Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Financeguy - Jul 16, 2006 12:49 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2006

Main Trail  Sucess!

Went back again this year with Mike after last year's crazy attempt to go up and over the LeConte/Mallory Pass at Mesyan lake was unsuccessful because I think he was still upset I went back in Sept to hike the mountain.

Left the trailhead at Whitney Portal 2:10 am, reached the summit at 10:55 am and returned to Whitney Portal for burgers and beer at 4:05 pm. Weather was picture perfect, unlike the previous 4 days which had afternoon thunderstorms and hail.

Again, a very long day, but well worth it.

The mountain is defintely different in July than it was in September.


skotty - Jul 10, 2006 9:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006

3rd time suprise  Sucess!

Third summit via mountaineer's route turned out to be much more of a challange then the first two due to winter conditions still extant in July. With the climb above the notch iced up leaving only class 4 rocks exposed, we were in over our heads, but made it through. Great learning experience!


Smith93 - Jul 6, 2006 4:59 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006

Bad to worse weather

Began the day hiking from Crabtree Meadows, past Timberline Lake and Guitar Lake once we hit the switchbacks leading up to Trail Crest the bad weather hit. It started with some drizzle and then deteriorated into full on pea sized hail. The higher up the switchbacks we climbed the worse the weather got. Soon there was thunder and lightening less than a mile away and it was snowing. Once we got to Trail Crest we made the sad but necessary decision not to go to the peak. Our decision was mostly influenced by the fact that our hair was standing on end from the amount of static electricity in the air and none of us wanted to get hit by lightening. The bad weather, the thunder and the lightening continued until we were about half way down the 99 switchbacks and it all cleared up and got almost warm. We continued all the way down to Outpost Camp and spent a mosquito filled evening there and then the next day hiked out. It was a disappointing end to a great trip. I guess I'll have to go back again and try to climb Mt. Whitney when there's some good weather.


swampclimber - Jul 4, 2006 6:39 pm Date Climbed: May 1, 2006

Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!

30 days early or 30 days late. It was hot, postholing, freezing at night. Too windy and no gear for the East Face in winter so we opted for the MR. Challenging route. The descent from the summit to the Notch is pretty exciting.


madmallard - Jun 24, 2006 4:03 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2006

seventh peak in four days  Sucess!

I waited a year to be able to sign this. in june of '05, whitney won the battle, but this year, I did. total travel time was fourteen hours and five minutes. crampons and ice axe were mandatory. this summit was my forth ultra-prominence and seventh peak in four days. what a way to spend a vacation!

tb00957 - Jun 21, 2006 11:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 23, 1999

trail  Sucess!

my first sierra peak. Felt the altitude.

Steve Gardner - Jun 20, 2006 6:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2006

Single Day Summit  Sucess!

Up and down the main trail in a little over 14 hours. Snow above trail camp required crampons but otherwise pretty straight forward hike. Great weather.


dervin - Jun 20, 2006 3:44 am Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2005

The Tourist Highway Route  Sucess!

Ran into a bit of snow, and ice that made the descent challenging for some of our group.


rockrat2 - Jun 20, 2006 3:03 am

Mountaineer's route  Sucess!

Very fun route. We were wanting to do East Face but small avalanches and poor conditions made us re-think our route options. Decided to do the "for sure" thing and did the Mountaineer's route. Was surprisingly fun and decent challenge. Wish I wouldn't have carried all that rock climbing gear in though. Will try East next time in summer.


jleduc - Jun 8, 2006 9:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2006

Normal Route  Sucess!

Up and down in 2 days. Weather couldn't be better. Glissading was the best part.


lingana - Jun 2, 2006 7:47 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2006

Fast-Paced Climb by MR  Sucess!

Lost a day in Vegas, because of Airline people goofing up my luggage (sending it to Chicago).
1st Day - Portal to UBSL
2nd Day - UBSL - Summit - UBSL\
3rd Day - UBSL - Portal - Vegas - Houston - College Station, TX
It was exhausting ! But we made it !


downbooties - Jun 2, 2006 5:58 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2003

Mt. Whitney- Main trail hike  Sucess!

The day before, I was able to walk right into the Lone Pine Ranger Station and pick up a permit. Didn't know any better at the time, but now I feel lucky (maybe because it was a weekday after school started?) Spent a peaceful night at the Whitney Portal Trailhead campground (also just walked-in). Began hiking 0300 and witnessed a spectacular red sunrise when I got to the Trail camp. Summitted around 1030 and down by 1500. Thinking of the views from the junction with the JMT onward to the summit still make me shiver with happiness.


Bill562 - May 30, 2006 8:30 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2006

Main trail  Sucess!

Climbed from Trail Camp, snow was rock hard, winds were strong and gusting. Had the summit to myself - now how many people can say that on Whitney? And yes, ice axe/crampons and knowledge how to use them came in handy (seems to be the burning question for the area) :-)


kommish - May 22, 2006 5:05 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2003

Main trail  Sucess!

Left at 3am made the top and was down having a burger by 3pm. Fun day friend had a touch of altitude sickness though.


ElCapitanKoolAid - May 22, 2006 3:55 am

Normal route  Sucess!

Went with my friends to hike to the summit. It was their first time on such a high altitude and I am sure they enjoyed it the lack of oxygen.

Wandering Sole Images

Wandering Sole Images - May 15, 2006 11:47 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2005

Whitney Trail  Sucess!

There was still lots of snow on the ground, but the weather was perfect for my first 14er! An awesome day out!

lakenyon - May 14, 2006 10:24 pm

trail  Sucess!

Walked up in Sept 2003 and have not been back since. The drive is too long.


esugi - May 4, 2006 8:07 pm Date Climbed: May 1, 2006

MR Route finally  Sucess!

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.


eggheadsherpa - May 4, 2006 5:58 am Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2006

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route  Sucess!

Camped at Iceberg Lake and summited the next day. Had great weather throughout!


Quadaxial - Apr 5, 2006 3:50 am Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2006

via MR route 4/2/6  Sucess!


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.


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