Got seriously, perilously off-route before the ledges, then struggled to find a way through the willows above Lower Boy Scout Lake, then went up too far to the right of the chute and had to traverse on an airy ridge over to the notch. Then, altitude sickness. Wanted to stop, but figured that downclimbing to iceberg lake would be harder and more dangerous than summitting and taking the trail. The Class 3 notch was probably the easiest part of the day. The whole hike took about 9.5 hours.
Picked up a JMT through hiker on the way down and drove him to Yosemite. Oh, but Tioga Pass was closed so this involved driving back to the Bay Area via Bakersfield. What a day.
Picked up a last minute day hike permit after coming out of the Palisades. 2nd time. Fast and light.
Completed a 40 mile backpacking trip with Whitney's summit as the highlight of the trip. Beautiful weather and beautiful landscape. I'll be back in 2015!
Weather was good. No need for picks and pons but there was snow above trail camp. We left TH at 4:00am 18 hours RT. The trail is 22 miles RT but feels like 30 so be ready for a never ending eternity of SWITCHBACKS! Hope this beta helps.
Climbed via the mountaineer's route. Camped at Upper Boyscout Lake. It was fairly windy and never really went above freezing. Iceaxe and crampons above Iceberg lake. Went down through the willows while heading back to the trailhead the following day, rather than maneuvering heavy packs over the ledges. Snow flurries started coming down while Eric and I were heading back to the trailhead.
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Started on the main trail at 5:45 AM and reached the summit just after noon. Weather was perfect! I've been hooked on hiking ever since.
Six in party. One dropped out at Trail Crest, another had to be helped down due to altitude sickness. Long day, but great day.
When I got to the mountain it was about 6:15 am. I started to make our way up the mountain, and I ran into a stream which was about 2 feet deep, and 12 feet wide. All there was to cross it was a wet log, and a few sticks washed up in the stream. I thought that the water was melted snow, and ice from the top of the mountain. I was able to cross, and got across without getting wet. I was making it up to 11,500 feet up the mountain, and then I ran into some slopes that were going up at a 85 degree angle, and about 4 of them. As I was making it up the 3rd one, I slipped, and fell 50 feet! Not exactly straight down, but it was almost like that. I was able to keep going cause I only got a few cuts, and bruises. I was able to proceed, and I was at 13,225 feet when a blizzard came in. My Mom, and Dad were with me when they said that we couldn't continue. So we had to turn around due to a blizzard, almost sub-zero temps, and finally they were tired, but don't worry cause I'm going to climb mount Elbert again this year!
I flew down from Alaska to go up Whitney. Had a one-day pass so I got on the trail a little past 5am and got to the top about noon and back down to the start at 5pm. What a beautiful day and gorgeous scenery! Met nice and interesting people along the way, which always seems to happen going up these mountains. This was my first hike since turning 50 on August 7th. "
Anchorage, Alaska USA
started @ 4:30am. Was solo and kept veering off in wrong path making me back track several times. From the top of notch a direct climb to the summit. All together 8 hours to summit.
I seized an opportunity to climb Mt. Whitney (via the Mountaineer's Route) with the Summit for Someone program (supporting Big City Mountaineers). The weather was beautiful and the climb was life-changing. I am hooked!
A great way to get into mountaineering. Just bring ice axe and crampons.
First climb on this mountain. Loved it
With the perfect window of pleasant weather, I convinced myself this was the day to finally drive up to the end of Whitney Portal Road and summit Whitney. No quotas, no crowds, no hassles. Most of the other twenty or so others I saw wore spikes, especially between Lone Pine Lake and the 99 switchbacks. The switchbacks were snowy, but not icy late morning nor late afternoon. Trail Crest to the summit was scenic and worth slowing a bit through the thin air.
Day hike with my buddy kent. Cool hike - I was glad that we did
it as a day hike after I saw the camping area (maybe it is better now?)
Extended dayhike. Jello legs. Loved the many languages and flags on the trail, felt like it was a much bigger mountain that way.
whitney trail. absoluteluy beautiful, but unfortunately class 1 the whole way. attempting the east buttress this weekend
I hiked to the top of this mountain in:
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and in August 24, 2015
4 times as part of the John Muir Trail hike (once as a start for JMT, three times as an end)
3 times with a partner as a day hike
car-summit-car in 12 hours on the Mountaineers Route in snow (April 2011)
14 times solo (first time solo)
Last day on the John Muir Trail. Alpine start from Guitar Lake for Equinox sunrise at Trailcrest. Amazing ever-changing light. 4 of us had the summit to ourselves for a long while before the hoards from the East side arrived. A very cool way to finish an incredible adventure. The trudge down to the Portal makes for a long day.