Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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Felsberg - Jul 10, 2003 4:26 pm

Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: September 2, 2002

see here for pics

Vertigo soul

Vertigo soul - Jul 8, 2003 11:24 am

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: July 30, 2002  Sucess!

It's been a while, But I do remember being there (ha, ha!). It was a beautiful weekend with lots of people wandering around the trail. I was with two other close friends - Davis and Dan. We camped at Outpost Camp, and started our summit attempt around 7:00 a.m. from camp. Since this route is basically just a walk up, I decided to use my trail shoes instead of boots - good idea until the decent took its toll on the bottom of my feet. We made the summit in around 4.5 hours, and spent a good 45-60 minute rest on top. The only negative was the haze from nearby fires, which blurred our view of the Owens Valley and into the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. But overall, it was rewarding....but I think the Mountaineer's Route will be my next choice to avoid the crowds and for a more satisfying climb.


sierragator - Jul 6, 2003 10:35 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's route Date Climbed: July 6, 2003  Sucess!

Bagged this peak for the fourth time today (it never gets old).

Second time summitting via the MR. Snow was not an issue as it was easily by passed.


big_g - Jun 30, 2003 10:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2003

Route Climbed: JMT to Mt Whitney Trail  Sucess!

Happy Isles TH to Mt. Whitney = 211 miles. Have not figured out the vertical yet but it was huge. What a hike.

JMT trip report


dkantola - Jun 29, 2003 12:54 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: August 7, 2002  Sucess!

A very long and scenic day hike. The McNalley Fire burning to the south obscured views in most directions. Marmots now live at the summit -- surviving off of tourist handouts.


Guilty - Jun 27, 2003 1:24 am

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: May 17, 2003  Sucess!

Started from Whitney Portal with three other climbers. Snow level was between lower and Upper Boy Scout Lakes. The weather was very warm and partial cloudy. You needed snowshoes. I did not bring them which I regret. What a work-out!

By mid-morning I was sinking up to my waist. Very bad snow conditions. After summiting, the hard work just began. By Iceberg Lake I was sinking to my chest in some spots. My friends turn around because of this.


After reaching Whitney Portal alright, I had to treat my friends to dinner for making them wait why I summit by myself.

Go figure.


kk6yb - Jun 23, 2003 9:19 pm

Route Climbed: Main Whitney Trail Date Climbed: June 14, 2003  Sucess!

First time. Summitted with engineer_charley after spending the night at Whitney Portal and Trail Camp. Great weather. Long, hard hike, with tired feet afterwards.

Time: Portal to Trail Camp - 8 hrs. Trail Camp to Summit - 5 hrs. Summit to Trail Camp - 4 hrs. Started June 13 at 9:15 am, finished June 15 about 2:30 pm.

We saw a nice campsite about halfway up the ridge above Mirror Lake in the Bristlecone Pine trees. Another two nice sites on top of that ridge near the last tree at the tree line. But we stayed at Trail Camp both nights. Wish we had another night to spent at Outpost Camp in the trees (Trail Camp is above the treeline).

Lots of great pictures from the trip, click here to see them.

Thanks Gabriela for being our support crew at Trail Camp! Thanks also to Jonathan (USFS), who rescued an item that fell off our packs near Trail Camp and happened to run into us at Outpost Camp as we were heading down!

engineer charley

engineer charley - Jun 16, 2003 11:31 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 14 Jun 03  Sucess!

First time. Overnighted at Trail Camp Friday & Saturday. Beautiful weather, comfortable nights. Full moon lit the huge walls. Trail is mostly clear of snow, though there were a few tricky spots--leave the crampons at home. Cables still down in the switchbacks, one toilet open at each of Outpost and Trail Camps. Water everywhere except above switchbacks--3.5 liters was plenty for me. Tired and headachy enough on top that I forgot to look over the east edge--probably a good thing! One look at the climb up Muir and this trailwalker said no thanks. Met some fascinatingly in-shape people flying up and down the trail--one couple had no packs, and we saw them on Saturday and Sunday! We took 3 days, but would like to have spent 4--lots of pretty places to stay between Outpost and Trail Camp. Portal Store's shower and burgers not to be missed. Yum!

Michael Tolchard

Michael Tolchard - Jun 5, 2003 12:50 am

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 2 November 2002  Sucess!

This was my 2nd ascent of Mt. Whitney, and I did it just to prove to myself that the first time I made it up in August wasn't a fluke. The valuable lesson I learned on this trip was that hiking out in the dark is for the birds. When I made it to the top I had it all to myself. I was tempted to move into the hut and call it home!

Michael Tolchard

Michael Tolchard - Jun 3, 2003 11:00 pm

Route Climbed: Whitney Trail Date Climbed: 18 August 2002  Sucess!

My first ascent to the top of the lower 48. Started just after midnight and was pretty much freezing and falling asleep by dawn at Trail Camp. Somehow managed to stay awake long enough to make it to the top. Valuable lessons learned, such as get some sleep beforehand and wear layers of Capaline.


tahoeclimber - Jun 1, 2003 6:52 pm

Route Climbed: Mountaineers Route Date Climbed: May, 11,2003  Sucess!

Perfect Weather, not a cloud in the sky as far as we could see. Snow was nice and firm. Climbed with Kris.

Peak Freak

Peak Freak - May 1, 2003 4:29 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2009

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: April 19, 2003  Sucess!

2003: Met up with Daniel & Kris to do the Mountaineer's Route. Weather was perfect. Snow conditions were great. Did not need snowshoes. Will post details in the trip report section.

2009: Went back and did the East Face with Kurt & Andy Aug 10, 2009


dankras - Apr 26, 2003 1:37 am

Route Climbed: mountaineer's route Date Climbed: April 19, 2003  Sucess!

One of the most spectacular summit days; perfect snow, cloudless sky - one can't ask for more.


RickF - Mar 10, 2003 10:49 am

Route Climbed: Mountaineer's Route Date Climbed: July 6, 2002  Sucess!

Strenuous with some tricky route finding but well worth it! Accompanied by my brother and my very good friend We set out from the Portal at 5:30 a.m. and summited by 3:00 p.m., stopping on the way up to make camp at Iceberg Lake. When we arrived back at our camp we realized that had we not been carrying tents, sleeping bags, stoves, and a two day supply of food we could have done it as a single day hike. Even with the excellent descriptions in the books available, the navigation is challenging in some portions.


theis - Feb 26, 2003 5:38 am

Route Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: 15/9/01  Sucess!

Climbed in one very long day. Attempted in March too - did not succeed


mookyee - Jan 21, 2003 1:33 am

Route Climbed: whitney trail Date Climbed: october2001  Sucess!

car to car was an ill 17 hours, probably because we didn't roll into the portal parking lot until midnight and some fools ended up (not) sleeping (at all) in the car or on the asphalt. Aside from all that it's a dope climb/trek and a great intro to high(er) altitude excursions. Nice views from the top, too. Thanks, CalCC!

agorokhov - Jan 3, 2003 3:01 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!

agorokhov - Jan 3, 2003 3:00 pm

Route Climbed: Main Trail Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!

Eric Tipton - Dec 10, 2002 11:56 pm

Route Climbed: Keeler Needle "Harding Route" V 5.10 Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!

Offwidth Training. Thats what it takes to get up this most beautiful, majestic, awe inspiring ,heart thumping, gut checking monolith of stone.This peak was the one peak I absolutly had to do. Bob Cable and I subjected ourselves to countless hours thrashing and mashing up cracks to wide for the sane man to attempt , pints of blood and pounds of flesh were sacraficed to reach our goal. Schedules were set and training climbs met before we dared to attempt this climb.

I think we over did it. The climb was great, I thought some of the lower pitch cruxes were the toughest, but they were short and sweet. The red dihedral was magnificent. The crux offwidth, a great pitch, was not as tough as anticipated but what a euphoric relief to put that pitch behind us. The upper pitches were good and scenic,the rock quality was good, and we toped out on the summit. What an awesome climb,even mere mortals made it up. It took us 13 hours to complete the climb, we decended the mountaineers route and as usual got back to camp well after dark.

Eric Tipton - Dec 10, 2002 9:56 pm

Route Climbed: "The Great Book" IV 5.9 Date Climbed: July, 1999  Sucess!

I climbed this excellent route with Bob Cable as a training climb for Keeler. The route starts up a large chimney system in a huge dihedral right of the "Direct East Face " dihedral . Some route descriptions show the route leaving the chimney earlier and gaining the bottom of the washboard, but we stayed in the chimney system until we gained the top of the washboard. Above the washboard we encontered two great pitches of real 5.9 climbing, The best climbing on the route. We toped out @ 7:30 and decended down the Mountaineers Routes . We arrived back to our camp well after dark, a seemingly standard practice for us

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