Did a 4-day backpacking trip from Horseshoe Meadows on the Cottonwood Lakes/Rock Creek/PCT/JMT route. Had an absolutely idyllic campsite at the tarns above Guitar Lake. Weather was incredible, much nicer than 9/11/2006!
Took trip with two good friends from church, non-hikers, and all three of us summitted!
Whitney from the west...felt MUCH better on the summit this time after 3 days at altitude!
I think we reached the summit at sundown and got back to high camp around 2am. It was awesome. Started Craig on that whole '50 High-Points' kick. First time over 10,000' for me? I walked down barefoot from high camp due to blisters. A marmot kept trying to steal our food. First discovery of the Alabama hills, one of my all-time favorite campspots. Good times, good times!
Climbed with Ray. Great weather, great climb.
Fun climb...belayed about 1/2 the pitches and simul'd the rest.
Did the MR with Conn Doherty from Iceberg lake.
Camped at Trail Camp then summited the next morning.
Spectacular mountain and climb! The hike down wasn't fun though....long!
Amazing weather the whole time. We could not have asked for more. The snow in the couloir was quite soft on the way down, but we made do.
Two feet of fresh snow and -7F temp at camp made for a tough but rewarding climb.
Mt. Whitney main trail - departed Whitney Portal 4:15 AM, summit 12:15, back to trailhead 6:20 PM. Overcast, rain and hail and some lightning off and on all day. Missed most of the moon eclipse due to overcast, but at least the air temperature was cool for the hike.
day hike from whitney portal along main mount whitney trail. we made it to the summit and back just before the snowstorm hit.
Went up the Whitney Trail on Friday, camped at crowded Trail camp. The other day got up the switchbacks, made a little side trip to Mt. Muir, short fun climb! Continued following the trail up Whitney summit, spent few hours chatting with people (there were many), than climbed down the Mountaineers Route to Iceberg Lake and spent another windy night there. Didn't get much sleep as the wind blew instantly to my face through my bivy... Another morning I stared late ,9:30, and headed up the Iceberg Col and then traversed to Russel's South Face, which was a long scramble up the face, than a little class 3 up to the ridge. I took the easier Right Side variation. After hanging around summit with 2 guys who climbed Fishhook Arete, climbed down, packed all my stuff and followed the North Folk Creek Trail down to the portal. I must say it is much easier to do so if there is snow... My knees were killing me... That night I drove my car to Cottonwood Lakes trail head, camped there and in the morning started early for the Mt. Langley never ending day hike... Took me 9.5 hours round trip but it was worth it. Beautiful area at Cottonwood Lakes...
Met so many great people on this trip that I have talked to and spent some time with and that was certainly the most rewarding feeling of the whole trip...
One day trip on the main trail from Whitney Portal, 11 miles up, 11 miles down. Long, tiring day, but made the summit and had a great time. Started at around 2:30am and back down to the Portal at around 7:00pm.
My 2x. Crowded on the summit.
Might as well make my first 14-er, the highest in the lower 48! Glorious day in the Sierras before the smoke filled the valley the next day. The 99 switchbacks weren't bad at all, but I imagine if you're bothered by the altitude they could suck.
Beat the altitude as follows:
Day One: Camped at Ellery Lake CG near Tioga Pass (9500')
Day Two: Mount Dana-Mount Gibbs climb, camped at the Portal
Day Three: Chilled at Horseshoe Meadows
Day Four: Summited in 5.5 hours (bro-in-law Dimitri did in 4.5 hrs!)
11th State HP as well since starting in 2005.
Went on to tag Keeler Needle and Mount Muir as well.
Camped out at 13,000' the night before, and got up at 4 am for a dawn summit. We had great weather at the summit.
The main trail felt a little too congested . . . so many people! Next time will be a more challenging (read - less populated) route.
7 hours and 25 minutes. Good weather and started before 5 am. Returned before 6pm. The hot shower at the store was worth the $3. It was strange how my brain switched on with a piece of hard candy after trail crest. I didn't realize how much my brain had slowed until that Jolly Rancher hit my tongue.
Day hiked the MR with 2 friends. Their first time up Whitney. My 4x made all the better with friends. Very busy in the chute lots of people knocking rocks loose. Took the main trail back and tagged Mt Muir on the way.
Epic Climb - winter conditions in summer...
Dayhike as part of the '07 Sierra Challenge. First climbed Russell then Whitney's north face before descending via the Whitney Trail. The north face was a very decent route, some fun class 3, and far better than the switchback hell of the main trail.