19 boys from Tn, Ms, Alabama made summit on 8.1.05. had a long but good day. Make sure you spend a couple of days getting acclimated. Pack light!
quick hike great day great friends and hail hurts really bad
Day climb. I liked it better than the East Butt.
Difficult route finding.
I had climbed White Mtn Peak two days before so I figured the altitude would be no problem and this turned out to be right. I opted for an early morning start just before 3 a.m. and donned my headlamp for the first few miles taking it off near trail camp.
I had perfect weather and actually enjoyed the whole trail, particularly the 99 switchbacks that are an impressive engineering feat when you think about them. Met a couple great guys from Kentucky on the switchbacks and we stuck together for the rest of the hike up. It turned out to be a very social trail as everyone is very friendly and are seemingly from every state and many foreign countries. The only thing lacking at the summit was a McD's. The summit was covered with hikers and one guy had parked his behind on the Benchmark which irritated a few who had to ask him to move over a bit as they preferred seeing only the Benchmark in their photos. Still, it was a perfect day and a perfect hike.
Beautiful climb. There's still plenty of snow in the chute, ice-axe recommended. Hailed and rained all night. Look out for the marmots!!
Went with some good friends on this second trip up the mountain. CTC in 10 hrs with a nice detour up Mt Muir too.
Good weather! There was very little snow on the trail and crampons are not needed. Early start 2:30am and ended at 3:30pm. Long hike with awesome views. Even with a couple days of acclimating still had a little altitude sickness. Wife had first siezure ever due to altitude (fun fun fun!). Great trip! ;)
My oldest son's first & only "big" climb with me. We
camped in the designated boulder field halfway up
and as we summitted the next day, he developed a
heavy dose of extreme altitude sickness. I got him
down and back to Oklahoma where he when on to
law school and never climbed with me again. At
least he didn't sue me.
Great hike - there was a ton of snow on the route (think it was late April) and I remember postholing and swearing mightily while my 150-pound partner frolicked atop the crust of snow. Long day, too... think when i do this one again I'll make it two days and take it easier!
Great trip. Still plenty of snow in chute and at Iceberg Lake. Streams are still running strong which made for some interesting crossings and hailed on 2 afternoons in a row. Awesome trip overall.
Day hiked with my son, who made it to the summit in 4:25. Needless to say, I took a bit longer. Ok, maybe a lot longer. 3rd 14er.
Glissaded from Trail Crest down to Trail Camp. Big Fun! I can't wait to try the Mountaineering Route.
There are still a few snow crossings, but no problem getting by the cable railing on the swtichbacks above trail camp.
Via Mountaineers Route. My first summit on Whitney.
Beautiful trip, can't wait to do it again.
Awesome eight days with my father and brother-in-law.
Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake. Route took longer than we expected. Rapped down mountaineers route. Nighted at Iceberg Lake and made an "unexpected " bivy. Super fun! Going back to do East Buttress soon.
We hiked up to Upper Boyscout Lake the first day and the rest of the way the next day. The final chute had quite a bit of ice at the beginning, but was not difficult to navigate around. Higher up, the snow was very icy so we chose to scrable up the rocks. This was a really fun climb. I hope to return some day to climb the east face.
For me it was a great achievement to be once again [after 16 years, this time with my son] at the top of this awesome mountain ! Our guide from Sierra Mountaineering, Inc made all the difference for us. First, Neil found a very nice camping spot by Thor Lake, sheltered from the elements and without any snow on the ground. It was located a few hundred feet lower than Iceberg Lake which was still frozen and its usual camp sites all snow covered.
At daybreak we continued on our trek thru fields of snow cups and neve and did not encounter a single mountaineer the entire day. We began the rock climb below the Tower Traverse at about 7.30AM. It took us about 7.5 hours to reach the summit. It was Neil's expert guidance that facilitated our success at the usual critical technical spots [my crux of the climb was the dihedral at the top of the Grand Staircase]. The exposure and views during the climb were awesome and the technical aspects were definitely harder than anything I had encountered at the Hornli Ridge of the Matterhorn.Our descent via the Mountaineers Route was greatly facilitated by glissading in the snow-covered chutes.
I highly recommend the latter part of June as a great time to climb this spectacular route in total solitude and opting to camp lower to avoid snow and cold nights!