From Guitar Lake on the last day of hiking the High Sierra Trail. Got caught in a mean storm with hail and lightning on the way down.
Camped at Iceberg Lake. From there, with the great weather we had, it was a very fast up and down scramble.
Started from Lower Boy Scout Lake.
From that point, a bit of snow and ice on the route leading up to Iceberg Lake forced a slightly slower pace. Ice was too thin for crampons but covered large enough areas of the path to make it slightly challenging. Took about 3.5 hours to Iceberg Lake.
Taking the chute to the summit was a nightmare with crampons. No existing path meant postholing past the knees through soft fresh powder and hitting the loose scree underneath. I think microspikes would have been much more fitting under the circumstances. I thought that the snow would be firmer towards the top but that was absolutely not the case. Was a long slow climb up in deep snow up to the notch but weather conditions were fine.
Glissading down the entire chute was a lot of fun and saved a ton of time. Met three others who had setup at Iceberg Lake for a October 31st summit attempt.
A lot of fun and would consider coming back in the future.
whitney main trail 12 hours RT gorgeous day
After a week of peak climbing, Whitney seemed much easier this year. Joined by Todd, Bob, and Devin. Nice clear day.
X15 - 6 day hikes, 4 overnights, and 5 rock climbs (East Face 3X Suzi, Marty, Scott & Mark, East Buttress 1X Scott & Jim, Keeler Needle with Tim then over & down.
Finished John Muir Trail on top in 1976 (Andy & Kevin).
Started with a friend at 3:45 am and didn't hit snow on the trail until after Trail Camp. Needed microspikes from Trail Crest on since first snow had come 4 days before. Great day, perfectly clear, felt good! Was back at the portal at 7pm. Is it just me, or does the trail from Lone Pine lake back to the portal seem to be a few miles longer on the way down? =)
Amazing hike. Completed in 1 day
Did it from Whitney Portal in one day. Started at 5am and finished at 4:15pm. Was just gorgeous. I'm so glad to have done this.
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!