Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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legoman - Oct 14, 2005 11:25 pm

Route Climbed: East Trail Date Climbed: 9/8/05  Sucess!

Whitney was my 2nd 14er. I climbed it with my dad and with a broken wrist. I am 13 years old.

Seth Maciejowski

Seth Maciejowski - Oct 14, 2005 4:54 pm

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: August 25, 2005  Sucess!

Awesome Route on the East face. Started from the portal campground at 5 am and went for it. Hiked down the trail and reached the road at 8:30 pm. Amazingly fun route.

derekp62

derekp62 - Oct 6, 2005 1:53 pm

Route Climbed: Sheperds Pass up West Side of Whitney Date Climbed: 9/8/2005  Sucess!

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.

pwdrqst - Oct 4, 2005 3:03 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Hike Date Climbed: Sept 21, 2003  Sucess!

Beautiful day and I got my dad up and back. Not bad for someone celebrating his 65 birthday!

Duffer

Duffer - Oct 4, 2005 1:36 pm

Route Climbed: Main trail Date Climbed: 15 April 1999  Sucess!

A lot of snow. Bypassed the switchbacks. Beautiful on top. Long trip down.

fearlss

fearlss - Sep 29, 2005 11:23 am

Route Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 25 Sept 2005  Sucess!

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!!

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 27, 2005 10:30 pm

Route Climbed: John Muir Date Climbed: July 13, 1999  Sucess!

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).

cottersnow - Sep 27, 2005 1:56 pm

Route Climbed: East Buttress Date Climbed: 9-23-05  Sucess!

Two feet of snow on the route made this a very near epic. Freaking cold and exciting.

omahiker

omahiker - Sep 26, 2005 7:48 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: August 22,2005  Sucess!

Climbed solo from Portal to summit in 6.75 hours

wetsponge007

wetsponge007 - Sep 25, 2005 2:49 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: summer 1993  Sucess!

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.

salad

salad - Sep 23, 2005 12:51 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: 1995ish  Sucess!

Great day

fedak

fedak - Sep 22, 2005 7:50 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: Sep-19-2005  Sucess!

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.



Pics are here

ridgeline

ridgeline - Sep 15, 2005 11:26 pm

Route Climbed: trail Date Climbed: 8-20-05  Sucess!

I did the trail to see how my physical condition was for a Rainier climb two weeks latter, good weather fun day.

pmlupi

pmlupi - Sep 15, 2005 2:34 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 9/21/02  Sucess!

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.

pmlupi

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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