Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Joseph Claghorn - Jan 24, 2006 11:09 pm

Route Climbed: Horshoe Meadows - PCT - JMT Date Climbed: August 1990  Sucess!

My first mountain at the age of 15 with my dad and brothers. Two previous attempts with the family ended in failure. We definitely didn't adhere to the Leave no Trace ethic. I pack other people's trash out on trails now to make up the karmic deficit.


plume - Jan 3, 2006 5:40 pm

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: July 28, 2005  Sucess!

Brother's wife runs off with an opera star, so we go climbing to clear is head and distract him from the distress. Half way up the east face we get off route on the Fresh Air Traverse and head up this heinously loose 5.9 variation while it starts to hail hammers and nails followed by a lightening storm the likes of which I'd never like to see again. Still, we continued up between strikes, one of which came in sideways with such force it knocked a large boulder off the top of Keeler. The buzz would build up and we hunkered down until it released, then climbed through. Snow hid most of the holds, and dressed for a summer outing we started to shiver with abandon. At some point we had to make a choice between freezing and getting flashed with the cold winning out by a small margin. Eventually we made it to the hut and my brother finally had a chance to do what he had come here to do—throw his wedding ring off the summit, the emotional wounds already starting to heal.

In all, a great trip and a long day of climbing.


Smith93 - Jan 2, 2006 3:32 am

Route Climbed: Whitney Main Trail Date Climbed: August 15, 2003  Sucess!

Terrible weather on the summit day. Blowing hail, snow and freezing rain. Not a fun hike to the summit. But definetly worth it even though there were no views. I would love to go back and hike it again.


hundy - Jan 1, 2006 5:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005

Route Climbed: Whitney Main Trail Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2005  Sucess!

Awsome, a dream come true I have always wanted to get to the top of Whitney, but something always came up or got in the way. It was cold, there was some pretty bad electrical storms. I hope to try a different route in 2006


SawtoothSean - Dec 31, 2005 12:24 am

Route Climbed: John Muir Trail Date Climbed: September 27, 1995  Sucess!

Not much to add- was a long day with great views of the Sequoia backcountry and made a nice friend on the trail


koz - Dec 30, 2005 8:46 pm

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

Bagged highpoint # 34 while doing "Ascent for Autism Research" (AFAR). Excellent conditions, and managed to exchange our dayhike permits for the 25th for overnight 24th-25th permits - plenty of walk-ins available.

BaurMichael - Dec 27, 2005 4:39 pm

Route Climbed: Up Mt. Whitney Trail, Down the John Muir Trail, Out Onion Valley Date Climbed: September 2 2005  Sucess!

Michael Baur,

Kristin Long


Rileywyna - Dec 18, 2005 8:45 am

Route Climbed: walk up Date Climbed: june 1999  Sucess!

11 hours car to car


chris615 - Dec 9, 2005 5:42 pm

Route Climbed: MR Date Climbed: May 17th? 2005  Sucess!

SOLO, couldn't find E-Ledges so it go interesting...


usarock69 - Dec 6, 2005 6:07 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Portal Date Climbed: August 2005  Sucess!

Beautiful, beautiful couple of days in the mountains. We spent the first night at Outpost, then we continued up to Trail Camp, where we set up a tent and then left for the summit. We summited pretty late, but the experience was again unforgettable. It got really cold after the sunset, so we were happy to find our tent pitched when we got back to TC. We just crawled into our sleeping bags and the next day we woke up to a gorgeous morning in the Sierras. Very nice hike, great weather and Kodak perfect scenery.

ptitzler - Nov 28, 2005 3:25 pm

Route Climbed: main trail Date Climbed: 26 November 2005  Sucess!

First time ascend on a beautiful sunny day after heavy winds and some snow fall the afternoon and night before. Trail was easily managable with crampons.


graham - Nov 25, 2005 3:43 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: Oct-2-05

Hiked the main trail the Mountaineer's Route a bunch of times.

Climbed the East Buttress twice (Sept-07) and (May-09)


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


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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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!

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