Great fun circumventing the mountain. Enjoyed the climb a bunch although I lost my climbing partner before the trip. He developed a kidney stone (we're old guys so stuff like this happens sometimes) at Whitney Portal CG the night before we where to take off. Required an early morning trip to the hospital and a long drive to Reno (500 mile round trip)and back to get him on a plane back home to Snohomish (near Seattle). Met some great people on the mountain. Also, I highly reccommed the patty melt and Corona at Whitney Portal Store (great people there too by the way). Have FUN!
We started hiking at 5:30 am. We summited after 7 hours at 12:30 pm. The weather was just perfect. Some AMS effect felt by my colleague at about 3300m and by me at around 4200m. We stayed on the summit about 1.5 hrs. The view was magnificent! A couple of clouds here and there were adding to the picture perfect view. We arrived at our car at 7:00 pm after 5 hours. I'll definitely do it again!
Awesome scenic route , left at 430 am , plenty of moonlight for the E-ledges in the dark , summited at 1045 am . Descended on Whitney Trail , car to Portal Store Cheeseburger ,11 hours .The 1st chute above the notch was blast, what a great experience climbing the Sierras !
Originally we planned to climbed the East Face. However, there was only one permit left, so we had to do it in a day. We had a late start and when we got just below Iceberg Lake we decided to do MR instead.
After spending the previous day resting by ascending the Mountaineer's route and Mt. Muir, we were jazzed to do the route that we had come to do. Unfortunately some of our party was forced to turn around due to our slow progress. The remaining three of us ended up summiting at 7:30 P.M. With minimal light from our headlamps, we decided that it would be safer to spend the night on the summit. Although we were protected from the elements due to being inside the hut, it was still colder than I care to remember. The three of us shared a space blanket and spent the night huddled close together on coiled ropes. The next morning we descended without mishap, just a little hungry. The hike out went quick with visions of Cheeseburgers in our heads.
In preparation for our attempt at doing the East Face we used our rest day to ascend the Mountaineer's route to acclimatize. Ended up being a beautiful day at the summit where we lounged for over an hour. Many people on the summit that day.
Penelope May wanted her Birthday present to be a successful ascent of the East Face. I wanted to climb the face again, having climbed it only once, in winter of 1983. Paul Brabham and Annie Stockley, our San Diego friends gave us their permit, so we could finally do it. I struggled remembering the approach and the route, Pen was just having fun. We did the route in about 7 hours and took a bit less than 2 hours to come down. The crux section, the off-width chimney at the top of the Staircase, was (suprisingly) good climbing and about 5.7. I did not remember that at all, I guess I was much stronger when I climbed it the last time. We dodged a major trouble when we reached our tent fly (I didn't bring the full tent) about a minute before a major downpour started. We spent 3 hours under the fly, sitting on our pads, holding our sleeping bags, trying to stay as dry as possible. The storm was vicious. About 2 inches of hail fell together with at least an inch of water, flooding us good. A good lesson. We will carry a tent next time. Upon reflection, a good route, easily followed, not too technical. Amazing feat for the First Ascent people in 1931.
What an amazing mountain. Went up MR, and down the main trail. Weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky and plenty warm, even at the summit. It was my first time climbing Whitney. And first time over 12,000 feet. Flew out from PA to do the climb. Now I have to find another cheap flight and space on my calendar to do it again.
After my brother, and I spent the night sleeping under the wing of our aircraft in Lone Pine, we started hitchhiking to the portal. A lady, in a van, finally took pity on us and gave us a ride, nobody else would.
My brother turned around about halfway up the 97 switch backs, after bumming a cigarette from another hiker. Eventually, I staggered back down from the summit, feeling like crap. We were total tourons, but learned some things from our mistakes. Well worth the trip, and as Huell Howser would say "This is AH-MAZING, one of California's gold."
Took my step-daughter and one of her girl friends to the summit so they could earn some extra P.E. credits. They are both knock outs, so we had no problem hitching a ride from the Lone Pine airport. It was amazing, the number of guys who offered free dinners the two nights we camped. No doubt they were seeking wisdom from the old man. At the higher camp we met a squad of British Marines. Her Majesty gave these guys a trip to the U.S. because they volunteered for duty in Ireland. They marched up to the summit in formation, and resembled a train being pulled by a locomotive. The girls were quite taken by their British accents, and charm. Consequently, guarding against marmots became less a priority.
Long day (actually night) hike
With Mom and Dad (great folks who got me hiking up peaks when I was 7). Heck, thought I'd at least sign the summit log for this way-back event.
Underestimated conditioning required. I keep learning these lessons though.
Another good old speed hike. Left the portal at 3:30am and hit the summit before the crowd got there at 8:10am. It was a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky and sunrise was amazing. Temperatures were warm, around 80 at the portal and 50s on top. On the way back down the trail turned into a highway.
Coming down from Russell I was going to go over the Whitney-Russell pass and climb MR. As I was getting close to the pass I decided to go up the North Face instead. It was pretty cool class 3 climb with some exposure. Summited at 11:45, about 2.5 hrs after leaving the West Summit of Russell.
First experience with a Sierra Peak and am totally hooked. Solo day-hiked starting at 2am and enjoyed every minute. Stayed at the Portal Campground to acclimatized and had no problem with altitude. Unfortunately, my husband had to cancel due to contacting Lyme Disease in the Spring. Will enjoy sharing the experience with him once he fully recovers.
Mother's Day. Another great climb! This time we didn't see any other climbers above the Upper Boy Scout Lake. Climbed with Shannon. Stayed on the summit for almost an hour.
Easter weekend trip. First time up the Mountaineer's Route. Great climb! Lots of snow, perfect sunny weather. Climbed with Daniel and Eileen, all 3 of us summited.
Did a run/hike up with my friend Rob McNair on a generally rainy day. Left at 6:45 AM and made the top at 10:30 AM. A bit of fresh snow on top. Back at the trail head at 1:45 PM.
Amazing hike...had the summit to ourselves before the storm clouds rolled in.