Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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aurora

aurora - Nov 21, 2005 7:16 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: November 12th 2005  Sucess!

Did the trip to Whitney together with Deb and Red. After a freezing cold night at trail camp we started out at 7:15. The switchbacks were covered with lots of fresh windpacked snow. There were several points with exposure and steep snow. With ice axe and crampons quite manageable. The whole trail from the cables up to the summit was covered with fresh snow between a few inches and up to 2 feet. Breaking a trail under these conditions was very hard. After about 4:30 h I reached the summit and enjoyed the great view for a while. I was back at Trail Camp at about 14:30.

A trip report in German with many great fotos can be found on my webpage http://www.thomasbahr.de

Deb

Deb - Nov 16, 2005 12:33 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: 12 November 2005  Sucess!

WOW! And I thought this would be an easy walk up.... Left frozen Trail Camp at 0700 and returned at 1520; rather arduous with the new snow from Thursday night's rain storm and beautiful morning icing. Thanks to Thomas for breaking trail to the summit! I found nothing "fun" about this trail but it was most certainly interesting to see what all the fuss is about with people falling/dying on the Main Trail - it IS quite treacherous in these current conditions.

Oh yea ... who took the door off the Smithsonian hut?

dkmayhew

dkmayhew - Nov 13, 2005 8:56 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney trail and MR Date Climbed: 5 times over 10 years  Sucess!

Better to do Whitney in winter conditions and stay away from the crowds.

emilie

emilie - Nov 11, 2005 7:36 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: April 4, 2005

We had beautiful weather and the snow conditions were perfect until summit day. Then we had a storm blow in and high winds hit us hard at the Notch. Given someone had died at that very spot the week prior (lost balance and ice axe and went over the exposed side of the Notch), we decided to turn around. Was a good call because we turned around and looked back up from camp and the summit was embroiled in a snow storm.

dshoshone

dshoshone - Nov 10, 2005 6:42 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney trail Date Climbed: Oct 4,2002  Sucess!

Hiked the main trail three times and skiied the Mountaineers Route once.

Holsti97

Holsti97 - Nov 8, 2005 3:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2005

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: October 7, 2005

We climbed Boundary Peak in Nevada on the 5th so were tired when we reached our hotel at Lone Pine. We spent most of the morning on the 6th relaxing in Lone Pine. We left Whitney Portal at about 2:30 PM and hiked up to Outpost Camp. We decided to leave at 1:00 AM to give us the best chance to summit. It was cold and crisp and the stars were out. Beautiful night. We climbed with headlamps and reached the cables in the dark. We decided to put on crampons because it was very icy. We had no problem crossing the cables and were on the switchbacks when the sun came up. We were all tired from lack of sleep and the effects of altitude. At 13,250 feet, just short of Trail Crest, I decided to go back down with Ed who was nauseous and we broke camp and returned to the Whitney Portal. It was very hot on the descent. Joe and Reese continued on and reached the summit. They only saw 2 other climbers who summited that day. A lot of people turned around, because they had started late and the switchbacks were so icy. I plan on returning to Whitney and will summit.

Pietri - Nov 3, 2005 1:44 am

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Date Climbed: March 13, 2005  Sucess!

Three nights on the mountain. Made the summit at 1330 hours, just ahead of some bad weather. Otherwise the weather was spectacular. Read the trip report for more!

dyscti

dyscti - Oct 29, 2005 4:04 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: September 6th, 2005  Sucess!

Did this as the final hike of a highpoints trip. We had no problem doing it in a day. On the trail by 4:30 am and back to the parking lot by 4:45 pm. And on the way down I had to run back a half mile up the trail to retrieve my forgotten trekking pole!

YetiBauer

YetiBauer - Oct 28, 2005 4:10 pm

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

climbed with Bill Heyenbruch, lead by Bela Vadasz. A sweet day of sunshine, clean granite and plenty of fresh air to long remember.

cdickinson - Oct 25, 2005 1:37 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Whitney Main Trail Date Climbed: Oct. 7, 2004  Sucess!

October is the time to climb. The 7th was a spectacular day, clear blue skies all of the way up and back - 45 degrees on the summit at 10:30 AM and very few people. The only complaint was the long hike back. Left Trail camp at 6:00 AM and finished at Portal in the dark at 7:45 PM. Watch out for the world famous Lone Pine Film Festival - we ended going on to Bishop to find a room.

rocketsredglare

rocketsredglare - Oct 24, 2005 10:34 pm

Route Climbed: Normal tourist trail Date Climbed: October 2000  Sucess!

A two day summit when I was just starting to get into climbing/mountaineering. Did it with a great friend and had an experience that made me want more!

neocrash

neocrash - Oct 24, 2005 3:51 am

Route Climbed: The main trail Date Climbed: 21 July 2005  Sucess!

great day, but hard as hell to do in a day! Started at midnight.

ripper333 - Oct 18, 2005 3:17 pm

Route Climbed: east buttress Date Climbed: sept 2005

awesome climb... the rock was chilly til we reached the sun. had to share the route with another team.

crap slog down the MR.. climbed with steve..

tdoughty

tdoughty - Oct 17, 2005 5:41 pm

Route Climbed: east face  Sucess!

wonderful excursion

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!!

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