Spent a fantastic 6 days climbing Mt. Tyndall and then Mt. Whitney from the Symmes Creek TH over Sheperds Pass. For the first time my son was ready to bag his first 14'rs. He got the two he wanted. 5 perfect days and we walked out the last day in a snow strorm. God help the twits we saw still heading up when we were pointing out all the bad weather coming in. Even the previous day we saw lots of day hikers retreating without hitting the summit because the wind chill was below zero. T-shirts and short don't cut in on Mt. Whitney folks. It's really sad to see the state of the west side of Whitney. Even my 13 year old son notices the difference. We saw one couple in 5 days and then we pass 40+ people on Whitney. Still time spent in the wilderness with a good company can't be beat.
Beautiful day and I got my dad up and back. Not bad for someone celebrating his 65 birthday!
A lot of snow. Bypassed the switchbacks. Beautiful on top. Long trip down.
Beautiful perfect weather! Except the the freezing winds.
At 6am I let a hot cup of coffee rest for 2 minutes...got back and it was frozen on top!
Snow made the way up the summit hard...wish I had crampons. Took me 4hrs from Trail Camp to the summit.
Took me 2hrs 35min from Trail Camp down the portal with a 35lbs pack. I thought it was pretty fast considering how shitty I was feeling.
What a beautiful mountain!!
Despite a 4 A.M. start and a summit arrival before 10, we could not escape thunder, hail, and rain that came in as we reached the summit. Although we had clear views just fifteen minutes from the summit, we saw nothing while up there (except too many other people).
Two feet of snow on the route made this a very near epic. Freaking cold and exciting.
Climbed solo from Portal to summit in 6.75 hours
First 14 thousand footer. Started at 10 p.m. with a full moon. Got back to the car at about 5 p.m. the next day. It got super cold on the switch backs and rested there at about 3 a.m. for about an hour or 2. I am glad I got to the top.
What was intended to be a thru-hike of the JMT turned into an out and back to Guitar Lake due to an early snow storm. Tagged Whitney on the way out and returned over trail crest with 12-18 inches of snow two days later.
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I did the trail to see how my physical condition was for a Rainier climb two weeks latter, good weather fun day.
Fifth trip up Whitney. Camped at the portal w/ head lamp start around 4:30. Had a beautiful full moon and turned the lamps off within 30 minutes and hiked by moon light. Finished again in around 12 hours.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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 ]
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.
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