Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Traipser - Feb 1, 2006 4:49 am

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

A lovely stroll.

mkeselak

mkeselak - Jan 27, 2006 7:00 pm

Date Climbed: 3 Oct 2005  Sucess!

long, hard but very good

mkeselak

mkeselak - Jan 27, 2006 7:00 pm

Date Climbed: 3 Oct 2005  Sucess!

long, hard but very good

sprosseda

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rileywyna - Dec 18, 2005 8:45 am

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

11 hours car to car

chris615

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

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

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

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.

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