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
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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!
Climbed a long time ago via whitney trail. Just catching up.
Amazing day hike from Whitney Portal. Mind blowing area...
Very difficult day hike. The switchbacks were icy and I did not have crampons. Departed portal at 3am did not return until 7pm, conditions made for a long day, but the summit always feels good.
Second highest state highpoint and our 10th. We climbed it via the Mountaineer's Route with guide Howie and co-guest Kevin from LA. A nice summit day after a night at the Upper Boy Scout Lake with a few hours of sleep.
Great day, only people on the route. Descent via MR.
Left Outpost Camp @ 2am, made the summit @ 8am. Colder than I expected after Trail Crest, but a good morning.
Though not my preferred style for my first time up Whitney, I have to admit that this trail is spectacular. You transition from the sanctuary of the Portal up through splendid meadows and finally up into the high granite ramparts of the Whitney Crest. The catwalk section of trail past Trail Crest is pretty cool. Not a dramatic summit but certainly a dramatic view.