50 mile hike up the backside of whitney. Best way to go as far as acclimitization in my opinion.
Up the East Buttress and down Mountaineers route, back at Iceberg Lake by 1:00pm
Main trail, overnight at Outpost Camp. LONG slog up (15 mile RT). Hard packed snow/ice on "99 switchbacks", other snow/ice up to Outpost Camp and after John Muir trail (around back of whitney). Need crampons. Very windy (up to 50 mph) but not too cold. Some snow this morning. Road to Whitney Portal ok (ignore the road closed sign) and save yourself an additional 4 miles of hiking. Conditions may change with incoming storm. No permits required.
Planned to do it a year earlier but it just was not in the cards. Did it as an overnighter. Took 10 hours to get up AND ALMOST 8 TO GET DOWN! It was all and more than advertized. I was actually misty eyed the last 100 yards to the top.
Summited via Mountaineers Route and descended the main trail, almost no one on the mountian that day! twisted an ankle on the way back which made for a longer time out than expected but incredible experience!
On 1.5 hours of sleep, we left the trailhead at 4:30am, summit by 1:15pm. Crampons were required on the switchbacks after the cables and we took them off after reaching Trail Crest. It was nice having the top to ourselves for about 15 minutes, when a pair of marines joined us.
We were back at the car by 6:40pm. Coldest temperature was about 20 degrees around 9am--almost no sun except when above Trail Crest.
Great climb, great view! My best friend and I camped at Iceburg lake and awoke to find beautiful weather with no clouds in the sky. We went up the mountaineer's route with some snow (crampons were helpful, not required) and more wind in the couloir than we imagined. The view was worth the trip!
A nice day with nobody on the summit! There's some snow above Trail Camp, especially on the north facing slopes starting near the cables. The snow was still soft, but you will need crampons when it ices up. It's wise to carry poles, or better yet, an ice axe.
Last day of the 2007 Sierra Challenge. The main objective of the day was to climb Mt. Newcomb. Starting at Whitney Portal I decided to climb McAdie on the way from Arc Pass. Then descended the class 2 chute to Crabtree Pass, climbed Mt. Newcomb via the class 3 east face. From there I returned to Crabtree Pass and gained the Sierra Crest climbing Discovery Pinnacle from the south. I intercepted the trail and hiked up Mt. Whitney. On the way back I also climbed Keeler Needle, Crooks Peak, Third Needle, Aguille Extra, Aguille du Paquoir and Mt. Muir. A long day in a very beautiful area. 14.5h car to car.
Did the main trail in a day. Hard icy snow made the trekking slow up to trail crest. Crampons would have been nice, but it was very doable without. Had the summit to myself on a perfect blue sky day.
Marty and I were too late for passes so that left us no option but to cheat. we got caught and had to go with the next option. Run up in a day. great climb but getting there was a bugger. We took turns leading and being exhausted by the altitude and the quick pace.
Summitted via the main trail. Started from the trailhead and did the climb as an all day hike. Crampons were a must.
Climbed solo after descending South Face of Mt. Russell. Fun class 3 scramble. Got barely missed by a rockfall, most likely triggered by hikers above traversing the N. Face to the notch on Mountaineer's Route.
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!