My 19 year old son, me and four trail mates ascended to Trail Camp staying one night at Outpost Camp to acclimate. Moring 3, awoke at 0230, ate, hydrated, strapped on day packs and hit the "99" (switchbacks). SUPER cool, serene and beautiful watching others ahead and behind us traversing the 99 with headlights.
Hit 13,600 foot Trail Crest just before sunrise and watched the sun lift over the Saline Valley area of DVNP, incredibly beautiful. Then started around behind Mt. Muir, watching dawn break on the Sierra rooftop and the Great Western Divide...still incredibly beautiful. We met a bunch of SUPER awesome people on the trail (the entire trip), as a long-time (35 years!) very avid Nor Cal surfer it was a similar vibe to a cool surf tribe. We summited around 0830 or so to air temps in the upper 40's which quickly climbed into 50's (F) with very light breezes and visibilities >50 statute miles. Seriously could not have asked for better summit weather, let alone the lower 48 HP summit.
We took some pictures (with our phones and our minds), tried to take it all in, paused for about an hour+ and headed back down. We rested at Trail Camp for an hour, packed up and hike down to the portal.
I'll return either via the Mountaineer's Route or from Crabtree/Guitar Lake...maybe both. The High Sierra Trail is on my list, so we'll see what comes of that.
PSA - If you read this and do not alpine much (or at all) definitely acclimate! Stay together with your team. Things can change very quickly at those altitudes, especially >13k, but even as low as 11k. Several of us helped a young lady with AMS after her hiking partner (douchebag Drew I call him) left her to fend for herself after getting AMS half way up the 99. Not Cool!
Happy, SAFE trails.
Awesome peak! 100 at the bottom, a snowstorm on top.
46 Mile backpack, great finish
Successful solo dayhike, despite various mistakes and some stomach trouble. In retrospect, 4am was too late a start. The spring at switchback 23 was already dry (in May!) so I had to backtrack 400' vert to get water at Trail Camp. The seemingly endless traversing after Trail Crest was honestly the most annoying part. All in all, a very enjoyable day with amazing views.
To reach the summit via the Main Trail, I ascended and descended the snow/rock chute below Trail Crest (class 3). As of 4/20/2021the Switchbacks are pretty socked in with snow and turned away all those attempting to ascend via them. Another party ascended the chute but chose to descend via the Switchbacks. They confirmed it was quite challenging especially traversing the lower cable guardrail.
Started at 0000 on Jan. 17, 2021, winter start from Hogsback Road at 6,580 feet to Whitney Portal ~8,000 feet, then from there it took me 14 hours to summit to the 14,500 feet mark. Felt heavy sick at 0300 only at 9,000 feet, likely because I had only two hours of sleep, no acclimation progress (living in San Diego for months two days prior) and Taco Bell as my last meal. My poor choices did not stop me, smashed the 99 switchbacks and had a few more stops on Trail Crest. Truly an amazing experience being that high up, I felt like I was on top of the world. I got lost in the dark on the way down, and was assisted by a group of LA college bros and a couple, Taylor and Alex, who all helped me find the trail in the dark. By the end, we were all tired, cold, and hungry, but we all made it out of the dark forest alive :) ~33 miles in 24 hours with just shy of 8,000 feet gain, I reached my car at 2358, so I made the day permit requirement with two minutes to spare. Honestly, if I ever get the chance to summer ascent, I'll do it the more enjoyable multi-day camp method. Cheers fellow mountaineers, and good fortune!
As a someone from a very mild/temperate climate, I was not a good fit for the sub-zero temperatures before the sun rose, but thoroughly enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.
I drove all the way from Alabama just to see if I could tackle a mountain. I did and I loved every grueling second of it. I didn’t know it at the time, but this started my 50 states highpointing journey.
2am start with 15 hr total. GF had altitude sickness and made a mistake with mountaineering boots, even though temps were low.
I had the entire route to myself until reaching the summit plateau. I also enjoyed descending down the right hand joints which I later learned linked up with the East Buttress approach. So much easier coming down solid class 2-3 rock than the main gully. Picked up a bunch of trash on the approach and at camp. Keep it clean people!!
With 17 year-old daughter Claire, my 5th time to the summit of Whitney. Trip report.
Finished it doing the overnight trail
7 day hike starting with a climb up Sawmill Pass trail. Very pretty with good fishing at many points along the route. Highly recommended.
Part of the JMT NOBO from Horseshoe Meadows over New Army Pass. Left the heavy gear at camp and took small packs for the dayhike. Started at 7am from below Guitar Lake, ended the day camped at Crabtree Meadows to (finally) start the actual trail north.
Definitely my favorite highpoint so far. I'm so happy that my girlfriend and I trained properly and prepared accordingly. I will never forget this hike for as long as I live! Number 38 in the books!
Nice climb up the MR. There was no one else on the route today except a guide with a client who I saw coming down. The chute had around 200' of easy to traverse snow toward the top - I crossed with just poles and no crampons. I avoided the heavy snow at the bottom of the chute by taking the dry class 3/4 on climber's left. The Final 400 had a dry class 3 section on climber's right - the middle was still filled with snow and suspect it will be snowy for a while.
standard Whitney Trail permitted day hike, as part of 7 member Wasatch Mountain Club group outing. Everyone was successful.
We included Whitney on a short backpack from Cottonwood Lakes via Guitar Lake and out through the Portal. Great weather the entire time.
snow the whole way but still a blast