Did it again. This time up East face, car to car in one day. Exhausted but happy.
Climbing partner took on a case of AMS just below Muir. He turned back to the window. I summited. Don't know why, but as soon as I hit the top, the tears just came. Signed the logbook and put comment "Nothing but tears". Beautiful fall day. Clear, sunny, cool, and a slight breeze.
Via the Mountaineers Route.1st 14er and 1st hiking trip out west.
im unsure about the dates its been a while. I went with some old drunk guy and his flat-lander friend. Much better than slogging the trail during the summer, ebersbacher ledges were not as hairball as advertised.
I got Warren Harding to sign my route book next to the description of the his route.
Excellent weather. It took 12 hrs and 59 minutes. I had the worst headache starting from swtichbacks to the summit. Took me 5 hr to reach the summit (from the 97 switchbacks). I was crawling. But it was worthwile. It taught me respect for nature.
I didn't get too high on this one. The weather was poor, and I wasn't feeling too fit. I didn't need snowshoes, crampons worked perfectly at that time. If you know what you're doing, Winter is definitely a good time to climb Whitney. I really enjoyed a wilderness experience on the mountain that not everyone gets. I'll definitely be back!
Overnight with Keeler needle and Mt. Muir.
Mt Whitney winter summit
Trail conditions on the main route are excellent. No snowshoes required. Summitted without strapping on crampons, but probably should have! Crampons (and axe, of course) required from trailcrest to middle of the switchbacks on the way down. Photoson the Mt Whitney main page show the trail starting to fill in with packed snow which freezes. Above trailcrest the trail is 25% covered and half of that is solid ice. See photos of trail conditions on Mt Whitney main page dated Dec 6th. Camped at Trail Side camp @12,000', 15 degrees overnight. 15.5 hrs total hiking.
What an awesome climb! It was very hot the day that we chose to climb and we apparently did not bring enough water as we were very dehydrated by the time we reached the summit. Splitting headaches.
Started at about 3am and reached the summit by noon. I slept well that night.
Mellow trip. Camped at 10,500'. Late start. Summit around 12:00. Beautiful weather.
the switchbacks on the main trail aren't so fun, but the summit makes it all worth while
Day hiked it...beautiful! The trail is relatively easy...
easy climb, trail well marked. good views
Dayhiked Muir, then went for Whitney as a bonus.
Ascent via main trail, 8/3/03. Snowstorm kept us in camp 8/2. Climbed with 5 others. Camped 8/1 at Outpost Camp, 8/2 at Trail Camp.
First of only three to summit today. Snow, driving wind and ice drove back more than 30 other climbers, including everyone else in my party. Overnight at Trail Camp on Saturday.
Started at midnight right after having a bear encounter in the parking lot. Took me 16 hours; I lost the route several times and had to backtrack. Solo ascent.
My first summit of Whitney culminated my 11 day JMT trek in Aug 01. I returned and climbed the MR in March 05. After suffering car trouble en route to the Palisades in June 05, the weekend was salvaged with a dayhike attempt of Muir/Whitney/Russell. I made it up the Whitney Trail and down the MR. I didn't quite make Russell that day. My fourth Whitney summit was via the East Buttress in Sep 06. I think it is overstated at 5.7, although we found a challenging squeeze chimney about 250' below the true summit.
Robin and I wanted to get up Whitney in a memorable way, so we settled on the historic East Face route. Getting to the base of the route was no problem, but a few routefinding fumbles on the route itself conspired to make us take quite a bit longer than expected. We summitted shortly after sunset and, after regrouping and warming up in the hut, we began the long plod down the Whitney Trail. The day ended successfully, but far more memorably than either of us had hoped (or wanted).