Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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tyler_durden - Aug 1, 2004 7:25 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 31 2004  Sucess!

Second time summitting...this week. This time did the dayhike and summitted Mt Muir on the way.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Aug 1, 2004 6:57 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 20th, 2000  Sucess!

A friend and I took off about 7:00 in the morning with plans to do the round trip by dark - good thing we brought along a couple of flashlights - also good thing there was a good moon later on as well!

We bivvied at Whitney Portal so had a little acclimation after the drive up from San Diego that morning. Still not quite enough acclimation as it turned out but it wasn't so bad, just a few minor symptoms of altitude sickness.

We didn't make the summit until after 5 so we were pushing it to be sure. My partner's knee started bothering her so we were slowed badly on the return. Came out at 1:30 am thankful to have that moon in the sky since batteries in both lights were long since dead.

This coudn't have been a more perfect day for a climb - light wind, about 50 degrees on top and fantastic visibility. We signed in as the 113th and 114th climbers that day but seldom saw other climbers - just a few here and there - this is a big mountain and a long trail!

Can't wait to do it again!

tyler_durden - Jul 26, 2004 10:55 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 25 2004  Sucess!

Second time summitting Whitney. Awesome weather!


poorboy44 - Jul 23, 2004 2:25 pm

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!

I soloed this in 4 hours RT from Iceberg -- got a little sketched on the Fresh Air Traverse, but other than that it was fine. The crux was probably at the top of the Giant Staircase, a 5.6/5.7 wide crack, I had to dangle my jacket and shoes.


poorboy44 - Jul 23, 2004 2:24 pm

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: June 2001  Sucess!

Great route, many options all the way up.


josephgdawson - Jul 22, 2004 9:06 pm

Route Climbed: Via the Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 21, 2004  Sucess!

Bag it, tag it, sell it to the butcher in the store.

My main objective was Mt. Muir because I had already climbed Whitney via another route, but once Muir was in the bag I could not help myself from going on and tagging Whitney again, even though I did not want to. Love blowing past the tourists and asking the gasping porkers how they are doing.


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.

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