First try. Took my time though. Drove up on Thursday on the 19th from Redding, CA and slept in my truck in the portal parking lot. Went up to Upper Boy Scout Lake with about 60lb pack on Friday the 20th. My friends baled on me last minute so I was soloing. Ran into a few friendly climber and joined up with them for the summit attempt on Saturday with only 25lb in my pack(took my MSR Reactor for melting snow). Everything was great in the chute. Good snow and not as steep is I had imagined. The last 400ft were a bit worrying since it was ice/snow covered rock. I was more worried about coming down the scramble then going up. Surprisingly it was easy coming down. The guys that I had met at Upper Boy Scout Lake decided to go back when they saw the ice covered scramble. Getting down from the top of the chute was easy just a run/slide. I spent another night at Upper Boy Scout Lake and got out on Sunday morning the 22nd. After eating a large pizza at the Pizza Factory I drove back home to Redding. Saw a couple of guys climbing the East Buttress. That's one I will be returning to do some day.
Portal....began the 97 switchbacks under alpen-glow on Whitney....blood red sunrise. Gorgeous. Met a climber going up the switchbacks who was on his way to Mt. Muir so joined him and we examined the summit block and ascended as per Secor's route. Thrilling! Whitney was a slog from this point-on. Glad it's off my list.
This was a challenge for me but it was a glorious day and I made the summit in just under 11 hours on the Whitney Portal trail. No speed record for sure but I got there!
I climbed Whitney during my 2012 thru hike.
Via standard route under threatening skies in a touch under 11 hours. Maybe better on the Mountaineers Route?
Second attempt on Whitney Summit. Last year tried the Mountaineers route, but it was too snowy and sunny at the same time, and got sun poisoning on the way up. This time went for the main trail and summited no problem!
Clear day with sweet views and cool temperature. Day hiked Whitney starting 3:50 (with a full moon) ending at 17:38 on the main trail from Whitney Portal.
Climbed with a couple of guys from SMG (Dakin and Leath). Stuck to the left side of the main chute then climbed the second chute on the north side. Lots of loose rock in the gullies but manageable.
The class 3 scramble of the Mountaineers Route (and parts of the North Fork Lone Pine Creek Trail) is a definite superior choice over the 22 miles and endless switchbacks of the Mt. Whitney Trail. I enjoyed the challenge, scenery and good time with my son as we bagged our first CA 14er and Lower-48 HP. That and a couple days in Yosemite to get acclimated were a great culmination to a month of "getting as high as we can" (Elbert, Massive, then Whitney)! If we can get Rainier next summer we will have the top five highest peaks in the Lower-48.
Long day car to car. Had bear encounter in parking lot before starting.
Had a lot of fun with this one after wanting to do it for a long time. Left Portal at 4:30, summit at 11:15 - went to do Keeler Needle afterword but the last couple of steps were a little more exposure than I wanted so I backed off 7 feet from that summit. Enjoyable day, back to the car just after 5:00 PM, and back home in Tracy before midnight.
Via Mountaineers Route...the whole North Fork of Lone Pine Creek is magnificent!
Better views (if that's possible) second time and five years after my previous climb. Adding Crooks Peak and Discovery Pinnacle this time were fun diversions. Had great compadres to hike with too!
Did a quick run up to Muir after hauling pack to trail camp. Got back to camp for a bit of sleep then did a leisurely ascent to Whitney with the rest of the group. Also bagged Langley earlier in the week. Fun week in the Eastern Sierra.
Did the Mountaineering route. Camped two night! Had a lot of fun!
Great day all around. We had great weather and a really fun time on both the mountain and in Lone Pine. Main trail.
Left @ 4:30am. Summit at 10:30am. Perfect weather. Hey, don't worry about getting a day-use permit. There are plenty available the day before you need it. There are about 30-50% cancellations, and that puts 30-50 permits back into the pool by 3pm the day before. The ranger told me that there are several unused permits every day. I drove down from Bend, OR and did not have a concern getting a permit. Also, there is not fee for a permit obtained the day before it is needed.
Did this with my brother (his first time peakbagging). I was actually expecting the whole thing to be a lot harder, but my feet/legs didn't even hurt. My brother thought it was a lot harder though. Went up to the top in a day and then camped at trail camp. Finished off with pancakes at the trailhead.
2x. Hiked with Jean via mountaineer's route. Camped at Iceberg Lake.
At the end of a successful solo JMT