The views are amazing, and what a classic trad climb via the East Buttress, you "gots" to love it. It was a little chilly but I really enjoyed it nevertheless. There were a couple other parties climbing the same time as our group, but we had the peak to ourselves. We desended via the Moutaineers route and that was dusted in snow with icy patches, pretty dangerous.
Left Outpost Camp at 3:00, stopped for breakfast at Trail Camp at 4:30. Sunrise just below Trail Crest. Summit at 8:30. Great conditions. Shared some Whiskey with a nice couple from Seattle.
Went up the Mountaineer's route, on what was an astoundingly beautiful day! Went down the trail to get Mt. Muir on the way down, and boy those switchbacks suck!
With a forecast for snow storms late in the morning, we decided to start our hike at 12:30am. Most of the hike up was in the dark under the stars. We reached the top just after sunrise. The whole trip down was new to us since we hadn't seen it in the light. Much more beautiful than I was expecting.
Could not have asked for better conditions on the mountain. Cold, perfectly clear skies, all the training paid off and we made it! First time, started at 3:15am, 16 hours. Photos here if interested: Mt Whitney Photos - Wattifoto
Mt Whitney trail dayhike. Started at 5am (a lil late), summited about 3pm, and finished at 1am... basically a 20hr hike. We had a couple of people in the group struggling with the altitude and length of the trip, so it took longer than expected. All 6 of us made it to the top and back in our 1st attempt, beating the odds of 1 in 3. So I'm happy, and I wanna go back and shatter that time by multiple hours!
Crampons and iceaxe from just above Lone Pine Lake all the way to the top.
Hiked Mt. Whitney on August 27, 2011. It was 110 degrees in Lone Pine and 40 degrees on top of the mountain. It hailed up there the day before. Bring long pants and a warm jacket and gloves and you should be comfortable. We started at 3:30 am and returned by 6PM. Kept moving the whole time, the switchbacks are the longest and steepest I'ver ever hiked. The trailcrest at the top of the switchbacks is really something. This is a very difficult hike, definitely not for kids. On the way down I started to wonder why I do this, but once you are down you remember the reason for such grueling hikes and I can't wait to do this all over again. I love hiking, I will do it until the day I die!
Did the Carillon-Russell-Whitney-Muir traverse in a long day with SuperDave. Whitney was great, but Mt. Russell was spectacular. We had the summit to ourselves on Whitney about 3pm.
Here is a panorama pic from Mt. Whitney's summit, made back before people used digital cameras: http://www.garyjwolff.com/360-degree-panorama-from-top-of-mt-whitney.html
beautiful alpine region. ive only ever been in winter.
Really easy route. Chute up to near the summit is mostly Class 2, but loose. Nice Class 3 above though, not for those that aren't used to that kind of thing. The little snow remaining is easily avoidable.
Climbed from Upper Boyscout Lake. Superb route. Iceberg Lake to summit in 3.5 hrs. Belayed Tower Traverse, up the notch, Fresh Air Traverse, the chimney, the 5.7 corner, and the short 5.5 slab above the corner. Simuled everything else.
Not bringing the snowshoes was a BAD call!
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...