Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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pmlupi - Sep 15, 2005 2:26 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 9/9/01  Sucess!

Great trip up to the Summit. My fourth trip. First in one day. We camped at Portal and fended off some bears at around 2 am. Hit the trail by 4:30, spent an hour plus on the summit enjoying a sunny, crystal clear day and made it back in just under 12 hours. Finished the trip with a cold beer and my feet in the stream.


pmlupi - Sep 15, 2005 2:21 pm

Route Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: 9/29/04  Sucess!

My 6th trip up Whitney. Stayed in Lone Pine then drove to portal at 4 am. Departed Portal at 5 am slow climb to Summit. I was dumb not to drink enough water and my brain felt like it was oozing out my ears at Trail Crest. My slowest day yet 13 hrs round trip.


alpspitze - Sep 13, 2005 3:52 pm

Route Climbed: normal from whitney portal Date Climbed: July 15, 1996  Sucess!

Solo day hike. My wife dropped me off at 3am and we met up again at 2pm for an 11 hour round trip. Lots of people as usual, even one guy who changed into a suit just before the top to make a statement.


konyelicska - Sep 12, 2005 3:53 am

Route Climbed: Whitney trail Date Climbed: 09.05.05  Sucess!

Mount Whitney is a beautiful place,I climbed with my friend from Sacramento,it worth it in any way,this was my first 14000-er,I'm planing to do them all!!


raj96290 - Sep 11, 2005 3:46 pm

Route Climbed: Moutaineers Route Date Climbed: Oct 11 2004

Attempted to climb Mt Whitney by Mountaineers Route but turned around in the final chute to the summit. Camped at Iceberg Lake at night. Climbed mostly solid rock in the gully, reached notch around 10 AM. It was windy and cold up there and we decided to turn around because of the worsening conditions. It started snowing as we descended the MR and white-out a little later when we were descending Clyde Meadows. Although we didn't reach the summit, it was a most memorable climb; my first in the Sierra Nevadas and also a first of all sorts for my friend Akshay Damarla [ his trip report ]


jenarrow - Sep 6, 2005 5:08 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!

We had a three day, two night permit for the trip. This made for a very relaxing and enjoyable trip to the summit and back. On the first day we left the trailhead around 10:30 AM and made our way up to the trail camp in about 4 hours with a 25 minute lunch break. We had half of the day to enjoy after setting up camp and we regret not having our fishing gear--rumor has it that Consultation Lake has the biggest fish around. We found this stretch of the hike to be the most demanding part of the whole trip, only because of the 40 lbs. packs. The next morning we leisurely got up and hit the trail around 7:30 AM. The trail to the summit was smooth sailing and required little to no rest for us. It took us about 3 hours and 20 minutes to reach the Summit at a very brisk pace. We strolled back to Trail Camp in about 3 hours.

All in all, we thought that the Mt. Whitney Trail was not much of a challenge for avid hikers/backpackers, especially for those of us who are lucky enough to have the advantage of living at 6,300 feet in elevation and not requiring much in the way of acclimatization. Doing it all in a day would have been more of a challenge. Doing it in two days is very practical. Having three days like we did, took the challenge out of it, but made for a very enjoyable get-away with little pressure.

cristind - Sep 6, 2005 3:37 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 9/3/05  Sucess!

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.


laureljarndt - Sep 5, 2005 3:59 pm

Route Climbed: East Buttress Mt Whitney Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2005  Sucess!

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


Pacifikenn - Sep 2, 2005 1:01 am

Route Climbed: Whitney Main Trail Date Climbed: August 28,2005  Sucess!

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.


TomSellick - Aug 31, 2005 6:12 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Date Climbed: August 10, 2005  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.


Guilty - Aug 29, 2005 4:07 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: 08-27-05  Sucess!

Just doing this for speed: 6:20 hours from car to car.

gluballs - Aug 28, 2005 10:03 pm

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2005  Sucess!

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.


trad_spider - Aug 27, 2005 6:33 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: July 27th,2005  Sucess!

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.

Alan Dyer - Aug 27, 2005 12:32 am

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: August 25,2005  Sucess!

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.


cthomson - Aug 24, 2005 1:31 am

Route Climbed: Moutaineers Route Date Climbed: August 13, 2003  Sucess!

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.


uwjennie - Aug 22, 2005 1:26 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: 08/20/05  Sucess!

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!


HSeldon - Aug 19, 2005 2:20 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 11, 2005  Sucess!

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!


McCannster - Aug 16, 2005 6:28 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Date Climbed: August 14, 2005  Sucess!

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.


Shaase - Aug 15, 2005 11:08 pm

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

4 hours to summit - 400 people on summit


old5ten - Aug 15, 2005 1:14 am

Route Climbed: Hairline Date Climbed: August 28th, 2004  Sucess!

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!

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