Summited via the Whitney trail. I spent four days on the mountian. Recieved two blizzards with 70-80 mph winds, and weather had called for mild and sunny. Had a base camp at Trail Camp. Route up through switchbacks to summit was covered in ice and snow, forming a slope, not a trail.
Had hoped to do Whitney as an overnight hike, but no luck in the lottery. So opted for a day hike ... one very long day, going up against a harsh headwind. Fantastic views in all directions!
We did the relatively easiER trail instead of a climb since we had only one day and I had my wife in tow. She actually towed me up the mountain and then I had to tow her the last few miles out to the car.
CLIMBED WITH NICK NELSON VIA MOUNTAINEERS ROUTE. COULDN'T FIGURE WHERE TO GO FROM ICEBERG LK AND FIRST TRIED WHITNEY/RUSSELL COL BEFORE RETURNING TO LAKE AND FIGURING OUT THE CORRECT COULOIR. NICK WAS WASTED AND WAITED WHILE I BAGGED THE SUMMIT. HAD A BAD CASE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS THAT NIGHT RETREATING FROM WHITNEY PORTAL CG TO LONE PINE
6/27/03 RETURNED TO CLIMB MT MUIR VIA THE MOUNTAINEERS ROUTE OVER WHITNEY GOING AND RETURNING
how many times I've been to the top, but the most rewarding was a recent daytrip when lead some pitches on the East Buttress...yaaah! :D
I climbed Whitney in August 1998. Mt. Muir makes a good side outing on the return trip.
Awesome route on an awesome mountain!
The Notch was the best part. Snow down the middle but nice 3rd class on the left (east) side. Desended the main trail.
Summited in superb conditions. Got to Iceberg lake early in the day and spent most of the afternoon hiding from the sun. Didn't even need to don the crampons with the dry conditions the next day.
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.
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.
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.
Left trailhead at 11an returned at 8:30 pm
I've reached the summit at least 6 times...I've stopped counting
Great weather and a nice class 3 solo climb. Hope to return and climb Mt Russell.
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!