Backpacked to Trail Camp, still too early, so decided to went up to the summit on the same day via main trail.
I went up with my brother. There was quite a bit of snow on the switchbacks but about a quarter of the way up the altitude sickness got the better of him and he had to turn back. We hooked up with 2 guys from Jersey, one went back with my brother and Rob went to the top with me. Coming from Orange County the altitude for the dayhike hit me hard. I did get sick a few times but made it and it was well worth it! Crampons were needed just pass the cables and that scared alot of people away which made it more enjoyable for us!
My first climb/hike in Ca. Been hooked ever since Main Whitney trail is a real grind. Next time is the mountaineers route
Climbed up from the back side on the way out. Hiked all night to avoid the crowds. Worked like a charm and the moon led the way.
Nice coming from the back side.
Crowded. Winter was arriving. Walked JMT, nice way to end trip.
I summitted Mount Whitney when I was 14 years old with a Boy Scout group. Climbing the mountain culminated our week-long 75-miler along the John Muir Trail. Great memories!
Used main trail and completed in one day. Great trail (lots of people, though) nice views from the summit, and perfect weather. Wish I would have scrambled up Muir on the way. I guess I'll just have to go back someday.
This was supposed to be the second to last mountain on our holiday, and was, although it was harder than I thought and took longer than I thought (14 hrs up and down) but the view from the top on a cloudless still day made the effort seem insignificant.
I would recommend that anyone who has not done this before, and is not sure of their fitness to take a two day option and camp at either the portal or one of the camp grounds at altitude - and make a 3am or earlier start.
Took two days to hike up. Lots of people at Trail Camp, and the summit was pretty crowded. High winds and cold temp's kept quite a few from getting past Trail Crest, so I guess it could've been worse. All in all, not a bad trip!
We hiked up Cottonwood pass, Stayed at Rock Creek, and Crabtree Meadow. We camped out just below Trail Crest on the Hitchcock lake side of the switch backs. We camped out on two nice clearings about 200ft below Trail Crest. We summited at 5:30am, It was windy and cold. We took pictures of the sunrise, and took the Portal Route out. I hope to do the Mountaineers Route in 2008.
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.