Via Mountaineer's Route. Clear conditions after a brief storm on Saturday, but very windy. The first pitch of the final 400ft is rock/mixed right now, while the rest is fairly deep snow under a crust.
Most Technical summit to date via Mountaineer's Route! Felt like summer in the afternoons and the dead of winter in the mornings. A 1 night trip, camping at the very frozen over Iceberg lake.
Left the portal around 2 AM and reached the summit 11 AM. Was back at the portal 5 PM
Great hike. Started out at 3:30 AM for this beast!
After only 3 hrs sleep, I started my solo day hike at 8:30am (late) Had to turn back at trail crest due to incoming thunderstorms and also the altitude was getting to me. Plan on going back this summer. AWESOME TIME!!
Team Certain Death baby!
Climbed from the backside (started from horseshoe meadows). Summited. Then descended the Mountaineer's Route, on snow all the way down to Iceberg Lake. Did not disappoint!
Hiked up the main trail with Richard Piotrowski. This was Richard's 100th and my 30th.
I did Whitney as an end to my traverse of the JMT in fall. I slogged through a blizzard up Forester Pass the previous day and it was pretty much all melted by the time I summitted Whitney the following evening. I slept in the hut atop, but before you call me stupid, there was zero lightning danger. I spent the whole next day walking down with my through-hiker's pack -ouch.
Kind of a slog. The last 400 feet was quite steep for Class 3. Nobody on the summit but me. Quite a view.
East Face, East Buttress, Moutaineers route are perfect and classic. Would repeat Whitney any time. Winter ascent?
Great hike in great weather. Camped at Consultation Lake to avoid the crowds. Nice to be able to make the top after snow turned us around at Trail Camp last year.
Started around 4am, on the summit by 9:30am where we spent maybe an hour and back to the trailhead by 4pm. A fantastic day.
Portal to top and back in exactly 12 hours with the beautiful Radjel
1972, 1974, 1986, 2001, 2009
Also climbed Thor on this trip. Camp just below Iceberg Lake.
My first and to date only time above 14000 feet. Hiked in a day trip with MM. Also did Keeler Needle and Mount Muir.
Summited Whitney at the end of a great week in the Sierra. Set a new altitude record and went over 14,000' for the first time. Not that bad of a hike, began on the Whitney trail at 4:30am, summited at 11:30am and returned to the Portal at 5pm. My knee was bothering me some since I had banged it up earlier in the week but the hike went smoothly. It'll be a long time before I climb something higher!
Fastpacked the John Muir Trail in 8 days with a good deal of running but no hiking in dark and naps every day. Came up from guitar lake area, dropped our packs just below the saddle and ran all the way up to the summit. Lots of people on top including a marriage---crazy! We ran all the way down the other side to the ranger station---an incredible finish to an unbelievable trip.
Looking to do JMT - this summer - debating on August or End of June - How was the weather in Aug? Also - Do you have your daily log of miles?? We're looking to do it in under 14 days - Any good camp sites you'd recommend? Thanks!