Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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couimet - Mar 3, 2006 11:04 pm Date Climbed: Mar 23, 2004

Whitney Main Trail  Sucess!

Lots of snow, but beautiful weather. Was my first and so far only 14er. Would like to do it again.


EManBevHills - Feb 25, 2006 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 1998

Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!

45th B'Day ascent of 1st 14'er


BCL - Feb 23, 2006 5:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2005

Main Trail  Sucess!

Night hike. Pretty cold on the summit at 5am.


mthilgard13 - Feb 22, 2006 10:19 pm Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2003

Winter 03 Climb

Made it to the top of the mountaineer's route chute (~14000 ft). Extremely windy, cold. Our leader got altitude sickness, so we unfortunetly turned around. Camped at Upper Boy Scout Lake.


b_betts - Feb 16, 2006 9:29 pm Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2005

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: Nov 2005  Sucess!

Pretty cold and windy at the top, otherwise pretty straightforward.


waltraud - Feb 14, 2006 8:53 pm

Route Climbed: the standard walk-up; Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!

What an easy mountain. The scenery is fantastic, but the standard trail has no challenges what so ever. I was first to be on the summit that day, hiking up from Whitney portal.

Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Feb 10, 2006 1:22 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: August 31 2003  Sucess!

We packed in from the Portal and set up camp at Upper Boy Scout Lake the previous day (climbed Russell that day as well). The weather was good on the day of our summit. There were a few patches of snow to skirt in the gully. We reached the summit 3 hours and 10 minutes after leaving UBSL. We descended back to UBSL to break camp and then back to the Portal.

Augie Medina

Augie Medina - Feb 7, 2006 8:26 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 16, 2005  Sucess!

My son and I left the portal at around 4:30 am. Halfway to Lone Pine Lake, we caught two deer in our headlamps. They took their time moving away from us so we had a relatively long encounter with them. At sunrise, it was awesome to see our destination in the distance with the adjoining needle peaks in the dawn's early light. We hiked at a moderate pace and got to the summit before noon. While the day had been clear, the clouds rolled in on us when we summited and obscured about 270 degrees of vista. We had taken crampons and ice axes because it had snowed near the summit two days previously. However, the trail was clear all the way and so we just ended up hefting extra metal. Don't mind admitting I was feeling pretty fatigued on the way back down. When we got back to Lone Pine Lake, my brain went on autopilot knowing the end was only a couple of miles away. Brains on autopilot keep the legs and arms moving methodically until the destination is reached.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Feb 2, 2006 12:00 am Date Climbed: Jun 19, 1989

Route Climbed: East Face Date Climbed: June 1989  Sucess!

Round trip from Whitney Portal in a day. Great Route !!!

Traipser - Feb 1, 2006 4:49 am

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

A lovely stroll.


mkeselak - Jan 27, 2006 7:00 pm

Date Climbed: 3 Oct 2005  Sucess!

long, hard but very good


mkeselak - Jan 27, 2006 7:00 pm

Date Climbed: 3 Oct 2005  Sucess!

long, hard but very good


sprosseda - Jan 25, 2006 5:42 pm

Route Climbed: standard trail Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!

What a cool feeling to summit the highest in contiguous 48 states. Feels very high up there being almost 11,000 vertical feet above the town of Lone Pine. Camped at 12,000 feet where it froze overnight, and then back down in the valley it was 100 degrees F later that day. Crazy! Good view of Kaweah's and Williamson.

Joseph Claghorn

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

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