Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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mountaingazelle - May 1, 2005 10:08 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 17, 1998  Sucess!

We hiked it in a day. We started in the dark and made it to trail camp in the morning. It had been a snowy year and the 99 switchbacks were covered in snow. We cramponed up the long couloir all the way to trail crest. Hiking along the ridge was slow going as the altitude really got to us. I got to the summit and fell asleep. The view was great. We glissaded all the way down to trail camp and hiked out.

Nyle Walton

Nyle Walton - Jan 30, 2008 10:46 am

Re: Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 17, 1998

I followed this very same route in September, 1965, while driving from Salt Lake City to Berkeley, California, where I started graduate school in geography. The trail to the top was crowded with hikers and I felt no exclusiveness from reaching the slatey summit except to realize that I had reached to highest point in the lower forty-eight.

marmoting - Apr 28, 2005 11:08 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: March 2005  Sucess!

Dayhiked on snowshoes from road closure. Very good snow conditions on upper mountain. Up first chute from notch, traversed north face on way down. North Fork easy snow hike with 0 brush. Easier to climb this time of year than summer.


brusy - Apr 18, 2005 7:38 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: December 1

Due to the snow conditions we only reached the Lower Boy Scout camp the first day and in very deep powder snowshoed to Upper Boyscout the next, knowing we wont make the summit. When the storm rolled in the 2nd nite, we surrendered and head back. Nice trip though!!


mattashman - Apr 18, 2005 3:23 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: 16 April 2005  Sucess!

A lovely climb in a party of 3. The final chute was in good condition, although the runout and party above kicking down ice blocks made it the scariest part of the route. The main couloir was super icy so the way down was a grinding exercise in steep crampon descent.


soslaw - Apr 18, 2005 2:05 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: November 5, 2000  Sucess!

Climbed with Andre. An epic. Late October storm dumped a couple of feet of unconsolidated snow. Left LBSL at 7 a.m and reached base of Mountaineer's rte at 5 p.m. as sun was going down. Slog up a knee deep sugar snow filled coulior with strong gusting winds and spindrift made for a numbing climb to the notch where a mini epic was in the making as Andre had lost one of his crampons in the couloir. The climb up the first chute to the right of the notch over snow covered rock and now howling winds over an unknown rte added a little spice. Reached the summit at 2 a.m. in a raging wind. Made it to the hut to find 2 other climbers who had come up the Portal rte. Larry Amkraut was a life saver as he prepared food and water for us. Descended the portal as with only one crampon a descent of the Mountaineers rte was too sketchy for Andre and probably not recommended in any case. Had to hike back to LBSL to retrieve tent and gear.


Russell - Apr 18, 2005 1:51 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: April 16,2005  Sucess!

A solo trip in near perfect conditions.At the notch by sunrise then up the first chute.Had the top all to myself.Thank you Dad for teaching me to be a Mountaineer .You are always in my heart.Love and miss you.


awagher - Apr 12, 2005 1:30 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: April 11th, 2005  Sucess!

Great climb, beautiful conditions. We summited in 14hrs climbing time from Whitney store. Patrick Wang died trying to glissade off the top. BE CAREFULL people, it may not be Everest - but it is a real mountain.

Scott Wesemann

Scott Wesemann - Mar 29, 2005 12:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1999

Date Climbed: July 99

This was an amazing peak. The views are incredible. When we got to the portal it was raining and cold and the guy in the store said it was supposed to rain for three days. We decided to give it a try anyway, so we hiked to Outpost camp and the rain stopped. Off for the summit at 5:00 AM. Still cold and the views were amazing when the clouds would occasionally clear. Passed a few people that had AMS symptoms on the switchbacks. We made really good time on the switchbacks, as we were acclimated. Reached the crest and the views were impressive. We made good time and after we reached the last window, we heard some thunder in the distance. Brandon decided to turn back and I took off running for the summit. Ran all the way to the top, passing several parties. When I reached the summit it was snowing, blowing and the visibility was almost zero. I was all alone on top and that was a great feeling. Snapped a few pics and ran all the way back to the crest. I was totally beat after that, but I saw Brandon on the switchbacks, so we met up and hiked down. This hike is amazing and I would recommend to anyone. (See trip report)


RModelli - Mar 25, 2005 7:41 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's route Date Climbed: 3/24/05

Man...we had heard of the high snowfalls and decided to go and check it out for ourselves. I had seen the photos posted from the earlier part in march 2005 and it did not look bad at all.

We got to the route and were faced with waist deep fresh snow, with avy danger all around us and decided to retreat and go back...we got to the bowl next to LBSL.

Another time...


daa - Mar 21, 2005 11:32 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

camera got stolen after.... long... LONG... hike.. something like 99 switchbacks...


bechtt - Mar 12, 2005 1:55 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Oct 92  Sucess!

Day Hike

Brian Frederick

Brian Frederick - Mar 10, 2005 10:24 pm

Route Climbed: MR, East butress, East Face Date Climbed: Various 1978-2000  Sucess!

Always fun, all routes worth doing. Climbed in spring ,summer and fall. Came down the trail once after planned bivy on summit...had fool's luck it happened to be the best night of the perseid meteor shower and crystal clear. East Face is truly a classic, east butt is a better rock climb and MR is a fun spring climb.


puma_patrick - Mar 9, 2005 12:36 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2000  Sucess!

This is our second time on the mountain. This time we did not suffer through the sleep over at trail camp. We did the "day hike". Makes for a long day.



ExploreABitMore - Mar 4, 2005 10:20 pm

Route Climbed: John Muir Trail Date Climbed: 05/30/99  Sucess!

Backpacked to Bighorn park and climbed from there the next day. 99 switchbacks covered completely in snow.

clleis - Mar 4, 2005 1:28 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!

Two day hike with friends from Ohio. Could not have asked for better weather in October, warm and sunny. Camped at Consultation Lake, great uncrowded site just before Trail Camp. The altitude hit me at 13, 500 ft. The remaining 1,000 ft. was a struggle.


RSN473 - Mar 3, 2005 1:53 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2003  Sucess!

The weather gods smiled on us this weekend - great climb!

Freddys27 - Mar 2, 2005 7:01 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: Probably May 2000  Sucess!

What a great trip. I wish that I would have read this site before hand. We went without Rope, an Ice axe and crampons and regretted it (not that much, no injuries). We rented instep crampons thank God. Traversing the top section with those four small little spikes was intense.

This was the most fun trip that I've ever had.

The Defiant One

The Defiant One - Feb 28, 2005 7:58 pm

Route Climbed: Mule Trail Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

Started at 4:30 PM camped at 12000 after hiking in the dark summited and got back to trailhead by 4:30PM

Nate D

Nate D - Feb 28, 2005 4:37 pm

Route Climbed: the easiest Date Climbed: 1987  Sucess!

Great family outing. Highest summit for me.

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