After having been unsuccessful on the MR route 3 times before (first time we accidently went up the wrong fork, second time we turned around at the notch due to conditions, and third time weathered in at high camp), I finally summitted under beautiful conditions.
We camped at Clyde Meadows and left camp too early in the morning (1am). We did not want to summit in the complete darkness so we froze our asses off at iceberg for couple of hours while waiting for little daylight.
Overall a fantastic time. Got little nervous going through couple of avalanche debris field on the way up to LBSL. It looked like more stuff could be coming down with the weather being so warm.
Camped at Iceberg Lake and summited the next day. Had great weather throughout!
My girlfriend, Niki, and I summited Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route after a winter of substantial storms. We started at 7am on Saturday, camped at Iceberg Lake, summited at 11am and returned to our car below the Portal at 6:15pm.
The weather was perfect! We really got lucky. I'll post a detailed trip report and pictures on my website.
I was 11 years old, my older brother Barton was 12 and my younger brother Eric was 9. We all made it to the top with our Dad. Beautiful clear day and mobs of other hikers. Camped at Lone Pine Lake. Completed within 24 hours start to finish.
38 years later (8/10/2011) I hiked this one again via the Mountaineers Route with Doug (summitpost member "Holsti97"), his niece Megan, and Ed (summitpost member "Edsclimb"). Great group to hike with. We overnighted at Iceberg Lake. It was Doug's 48th state highpoint, Ed's 30th, and Megan's 4th. For me it was a first state highpoint repeat (of my first state highpoint); however, it was by a more adventurous route.
MR up, summer trail down, 17 hour day, snow continuous from Lower Boy Scout Lake. Awesome day.
I climbed this route as part of a 5-day mountaineering course. We hiked up to UBL through the E-ledges on day one, and camped there for three days. On the fourth day, we summitted via the farthest left Chute above the notch, using ascenders to climb on ropes fixed by the guide service. Very nice summit day, as the weather was clear and perfect snow conditions.
Flew to Las Vegas, rented car, drove to trailhead, slept, climbed all day with a summit around 1pm. This has got to be one of the prettiest approaches, can see where Ansel Adams got all his photos from! Did the Pinnacle Peak (13,000')for extra-credit. 13hr climb with about 7000' elevation gain.
Doing one of the technical routes up Whitney was one of my goals when I started climbing at the end of the previous season. Had to wait a long time for 120 to open to get here this year. Climbed with Damien. We originally started up the East Face but wound up traversing over to the East Buttress. From this point I stopped looking at the topo and just kept going up. Didn't need to place gear for about half the pitches. Fun climbing and the views just kept getting better. Warm and sunny on top. Long slog down a very snowy MR to get back to the tent at Iceberg Lake just before dark.
Went up July 4th weekend, 2005 then again at the end of July for the end of the John Muir Trail. We got pushed down to Trail Camp from Trail Crest because of thunderstorms, but we got a nap in and started for the summit at 7:30pm from Trail Camp. We were on the summit in time for a full moon rise and we were treated to a grand lightning show out across the Nevada desert. Absolutely no one else around up there at night! I was in the best hiking shape of my life.
Started in Horseshoe Meadows, through New Army Pass and around to Crabtree Meadows and Guitar Lake. This was during a summer that there were big fires all over So. Cal, so views were minimal. Great trip none the less.
Hiked up on trail from the west.
Great 4 day backpack with a successful summit. Hiked in at Cottonwood Lakes. We climbed over New Army Pass, went crosscountry and camped at Upper Soldier lake. Next day we hiked by Mt Guyot and camped at Guitar lake. Day #3 we met an episcopal priest from SF who knew the priest that married my wife and I. Small world! We summited, camped at Outpost camp, and hiked out on day #4
Lots of snow, but beautiful weather. Was my first and so far only 14er. Would like to do it again.
45th B'Day ascent of 1st 14'er
Night hike. Pretty cold on the summit at 5am.
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.
Pretty cold and windy at the top, otherwise pretty straightforward.
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.
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.
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.