Hiked up the standard route including a side trip to get Muir as well. Both peaks car to car in just under 12hrs.
Dayhiked the Portal Trail to the summit in late Sept of '93. Party of 4 hit the TH at 5:00AM and were enjoying the summit views by noon. Returned 9-21-2003 to repeat only to be turned back by icy conditions above the switchbacks. (The party was diverse and not everyone was prepared! Lesson learned....) Going back this Sept with a 1 night/2 day permit.
Did some variation of the East Face route. Were planning to do the Great Book, but were feeling quite sodded by the altitude by the time we reached the top of the Washboard. Traversed around, but could not find the Fresh Air Traverse pitch. So, just went straight up a wide crack to get to the Grand Staircase. After the exit from the Staircase, did not find the scramble to the summit, so went straight up (and it was NOT a scramble). Took a while to summit, but was a nice day and a great climbing partner.
We did the Mountaineers route from portal to portal in 14 hours. The weather was perfect and the view at the top was worth the pain that my toes endured on the descent.
Sept 24, 2015
Solo dayhike up the Mountaineers Route to Whitney and then onto Mt. Muir and then the main trail to the portal. 16 hours car to car. A beautiful fall day in the Sierra with very little wind.
So gorgeous! Hiked in 6 miles, camped overnight, summitted on Day 2, came down on Day 3. The permits and bear canisters are a major pain, but it's worth it. From the summit, you can see landscapes more than 11,000 feet below you. Not many places on Earth provide this without needing technical climbing skills. The 99 switchbacks are not as bad as they sound. It's probably the easiest part of the trail. The gradual increase in elevation is good for you anyway. Sleeping at 12,000 feet on Night 1 helped me acclimate. Plenty of snow around, even in August, although none on the trail. Maybe the most beautiful mountain I've climbed.
I did Whitney in a day with Hyrum Wright. We drove out from Utah on the 20th, camped at Whitney Portal that night to acclimatize a little, and summited the next day.
The 22 miles (round trip) and 6100 feet of elevation gain were pretty brutal. I'd probably do it in two days next time, although that involves more paperwork to get a permit to camp.
Hyrum has a complete trip report at http://hiking.hyrumwright.org/hike/Mount_Whitney
Finally got this one knocked off. Cancelled two attempts due to weather and failed to summit via the MR in November '06 due to horrible conditions and lack of time. Finally came back and did the classic overnighter up the main trail. Friday night: Whitney Portal. Saturday night: Trail Camp. Sunday: summit and down. Weather and conditions were great! I felt a little sick on Saturday night but turned out to be fine Sunday. We went up a snow chute to Trail Crest avoiding all the switchbacks. Steep but fun. Mike (gigamike) was one of the guys in our group.
Altitude makes this hike still a tough going at times. The last couple of miles down I also had some feet issues; a small blister from the week before opened up making for a rather painful end of the day.
Other than that, uneventful and great fun! Oh, and if you like nice views, the main trail does offer much better scenery than the mountaineer's route.
FAILED MR ATTEMPT - NOV 18, 2006
Went up the Mountaineer's route with Richard (piotrowski on SP) and some other folks. 2 out of the 5 made the summit. I ran out of time a little below the top of the couloir above iceberg lake. Weather was perfect. Trail conditions a little annoying; bigger parts of the trail have hard packed snow/ice on it. Also had to cross an ice field (ice=very hard) and the couloir is only partly filled with snow; the upper part is mainly loose rock, which is pretty annoying. All in all a fun trip!
A very long day with Dave German who led the whole route.
Bit off more than I could chew on a one-day attempt.
Loved the camping, the views, and the company. A great hike.
Solo 2 1/2 days from onion valley, had summited with a group of freinds via MR route 7 days earlier.
climbed up the mountaineers route i was 12 years old, threw up a bunch at rest on the way down from the summit and the day before. But i made it to the top.
with steve.. killer climb.. moved quickly
What a great route, loved it, snowed at the summit. Love the quick hike to iceburg lake too, nice camp spots.
Quoting a hiker I've met on the summit:
- This ranks as my second favorite place on earth.
- What is the first?
- I don't know, I haven't seen it yet.
It was my first 14er and only three of six people in our original plan made it. It was the labor day weekend and we were lucky to get the permit that year. This mountain taught me to respect the big mountain condition. We started out with a blue sky up until around 11am and all of a sudden the sky changed and the dark cloud covered us. It hailed, rained and snowed within 30 mintues. We didn't make it to the second base camp as planned so the next day we got up at 4am and made it to the summit and on the way back we made hot food near mt. Muir which many hiker thought we were not serious...
Not sure this is the exact date but is close. It was my first 14er, did it as a day hike with a bunch of friends from our singles group at church. Took just over 12 hours. Caught the "bug" and have been hiking and climbing since.
took the wheelchair ramp for my first trip up Whitney.
8 inches fresh snow, 2 am, Boy Scout Lakes. Sunny, no wind, 10 am, Summit. Mountaineers Route. Wish I had my board. Again on Sept 15 03, E face. 9 hours on route. Missed the traverse and ended up having to lead loose 5.8 chimney to gain Giant Steps. Summit, 6pm. Full moon rise from the notch. Unbeliveable. E Buttress next trip!!