long, hard but very good
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Not much to add- was a long day with great views of the Sequoia backcountry and made a nice friend on the trail
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.
11 hours car to car
SOLO, couldn't find E-Ledges so it go interesting...
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.
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.
Hiked the main trail the Mountaineer's Route a bunch of times.
Climbed the East Buttress twice (Sept-07) and (May-09)
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
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?
Better to do Whitney in winter conditions and stay away from the crowds.
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.
Hiked the main trail three times and skiied the Mountaineers Route once.
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.