This was my third trip up Whitney, and this time I led 3 adults and 4 kids on their first ascent. This was a one day trip, starting around 4 AM. Everyone made the summit and the weather was perfect, not a cloud in sight.
However, 3 members of our group, including 2 of the kids, developed serious altitude sickness right after leaving the summit, and had to stay at outpost camp with 2 kind doctors who let them share their tent. One of the girls was airlifted off the mountain by search and rescue helicopter the next morning, and luckily recovered quickly.
On Friday August 19, 2005 Laurel and Lou summitted the East Buttress of Whitney. Climb took 6 hours. Lou's route finding was impeccable. First time on the summit for him and I had summitted previously via the Mountaineers Route April of 2003 and 2004. Descent was more an adventure than the climb. Made it down to camp by late afternoon, broke down camp and hauled down to Whitney Portal for beer and burgers right before closing. Bee-u-ti-ful weather. whooo wee
On August 28th at 12:15 pm, Bret, Chad, Brandon, Nicole and Myself(Kenn) Summited Mt Whitney. It was Mine and Nicole's first attempt and was successful, it was the others 2nd successful trip. The weather and scenery was absolutley beautiful and couldn't have asked to be in better company than the friends I was with. We left Portal at 1 am and arrived back at 8 pm. It was a trip I will never forget and plan to do again someday. Thanks to everyone who offered advice on how to make my first summit attempt a sucess.
A good climb. Still a decent amount of snow in the chute. The Notch was clear and lots of fun - traversed around the North Face on return, some snow there too.
Just doing this for speed: 6:20 hours from car to car.
Um, climbing at altitude is hard. Especially when you haven't eaten anything. My first technical alpine climb (2nd on trad) and it wrecked me.
Hiked the main trail solo. Started at 3am from the portal and made it to the top about ~9 hours later. I carried way to much stuff. When I weighed my pack at the scale it was 30+ pounds. On the way back helped out an older gentleman. I could have pushed on alot faster then I did ,but he had a bum knee and his friends had left him. The total time down was about 8 hours. All in all it was an awesome hike. I also spent the entire week in the area between camping at the portal for 3 days to, 3 days at Lone Pine camp ground.
Beautiful day for a hike. Left portal at 6 AM and reached summit at 11 AM. Left summit at noon and on my descent, passed a few people who I had passed on the way up. One guy from Ohio wasn't looking so good, I hope he survived. When I got to the bottom I checked my watch and it was 4 PM straight up. The next step I took my left knee, Which had been operated on last year, went out and I had to hobble to my car. Next year I plan on bringing some friends to keep me company.
Made this climb with two other friends. One decided to try climbing the face of Whitney w/o ropes. Needless to say he did not make it to the top, but did get to witness SAR come and rescue him. I, on the other hand got to climb to the top twice that trip, due to the unneeded excitement. A memorable trip, to say the least.
Day hike from the Portal to Iceberg Lake and then up the Mountaineer's Route. No need for ice axe or crampons, we had left them in the car and were fine crossing a few snow patches in the chute without them. Went down the main trail and did Muir on the way out. Great day hike!
We took the Whitney trail and camped at trail camp. We got up early the next day and started hiking at 5 AM and made it to the summit by 8 AM. It started to get very crowded while we descended from the summit, so I am very glad we got up there early! Also, the weather usually gets worse as the day goes on. This was my first 14er and I hope to do more!
The Mountaineer's was a great route. We were a little worried about the weather going up, but the clouds cleared as we approached the notch. An easy traverse later, we were standing on the summit.
4 hours to summit - 400 people on summit
3rd trip to the top. Rebolted Hairline on the East Face with the Gazelle, Brutus, and Nurse Ratchet. Thanks to the ASCA for the bolts. What an awesome way to spend a week!
My second time to the top, and the third 14'er in a month. Dark clouds were building fast, so I didn't stay long at the summit.
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.