Mount Whitney Climber's Log

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wrigleyd - Jan 5, 2008 12:44 am Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2007

MR #2

We got to just below Iceberg Lake, then "slept" in a roller coaster of a tent, then bailed when we woke to blowing snow and gusty winds. We didn't have goggles and the guided group we were camped 100ft above was bailing too, so we though it would be a good idea too.


wrigleyd - Jan 5, 2008 12:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2006

MR #1  Sucess!

Almost two years ago, but better late than never. Went up the MR with 4 others. Went up with one other from the Notch up while the other three descended the MR while we descended the on the main trail.

It involved us being kinda sketched out and not being able to descend back to them, attaching the one map we had to a small rock, trying to throw it to them and having it miss and end up 2000 feet below.


mtndonkey - Jan 3, 2008 9:19 pm Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2007

MR Winter Hike  Sucess!

Did this over two days in excellent snow conditions. It was awesome to finally make it after several failed winter attempts. This was my first non-solo trip and I guess that extra motivation finally paid off.


nbasford - Dec 30, 2007 11:59 pm

One Long Day  Sucess!

Left trailhead at 11an returned at 8:30 pm


bighornmonkey - Dec 25, 2007 9:05 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007

Done...  Sucess!

I've reached the summit at least 6 times...I've stopped counting


climbing1 - Dec 24, 2007 6:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

Solo MR  Sucess!

Great weather and a nice class 3 solo climb. Hope to return and climb Mt Russell.


amcke004 - Dec 22, 2007 5:31 am

Mt. Whitney through cottonwood  Sucess!

50 mile hike up the backside of whitney. Best way to go as far as acclimitization in my opinion.


jmc - Dec 21, 2007 10:13 am

via East Buttress

Up the East Buttress and down Mountaineers route, back at Iceberg Lake by 1:00pm


sdespins - Dec 6, 2007 8:27 pm Date Climbed: Dec 8, 2007

Winter Climb  Sucess!

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.


Jackalopes - Dec 4, 2007 2:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2007

1 1/2 years in the planning  Sucess!

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.


breagen - Dec 2, 2007 9:17 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2007

Mountaineers Route and main trail- 1 day  Sucess!

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!


whaynal - Nov 15, 2007 2:02 am Date Climbed: Nov 10, 2007

November Day Hike (Main Trail)  Sucess!

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.


OhNoIDidnt - Nov 5, 2007 8:51 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2007

Muir had the life  Sucess!

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!


CookieMonster - Nov 4, 2007 5:27 pm Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2007

MT Day Hike  Sucess!

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.

Michael Graupe

Michael Graupe - Nov 2, 2007 1:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007

2007 Sierra Challenge  Sucess!

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.

Zac Finley

Zac Finley - Nov 2, 2007 10:30 am Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2007

Whitney Trail  Sucess!

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.


Vinny - Oct 30, 2007 11:45 pm

east butt in a day  Sucess!

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.


mountainjunkie - Oct 30, 2007 9:59 am Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2007

Whitney Main Trail  Sucess!

Summitted via the main trail. Started from the trailhead and did the climb as an all day hike. Crampons were a must.

Zzyzx - Oct 26, 2007 1:27 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2007

North Face  Sucess!

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.


panweilin - Oct 25, 2007 6:06 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2005

Whitney via main trail  Sucess!

Backpacked to Trail Camp, still too early, so decided to went up to the summit on the same day via main trail.

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