Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Jimmy Rivers - Sep 11, 2013 12:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2013

Just simply amazing!  Sucess!

State HP #27. This was my favorite summit by far! The views were spectacular, and i had some emotion as i stood on the lower 48's tallest peak. The trail wasn't too difficult, though very long and my body was exhausted beyond belief upon finishing. Camping at trail camp at 12k feet in the boulder field was neat. I am so happy with my experience there, and will remember it for a long time. Mt Whitney, wohoooo!!


jrnewmann - Sep 9, 2013 10:01 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013

Mountaineers Route  Sucess!

Climbed this bad boy via the mountaineers route and descended the main trail. This was my first time up the mountain on any route and my Dad's third (he climbed via the main trail his other two times) and we thouroughly enjoyed our climb. It was a perfect day on the mountain in the morning, sunny and warm until above iceberg lake. The consensus between us was that the mountaineers route kicks the crap out of the main trail and is a ton more fun to climb, however we can't comment on descending it although the trail is long and boring. The views of the peak are far superior to that of the main trail and we only saw like 7 people all day, none of them dayhiking like we were. It snowed on us a little bit up at the top. It was a long ass day but absolutely fantastic.

Best day ever...
Climb the mountaineers route.


WZimmerman - Sep 6, 2013 4:37 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2007

Mount Whitney via Trail Crest  Sucess!

It rained in the night ... it snowed in the early morning. Snow in August! I was wearing shorts. I did not have the sense to turn back as others did on the way up the snow-lined 99 switchbacks -- and I'm glad of that. Alone I was with God on the summit that morning. The combination of spectacular views and peace and serenity cannot be described. This trek was an experience like no other.


jeffh25 - Sep 4, 2013 7:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2013

HP # 39  Sucess!

Completely socked in and zero view so I felt kind of cheated. Then it started sleeting... Overall an awesome experience though. I didn't feel like the 99 switchbacks were as bad as I thought. Hiking back uphill to Trail Crest on the way down was awful though. It's not a long stretch but your body's had enough up at that point.


JordanH - Sep 4, 2013 7:19 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2009

Mt. Whitney  Sucess!

Elevation is tough, but great views during last hour!


THalky - Sep 3, 2013 11:52 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2013

HP #27  Sucess!

Camped at trail camp. 99 switchbacks went on forever, but making it to the highest point in the lower 48 was well worth the time it took to get there.


Borolf - Aug 29, 2013 10:56 pm Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2013

Mountaineers Route   Sucess!

Great weather and climb with SWS


AirMason - Aug 21, 2013 4:20 pm Date Climbed: Jan 15, 2012

MLK Day Backpack  Sucess!

Started at Lone Pine Campground for fear of it being too snowy at Whitney Portal. Stayed at outpost camp. Summitted next day. Very little snow for January. Very windy storm hit on way down, but there was little snow falling.


AirMason - Aug 21, 2013 2:56 pm Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2012

Whitney and Muir  Sucess!

-7 F the night before at 12000 ft. Warmed up on Summit day. 15 F felt really warm in the sun.


lalpinist - Aug 19, 2013 3:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2013

Slow & Easy  Sucess!

I missed this hike last year (Mountaineer's Route) because I got hit by a car riding my bike two weeks before my trip. But I made it this year (standard route) with a lot of advil ...

Semi-cloudy day. Only one or two patches of snow remained. Easy route.


Donno - Aug 11, 2013 10:51 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1990

2nd ascent  Sucess!

W/ dad, Doug & Jim Fithian


Donno - Aug 11, 2013 10:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1986

Trail  Sucess!

First California fourteener


MarekB - Aug 9, 2013 5:35 pm Date Climbed: Apr 27, 2013

MR  Sucess!

I liked the MR, although there could have been more snow. AND I would have enjoyed the summit a bit more if I wasn't ill with (what turned out to be) mono...


AceSierra - Aug 8, 2013 10:45 am Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2009

MWT  Sucess!

A very very very long walk. An extremely long day gave me a good chance to delve deep into the very soul of my GF, haha.


Walkoutnow - Aug 5, 2013 12:08 am Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2013

HP #15  Sucess!

Mountaineers route. Started at 530am, summit at 130. Took a nice little break at iceberg lake. Was a great experience and challenge. Took Whitney trail down, 5 hours nonstop, beating. Overall though a great day with great weather! Shout out to Matt for climbing with me from UBS lake on up.


jfulcher - Aug 2, 2013 2:52 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2013

Whitney trail  Sucess!

Awesome day hike.


craig512 - Aug 2, 2013 12:35 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 1996

8 days, 60 miles  Sucess!

Climbed Whitney as a long Boy Scout trip back in high school or so. Very memorable trip. Next time will be the mountaineers route or some other rock route.


lzpup - Jul 27, 2013 3:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2013

Mountaineer  Sucess!

Rain backed off for perfect weather. Day 1 to just below ice berg. Day 2 up the buttress then into the gulley, travers at the notch ( not a fan) .lots of scene on the way down. Packed up and down to lbs after a nap, out the next morning


hightinerary - Jul 25, 2013 11:20 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2018

22  Sucess!

High above the smoke in the valley. Another dazzlingly clear Sierra day. It was my 22nd time.


jdmorehouse - Jul 24, 2013 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2013

The Trail Was a River  Sucess!

After two days (and nights) of heavy rain, the mountain was a river. We left for Whitney Portal around 4:00 a.m. and it was still raining. Up on the switchbacks to Whitney Portal we found numerous rock slides, which we had to clear enough to get around and continue. We learned later the road was closed after we'd already passed through. The last half mile before the trail head parking was washed out, so we parked and hiked the extra distance. It quit raining shortly after we left, but roughly one mile from the trail head, Lone Pine Creek was running at full tilt, so we had to ford it, taking shoes, socks, and pant bottoms off to get across. There were other crossings what were also across the flooding creek. The trail was basically a running stream over much of the climb, especially in the lower elevations, and most of the 97 or so switch backs before the crest. Up there along the crest we were in the clouds and visibility was very poor. When we finally made the summit, we heard some distant thunder, and the register was a soggy mulch. On the way down though, the clouds started breaking up and the weather improved some. The people who had back packed in the day before looked like drowned rats, and many turned back with out attempting the summit. Since the road was closed, we saw very few people after Trail Camp. The whole trip took about 14 hours. It was great. For pictures and a more detailed report, look here:

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