I had so much fun last month, that I had to come back and summit a second time. It was even better the second time. 9 August 2003
Beautiful weather. I did get a Altitude Sickness above Consolation Lake, but I pushed on to summit.
Hiked Mt Whitney, starting at Horseshoe Meadow, via Cottonwood Pass, Soldier Lakes, Crabtree Meadow, et al, and out at Whitney Portal. The weather was quite unstable throughout, and we got chased off the mountain by thunder/lightning/hail... very exciting! An incredible trip!
Headed up the NFLP on Saturday hoping to get Whitney/Muir on Sunday. Saturday night came crashing in with an early Sierra storm. Camped at Upper Boyscout without much wind shelter. Struggled through the early morning snow and departed for the couloir about 6:30. The hike up to Iceberg gave little warmth. Entered the chute a little before 8 am. The wind and the 15 deg temps made life tough going up the chute. Made the summit by 10:45 after taking the Class 3/4 gulley just past the top of the chute. Great climb, would be much more fun if it was warmer!
Mt. Whitney was my first SIerra summit (well, after Pothole Dome). Even by the tourist route, I was impressed by the sheer verticality of the cliffs, the huge foxtail pines, & sparkling white granite that seemed to glow in the dark under a full (or close to) moon.
1st time: w/ my buddy Zathan from college (who was stationed in SD at the time). We left our camp (slightly below the standard one at the lake) @ 11.10 (8 October, 2000), summiting Muir ca. 13.45, & Whitney @ 15.03. We left the summit at 15.43, & arrived back in camp @ 17.54. Beer & burgers were enjoyed upon our return!
2nd trip: w/ homeboy Gordon. Only roping up for 3 pitches, we were slowed by excessive route description review, but things went at a good pace aside from that. Leaving Iceberg Lake @ 7.00, I started up the first pitch from the 1st Tower notch @ 8.40. Tower traverse was the psychological crux of the climb- easy, but well-protected (by 2 pins & somebody's unrecoverable Alien!) & exposed!! Roped up again for the Fresh Air Traverse, which I dreaded leading due to its infamous reputation. Luckily, I cruised right through it with no problems- over-rated (Tower Traverse was more stimulating!), but still fun! Roped up for the strenuous off-width- by far the crux of the route, with the most interesting climbing. Dicked around with some fairly easy 5th above that, before weaving our way to the summit. Summited @ 14.58, & chilled for quite awhile. Started descent @ 16.24. After almost getting killed by rockfall in the Garbage Chute- I mean, Mountaineer's Route, made it back to tent @ 18.30. Great route, great company, great day!!
Did the E Buttress with my man Eric. Deciding to camp at Upper Boyscout meant the approach was longer, but it still went smoothly (great place to bivy, btw). I wonder if the squirrel who raided our food bag survived his trip??? >:) Although we belayed every pitch, we made decent time. Started the route at ~9.10, summited at ~18.15. Great day, spectacular location, & a fun climb! Climbing a great route with a good friend is what it's all about. The Moose Burger (& beer, of course) upon our return was off the hook!
Another climb of the Sunshine Peewee route, with Faith (who'd never been up Fisherman's before & was stoked to do it). Was again reminded of what a great route it is! Coincidentally ran into Mike D's friend Sailor on the route with his girlfriend, whom we'd happened to meet ~a week prior. Small world! Beautiful, cloudless sky, & a great climb (& summit) with a wonderful partner!
Big day car to car. five hours on the route. Descended the trail, not recommended. Descend the Mtn'eers route instead.
left portal at 2:45 AM, didn't see anyone until trail camp - a nice hike under the stars. trail crest 7:00 AM Muir Summit 8:30 (really poor routefinding) Whitney Summit 9:50, back at car 14:30. 14er #3 for me after Russell then Muir. Will do MR next year - just wanted to guarantee the summit this time.
What a beautiful day for my Birthday hike! Got sung to by a motley and throughly nice bunch of guys. Took highest altitude piss ever likely to. Mount Whitney has the crapper with the best views!
First 14-er for me. Learnt some lessons the hard way. Two novices going straight at Whitney mountaineer's route coming from sea-level. Got sick due to altitude, still pushed to the summit, and had to return by the main trail. If you're an experienced hiker/backpacker thinking of making that next step, better save some time (two nights at high altitude) for acclimatization, even if you're super-fit. Climb was enjoyable still (till the altitude hit me at 13,500 ft:)
Wasn't planning on bagging Whitney after Muir but decided I'd rather decend the Mountaineers route than have to deal with any nagging rangers.
Our party of 6 summitted about 10:00AM. Real cool thing was the high altitude helicopter rescue to retrieve a climber that darkness trapped on the summit. Helicopter takeoff from the summit was something to watch.
2-day trip to Mt. Whitney after winning the "Mt. Whitney permit lottery".
Great climbing with Dirk (Diggler) from Iceberg Lake. We roped up for 3 pitches and free-solo'd the rest. The weather was perfect and we made good time since there were no other parties on the route. On the way down in the Mountaineer's chute tons of rocks rained down from the East Buttress, we were lucky to escape uninjured.
Incredible trail. Left whitney portal campground at 2:00 AM, returned to the parking lot right at 4:00 PM. Amazing hike
Summited on 20 August 2004 with 2 friends. Big dark cloud gathered above us and forced us off the peak at about 12:30pm. Began to hail as we ran down to treeline and poured at Outpost camp until 5:30pm. Beautiful, non-technical summit. Watch out for the begging marmot at the top.
Nice dayhike of Whitney and Muir (up MR, down trail). The mountaineers gully was easier than expected but the icy ledges above the notch made the route exciting.
Flew in the night before from Kansas, met my brother from LA at the airport and drove to Lone Pine and stayed at the Dow Villa Hotel that night. Day hiked up the Mt. Whitney Trail with my twin brother the next morning. Started at 5am. Summitted a little after 1pm. Left summit around 1:30 and was back to the trailhead by 6:30. 13.5 hours...very long day, but well worth it. Check out my picture of Lone Pine lake taken at about 6:30 am. Obviously more spectacular in person but the pic is pretty good. Got snowed on at the summit. Awesome hike!
Wow, great dayhike, awesome experience... anyone in California who is in decent shape can and should do Whitney... got a late start (almost 6:30), took almost seven hours to reach the summit, managed to get back down before dark... getting up those famous switchbacks was really the only part that was particularly tough (well, that and beginning the descent), and even that was manageable... I had never done anything comparable to this before and I'm not in perfect shape, but I spent a day acclimatizing and was well-hydrated, and had no problems whatsoever, except that I forgot to reapply the sunscreen often enough and had a slight sunburn afterward... but altogether a great experience, the kind that can hook someone...
Hiked to Trail Camp the first day. Summited the second day and returned to Trail Camp and stayed another night.