This was my latest trip having done it 3 times nefore via Whitney Trail. By far the best one!
Wife and I attempted Whitney from the main trail. She made it to Trail crest and headed down I made it to the summit. We camped at Consultation Lake had great weather and saw our first nude hiker.
Beautiful Day! We got an early start (1:00 a.m. or so) and reached Trail Camp just as those camped there were waking up. Can't remember exactly how many hamburgers I downed at the Whitney Portal store at the end of the day, but I think it was more than I can count on one hand!
The altitude took a lot out of me on this long day hike. I was amazed by the crowds on the summit.
E. Stefke, L. Stefke, Em Holland and B. Bindner rebolted this route during a 7-day climb, bivouacking on Frisbee Ledge and the top of Pitch 9.
Whitney was my first of many peaks in the spectacular Sierra. Myself and three others climbed the Mountaineer's Route on a summer trip. Since then I have returned to the Sierra every summer to backcountry trek and peakbag along the way.
Had a great trip with my friends after graduating from High School. We all made it to the top. Some stayed too long at the top and ended up hiking the last few miles in the dark on the way down. My kids today would not believe that their old dad made it to the top if I did not have the pictures to prove it.
First time, just drove up from SoCal and camped at the Portal the night before. We made good time and only got a little sick. Nothing in this world tastes better than one of Doug's cheeseburgers after a long day on the trail!
six very cold days but made the summit and had a great time.
What an awesome experience. We came in from Whitney portal, and during our first summit attempt my Dad came down with a pretty advanced case of HAPE, which was really horrifying. I was only 18 at the time, but the thought of your dad dying on the mountain, right in front of you is pretty motivating. We sent our 3rd party member ahead to get help while I acted as surrogate legs for dad. We all made it out OK. I'm glad it was August.
First hike ever. Done it a few times since, and in all seasons.
Great weather, awesome climbing, and stunning views all day long. Who could ask for more? Okay, well maybe an escalator back down to the portal (never let it be said that wouldn't opt for the easy way down...). My partner didn't tell me this before the climb, but apparently he had been dreaming of an east face route for years. He had walked up the trail, noticed climbers popping up from the east, peered over the edge, and said, "Wow!" That was the start of his climbing career.
This was a killer day. We decided to try to hike Mt. Whitney in one day this time. There was a lot of snow after the Trail Camp, it was very hard. The weather was perfect, we just didn't have enough energy (after sleeping only for 3hrs). Two guys from our group made it to the summit at 7PM, which was very very late and the conditions coming back were icy, windy and dangerous. They made it back to Portal safely, but extremely exhausted. I descended by myself after 5PM, so I was toasty in my sleeping bag, but made some fresh brew for the brave ones as they came back . Very good trip with lots of memories.
Most memorable climb was with my sister when we hiked with an approaching summer storm. We had a sleepless night at Outpost Camp with the wind howling. The next day we bucked the wind and summited just in time, but it snowed going down and turned to rain at Mirror Lake. What an adventure and challenge fighting the weather. The other three summer hikes were pleasant.
climbed with akullar. ~ Left on Friday morning at 8:45 AM; after walking through 3-4 feet of fresh powder snow, reached Upper Boy Scout Lake at around 5:45 PM and camped; left Saturday morning after getting up at 6:45 AM for Whitney, it was very cold, winds above 30 MPH, and ~300 feet visibility; reached base of Whitney and continued up route with 4-6 feet of snow to summit which took 5:30. Camped 10 feet below the summit Saturday night and then summitted first think Sunday morning after being totally worn out; walked down the walk-up route. good climb
We camped at Iceberg Lake and summited on a Saturday. Was a beautiful blue skied day. Developed a loathing for chutes on this trip, not only because the chute up from Iceberg is a nigtmare, but due to a 4-5ft. diameter boulder that came careening past us as we ducked to the side.
Overnight schedule. I carried only light bivy gear for the sleep over at high camp.
Great time. 13 hour round trip.
Climbed with Bill - beautiful route, just a little trouble route finding (we did the Fresh Air without knowing it). Somehow we skipped the class 3 to the summit, veered too much to the right (I think) but the benefit is that you top out directly on the summit...