 degrees at the top, and windy, headed back at 10:07 and glissaded down the snow shoot we came up. We were back at high camp at 12 noon. packed up camp and head for the portals. Total trip took 11 hrs 34 min. You save alot of time going up the snow shoot. Snow was pretty icy at 6 am make sure you use crampons.
Made the summit in about six hours via the trail. Total round trip in under 11 hours. We spent one night a 5000 feet at the Lone Pine Campground, did a day hike to Lone Pine Lake for acclimitization the next day and on the next morning made a 4:00 AM departure for the summit. Strenous 21 mile round trip hike.