Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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t511a - Jul 21, 2004 8:14 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Summer 1996  Sucess!

I was eleven or something and this was my first real mountain. As I recall we had beautiful weather. Did it 1-day style and I was hooked.


artg - Jul 15, 2004 3:22 am

Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: April 30, 2004  Sucess!

Our climbing party of 3 spent the first night above Lower Boy Scout Lake; encountered a plethora of snow above 10,000 feet! Woke up early the next day carrying a light pack and made it to the summit by 1 PM. One member of our party aborted the climb at the top of the Mountaineers Couloir due to exhaustion and altitude sickness. The view from the summit was amazing!


happecamper - Jul 13, 2004 2:40 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: May 2001  Sucess!

2 night trip, stayed at Outpost and Trail Camp. The snow on the Chute was soft going up, glissading was good coming back down. One person in our party got altitude sickness and had to turn around at Trail Crest.

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Jul 12, 2004 3:34 pm

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: 3 July 2004  Sucess!

Simply another wonderful trip out in the hills with Deb! Although we had our share of altitude sickness, we managed to summit without any real problems. We did see some brief snow flurries on the last pitch though! Deb made the first pitch (5.8) look so elegant.....lots of fun hand jams. My hats off to her for cranking up a 5.9 vertical section on the far right side (yep, we were slightly off route) Nice leading, Babe!

fugla - Jul 12, 2004 3:20 pm

Route Climbed: John Muir Trail Date Climbed: July 10, 2004  Sucess!

Finishing a week on the JMT with camping on the summit. Beautiful weather, awesome sunset - and sunrise.


Swifty - Jul 11, 2004 2:24 pm

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: September 11, 2003  Sucess!

First time climbing on lead...on sighted it with massive amounts of beta from the following website message board:

Von Dutch sponsored the climb

Fred Bagni

Fred Bagni - Jul 11, 2004 1:10 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: October 2000  Sucess!

Cold and cloudy. Easy hike.

Fred Bagni

Fred Bagni - Jul 11, 2004 1:08 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: May 5, 2001  Sucess!

Lots of snow. A few challenging spots beyond Trail Crest; snow bridges with exposed drops. Fun.

Fred Bagni

Fred Bagni - Jul 10, 2004 7:06 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: January 2002  Sucess!

Winter summit. Cold. Pain. Cold. Pain. FUN!


sierradiscgolfer - Jul 9, 2004 6:01 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 1973  Sucess!

At fourteen years old this was one of my first peaks!


brandon - Jul 6, 2004 6:52 pm

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: June 2004  Sucess!

4 hours round trip from Iceberg Lake, a really fun day after freezing on Russell.


Deb - Jul 6, 2004 11:42 am

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: 3 July 2004  Sucess!

My first 14'er! Dave and I took our time to Iceberg Lake for acclimatization on Friday; we enjoyed a beer and feeding the little birds. Saturday we spent a big part of the day climbing Whitney; the granite was beautiful, the weather was flakey, altitude affects were annoying, and we spent the night in the Smithsonian hut. The descent back to camp the next morning was interesting with a party on East Buttress causing ugly rockfall at least once on hour - all along our path!

This was a major accomplishment for me considering my poor balance, crappy route finding skills and over-all wimp-ability to carry a heavy pack. Hugs and kisses to my doting partner! :)


RobertCharlesAltman - Jul 1, 2004 2:28 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 6/29/04  Sucess!

Great hike! I loved this area. I left the Portal at 3:25AM, hike on up and arrived just fine. I ran down from Trail Camp and arrived back at 3:25PM. Exactly 12 hours to the minute round trip! Clear day, little wind. About 32 degrees whole way up. About 200 yards total of trail snow. Trail over snow easy to follow without crampons. Bring your camera!


395guy - Jun 29, 2004 12:08 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Sunday, June 27, 2004  Sucess!

Great hike. Started at 4:45am. On top at 10:40am. Good weather (cloudless, temps in mid-50s, a nippy wind). Summitted with three friends: Aaron, Dan, and Jason. All of us had a great day. Read my trip report entitled, "Whitney Day Hike on June 27, 2004" and see my photo from Trail Crest.


bennadler - Jun 29, 2004 12:59 am

Route Climbed: west slope Date Climbed: may 10 2002  Sucess!

over the west side (crabtree meadow) the late season ice made it easy to point uphill and avoid the switchbacks without impact. Super nice day.

i have trail notes on this site


Shaase - Jun 22, 2004 3:58 pm

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: Fall of 93  Sucess!

I couldn't stop drooling at the Fsh Hook Arete across the way....


charles97 - Jun 22, 2004 1:11 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: June 19, 2004  Sucess!

Nice day hike on a clear summer day. Trail was mostly clear with a few patches of snow here and there. Started at 5:30, reached summit at 11:30.

Took a detour and bagged Mt. Muir as well. 22 miles, 6,500 ft elevation gain, 2 fourteeners, not bad for a day's work. =^)


spinefxr - Jun 10, 2004 12:27 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Date Climbed: June 5, 2004  Sucess!

Perfect day to climb. No wind and the views from the top were incredible.


rpc - Jun 4, 2004 11:59 am

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: May 29-31, 2004  Sucess!

My wife and I climbed this route over Memorial Day weekend. Initially had bigger plans, but experienced pretty severe altitude effects on day 1 (and day 2 and day 3....) approach to Iceberg Lake (12700') - probably enhanced by the overnight travel (=no sleep). It was a fun route - nice to be climbing in an alpine setting after a winter of cragging. Technically easy climbing (harder variations are possible, we followed the route recommended by supertopo) up to about 5.7 (mostly lower than that). Ran into Guilty (see entry below) on the summit - did not know it at the time however.


Guilty - Jun 3, 2004 4:02 am

Route Climbed: North Slope of Whitney. Date Climbed: May 30, 04  Sucess!

Traverse from Carillon, to Russell, to Muir, to Whitney, and back to Lower Boy Scout Lake. For a nice day hike.

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