Cold and cloudy. Easy hike.
Lots of snow. A few challenging spots beyond Trail Crest; snow bridges with exposed drops. Fun.
Winter summit. Cold. Pain. Cold. Pain. FUN!
At fourteen years old this was one of my first peaks!
4 hours round trip from Iceberg Lake, a really fun day after freezing on Russell.
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! :)
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!
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.
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
I couldn't stop drooling at the Fsh Hook Arete across the way....
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. =^)
Perfect day to climb. No wind and the views from the top were incredible.
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.
Traverse from Carillon, to Russell, to Muir, to Whitney, and back to Lower Boy Scout Lake. For a nice day hike.
Did the Trail several times before, did the Mtr.rt with Erin, Guy and Doug after an overnight at UBS Lake.
My first 14er. Almost a 24hr dayhike! Whew!
Another great day.
Uneventful trip with nice weather. Camped at Trail Camp, was on the summit for the sunrise.
MikeB and I hiked in to Iceberg Lake on the first day and spent day 2 acclimatizing. We summited on day 3. The snow on the lower chute was perfect for climbing with crampons/ice ax. Above the notch, we ascended the rocks on the right-hand side of the first chute unroped.
The weather was perfect the day of our climb, but there were very high winds the day before and after. The MR is an incredible route on a spectacular mountain! However, it is not for the faint of heart. Though only a class 3 climb, the exposure may be intimidating for those not used to it. What a great climb!
Here is the full trip report.
Great snow and climbing conditions. Don't know how long snow will last. Climbed 2nd chute N' of Muir.