It was a perfect day and we knew we had to start no later than 1am to have a chance to get to the top and back from the trailhead at Whitney Portal.
After a cozy evening in Lone Pine, we were weighing our backpacks at the trailhead by 12:50am. There was no sign of rain even though the lightning was "dancing" quite far away from us but still pretty spectacular. At 27lbs, I had the heaviest one-day pack.
I had driven in from San Francisco the day before, so 8+ hrs in a car, no sleep, no real acclimatization. I was wondering what's ahead of me at 10K+ high. We were making our way for 5 hrs through dark night, walking half asleep. I was grateful I knew the trail well and was leading the way after the Outpost Camp where it does get tricky. Download the Mt.Whitney app, was my best friend in doubt.
My master plan to meet the sunrise while on switchbacks came true. So did my fear of dizziness and tiredness. We were now at 11K+ high and I needed a few extra breaks to deal with my what's seemed to AMS at that point. My body was "WTH" is this given that I don't even belong to a gym.
Arriving at Trail Crest gave me strength and the motivation to keep pushing. We were still making the time. I dropped my backpack (stupidly leaving my warmer gloves there as well) and we pushed to the summit, one step at a time. Until we finally stood on top of Mt.Whitney. We were happy and cheery, but we also knew we are only halfway done.
After 30+ min on the top, we started our journey down. I was the weakest going up and felt pretty strong going down. We made it to the car by 5pm.
I had 4 liters of water with me and it was enough for the whole day. Even though there is plenty of water on a way, just make sure to grab a filter or some fast acting purifying tablets.
I can't wait to return and see yet another angle of this magnificent mountain.
From the Whitney Portal CG
This was by far the easiest, most enjoyable climb I've done all year. California knows how to have nice trails.
Whitney has long been goal of mine. Started from portal at 12:30 a.m. because couldn't sleep. Beautiful and calm hike under bright moon. Front had brought snow and ice beyond Trail Camp. Made it to top shortly after sunrise. Roundtrip in just under 12 hours. Loved it.
Second time on the summit for sunrise, but this time there was quite the glissade on the way down!
Hiked to Trail Camp, spent the night. Up at 4, left for summit at 4:55. Hit the summit around 9:30, bagged Aguille du Paquoir on the way up, then hit Keeler and Discovery Needle on the way down. Did Wotans later that day, then we camped at Trail Camp that night again, then hiked out the next morning. GPS tracks
Again on 8/11/18, this time as a dayhike. Not as fun or enjoyable as the backpack, but a fine accomplishment.
Over night at Upper Boyscout Lake. Summit via Mountaineer’s Route.
* Class 1 hike via JMT 9-14-16
* Ascent of the Mountaineers Route 3-17-17. FA John Muir.
Long but successful day with perfect weather. Hike had it all. Started at 1:45am after "sleeping" at Horeshoe Meadows finished at 6:45pm. Rivers were raging and ice cold, snow crossings were short but i used microspikes which made me feel safer. Quite the epic day.
There's something incredible about descending from the High Sierras after ascending in the dark when the towering rock formations were silhouetted by darkness! Awesome day up the Mt. Whitney Trail to the top of the continental United States. Took the shoot up to the ridge but the switchbacks appeared to be melted out as well.
Rapid ascent up the trail. Beautiful day and weather. Total time car to car was 9hr30min. Approx 5hrs up and 4hrs down with 30 minutes enjoying the summit.
Two friends and I hiked the High Sierra Trail, and our sixth day included a Whitney summit! We started from Guitar Lake, made the summit, and camped at Trail Camp. The weather was beautiful, and there were lots of people on the mountain.
Summit Via Horseshoe Meadow and out the portal. Spent several days hiking before reaching Guitar Lake. Met up with a guy named Mel Turner and we summitted together. Storm came in - we had to hike to low camp for the night then out next day.
This was my third summit of Mt Whitney. Hiked from Cottonwood Lakes to the Summit and out the portal (43 Miles) in 2 1/2 days. Man I was getting it for sure...
Three-day spring climb in preparation for Rainier a few months later. Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake for two nights. The snow was in good condition up to Iceberg Lake and in the chute. Fixed lines for the last 400 from the notch. It was glorious to have the summit just to ourselves.
easy but long walk up the cow path. t shirt weather on top. she was kind
My first true summit and a summit registry entry. Was quite an intense climb due to the lot of snow and ice on the ridge to the summit.
Getting up to the high camp was an adventure on its own with people getting tired, lost, angry.
I did catch a summit fever though after climbing this beautiful California queen of a mountain.
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1972 with my father via the Mount Whitney Trail
1977 with Chip and Dave upon completion of the John Muir Trail
1981 with John Oliver via the East Face
1981 with John Oliver via the East Buttress
Summited 5/30/2006, a high snow year via the main trail. I camped at trail camp. Awesome experience. You can read my trip report for more detail on summitpost.org.