First time over 12,000 ft and enjoyed every foot of it! Ascended Mountaineer's Route. Good thing I had EricD to help find the disappearing route and a great trail description. Gorgeous weather except for brief moments of smokey skies. Descended in dark via Whitney Trail under very starry skies. Red moon rise around 9:30 pm due to smokey haze.
A 1-day summit on Mt Whitney coming done in a little bit of dark. Got our day pass at Lone Pine ranger station and learned more about the ominous smokey air, then to the trailhead, perfect for car camping...it even has a general store to boot. Started out at 6:30am, about 1 mile in, took the Mountaineers route to the top. 10hrs, 6000' elev gain, nice lakes for breaks, snow patches and some loose rock. Class 3 scramble to the summit hut was an eye opener. Decended via the traditional route...a little less steep! Enjoyed the extra long day and tired feet.
Last year, lots of snow still, did the day hike from Whitney Portal. Left at 2AM, made it up the snow chute before it was post-hole city, and made the summit at 1130am. Didn't drink enough water, dehydration and altitude made me puke twice after glisading down to Trail camp. Back to the car by 6pm. Long day but glad to have made it. Weather was great and the views were awesome. Would love do to the Mountaineers route sometime.
Many times; the harder the route on this peak, the better it is...
Went from trailhead to Iceberg Lake. The mountain seemed still firmly set in winter. High winds, low temps, insufficient tent, stove that decided not to work and a partner with possible AMS made us decide to turn around. However, it is a beautiful route. I can't wait to get back and give it another go.
Made the summit around noon via the Hikers Route
Late post here. Myself and two others attempted the Mountaineer's Route, only to be punted off due to a storm. Winds were raging at Iceberg lake. Probably in the 60+ range with higher gusts at times. While we were making our go/no go decision, some others who just turned around advised we should turn around as another guided rope team had a fall and winds were getting worse. I try to summit each winter, but not this year I guess. Oh well. Next year I may solo.
Did a 2 day trip up the Whitney trail, stayed at Trail Camp. Alot of snow this year, switchbacks were closed so had to go up the chute. Was a good time, after 10 minutes on the summit thunder boomed, it started to snow and we all fled! My first 14er!
Enjoyed a trip up the East Buttress of Whitney
Received walk-in permit Friday morning and departed the Portal for Upper Boy Scout Lake. Summited Saturday and returned to Upper Boy Scout. Hiked out Sunday morning. Snow conditions were quite soft. Almost easier to use the rock/scree to move up to the Notch unless you leave EARLY for the summit.
Lots of snow this year.
Mar 13 2010 Winter climb via MR. Our party was the only successful group that day. Need to come back for East Buttress/Face
09/29/2011 East Face car to car after a long ass drive from the bay area and maybe an hour of sleep at th TH...if weather was supposed to be better during the weekend we had a lot more planned...but this was fun in a way. MR had Water Ice all over..was fun to see that.
Perfect conditions up and down
Our original plan was to climb the Mountaineers Route, but Lone Pine Creek was raging, so we backtracked and settled for the standard route.
A perfect day and had the summit to ourselves for 15 whole minutes!
Started out at 3:30 a.m. Main Whitney Trailhead. GPS read 15.8 miles round trip gaining over 6100 vertical to the top. I was thankful for the mileage I could cut off with the snow level starting at 9500. Whitney is one of my favorites. The snow chute from 12,000 to 13,500 definately made it feel like mountaineering to me. Loved every minute of the 14.5 hours it took. Next time I hope to find partners that won't bail on me.
Started from Cottonwood Pass Trailhead on 7/1/10 at about 3:43PM. Arrived at camp at 40.81161N / 110.36903W at 7:34PM.
Started for Mount Whitney on 7/3 at about 8:36AM. Summited Mount Whitney at 1:22PM. The entire day was clear & cool. Began descent from Mount Whitney at 2:00PM. Left camp on 7/5 at about 7AM. Arrived at Cottonwood Pass Trailhead at 11:07AM
First time was in grade school up the trail. Followed by an ill-fated attempt on east face. Last two attempts were successful via the Mountaineers Route.
3-day trip with the CAC. My 5th time on top (2x summer trail, 1x spring trail/snow, 2x winter MR)
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.